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ANSWER: A person on a visitor visa is not permitted to undertake any gainful employment - whether paid or unpaid, voluntary, pro bono, etc. - if it would otherwise be a paid position, but for the fact that he is in visitor status. If he were volunteering for a non-profit organization or something like that, it is one thing. But working with you to start a business is not permitted, even on a pro bono basis.
Here is a great resource for what is and is not a permitted activity on B1/B2 status: http://www.immihelp.com/business-visa/permissible-prohibited-activities.html
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