Neighborhood Entrepreneur Law Project

The City Bar Justice Center’s Neighborhood Entrepreneur Law Project (NELP) launched an initiative offering free remote legal consultations to help small businesses navigate challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to learn more.

Neighborhood Entrepreneur Law Project


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.

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



NELP Services

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.

Direct Pro Bono Representation – to get additional assistance from NELP, call 212.382.6633 or email

To see all upcoming NELP events , view this page.

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

General Resources

NELP Business Plan Template (2020)

Choosing a Business Name (2018)

Neighborhood Entrepreneur Law Project Brochure

Corporation Formation Fact Sheet

General Partnership Fact Sheet

Limited Partnership Formation Fact Sheet

LLC Formation Fact Sheet

LLP Formation Fact Sheet

PC Formation Fact Sheet

PLLC Formation Fact Sheet

Sole Proprietorship Fact Sheet

COVID-19 Small Business Resources


From Pandemic to Prosperity: Innovating and Adapting as a Small Business – Watch video

Small Business Bankruptcy Webinar – Watch video / Download presentation slides

Commercial Lease Considerations During COVID-19 – Watch video / Download presentation slides / Transcript


Recovery Guide: Resources and Aid for Small Businesses (Download)

Dealing With the Financial Impact of the Coronavirus in NYC (Download ENG) / Manejo del Impacto Financiero del Coronavirus en la Ciudad de NY (Download SPA)

Labor & Employment Fact Sheet (Download)

Small Business Contracts Issues (Download ENG) / Problemas Relacionados con Contratos de Empresas Pequeñas (Download SPA)

Small Business Chapter 11 Bankruptcy (Download)

Small Business Insurance Claims for Protest-Related Damages Information Sheet (Download)

Tax Aspects of Small Business Assistance Programs (Download)


NELP 2021 Report: A Brief Overview

NELP 2020 Pro Bono Report

NELP 2018 Pro Bono Report

Upcoming events
NELP Business Entity Formation Webinar - Wednesday, September 29th (4:00pm - 5:30pm)

The Neighborhood Entrepreneur Law Project (NELP), in partnership with the PACE Small Business Development Center, is hosting a webinar on business entity formation on Wednesday, September 29th, 2021 at 4:00pm. The webinar will focus on the advantages and liabilities of different forms of business structures.

To register for the event, click here.

NELP Small Business Remote Legal Clinic - Tuesday, October 05th (4:30pm - 6:30pm)

The Neighborhood Entrepreneur Law Project (NELP) is hosting a virtual legal clinic for micro-entrepreneurs. It’s an opportunity to receive FREE legal advice on business-related matters from volunteer attorneys during a 45-minute consultation. Registration is required. Click here to register.

NELP Intellectual Property Webinar - Wednesday, October 06th (4:00pm - 5:30pm)

The Neighborhood Entrepreneur Law Project (NELP), in partnership with the PACE Small Business Development Center, is hosting a webinar on the basics of Intellectual Property on Wednesday, October 6th, 2021 at 4:00pm. The webinar will focus on understanding the basics of trademarks, patents and copyrights.

To register for the event, click here.

NELP Client Spotlight

To learn more about Coqui the Chef: How a Puerto-Rican Entrepreneur Learned to Adapt and Thrive During the Pandemic and other NELP clients click here.

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