Small businesses have been hit hard by the current pandemic that is sweeping the globe. But, thanks to the $2 trillion stimulus bill signed into law last week we are on our way to getting help. The first step was passing the measure. Now small businesses need to figure out how to actually access this assistance.
Although a lawyer can help, many entrepreneurs don't have the funds to pay for legal advice. Lawyers for Good Government Foundation is a group of approximately 125,000 legal advocates from all 50 states. They offer small business owners who have less than 25 employees a free consultation that will help them understand the law and how to apply for it.
Pro bono services are free 45-minute sessions offered across the country. In partnership with the City Bar Justice Center in New York, a pilot program is being launched. You can sign up here to see when a clinic will come to a city near you.
Owners will be able to get guidance on funding available through the stimulus bill, assistance in filing for grants and loans available through other federal, state, and local programs, and answers to general legal questions resulting from the upheaval.
"Hundreds of thousands of small business owners, many of whom already operate on very narrow margins, are struggling with questions about how their businesses will survive the COVID-19 pandemic. The small business legal clinic will help them navigate the unexpected economic crisis and give them the guidance they need," Traci Feit Love, Lawyers for Good Government's executive Director, said.
You can find advice and support for entrepreneurs on Inc.com as well as the U.S. Small Business Administration while you wait for a clinic in your area.