First Class Salon & Blowdry Bar, one of the recipients of our PPE funding, is a Latinx-owned beauty salon in East Boston specializing in hair, makeup, and bridal services. They will use the PPE funding to purchase sanitizing equipment, masks, and disposable capes.
Celebrating our 20th anniversary in 2021, 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.
Small Businesses Served
Growing wealth in historically disadvantaged communities is a critical civil rights issue. For 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.
Though 2020 hit small businesses hard, the resiliency and spirit of our small businesses shone through in their inspiring success stories. This year, multiple LCR clients have placed their packaged food products in Whole Foods.
Manjari Saha, an immigrant from India, is selling delicious yogurt-based spread, Yogiballs, in Whole Foods from Maine to Connecticut.
Kamaal Jarrett makes delicious hot sauces inspired by his family’s home in Jamaica. You can buy his delicious Hillside Harvest Sauces in Whole Foods at the end of 2020.
CEO & Co-founder, Coils to Locs
Sterling McCormick, Dreamstate
Carolina Salinas and Carolina Garcia, two Venezuelan immigrants, attended our first Food Biz 101 cohort four years ago with a dream of sharing delicious Venezuelan arepas but a lack of knowledge and resources on where to start. At the end of the series Las Carolinas was born. With hard work and determination Las Carolinas continued to work with us, attending our weekly workshops and using our services to form their entity, establish contracts, and protect their intellectual property. Today, you can find Las Carolinas selling their delicious arepas at Aeronaut Brewing in Somerville.
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.
Jametta Cooley, Hearts with Art, "I really enjoyed and got a lot from this workshop you made possible. It answered so many questions I had been pondering for years. I took a digital assessment yesterday and passed. I will start graphic design classes on October 7th. This will equip me to invest in the future dream I have to do art and bringing it to the communities for children. The services LCR has supported me with have built up my confidence to go forward making this dream a reality."
Executive Director, Amplify Latinx
Virtual Civil Rights Reception
We are throwing a virtual party! Please join us on Thursday, June 17 to celebrate our life-changing work and recent achievements. This year, we are proud to celebrate the 20th anniversary of LCR | BizGrow, our economic justice project providing free legal support to small businesses.Register ↗
2021 Small Business Conference
The BizGrow Conference: a free day of business legal support for your minority, immigrant, or women-owned small business.Register ↗