Welcome to OLLIE

OLLIE is your Online Legal Library and Information for Entrepreneurs.

This site aims to guide you through the process of getting your business off the ground, legally, and to safely BECOME an entrepreneur. Walk through the BECOME modules—business modeling, entity formation, capitalization, operational relationships, managing risks, and extra permits and licenses—to get a sense of the kinds of situations that trigger red flags from a lawyer's point of view.

Throughout these modules, you'll also see footnotes that offer more information. Click or tap on the icon to show the footnote:

Business Modeling

Map out your business and pivot after getting feedback. Find out early, cheaply, and safely if your business needs to go in a different direction.

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Entity Formation

Learn about the legal nuances of forming an entity. Limited liability, tax treatment, decision-making, and capital ($$) are the main factors.

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Capitalization

Want to exchange a piece of your startup for money? Learn about the securities regulations involved, and what you'll see in convertible notes/term sheets.

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Operational Relationships

Setting up your relationships with employees, independent contractors, and interns is difficult to get right. Learn all about the various categories here.

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Managing Risks

Protect yourself and your business by securing your intellectual property. Learn more about trademark, copyright, and trade secret law.

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Extra Permits and Licenses

Local county and city regulations may apply to your startup. Learn more about your local regulations in this module.

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Footnotes

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