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logo-sloganStartup Weekend Lancaster couldn’t happen without our sponsors. We (virtually) sat down with Mike Montali from Harbor Compliance to learn a little more about the company, why they sponsor our prize pack, and got a little nugget of business wisdom from him as well!

Tell us a little bit about Harbor Compliance…

Harbor Compliance is a national provider of business licensing and compliance services. Harbor Compliance helps you incorporate and stay compliant throughout the life of your business.

How did you get plugged Startup Weekend?

Our first experience with Startup Weekend was the inaugural year of Startup Weekend Lancaster. Our co-founders participated that year and our experience was so positive that we’ve sponsored both Lancaster and Harrisburg every year since. We’ve also become involved with a few other Startup Weekends throughout the country and have helped the winners incorporate their businesses.

What’s your best piece of advice to tech entrepreneurs?

Stay in tune with the market. Before you build anything, validate the need for your offering by speaking with target customers. Continue the process of asking customers for feedback as you go live.

Also make sure to get your “legal house” in order early to avoid potential problems down the road. Incorporating your business, agreeing on ownership terms, and creating a partnership agreement are all key steps to laying the foundation for a successful startup.

Ben Donahower