LegalCORPS is making rapid progress in its ongoing initiative to learn and begin to better serve immigrant, American Indian and other entrepreneurs of color in Minnesota.   In recent months, LegalCORPS has begun bringing the business law component to joint efforts with other nonprofits that promote small business development among populations of color.

Recent developments include:

Latinos in Business Legal Clinic: Working with the Latino Economic Development Center, LegalCORPS now conducts monthly free business law clinics (conducted in Spanish if needed) from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on third Tuesdays at the East Side Enterprise Center in St.  Paul (804 Margaret Street).  One can request an appointment at marisa@ledc-mn.org or 651-395-4047.

African Economic Development Solutions: LegalCORPS now recruits volunteer business lawyers to advise and assist business consulting clients of this St. Paul-based nonprofit.

Red Lake Nation Entrepreneur Program: LegalCORPS has recruited attorneys to address an entrepreneur training class about business law issues and to be available for advice for participants and graduates of the class in northern Minnesota.

African Development Center: In December 2015, LegalCORPS and ADC began offering regularly scheduled brief advice business law counseling for immigrant entrepreneurs at the ADC offices in the Cedar Riverside area of Minneapolis.

CERT: LegalCORPS now participates in monthly CERT workshops at the Rondo Library in St. Paul, providing a volunteer business lawyer to advise workshop participants.   CERT, administered by the City of St. Paul, is a joint program of St. Paul, Ramsey County and Hennepin County to certify minority-owned, women-owned and small business enterprise status for contract-bidding purposes in Minnesota.

Similar joint projects are under consideration with other nonprofits both in the metropolitan area and in non-metro areas of Minnesota.