April 24, 2024

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Law firm offering pro bono legal services to Black-owned businesses

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A Harrisburg-based law firm will offer $50,000 in pro bono legal services to help up to five Black-owned businesses launch or grow, the company announced Wednesday.

The Legal Equity Advancement Program, run by McNees Wallace & Nurick, will accept applications from businesses that are at least 51% Black-owned or Black-controlled and in the early stages of growth until 5 p.m. Friday, according to a news release.

“Many early stage business owners cannot afford the sophisticated legal services that often are necessary to properly launch or grow a business. LEAP acknowledges that this barrier is more severe for Black-owned or -controlled businesses,” the release states.

McNees will provide a range of services to selected businesses, including financing, contract negotiations and licensing and permitting. The company will also provide education about certain areas of the law, the release states.