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Jordan Chisolm

2017, Equal Justice Works Fellowships, Jordan Chisolm

Jordan Chisolm

Name of Host Organization: Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc.
City, State: Miami, Florida
Issue area: Community Economic Development/Microfinance and Related Transactional Legal Projects
Sponsors: Greenberg Traurig, LLP, Florida Bar Foundation

The Project

NEP will provide free transactional legal services to minority and immigrant entrepreneurs in low-income Miami neighborhoods to strengthen business viability and community revitalization.

The Inspiration

Need Addressed By Project
Unlike technology-driven start-ups, small community businesses have lower barriers to entry, often employ local residents, and form the foundation upon which neighborhoods can prosper. In Miami, 54% of small community business owners are foreign-born and over 75% of the county population is Latino or Black. These entrepreneurs generally earn less than U.S.-born and non-minority business owners.
The Right Person For This Project

Jordan is the right person for the project because:
• Jordan has advised businesses in complex mergers and acquisitions, equity and debt financings, and general business matters.
• Jordan has experience in government, public policy, and working in leadership capacities with numerous stakeholders.
• Jordan loves Miami and is passionate about community revitalization.

Plans For First Six Months of Fellowship

In the first six months, Jordan will:
• Identify and begin providing services to 5 established minority and immigrant entrepreneurs.
• Recruit, train, and support pro bono transactional attorneys to provide immediate assistance to clients.
• Provide training sessions for entrepreneurs on critical legal issues relevant to business ownership.