How to Make Contracts the Right Tools for Your Business

Learn how to make contracts useful tools for your business. Our panel of speakers from Vermont Law & Graduate School explains how contracts are blueprints for working agreements between your business and your clients, contractors, vendors, and other entities. This includes:

  • Contract elements
  • When and why to put things in writing
  • Setting customer expectations
  • How contracts can protect your business when things go wrong
  • Specific concerns for different industries

Our webinar presenters from Vermont Law and Graduate School include:

  • Professor Oliver Goodenough
  • Professor Nicole Killoran 
  • Danielle McLin, Student
  • Brooke Catalano, Student
  • Travis Rosenbluth, Student

The panelists use industry examples to bring elements of contracts to life for the following sectors:

 Creative sector contracts

  • Who is involved in contracts
  • Who and how each party owns the rights to the work
  • Expectations on payment and behavior during the timeframe of the contract

Health & wellness sector contracts

  • Waiver for medical risks
  • Consent to services, activities, and treatment
  • Confidentiality
  • Risks
  • Service agreements
  • Non-compete clauses

Services & consulting sector contracts

  • Details to consider in contractors
  • Scope of services
  • Intellectual property

Construction sector contracts

  • Laying out a scope of work and what fixed and flexible projects mean
  • How will losses be resolved (or mitigated)
  • How will payments be made
  • How will services be valued, fixed price, time and material, etc.

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This webinar is part of the Vermont Community Navigator Pilot Program administered by the Vermont Small Business Development Center with funding from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

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