The Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Small Business Clinic

Q. WHAT DO WE DO?

A. The Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship offers consulting services to small businesses with law and business related concerns. In addition to consultation, the Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship hosts an Annual Conference, Speaker Series, Small Business Presentations, and Workshops. The Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship office contains a plethora of small business resource materials of which clients are encouraged to take advantage during business hours. Clients are also welcome to check out books from our resource library, contained within the Center's office. 

Q. IS THERE AN APPLICATION PROCESS?

A. Yes. Prospective clients must complete a short application that asks entrepreneurs to describe their specific area of concern. The application process will conclude with an interview with the students and faculty member. Applicants are accepted into the program based upon the complexity of their concern, the estimated time it will take to complete the project, and their business income level.

Q. WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE CONSULTATION SERVICES?

A. Businesses are eligible if their projects can be concluded within an 11 to 14 week timeframe.The Clinic is intended for entrepreneurs and small businesses who cannot otherwise afford to retain a lawyer. Thus, there is also an income threshold that businesses must meet in order to be considered. 

Q. WHAT IS THE ROLE OF STUDENTS?

A. School of Law students, under the supervision of faculty members, work in small groups to assist local small business owners in resolving their legal issues or needs. Students work directly with the entrepreneurs throughout the 11 to 14 week semester session. Students also give presentations on legal and business topics throughout the year.

Q. ARE THE STUDENTS SUPERVISED?

A. Yes. The students work under the supervision of School of Law and College of Business faculty.

Q. WHAT IF I HAVE A MORE IN-DEPTH ISSUE/PROBLEM?

A. If clients have a more in-depth issue or problem that cannot be resolved by the Center's students, they may be referred to local attorneys and small business consultants who have agreed to be listed as a resource. These additional services may have fees attached.

Q. WHERE IS THE CENTER?

A. The Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship is an office located on the Western New England University campus, at 1215 Wilbraham Road in Springfield, MA. The Center is located on the 1st Floor of the Blake Law Center in room 25. Office hours are between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Summer hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Please call 413-796-2030 with any questions, or to make an appointment.