Attorney discusses legal issues facing business startups with Polk County Young Entrepreneurs Academy students


Attorney Steve Aycock of Cygnet IP Law in Lakeland recently spoke to students at Polk County Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA! Polk) about the legalities to consider before starting a small business, the Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce said on its website.

“It is my privilege to be able to support young entrepreneurs in YEA!," Aycock said, according to the posting. "These hard-working, driven and motivated individuals should be celebrated for their efforts.”

Aycock covered legal issues that should be considered before starting a business, including business names, structuring the business and provisional patents, the article said.

The yearlong YEA! program introduces students to the business world and the various aspects of business ownership. Advertising, graphic design, insurance and other necessities of the business world are covered in the program.

“YEA! strengthens the community, and the community strengthens YEA!,” Gayle Jagel, founder and CEO of YEA!, said in the posting. “Our program managers and instructors seek out people in every facet of the business community in order to help facilitate the creation of our students’ dreams into a reality.”

YEA! Is a nonprofit organization that partners with more than 25 local businesses to teach youth how to transform ideas into business enterprises. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is a national sponsor and partner.

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