NEW: free clinic to offer legal advice to local Black-owned small businesses—learn about it here

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The Black Small Business and Nonprofit Community Clinic in Nashville (Bradley / Facebook)

The Black Small Business and Nonprofit Community Clinic, a joint project of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP (Bradley) and Legal Services Alabama (LSA), will provide free business-oriented legal services to Black-owned small businesses and nonprofits throughout Birmingham. Keep reading to learn about the launch!

A Community Clinic

IMG 6716 NEW: free clinic to offer legal advice to local Black-owned small businesses—learn about it here
Bradley’s Birmingham location (Callie Puryear / Bham Now)

The Birmingham clinic is modeled after Bradley’s first successful clinic in Nashville that opened in January 2021.

The Birmingham Black Small Business and Nonprofit Community Clinic opens virtually on Friday, April 29 from noon to 1PM by appointment only, with plans to transition to in-person appointments in the near future. Following the opening, clinics will be offered on the fourth Thursday of each month through December 22. 

The community clinic will focus on supporting Black entrepreneurs as they grow and expand their businesses.

“Bradley is working to bridge the gap between the legal needs of those who cannot afford or access legal services and the resources available to meet those needs.”

Tiffany Graves, pro bono counsel, Bradley

A step towards the future

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Changing the game for Black small business owners. (Bradley / Facebook)

The clinic is dedicated to making a lasting impact in the community. The two prominent Alabama firms will work together to break down the historic, systematic barriers that have made it challenging for the Black-owned business community to thrive in Birmingham.

“The clinic partnership between LSA and Bradley is a great next step in the evolution of addressing poverty in historically disenfranchised communities. The goal is to help local entrepreneurs build their capacity for organic growth and development, thereby providing jobs and helping build wealth in these communities for generations to come.”

Frederick Spight, LSA Court Debt Project Staff Attorney

LSA will conduct the screening of prospective clients. Eligible businesses should consist of at least 50% Black ownership with 10 or fewer employees and limited means. Register for the clinic here!

We are excited to see the impact this initiative makes on the Black-owned business community in Birmingham.

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