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Neighborhood Entrepreneur Law Project

Observations & Issues

Small businesses are the foundation of our economy, accounting for up to 80% of net new jobs over the last decade and employing half of all private sector workers, according to the Small Business Administration. Small businesses are an especially crucial component of the New York state economy, as small employers represented 99.1% of the state's employers and 51.9% of its private-sector employment in 2005 (Small Business Administration 2008).

The City Bar Justice Center strongly believes that micro-entrepreneurs need comprehensive and ongoing services in order to build successful businesses. We have found that providing micro-entrepreneurs with access to pro bono legal services as well as a network of partnerships with technical and financial assistance providers greatly improves their likelihood of success. We have also observed that micro-entrepreneur clients benefit from the knowledge that they can return for additional assistance should new or unfamiliar questions arise.