Angela Ni

  • Hosted by Urban Justice Center
  • Sponsored by Greenberg Traurig, LLP
  • Service location New York, New York
  • Law school The University of Michigan Law School
  • Issue area Community Economic Development/Microfinance and Related Transactional Legal Projects
  • Fellowship class year 2017
  • Program Design Your Own Fellowship

The Project

Angela provided transactional legal assistance, outreach, and training to low-income immigrant street entrepreneurs in New York City.

There are more than 20,000 street vendors in New York City. While navigating the complex legal landscape of vending in New York City, these street entrepreneurs also face a myriad of transactional legal issues that are essential to their business growth. Moreover, their low-income and immigrant background limit their access to quality transactional legal assistance.

Fellowship Highlights

In the past two years, Angela has:

  • Represented over 120 street entrepreneurs in their transactional legal matters, ranging from state and federal tax to compliance
  • Gave 38 financial literacy individual consultations and group workshops on concepts concerning credit, taxes, and risk management
  • Facilitated a Women’s Committee within her host organization’s female membership
  • Produced a Small Business Services Guide aimed at assisting women street entrepreneurs with business planning and raising capital following a comprehensive survey assessment of their needs
  • Collaborated with nearly 10 groups on the small-business related agenda for the legislative cycle and other immigrant empowerment programs

What’s Next

Through the Small Business Services Guide as well as internal training, Angela has ensured that her Fellowship project will leave a lasting impact on the membership at Street Vendor Project. Following the Fellowship, Angela will be transitioning into the provision of immigration legal services.

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