James Forrest, principal attorney at The Forrest Firm, a corporate law firm focused on providing sophisticated counsel and customized solutions to entrepreneurs and executives in the Research Triangle, NC region, announces the firm’s participation in the Bull City Startup Stampede 3.0.

The Bull City Stampede is a cooperative initiative, spearheaded by the Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Durham, Inc., the City of Durham, and a host of trade organizations and local businesses, with a singular aim of promoting entrepreneurship in one of the country’s premier hubs for innovation.  With a three-dimensional focus on providing office space, advice, and a spectacular view of the business culture and climate that Durham has to offer start-up businesses, the Stampede’s third running will span the dates between June 1 and July 31, 2012.

This year’s Stampede moves to the American Underground office complex, part of the American Tobacco Historic District, the innovation hub of downtown Durham, as well as the home of many restaurants and attractions highlighted by Durham Bulls Athletic Park.

The previous two Bull City Startup Stampedes, held during the spring and fall months of 2011, resulted in 15 new companies based in Durham’s downtown business corridor. Several of these companies have already launched their products and services, and they have added jobs to the Durham business community. Several more have received funding from area investors, while others have gained acceptance to prestigious area accelerator programs to launch them on a wider platform.

The Forrest Firm, as part of its commitment to the Bull City Stampede, will offer free legal consultations to participating executives, delivering legal advice on a variety of matters, including topics concerning corporate structuring, contract negotiation, intellectual property and employment law.  In addition to his work with the Bull City Stampede, Forrest is currently serving on the 2012 Board of Directors for the Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce.

“We’ve really achieved something special for area entrepreneurs with the Startup Stampede,” stated Forrest. “While it’s certainly nice to be able to help underwrite this event on an ongoing basis, what I have enjoyed the most about this series is meeting some of the great minds emerging in the Durham business community. The breadth of diversity in the startup community is staggering for a community of our size, and it’s great to be a part of something larger than your own business endeavor. Through collaboration, our community has hit on a concept that will continue to sustain our business environment in multiple sectors for years to come.”

Check out the Bull City Stampede website for more details about this exciting joint venture of the Durham business community.