Program Offering Help To Low Income Entrepreneurs

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-- Victor Washington owns new life landscaping. He enjoys beautifying lawns with his special touch, and doesn't mind back breaking work.

"I grew up doing this and never thought I’d make a living doing this. It's a blessing. I would tell anyone you can do anything, if you put your mind to it."

Legal services of Eastern Missouri launched a new community economic development program designed to give low-income entrepreneurs like Washington a helping hand by offering free legal assistance and education.

The director of the program Attorney Laurie Hauber says it's sorely needed and gives entrepreneurs a level playing field. "They don't have access to capital, they don't have the same kind of professional networks they can tap into, and they don't have the same kind of education that gives them access to both resources and professional networks," said Hauber.

The number of people involved in the program is impressive - 35 attorneys, 13 law firms, and 40 clients. The program also assists non-profit organizations that help low-income communities.

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