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Yes, they are. Non-compete agreements ("NCAs") are not only for employees, and may be with partners, contractors, etc. However, understand that an NCA must be "reasonable." This means that if the NCA is overly-burdensome with its restrictions, it may be scaled back or voided. Reply and let me know if you want to know more about this, and how to go about doing so.
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