Small Business Clinic

The Small Business Clinic provides legal and business services to entrepreneurs and small businesses. Law students work on transactional (i.e. non-litigation) legal matters that are typical in the start-up phase of a business including choice of entity, employment policies, contract drafting, regulatory compliance, and intellectual property issues relating to trademark and copyright. Business students assist clients with general management issues as well as market assessment and direct marketing techniques. The first goal of the clinic is to provide students with practical experience and exposure to operating businesses. The second goal is to assist local entrepreneurs and ultimately act as a catalyst to the economic development of western Massachusetts.

For businesses with well-defined legal issues but which for some reason cannot be served by the Small Business Clinic as a regular client, the Clinic offers Office Hours. In Office Hours, the clinician and students meet with a business person to discuss the legal matter in detail and provide some feedback to help the businessperson get the assistance they need. Although the Clinic cannot perform the legal work necessary to resolve the matter in Office Hours, the interview frequently resolves confusion and helps ensure that the matter will be resolved appropriately.

For businesses who needs are beyond the expertise of the Clinic and whose matters cannot be addressed in Office Hours, the Center provides a Legal Referral Service that facilitates the matching of businesses needing legal services with lawyers who will be willing to provide those services at no cost or at a reduced fee. This matching service reduces search costs for both lawyers looking for pro bono business clients and for businesses seeking legal assistance.

For more information or if you are interested in the Clinic’s services, please contact us.

Events 2013-14

Spring 2014


Tuesday, February 25, 
5:00-7:00 p.m., Blake Law Center, Law School Common Room 3
123s of Financial Literacy for Small Businesses
Cost-Effective Marketing
Presenters: Dr. Lanny Spotts, Western New England University College of Business, Karen Utgoff, Principal, Karen Lauter Utgoff Consulting, Market-Oriented Strategy, Megan Lynch, CEO/President, Six-Point Creative Works 

Thursday, February 27, 2014
12:30-2:00 p.m., Sleith Hall, Room 100
Speaker Series
Bill Bither, Software Entrepreneur


Monday, March 24, 2014
5:00-6:30 p.m., College of Science and Pharmacy, Room 400
Speaker Series
Michael Semanie Jr., Director of Pharmacy (Retired)
Big Y Food Pharmacy and Wellness Center

Tuesday, March 25, 2014
5:00-7:00 p.m., Blake Law Center, Law School Common Room 3
123s of Financial Literacy for Small Businesses
Managing Credit and Banking Relationships
Presenters: Leslie Ross Lawrence, Senior Vice President, Chief Credit Officer, NUVO Bank & Trust Company, Sharon Czarnecki, Assistant Vice President, Westfield Bank


Tuesday, April 8, 2014
12:30-2:00 p.m., Sleith Hall, Room 100
Speaker Series
“One Man’s Vision for XLERATING Success”

Denis Gagnon G’76
President, Excel Dryer, Inc.
Trustee, Western New England University

Tuesday, April 22, 2014
5:00-7:00 p.m., Blake Law Center, Law School Common Room 3

123s of Financial Literacy for Small Businesses
Insurance: Risk-Management Techniques for Small Businesses
Presenter: Bill Trudeau, President and CEO, the Insurance Center of New England



Thursday, September 12, 2013
Speaker Series
Ron Lalli ’61/G’67, Entrepreneur
EBTEC, Texcel, Belt Technologies, Energy Beam Sciences, PTI Industries, Litron, Overhaul Support Services Former Trustee, Western New England University
Watch a video of the talk

Tuesday, September 24, 2013
123s of Financial Literacy for Small Businesses
Basics of Financial & Business Planning – Presenters; Dr. Jim McKeon & Dr. Lynn Walter, School of Business


Tuesday, October 22, 2013
123s of Financial Literacy for Small Businesses
Accounting Basics-Understanding Financial Statements
Presenter; Jay O’Brien '74, President, JM O’Brien & Company PC

Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Speaker Series
Mr. Jeff Birnn '72, Copresident
Birnn Chocolates of Vermont


Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Speaker Series
Larry Hott L'76, Owner, Florentine Films / Hott Productions, Inc. 

Tuesday, November 19, 2013
123s of Financial Literacy for Small Businesses
Introduction to Tax Issues for Small Business
Presenters: Paul Mancinone L'92, CPA, and Dean Gouvin