We partner with corporations and communities to build a network of skill-based volunteers who provide free legal services for entrepreneurs and pro bono finance and marketing support to entrepreneurs that face structural barriers to accessing the critical resources to grow their businesses and impact local communities.
Our Legal Program connects entrepreneurs to attorney volunteers who can assist them with legal services to suit their unique business needs. Attorneys work with entrepreneurs on a range of transactional issues, including corporate governance, intellectual property rights, navigating entity formation, commercial real estate, online business and e-commerce, business contracts, and more.
Review of business facts and general issues likely to arise, which may include recommendations for additional legal services.
Advice about the different types of legal entities companies use, how they differ, and what entity may present the best opportunities and protections for your company.
Assistance forming a limited liability entity to protect you and your company's assets better.
Analysis of the appropriate intellectual property protection for your business (incl. Trademarks, Copyrights, and Patents). If appropriate, assistance with registering your company’s IP or drafting license agreements to sell or buy rights to use your intellectual property.
Overview of corporate governance requirements for your corporate structure. Drafting or revising corporate documents to ensure your company is in compliance with requirements and all paperwork is valid and up to date.
Review of your commercial lease and your rights and responsibilities as a tenant, and recommendations for making your current or future lease friendlier for your business.
Ask questions about existing business contracts, receive feedback on proposed contracts, and/or get assistance drafting template contracts you can use over and over again with the same types of customers, clients, or suppliers.
Our Marketing and Sales Program offers entrepreneurs free consultations to explore how to connect their brands and products with target audiences and increase sales. We provide free branding, free social media, free digital marketing strategy, free website design, free logo design, free advertising online, free website audits, free distribution and sales strategy, free e-commerce, and more.
Learn how to create a strategic plan to improve your digital footprint and maximize online awareness and conversion.
Learn how to build social media campaigns, identify your goals, perform competitor benchmarking, and evaluate your customers' online behavior.
Review your website’s layout, user experience, functionality, visual design, content, and recommendations for improvement.
Review your brand voice and visual identity and recommendations for improvement.
Have a logo or simple website designed for your business.
Identify opportunities to maximize customer acquisition and sales via existing or new channels.
Learn how to set up tracking or analyze data to improve digital marketing performance.
Learn how to optimize your website to rank for the key terms your audience uses, mobile search, host high-quality content, and make it easy for customers to buy.
Receive introductions from the Start Small Think Big team for sales opportunities, including corporate gifting, wholesale, and retailers.
Our Finance Program boosts entrepreneurs' financial literacy and gets them comfortable with aspects of small business finance. Finance experts help with financial planning and analysis, risk management, bookkeeping, and other financial support services.
Get help with business bookkeeping and learn how to set up your books.
Learn how to read financial statements.
Get help with calculating costs, examining pricing options, setting sales goals and budgets.
Get help with forecasting future operations under new scenarios like hiring, equipment purchases, or new capital.