Small Business Legal Clinic
We’re excited to highlight The Big Elephant Kitchen, a Fijian Indian restaurant that opened in May of 2017. Owned by Saleshni, Deon, and Deepak Sundar, the business is a family undertaking. The owners decided to go into business for themselves after gaining experience managing other food businesses. They wanted to bring their unique and delicious cuisine to Portland. During the process of opening the business, they convinced their mother and father to join them. Rajni, their mother, is working magic in the kitchen while Shailendra, their father, can likely be found searching for breadfruit or some other unique ingredient.
The Small Business Legal Clinic partnered with patent attorney, Joseph Makuch to offer a new patent program in 2017. Interns with a background in science or technology spent a semester working in teams to help low-income small business owners with the patent process. Mr. Makuch volunteered numerous hours to make this dream a reality.
The SBLC looks forward to continuing to provide this service in the future. New clients will begin work with the clinic in January 2018. We have limited spaces each semester, but interested clients can fill out the initial intake on the SBLC website.
Portland company Bee Local is one of SBLC’s 250 clients
The Small Business Legal Clinic put the spotlight on attorney volunteers, funders and our wonderful clients at the SBLC Open House on Feb. 15, 2017 at Schwabe Williamson and Wyatt.
NW Ferments is a new up-and-coming Portland-area business. Sue and Wendy have fermented foods for many years as a hobby. When the fermenting company that they worked for decided to move to another state, they decided to open their own company that would bring fermenting to every type of person. They came to the Small Business Legal Clinic in early 2016 to start their own businesses and negotiate the end of their work with the previous business.
Summit Wood Creations is a local small business specializing in hand-crafted custom wood furniture. The owner, Reyna Badillo, started building custom furniture largely because of her childhood experiences seated at a handmade dresser. Gifted to her by her grandmother, the dresser holds a lot of sentimental value and has been in her family for four generations. When Reyna realized that she can create the furniture through which clients’ own special memories might be made, she discovered her passion. She turned this passion into a business back in 2001. While the business previously focused on residential custom furniture, they have expanded into custom furniture in the commercial arena.
In any conversation about her business, it is quickly apparent that Ms. Badillo is doing what she loves. Her work is more than furniture, it is functional art. The use of local wood like walnut and maple makes each piece feel at home in the Northwest. In the future, she hopes to expand the line to 10 key pieces that can be promoted online for customers outside of Oregon.
Ms. Badillo understood that proper legal documents are part of the necessary foundation for a small business and sought out the Small Business Legal Clinic when she was restarting her furniture business. The business first came through the SBLC in 2014 for help with two contracts. Since then, they’ve received legal support for lease review, creation of a vendor agreement, and most recently assistance drafting employment agreements and handbooks.
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