Neighborhood Entrepreneur Law Project

Neighborhood Entrepreneur Law Project at CBJC

Neighborhood Entrepreneur Law Project

To get help from the Neighborhood Entrepreneur Law Project, call 212.382.6633 or email

The Neighborhood Entrepreneur Law Project (NELP) of the City Bar Justice Center provides low- to moderate-income micro-entrepreneurs with the legal services necessary to start their businesses on sound legal footing.

NELP’s volunteer attorneys guide clients through such matters as incorporation and tax issues, contracts and agreements, commercial lease negotiations, copyrights, trademarks, and patents. Volunteer attorneys also offer presentations and legal clinics at community-based organizations on issues of concern to micro-entrepreneurs.

To date, NELP has partnered with more than 100 law firms, 25 corporate legal departments, and 30 community-based organizations to assist more than 14,000 clients through the provision of brief services, direct representation, legal clinics, and community presentations.

Akira Arroyo directs NELP and Cheryl Lopez is the project coordinator.

Not sure if this is the right project? Contact our free Legal Hotline at 212-626-7383.

NELP Events

Small Business Legal Clinics – NELP’s legal clinics provide microentrepreneurs with the opportunity to speak one-on-one with an attorney regarding their small business legal issues. Frequently discussed topics include: business structure, incorporation, contracts and agreements, commercial leasing, and intellectual property protection. In order to attend, you must register in advance.

Presentations – NELP’s volunteer attorneys give presentations on small business legal issues at local community development organizations throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx.

To see all upcoming NELP events , view this page.

Upcoming events
NELP – Legal Presentation - Monday, April 23rd (6:00 - 8:00PM)

Monday, April 23, 2018 (6:00 PM – 8:00 PM): A volunteer attorney will give a presentation on the topic of Business Structures at the Pace University Small Business Development Center, located at One Pace Plaza, New York, NY 10038. By subway this location is accessible via the A/C/E to Fulton St. Registration is required as seating is limited. To RSVP, please click this link to register.

NELP – Legal Clinic - Wednesday, April 25th (5:30 - 7:30PM)

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 (5:30 PM – 7:30 PM): A small business legal clinic will be held in the Upper Manhattan NYC Business Solutions Center, located at 361 West 125th St, New York, NY 10027. By subway, this location is accessible via the A/B/C/D to 125th St. To register for an appointment, please contact NELP at (212) 382-6633.

NELP – Legal Clinic - Tuesday, May 01st (5:30 - 7:30PM)

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 (5:30 PM – 7:30 PM): A small business legal clinic will be held in the Brooklyn Library, located at 10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, NY 11238. By subway, this location is accessible via the 2/3 to Grand Army Plaza. To register for an appointment, please click here to complete our Google form.

NELP Client Spotlight
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To learn more about Mansi: The New Citrus Experience and other NELP clients click here.

Latest news
  • April 3, 2018
    CED Unit Tax Series: Part I – NYC Small Business Tax Obligations

    In an effort to help you better understand what you are responsible to pay as an individual or as a small business owner, the CED Unit is releasing educational resources to guide you through these coming weeks as you prepare to file your taxes for 2017.
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  • February 6, 2018
    Scaling Up Small Businesses in New York City

    Small businesses have the potential to bolster New York City’s economy by creating jobs and providing entrepreneurs with the opportunity to reach economic stability while at the same time making their dreams a reality. According to Small Business First’s report, of the approximately 220,000 businesses located in NYC, 98% are small (fewer than 100 employees) and 89% are very small (fewer than 20 employees).
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  • October 12, 2017
    Small Business Resource: Legal Structure Fact Sheets

    The following Entity Formation Fact Sheets are resources developed by NELP which provide a basic overview of the steps an entrepreneur should take to create each type of legal structure.
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