James Forrest, principal attorney at The Forrest Firm, a corporate law firm focused on delivering legal expertise to corporate executives in the Research Triangle, NC region, announces the firm’s participation in the Bull City Startup Stampede 2.0.

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 second running will span the dates between September 16 and November 18, 2011.

The first Bull City Stampede, which ran during the months of April and May of this year, exceeded all expectations by attracting 78 applications.  The demand for the integrated services and office space was so great that the sponsoring entities decided to promote another round of the Stampede in 2011 instead of waiting until next year. The result—some 58 companies have already applied to take advantage of Durham’s organized efforts to attract and retain businesses in targeted industries.

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 2011 Board of Directors for the Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce.

“In my roles with the Chamber, as well as with the Forrest Firm, I was thrilled with what we saw during the first Stampede,” stated James Forrest. “You can’t help but get energized when you see both sides of the equation—the really special entrepreneurs who are looking to bring their original ideas and businesses to Durham, as well as the tremendous amount of work and great spirit that the Durham business community is pouring into this effort.  The Stampede will assist more than a dozen entrepreneurs in getting started and hopefully sustaining themselves in our community—that’s incredible.”

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