Legal Expert Advice: 6 Tips in Starting a Social Enterprise


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Melissa Ip, founder and editor of Social Enterprise Buzz, shares her six tips learned from legal experts in starting a social enterprise.

For up-and-coming social entrepreneurs: Don't view legal form as "one size fits all; understand that legal form is merely a tool; take advantage of program-related investments to raise capital; stay current on legal developments; include an attorney on your board; and focus on what's most important - your impact.



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Federal Programs Related to - Legal Services

Programs that provide assistance in the form of advocacy, arbitration, certificates/forms assistance, class action litigation, legal counseling, legal representation, mediation, paralegal counseling, and/or self-representation assistance which focus on a particular area of law. Includes programs that provide legal services for free or at a reduced cost by persons appointed by the State, the courts; bar associations, etc., or by persons volunteering their services usually for those unable to afford a private attorney. Amnesty/Pardon Assistance; Homesteading Assistance; Insurance Claims Assistance; Legal Malpractice Assistance; Libel Assistance; Litigation Award Collection Assistance; Long Term Care Ombudsmen Programs; Malicious Prosecution Assistance; Malpractice Assistance; Medical Malpractice Assistance; Patient Rights Assistance; Personal Injury Assistance; Qui Tam Actions; Slander Assistance; Small Claims Assistance; Surrogate Mother Legal Assistance; Therapy Malpractice Assistance; Unclaimed Property Assistance; Wage Garnishment Assistance; Whistleblower Advocacy; Wrongful Action Compensation Assistance; Discrimination Assistance; Legal Aid; Employment Discrimination Assistance; Club Membership Discrimination Assistance; Education Discrimination Assistance; Equal Employment Opportunity Enforcement; Job Discrimination Assistance; Court-appointed Counsel; Legal Aid to the Poor; Legal Aid Services; Legal Services for Indigents; Pro Bono Cases; Public Defenders; Public Interest Law

Federal Programs Related to - Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy, General/Other

Programs that focus on protecting and promoting the broad civil rights and civil liberties of individuals and work to change public policy and opinion in a variety of areas.

See also: +COMMON CODE Advocacy (**B); Hate Crimes Prevention (I02.07); Housing Discrimination (I05.08); Voter Services (W08.05)


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