The Business Owner Movement is a weekly networking event for start-up business owners created and hosted by Atlanta Business Attorney, David M Walker Esq. The short name is The BOM [pronounced The “Bomb”].
Our primary purpose is to serve Business owners who are starting up a business (or those thinking of starting a business), and any business owner that has not yet formed an LLC or corporation.
Core Objectives for The BOM Members:
1. Ensure every member has a corporate entity: Every member of the BOM must have a corporate entity. The BOM offers each member a chance to form a Georgia LLC and obtain a Federal Tax ID, if they do not have one already. The LLC and ID are issued on the next business day after the Member joins.
2. Access to a business attorney on a regular basis: Every Saturday, following a brief presentation, there is a question and answer period, where Business Attorney David M. Walker addresses legal questions the audience may have with regard to getting started in general, or specific to their business.
3. Focus members on generating revenue and outsourcing specialized services: BOM Members are encouraged to stay focused on revenue and not spend valuable time managing or learning issues unrelated to the Member's revenue model. We promote outsourcing those issues because a contractor not only specializes in that subject, but also becomes an advocate for the Member's business, which helps to generate revenue.
4. Generate leads for each Member to increase revenue: Each BOM session includes a segment where members describe their business and target customer. The BOM facilitates lead generation sessions to ensure that every member get quality leads to help grow their business and generate income.
What is The BOM?
The Business Owner Movement encourages business owners to incorporate an LLC and get their business off on the right track for growth.
What are The BOM's member benefits?
Members receive general business coaching and counsel from Business Attorney David M. Walker, Esq. through the use of networking events, business forms, and legal Q&A sessions. All members are listed in the Member Directory and have access to exclusive video, audio and business forms and agreements. Because all members of The BOM have a corporate entity, The BOM also offers each Member a chance to form a Georgia limited liability company and become an official business. In additional, The BOM helps its member file a tax election with the IRS to receive a Federal Employer Identification Number.
What is an LLC?
LLC protects your personal assets from your business assets. "LLC" stands for Limited Liability Company. Because it is not a partnership or a corporation, the owners of an LLC are not partners or shareholders, they are "members." Such companies are frequently and incorrectly labeled “Limited Liability Corporations”, but “corporation” is inaccurate and “company” is the proper term. An LLC actually combines aspects of partnerships and corporations, so an LLC is less formal and more flexible than a typical corporation, yet offers protection as well as certain advantages that are much the same. To set up an LLC, Articles of Organization must be filed according to state specific guidelines, and any and all fees must be paid. Read more here.
How long does it take to form an LLC?
The BOM is helping members to form an LLC on the same day they enroll as a member. Therefore, new members will leave orientation with an LLC formed.
How much does it cost to join?
Membership into The BOM is $99, which is a one-year membership. If a new member wants to form an LLC and receive an EIN, then the membership fee is $500. Annual membership dues will vary, but in no case be greater than the initial membership fee. Normally, attorneys' charge legal fees starting at $1,000 and LegalZoom fees after shipping and handling start at $650 for an LLC and EIN. The BOM offers a deal, especially considering all the other benefits that The BOM membership offers.
Do I have to attend the Open House to join?
No. Although the Open House session is highly recommended, you do not need to attend to join. Simply click on the Sign Up page.
Why should I join?
If you are looking to own your own your business, then this is the place where you start. The BOM will establish your LLC and help you to forge relationships with business professionals that will help advance your business, including a relationship with business attorney, David M. Walker, Esq.
If you have an existing business, then The BOM promotes your business to other BOM Members and encourages commerce and networking among the Members.
Who should join?
Anyone who is thinking about owning their own business but does not know where to start, AND business owners that are looking for relationships to grow their revenue.
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David M. Walker, Esq. – CEO and Founder, The Business Owner Movement LLC
Mr. Walker is a ten year business attorney that formed his own firm, Law Offices of David M. Walker, Esq. LLC, in March 2006. Mr. Walker also serves as legal counsel to Handprint Strategy Group, LLC, a professional consulting firm offering services in corporate strategic planning, government relations and real estate development.
Before going into private practice, Mr. Walker served as Corporate Counsel for Celsia Technologies, Inc., a publicly traded company that specializes in the use of nanotechnology to cool electronic components, from August 2005 to January 2007. At Celsia, he managed all legal affairs, including (i) advising executive management and the board of directors on critical legal and business issues, (ii) negotiating and preparing licensing and manufacturing agreements, (iii) managing the international patent portfolio, (iv) coordinating the issuance of shares and options under the employee stock option plan, (v) compliance with SEC filings, (vi) maintaining corporate governance in accordance with Sarbanes-Oxley, (vii) reviewing press releases and shareholder correspondence, and (viii) supervising outside law firms in the US, United Kingdom, and South Korea.
Prior to Celsia, Mr. Walker was President and Corporate Counsel for Hansen Gray & Company, Inc., a venture capital firm focused on hi-tech investments, from July 2004 to August 2005 where he was responsible for all critical business decisions and all legal matters, including (i) reducing the legal budget, (ii) preparing investor presentation materials and private placement memorandums, (iii) preparing due diligence data rooms for corporate investments, (iv) negotiating preferred equity and mezzanine financing term sheets and execution documents, and (v) managing the day to day operations of the Company.
As President of Hansen Gray, he was instrumental in structuring a transaction in which Celsia raised over $20 million in preferred private equity and became a US public company through a reverse merger with its UK parent.
From 1998 to 2004, Mr. Walker was a corporate attorney for Bodman LLP in Detroit , Michigan , where he was involved in general corporate legal matters including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, financing transactions, negotiating and drafting contracts, and private placements of securities.
Mr. Walker received a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Detroit-Mercy School of Law. He is licensed to practice law in the states of Georgia and Michigan .
For information about Mr. Walker and his law firm visit www.DavidMWalkerEsq.com