LCR | BizGrow provides free legal assistance, business support, and technical assistance to minority, immigrant, and women business owners—ensuring they encounter fewer obstacles and more opportunities.
Growing wealth in historically disadvantaged communities is a critical civil rights issue. For nearly 20 years, we have helped close the wealth gap by fueling equitable economic growth and increasing access to economic justice. Our programs include free legal representation, technical assistance, and workshops for small business owners on subjects such as entity formation, contracts, taxes, leases, and intellectual property.
The small business owners we support have big dreams, but limited resources. From family-owned restaurants to green economy startups, they play an important role in their local communities—helping individuals achieve self-sufficiency, creating jobs, and contributing to the vibrancy of our Commonwealth.
Growing a business takes courage, creativity, and commitment. With our support, local business owners can put down firm roots based on sound advice—and thrive.
This is business law for the public good.
This is economic justice in action.
This is LCR | BizGrow.
BizGrow Success Stories
Each year, we work with hundreds of inspiring entrepreneurs and small businesses. Their success stories embody the heart and soul of BizGrow.
Teresa Maynard graduated from our inaugural FoodBiz 101 series. She came to us with the dream of one day owning her own bakery. After completing the series—as well as participating in our workshops and legal clinics—Teresa achieved her dream and launched Sweet Teez Bakery. Today, her bakery has major contracts with multiple grocery and specialty stores across New England.
Carolina Salinas and Carolina Garcia, both immigrants, enrolled in FoodBiz 101 aspiring to build a business selling Venezuelan arepas so they can share their culture with their new community. At the end of the series, Las Carolinas was born. Fueled by their hard work and determination, Las Carolinas continued to work with us, attending our weekly workshops and using our services to form their entity, draft contracts, and protect their intellectual property. Today, you can find Las Carolinas selling their delicious arepas in Somerville.
Duane Osborn has been attending BizGrow programming and clinics for two years to help develop his cart business, which sells food, souvenirs, and novelty items. During this time, he expanded his operations from a single cart at South Station to multiple locations across several MBTA stations. Recently, he was awarded a contract to sell hot dogs outside TD Garden during Bruins games.
Tiffany Tate is a long-time participant in BizGrow workshops and legal clinics. Over the course of our partnership, she has grown Linger, her online fashion magazine, into an award-winning brand, hired staff, and been featured by media outlets.
Diana and Angelica Cardona are the sister duo behind local favorite ManiNuts and their flagship product—delicious roasted peanuts coated in sesame seeds. The sisters participated in our BizGrow Launch series at Roxbury Community College. Since then, ManiNuts has found great success and now distributes and sells their products at 25 different vendor locations across Greater Boston.
Resources for Small Businesses
We offer a variety of resources for small business owners:
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News and Resources
May 29, 20Coronavirus Pandemic Response
Apr 12, 20Coronavirus Legal Warriors
Mar 17, 20Legal Responses to COVID-19
Mar 13, 20Emergency Measures Needed
Mar 11, 20Urging Statewide Moratorium on Evictions in Light of COVID-19
Feb 03, 20Community Groups File Civil Rights Complaint To Halt Suffolk Downs Approval
Dec 03, 192019 Annual Report
Oct 29, 19Urging AG To Sue Lead Paint Companies
Oct 16, 19Suffolk Downs Can’t Become Another Seaport
Sep 18, 19Ropes & Gray Justice Fellowship
Jul 14, 19HUD Will Render Immigrants Homeless
May 01, 19Weaponizing The Census Would Hurt Massachusetts
Jan 03, 19Condemning Trump Administration’s Assault On Anti-Discrimination Protections
Jan 03, 19Comments on HUD’s Implementation of the Fair Housing Act
Nov 20, 182018 Year-in-Review
Nov 16, 18Congressional Resolution Honors Our Achievements
Sep 07, 18Symposium on the Future of Civil Rights (September 20, 2018)
Jun 23, 18Free Legal Clinic on July 16 in Roxbury