No-Cost Legal Resources for Low-Income Small Business Owners Impacted by COVID-19


Dear Business Owner, Manager, Representative:

No-Cost, pro-bono legal services are available through Start Small Think Big to help low-income small business owners during the COVID-19 pandemic. These offerings do not cover litigation but can include Business Formation Options (Sole Proprietorship, LLC, Corporation, etc.), Licensing and Other Regulations, Financing, Employment Matters, Commercial Lease Agreements, Contracts, and other legal issues.
Start Small Think Big is a nonprofit organization that provides under-resourced entrepreneurs in the Bay Area with the tools they need to grow their businesses by working with a network of professional volunteers to offer free programs including legal services. To work with Start Small Think Big, you must apply and demonstrate that you and your business meet their low-income eligibility guidelines. You can register to hear SSTB at the City of San Jose’s April 23 3pm legal workshop which will help small business owners with legal questions about COVID-19 SBA loans and grants.

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With best wishes for your health and the success of your business,
Office of Economic Development Team

This information is available in the following languages: English , Español , Tiếng Việt , 繁體中文 , and 中文简体.
The City of San Jose wants you and your employees to have important information about the COVID-19 pandemic and is sending this email to the emergency contact address that you gave the City when your business registered in the San Jose tax system or that you provided later. If you would like to receive these notices at an additional address you can subscribe to one or more of the following distributions:
  • Notices – Small businesses can keep informed about workshops and other services offered by over 30 small business assistance organization programs through this subscription.
  • SJ Economy Notices – The City of San Jose Office of Economic Development sends out a regular notice about issues of interest to San Jose businesses
  • City of San Jose COVID-19 Flash Reports – Updates and announcements from the City of San Jose about COVID-19 are distributed in the morning and late afternoon to subscribers.

Past distributions about COVID-19 can be found here:

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