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Law and Business Center Now Accepting Small Business Applications

Posted Tuesday, July 5, 2011

The Western New England University Law and Business Center for Advancing Entrepreneurship is now accepting applications from entrepreneurs and small business owners seeking assistance during the Fall 2011 semester. Under faculty supervision, law students assist clients with legal issues including choice of entity, employment policies, contract drafting, regulatory compliance, and intellectual property issues relating to trademark and copyright. This is a free service available to local businesses that would not otherwise have the resources to obtain legal assistance.

“In the first eight years of its existence, the Small Business Clinic at Western New England has assisted more than 150 small businesses,” says Eric Gouvin, Director of the Law and Business Center. “The Clinic is a great resource for entrepreneurs who lack the finances to retain an attorney. By using the Clinic's services, businesses can avoid problems by getting legal issues addressed early and correctly. It also provides students with a great opportunity to get real world experience."

The Law and Business Center asks small businesses to submit their applications by July 30. Applications received after that date will be considered if additional resources are available. Students will begin providing services at the end of August. For more information, call the Law and Business Center for Advancing Entrepreneurship at 413-796-2030 or email

The Western New England University Law and Business Center was established to provide graduate business and law students with an opportunity to provide practical consultation to entrepreneurs starting new and building existing small businesses in the community. This initiative strengthens alliances within the community by using the combined resources of the University’s School of Law and College of Business to foster new business development. For more information, visit


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