Our Fall semster has been all about building the foundations of your business: Define Your Mission, Values; Understand Your Unique Value Proposition; and now we are moving into Legal Frameworks and Employee/Employer relations.

Join our industry experts at Coburn & Greenbaum, PLLC for an overview on legal issues around scaling up, such as: organizing your business (incorporation, partnerships), and employee/independent contractor considerations.

At the close of the evening, we will enter into an interactive activity with Executive Director of Oasis Partners and VP of Operations at Good Food Market, Philip Sambol, who has developed a Career Training Program in conjunction with DC Central Kitchen, Union Kitchen and Good Food Market. This activity will highlight Employer/Employee best practices.

Coburn & Greenbaum, PLLC is a litigation boutique located in Washington, DC. The firm regularly represents businesses large and small in complex business disputes and employment issues.

Oasis Community Partners Executive Director, Philip Sambol, is a veteran of the food service industry, having grown up working in his family’s nationally renowned steakhouse chain Bob’s Steak and Chop House. After attending the University of Denver, and working at several start up and early stage food and entertainment businesses, Philip embarked on a career in the music industry. As a performer, he went on to play over 1,000 shows in more than 30 countries with his band the Strange Boys. As a business manager for his own group and others, he successfully negotiated dozens of global recording and synchronization licenses with a total value of over $1,000,000. Upon reentering the food space in 2012, Philip developed HECK OF A Neighborhood Grocery in New Orleans, an integrated approach to the issues of food access, health, and economic disparities combining a non-profit grocery store, an urban farm, and a community space to host health education programming. This began a journey that would take him to three states in an effort to develop fresh food retail concepts that could address the unique needs of food desert communities. Before joining the founding Good Food Markets team in 2014, Philip apprenticed at the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) Small Farm Unit in Goldsboro, NC. CEFS is a 2,000+ acre multipurpose research and production facility run jointly by the NCDA, NCSU and NCA&T.