L.A. stories of inspiration and success

L.A. stories of inspiration and success

FREE Legal Help for LA-Area Business Owners; the LA Regional Small Business Legal Aid Program provides representation or assistance to support a range of issues including contracts, business structure and formation, employee issues, COVID relief, eviction protection, intellectual property rights and protections, and much more
LA Regional Small Business Legal Aid Program

The LA Regional Small Business Legal Aid Program provides free legal assistance or representation to small businesses impacted by COVID-19. The program is administered by the City of Los Angeles Economic and Workforce Development Department (EWDD) in partnership with the County of Los Angeles Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), Bet Tzedek Legal Services, Public Counsel and the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles.

The program provides education and direct representation on a number of legal issues, including drafting and reviewing commercial leases; drafting and reviewing contracts, business structure, and entity formation; employment law advice covering issues such as hiring and termination, wage and hour rules, employee safety, paid leave, and benefits; application of COVID regulations to business operations; accessing COVID relief including loans and aid; and other transactional matters like intellectual property assistance.

For more information and to apply, visit www.lalegalhelp.org. EWDD's BusinessSource Centers are also available to assist with applications.

EWDD offers a variety of services, programs and benefits to the entire Los Angeles City community. BusinessSource Centers offer resources to microenterprises, small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs that help revitalize our economy and strengthen our local communities. WorkSource Centers support both job seekers and local business by offering free job training, resume and placement services, and employment and HR support for businesses. YouthSource Centers provide our teens and young adults assistance with completing high school and getting into college, finding a career path and skills training, and mentoring with all around support. Whatever you need, EWDD is here to help you achieve your goals!

This story is part of the EWDD UPDATES from the week of March 27, 2023. Read this issue and more.