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Small Business

Legal Counsel to the Small Business Industry

There are more than two million small businesses in New York State – located in every region and community – making New York a great place to operate a small business.

As a small business owner, you wear many hats. Not only are you the visionary inspiring your team, but you also juggle a number of other demanding responsibilities – business manager, technology guru, HR professional, sales coach, marketing director – just to name a few.  Legal issues do not need to be another challenge on your plate. 

Representation across Industries

At Carter Conboy, we provide small business owners access to prompt, efficient, and strategic representation across a wide range of industries, including aviation, transportation, construction, real estate, education, financial services, hospitality and retail, food and beverage, not-for-profit, and manufacturing.  Our talented team of attorneys leverage cross-industry experience, courtroom competence, and critical intellect to deliver effective counsel and solutions to your small business matters.

Small Business Legal Services that Grow with You

We develop long-term relationships with our clients because the legal issues you face today may change as your business evolves. From the planning and launching stages, through business management, to growth and expansion, we provide you with a seamless set of legal services to guide you to small business success.

  • Advertising and consumer rights issues
  • Business litigation matters
  • Commercial infrastructure projects
  • Corporate governance
  • Crisis management
  • Development, planning and zoning of real property
  • Environmental compliance and remediation
  • Food and beverage issues including product safety consulting, product recalls, and litigation
  • Food and beverage licensing
  • Franchise agreements
  • Franchisee/franchisor issues
  • Labor and employment matters including workplace issues, disputes, complaints, and litigation
  • Lease negotiations
  • Liquor liability
  • OSHA investigations and compliance
  • Premises liability litigation
  • Regulatory investigations and compliance
  • Risk management counseling and education
  • Safety and security failures
  • Start-up services
  • Supplier and vendor contracts
  • Technology and cyber counseling, planning and liability

Protecting Your Small Business Brand and Reputation

You have built a business, a product, a brand, a reputation.  In small business, where your brand reputation can be damaged quickly by negative reviews, social media firestorms, and word of mouth rumors, we work with you to build proactive systems to reduce your risk and keep goodwill with your consumers.

Small Business Start-Up Services

You have a vision and we will build a pathway to help you achieve it. Our attorneys support entrepreneurs and emerging companies from the beginning. We assist you with sound planning and strategy – from organization and corporate structure, labor and employment issues, and regulatory planning and compliance. Moreover, experience in cross-sectors of industry, combined with our broad community involvement, deliver valuable resources to help start, support, grown, and strengthen your small business.

Protecting Your Small Business from Risk and Liability

Your small business has liability risks lurking in every corner. Slips, trips, falls, food contamination, foodborne illness, negligent employment practices, cyber and data breaches, credit card scams, confusing and complicated regulatory issues – those are just a few of the threats you face every day.  At Carter Conboy, we work with you to meet your wide-range of legal needs, to protect your financial assets and business reputation. Our talented attorneys deliver comprehensive knowledge and perspective to aggressively counsel, protect, and defend your small business every step of the way.

Understanding Complex Labor and Employment Issues

We are particularly skilled and well informed of new and emerging laws and regulations affecting labor and employment. Our attorneys provide risk management counseling, establish best practices, work to mitigate future liability, and contain your long-term legal costs associated with labor and employment issues. We frequently litigate employment issues in state and federal courts, and represent our small business clients involved in claims before the New York State Division of Human Rights and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Real Property, Real Estate and Financial Service Lawyers for Your Small Business Needs

Small business clients are often in the process of start-up, building, or expanding. We help by delivering one of the most experienced real estate and financial services groups in upstate New York. Our attorneys work with local and national commercial lenders to secure grants and SBA financing for your business and projects. We then work with you from beginning to end, from land acquisition, to permitting and zoning, to construction, to regulatory investigations and compliance.

Economic Development

We work with our small business clients and local and state economic development agencies to plan, strategize, and implement business plans to increase your economic stability and growth.  Our attorneys work with you on economic development opportunities involving financial funding, expansion into new markets, mergers and acquisitions, and cross-border and international exporting.