Bet Tzedek launched its Small Business Development (SBD) Project in 2016 to strengthen the economic base of underserved communities by providing free legal education and services to low-to-moderate income small business owners and entrepreneurs, with a focus on women, disabled, Veteran, immigrant, limited English speaking, LGBTQ, and BIPOC business owners.
Bet Tzedek’s SBD program deploys a three-pronged approach consisting of:
Legal Guides and FAQS: Please click here to access legal information relevant to small businesses like legal structures basics, employment law basics, intellectual property basics, and others.
Legal Workshops and Small Business Legal Academies: Please visit our calendar to register for our upcoming legal workshops and Small Business Legal Academies. We will be offering both general business law education and COVID-specific programming. Registration required.
Direct Legal Representation: Small businesses seeking counsel for transactional legal issues may submit an application for assistance. Assistance can include drafting and reviewing contracts, business structure and entity formation, drafting and reviewing commercial leases, negotiating with landlords, employment law advice covering issues such as hiring and termination, wage and hour rules, employee safety, paid leave, benefits, application of COVID-19 regulations to business operations, accessing COVID-19 relief including loans and aid, and other transactional matters like intellectual property assistance.
Bet Tzedek is part of the LA Regional COVID-19 Small Business Owners Legal Aid Program, a partnership between the City of Los Angeles, County of Los Angeles, Bet Tzedek Legal Services, Public Counsel, and the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles that connects L.A. Region’s small business owners with legal experts. To get more information about this initiative click here.
Small Business COVID-19 Assistance Application