04/27/2020: 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Join us for a special webinar!

Tackling the New Normal – Financing, Employment, and Other Business Strategies During the Time of COVID-19

Presented by the Craft Maltsters Guild and Artisan Grain Collaborative

MONDAY, APRIL 27TH | 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM EST

Business owners are living and working through uncertain times and now more than ever must be managing and operating their businesses strategically. Agriculture and food/beverage law attorneys from Davis Wright Tremaine LLP will walk us through tactics to help business owners tackle the “new normal” and get their businesses through this difficult time.

Expect to learn about the following:

  • Financing Options: CARES Act financing options, other SBA funding options (i.e., non-disaster loan options), and alternative equity financing arrangements (such as convertible debt, friends and family rounds, etc.).
  • Contract Negotiation Strategies: Tactics for negotiating your leases, mortgages, and other debt obligations.
  • Unemployment Tips: Navigating the changing unemployment landscape for employers, independent contractors, and employees.

Presenting Speakers:

Laura Warf’s practice focuses on providing transactional advice and strategy to food and beverage brands, restaurants, and other consumer companies, particularly through periods of transformational growth and change. Laura’s experience representing companies through strategic growth investments and mergers and acquisitions transactions informs and supports her general counsel work with clients at earlier stages of development. This confluence of clients allows Laura to provide efficient, pragmatic, and precise advice to private companies (and their investors) at all stages of growth.

Laura’s experience also includes the following specialties, which uniquely position her to support clients in the food, beverage, and restaurant industries as well as other consumer-facing brands: intellectual property licensing and supply chain matters; transactions where both intellectual property rights and tangible assets (including agriculture and real estate) play prominent roles; and transaction structuring and advice to mitigate alcohol regulatory hurdles and delays.

Melanie VanSlavens is a corporate and transactional attorney, with a focus on the restaurant, food and beverage, and technology industries. She represents companies and investors in equity financing, mergers and acquisitions, private tender offers, corporate restructurings, and other complex strategic transactions. Melanie also regularly represents emerging and established companies—including family-owned businesses—in various industries, advising them on matters such as formation, corporate governance, and general commercial matters.

Cody Emily Schvaneveldt focuses her practice on labor and employment law, representing a range of clients from small family businesses to large multinational corporations. She has defended clients in single-plaintiff discrimination, harassment, and retaliation matters and class action wage-and-hour claims, and counsels her clients on policy and human resources issues. Cody counsels her clients regarding options to address the impact of COVID-19 on their workforces, including unemployment benefits available to laid-off or furloughed employees.


When: Monday, April 27th, 2020

Time: 3:00 PM-4:30 PM EST (2:00 PM-3:30 PM CST, 1:00 PM-2:30 PM MST, 12:00 PM-1:30 PM PST) 

Cost: FREE! Due to the pandemic, we are making this webinar available to all!

Where:  Webinars take place using Zoom, a web-based platform. Access to high-speed internet is necessary to fully participate – and a headset with a microphone is recommended. 

A registration confirmation email will be sent with Zoom with connection information. 

Please note: The webinar will be recorded. Please sign up even if you can’t make it to the live event. This way we will be able to notify you when the recording becomes available.

Have questions? Please contact Jesse Bussard at [email protected]