06/05/2014: Pacific Business News
Hawaii-based business law nonprofit expands its services by Duane Shimogawa, Pacific Business News. Article available at http://www.bizjournals.com/pacific/news/2014/06/05/hawaii-based-business-law-nonprofit-expands-its.html
07/07/2012: OC16 Career Changers
Honolulu local television program Career Changers on OC 16 does a piece with BLC co-founders and clients on the free legal services the organization provides to entrepreneurs.
05/2012: University of Hawaii Alumni Magazine
Free & Legal: Business Law Corps Aims to Deliver Corporate Law Services to Local Startups At No Cost by Tara Ziker of UH Alumni Magazine
04/12/2012: Pacific Business News Article
Entrepreneurs Help Build Stronger Communities by Dawn Morais Webster of Pacific Business News
04/2012: Hawaii Business Magazine
Business Law Corps Offers Free Legal Advice by Mike Hanson of Hawaii Business Magazine
01/06/2012: Business Law Corps Press Release
Startup Grants Celebrate Launch of Pro Bono Legal Services for Entrepreneurs
Honolulu, HI, Jan. 06, 2012 —Three to five entrepreneurs will receive up to $5,000 in legal services in January to celebrate the launch of Business Law Corps (BLC), a nonprofit organization created to provide pro bono legal services for entrepreneurs and start-up business owners.
Any Hawai’i resident with a new business idea is encouraged to submit an application to the BLC to obtain free business law services for a specified project, such as a business formation, trademark application, or contract review. The top three to five applicants will become BLC’s first clients and receive free legal – with a value up to $5,000 – to help launch their businesses. To be eligible, applicants must answer a brief questionnaire showing that they cannot afford to pay for legal services. Applications will then be judged based on the potential for their new business to enrich community wealth and create jobs. Applications for the Startup Grants may be found on the BLC website www.businesslawcorps.org
The BLC matches qualified entrepreneurs/business owners with experienced business attorneys willing to provide their legal services on a pro bono basis. The platform is premised on the idea that there are two important unmet needs in Hawai’i: (1) there are many entrepreneurs with great ideas who do not protect their business interests properly because they cannot afford the costs of legal representation; and (2) there is an untapped supply of business attorneys with the ability and desire to help entrepreneurs on a pro bono basis but who are not given the opportunity to do so. The BLC aims to fill both needs by bringing together qualified entrepreneurs and business attorneys.
“The end goal is to help support Hawai’i ‘s small business economy by opening up access to the legal system and giving entrepreneurs a better chance to succeed,” explains Greg Kim, co-founder of BLC along with Natalie Banach and Catherine Taschner.
Following its launch, BLC will continue to seek and evaluate applications for pro bono legal services from deserving entrepreneurs and will provide assistance to the most promising business ideas from the standpoint of creating new jobs.
The deadline for applications is 5:00PM on January 15, 2012. The recipients of the Startup Grants will be announced and notified by the end of January 2012. For additional information on the BLC and to apply, please visit our “For Entrepreneurs” page.
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12/23/2011: Hawaii News Now Interview
Howard Dicus of Hawaii News Now interview BLC co-founder Greg Kim.
12/23/2012: Pacific Business News
Statups Eligible for Free Legal Services by Linda Chiem of Pacific Business News