One of the first sections established in 1955 by the Virginia State Bar, the Business Law Section strives to maintain a tradition of excellence in programs and publications for its members. Membership in the Section crosses many areas of substantial specialty, as well as general practice, including corporations and other unincorporated entities, business equity and debt financing, securities, banking, commercial transactions, technology transactions and general business counseling. Continuing legal education is the linchpin of the section, which publishes a periodic newsletter, Virginia Business Law, and each year sponsors both basic and advanced business law seminars and workshops. Such programs are often coordinated with synergistic VSB Sections such as Intellectual Property, Corporate Counsel, Tax and Real Estate. Section leaders have been active through the years in improving the quality of general and specialized business law and practice for the benefit of Virginia's small and growing businesses, as well as large private and publicly-held businesses.