Small Business Legal Academy

On Wednesday, November 19, 2014, from 9am to 3pm, Brooklyn Law School will host, in its Subotnick Center on the 10th Floor, the second annual Small Business Legal Academy (SBLA) bringing together corporate law firms, civil legal services organizations, financial services consultants, City and State agencies and other service providers to strengthen New York City’s vibrant and diverse small-business community. During the one-day event, small businesses in need of consulting services will be able to learn about starting and managing a business or nonprofit, and uncover solutions to the legal and financial challenges facing their organizations. The SBLA is a comprehensive one-stop shop for small business. The first annual event was held last year at Harlem’s Apollo Theater, where over 200 entrepreneurs received free legal counsel from volunteer attorneys representing nearly 35 top NYC law firms.

This year’s SBLA is expecting nearly 100 attorneys to volunteer in addition to the legal service providers, financial consultants, and City and State agencies that will be providing free services to the fledgling businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs who may otherwise not have the means to receive expert counsel. SBLA is sponsored by the Association of Pro Bono Counsel (APBCo) together with nearly a dozen non-profit public interest law firms and Brooklyn Law School’s Center for Urban Business Entrepreneurship (CUBE). Registration is available at this link and walk-ins are welcome.

LasserThe BLS Library recently added to its collection an E-book titled J.K. Lasser’s Small Business Taxes 2015: Your Complete Guide to a Better Bottom Line. Fully updated for 2014 tax returns and 2015 tax planning, this detailed guide provides concise, plain-English explanations of tax laws tailored to business owners who are experts in their field—not in taxes. A complete listing of available business expense deductions includes comprehensive information on dollar limits and record-keeping requirements, allowing business owners to quickly recognize the deductions for which they qualify and make tax-savvy business decisions year round. Sample forms and checklists allow small business owners to organize their preparation, and clear instruction on tax form navigation helps them get it right the first time. Small business owners have a full plate. Indeed, just keeping the business going is a more than full-time job. But when tax time rolls around, they still need to file—correctly, on time, and without making errors or leaving money on the table. This book simplifies the process, breaking down tax laws and the filing process. It has expert insight on every step of the process, from organizing paperwork to sending the check.