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The MSBA's Business Law Section Presents


"Cooperative Businesses and Minnesota Law "

This workshop will provide a comprehensive summary of basic information on the cooperative way of organizing and operating a business. It covers the nature and extent of the use of cooperatives, compares cooperatives to other business structures, explains the roles various people play in a cooperative, and discusses equity accumulation and income taxation.

The purpose is to share the information someone would need to acquire a general understanding of how cooperatives function. This course will help attorneys have a better understanding of how co-ops differ from
non-cooperative businesses. The information learned in this course will help attorneys more effectively represent cooperative businesses and help your firm market to current and potential cooperative clients.


Bill Oemichen, Cooperative Network
Oemichen is President & CEO of the Cooperative Network, the trade association for Minnesota cooperatives; an attorney; and former Deputy Minnesota Agriculture Commissioner who has helped create many co-ops in diverse industries.

Dave Swanson, Dorsey & Whitney LLP
Dave Swanson is a Partner at Dorsey & Whitney and is a leading cooperative attorney working with cooperative businesses in a variety of sectors.

2 hours of Standard CLE credits approved
Event Code: 148983



Date:   Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Time:    8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Location:   MSBA Offices
600 Nicollet Mall, Suite 380
Minneapolis, MN 55402 

Registration and breakfast will begin at 7:45 a.m. followed by the program from 8:00 - 10:00 a.m.


Section Members:  Free
MSBA Members (But Not Business Law Section Members):  $10.00
Non-MSBA Members:  $20.00
Law Students:  Free

Teleconferencing is available. Please contact Elyse Farnsworth at 612-278-6336 or on or before October 18, 2010, for teleconferencing.

Cancellation Policy:

Refunds will be processed for cancellation requests received in writing on or before noon on the registration deadline. Requests should be directed to the event contact person listed at the bottom of this notice. Cancellation requests received after this time are not eligible for refunds. You may send a colleague in your place if you are unable to join us and the registration deadline has passed.

Requests for an exception to this policy should be directed to Elyse Farnsworth, Section Services Director, by e-mail or at
(612) 278-6336