CrossTek LLC was founded by an avid equestrian living in North Idaho as a company focused on equestrian safety. The company’s first product is a helmet invented by the founder to protect her horse from injury during transport in a trailer. Working with Innovate Washington, the company had secured a design patent on the helmet and written a strong business plan Students at the Business Law Clinic worked with CrossTek to craft an appropriate consumer warranty, to draw up terms for domestic and international sale, and to establish a written agreement between the company and a commissioned sales representative. Students also vetted the company’s arrangements for design and manufacture of helmet components in order to assure that CrossTek’s intellectual property rights were preserved. CrossTek is refining its product and expects to release it for sale this summer, in time for the London Olympics.
Family School of Music
Family School of Music is a small Spokane business which offers instruction in a variety of musical instruments. The school was having difficulty retaining teachers. Students at the Business Law Clinic assisted the owners in preparing an employment agreement which provides incentives for retention, while assuring compliance with the state’s wage and hour laws. Students are now working to establish this husband-and-wife owned business as a limited liability company.
Water for Africa and Partnering for Progress
Water for Africa and Partnering for Progress are both non-profit organizations seeking to improve the living conditions of people in different regions of Africa. Students at the Business Law Clinic assisted the founders of Water for Africa in forming a Washington nonprofit corporation and obtaining recognition as a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Partnering for Progress was already established as a tax-exempt nonprofit when it approached the clinic. Students analyzed the organization’s insurance coverage and crafted a release to assist Partners for Progress in managing risks of liability arising from its operations. Both organizations are now actively working to carry out their charitable missions in Africa.