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May 11, 2017

How Legal Aid is Helping to Strengthen Charleston’s West Side Community

The West Side Community Economic Development (West Side CEDLAW) Program is an initiative designed to support economic development by providing legal education, resources, and direct legal services to low-income small business people and non-profit organizations. 

So, you have an idea for a business!? Do you know how to set up your business legally? Do you know how to register your business? Will you need a contractor’s or other type of license? What about employment policies and procedures? Taxes? Trademark protection? What do you do when a customer refuses to pay? 

A Legal Aid attorney can help provide answers to these questions and more. Working with the WVU College of Law’s Entrepreneurship and Innovation Law Clinic the West Side CEDLAW Program provides free business legal assistance to qualifying low income people who want to start or grow a small business on Charleston’s West Side; to non-profits promoting community development; and to West Side individuals with legal obstacles to work, education, or training.


HANDYMAN 101: SMALL BUSINESS START-UP WORKSHOP Thursday June 8, 2017, At 6:00 PM. The West Side CEDLAW program, in association with WVU College of Law’s Entrepreneurship and Innovation Clinic, will be presenting its Handyman 101 Workshop on the legal aspects of forming and maintaining a small business.  The workshop will be held at the West Virginia State University Economic Development Center, 1506 Kanawha Blvd. W. Charleston, WV 25387, on Charleston’s West Side.  (We will use the example of starting a Handyman business to talk about the legal steps for business start-up, but the Workshop will be helpful to anyone interested in launching a small business of whatever kind).  

If you have questions about the program or upcoming workshops, please feel free to reach out to the Project Contact listed below.  We will happily meet with you and/or include you in any planned upcoming events!

Disclaimer: The information at the upcoming Workshop and on our website is to help you understand the issues that may come up when establishing and running a legal business entity and is not intended to address every possible situation. 

For more guidance about your situation, please contact Legal Aid or talk to a lawyer. 

Contact:  Harden Scragg, 304 343-4481 ext. 2146 or at hscragg@lawv.nethscragg@lawv.net