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You have been wearing all the hats in your company. But you can't do everything - you need others to help you grow your business. Can you afford to hire employees? What would be your next steps?

When: 2/13/2013
11:30am - 2:00pm
Where: ROC - Santa Monica
604 Arizona Street
Santa Monica, California  90401
United States
Contact: Len Lanzi

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Hiring For StartUps: You have been wearing all the hats in your company. But you can't do everything - you need others to help you grow your business. Can you afford to hire employees? When is the right time to hire people? Should they be employees or independent contractors? What if you can't pay them market rates? Can you compensate them in other ways? Should you give them equity? Can you defer their salaries? Should you let people volunteer their time? How do you find the right people? What if you hire the wrong person?

Our panel of experts will answer these questions and more as they guide (and entertain) you through the basics of making your first hires.

Nancy Yaffe is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Fox Rothschild LLP. She focuses her practice on labor and employment law counseling and litigation with an emphasis on problem prevention. She defends all types of businesses against employee claims and lawsuits involving discrimination, harassment, retaliation and wage-and-hour violations. She also conducts training presentations on sexual harassment prevention, labor and employee relations, new legal developments and other timely employment issues

Meiko Takayamais the Founder and CEO of AWE/Advancing Women Executives (, a consulting service for senior executive women with a mission to increase the number of women in senior management and on corporate boards. AWE provides Executive Connections, training and events for best practice sharing and network building purposes and saves its members time and money through best practice introductions, while raising their professional profiles. Prior to AWE, Meiko was an executive recruiter and a management consultant.


Amanda MacNaughton is the Co-Founder and CMO of PromoJam - a leading Social Marketing Platform that provides businesses a full suite of tools to easily build, launch, track, and promote social media promotions across multiple social networks, both online and on the mobile phone. With Amanda’s strategic direction, PromoJam has amassed an array of blue chip clients including: NBC Universal, The North Face, Clear Channel Radio, Warner Bros Pictures, Justin Bieber, Rihanna and Pearl Jam. Prior to starting PromoJam, Amanda ran Public Relations for W Hotel’s entire West Coast division, built opened and operated the Los Angeles offices of THINK PR, and worked with premier companies across entertainment, fashion, consumer products and more. Amanda is an innovative thinker with over a decade of PR and Marketing experience.

Follow her on Twitter @AmandaMalia

Moderator: Emily Yukich is a corporate partnerin Fox Rothschild LLP's Century City office. Emily advises businesses in all stages of their life cycle, from formation to sale. She works withclients to develop the legal infrastructure that is necessary for strategic growth and successful exits, including shareholder agreements, operating agreements, private placements, equity incentive plans, employee compensation agreements, and leases.



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