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Hope Solutions Merchant Services

Jessica-Nowlan_left-colJessica Nowlan, a recent LSE client and Bay Area native, founded Hope Solutions Merchant Services with the goal of building a local financial services institution that would help businesses and the local community thrive. "It was so frustrating to see small to mid-sized businesses overpaying on their merchant services because they didn't understand pricing and how to advocate for themselves. I saw an opportunity to combine my passion for helping people follow their dreams and my experience in fundraising to create a business model that could help local businesses succeed and create jobs."

Jessica worked with her brother and consultants for over two years to learn the ins and outs of the industry, create a solid business plan, and launched her business in September 2010.

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Legal Services for Entrepreneurs (LSE)

Founded in 1997, Legal Services for Entrepreneurs (LSE) provides free business legal services to low-income individuals (including women and people of color) who want to start or develop for-profit businesses, and certain for-profit businesses committed to community economic development.

We provide the following services:

One-on-one legal representation: In partnership with Bay Area law firms and corporate legal departments, entrepreneurs in need of legal assistance are matched with experienced business attorneys who provide their services free of charge.

Legal counseling: We offer consultation services to entrepreneurs who have legal questions related to a start-up or existing businesses.

Legal workshops: Our workshop series addresses a range of legal issues entrepreneurs face when starting a new business, or growing an existing one.

*Some examples of the types of business law matters we will help with are: entity formation, intellectual property, commercial leases, zoning compliance, employment issues, and customer and supplier contracts. The legal services provided by LSE and its participating law firms are limited to business law matters and do not include services related to disputes, claims, or lawsuits.

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Eligibility Guidelines

When reviewing an application for services, LSE will consider both the individual and his/her business's impact on the surrounding community. LSE will provide services to higher income applicants only if the benefit they offer to an economically distressed community outweighs their considerable resources. For more information on how to qualify for LSE's services, please see the application below or contact us at: lse@lccr.com or 415-543-9444 x217.

LSE Application Form

LSE Application Form: Spanish

LSE recognizes that women and minority business owners often face special obstacles to forming their own business and/or to accessing legal and other services necessary to expand a business. LSE makes a concerted effort to ensure that its eligibility criteria do not perpetuate these barriers or otherwise unfairly exclude any business from equal opportunity.

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Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights
131 Steuart Street, Suite 400
San Francisco, CA 94105

Phone: 415-543-9444
Fax: 415-543-0296