The Arts & Business Council’s Volunteer Lawyers & Professionals for the Arts and Bradley law firm are partnering to provide free legal services to Black-owned small businesses and nonprofits. This virtual clinic has a limited number of first come, first served appointments every third Thursday of each month and registration closes on the Monday prior to each clinic. The next clinic will be held on December 16, with registration closing on Monday, December 13. Make your appointment now at: https://abcnashville.org/
The Black-Owned Small Business and Nonprofit Legal Clinics provide accessible and affordable business-oriented legal services. Lawyers will provide help with corporate governance, review of contracts, and guidance in navigating local ordinances and state regulations.
In order to qualify for this legal clinic, your business must have 51% or greater African American ownership, less than ten employees, and less than one million dollars in annual revenue. If your company does not meet one or more of the above criteria but you would still like to be considered for the legal clinic, please identify which requirement you do not meet and detail any exceptions that may qualify your need for the services.
When you apply for the legal clinic, you will be required to provide the following information:
First Name, Last Name, a Contact Phone Number, Contact Email, Name of Business and Business Mailing Address. Is this an Individual/Sole proprietorship, a Partnership, a Limited Liability company (LLC), Corporation – C sorp, Corporation – S corp, Corporation – B corp, or Corporation – Nonprofit. Whether you have or have not yet filed any business incorporation documents. Type of Business/Industry.
What is the percentage of African American ownership in the business? (If you have not yet started your business, please list the expected ownership). How many employees does the business have? (If you have not yet started your business, please list the expected number of employees). What is the business’ annual revenue? (Based on most recent tax filings. You may be asked to submit documentation. If you have not yet started your business, please enter a projected revenue amount for your first year).
You will be asked to describe your legal issue and/or questions. It will help the attorneys who will meet with you at the legal clinic if you provide as much detail as possible about the type of assistance you are seeking. You will be asked to indicate your availability as follows: I am available on Thursday, December 16, 2021. OR I am not available Thursday, December 16, 2021; but, I would like to be considered for upcoming clinics.
If you have any questions about completing the application form, please reach out to their team at firstname.lastname@example.org. Submitting your request for legal services does not automatically create any attorney-client relationship between you and VLPA, Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, or their employees, directors, officers, or contributors to this website.
AND their next Arts Nonprofit Nuts & Bolts Leadership Workshop, a half-day workshop featuring dynamic speakers on important topics for nonprofit arts leaders is Friday, December 17 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Baskin Center at Belmont University. Registration is free. Administrators and board members will gain need-to-know arts administration skills to help them master the business side of running a successful, arts nonprofit. This is an in-person event. Masks are required as well as a negative COVID test (within 72 hours) or proof of full vaccination. Complete details and the day’s schedule are on the registration page at: https://abcnashville.org/