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The Center for Legal Innovation at Vermont Law School has received grant funding from the Small Business Administration through the VtSBDC to offer support and outreach on legal topics impacting diverse and disadvantaged businesses and business owners in Vermont.  With the coordination efforts of the VtSBDC, eight partner groups with various skillsets will band together to implement this comprehensive outreach and support program.  

To begin our outreach, we will be conducting listening tours in a community near you to learn about your legal business concerns.  Check back for our schedule of coming events or to sign up and have your voice heard.

Based on community input from the listening tour, our portion of the program will provide:

  • Online legal resources and tools to assist with a general understanding of legal requirements, options, and opportunities for small businesses
  • Direct consultations to small businesses to help them to understand the legal aspects of owning and running a business
  • Referrals for approved businesses for five to ten hours of free legal service with a Vermont attorney.

We look forward to hearing about the needs of BIPOC, Women-owned, LGBTQ, Rural, Veteran, disabled, and economically disadvantaged Vermont small businesses and start-ups and offering support to their legal needs.