Community Navigator Pilot Program

Legal Assistance Project

An initiative of the American Rescue Plan, the SBA Community Navigator Pilot Program is designed to reduce barriers for underrepresented and underserved entrepreneurs and improve access to programs and resources they need to recover, grow, or start businesses. The program includes a “hub” organization at the center of a network of “spoke” organizations that engage trusted community advocates to support small businesses.

Funded through a Cooperative Agreement between Syracuse University and the U.S. Small Business Administration, MSJDN is thrilled to partner as a spoke on the Institute for Veterans and Military Families CNPP hub to provide free legal assistance to military-connected small business owners.  Through this project, veteran, active duty, and military spouse small business owners located in Florida, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington, D.C., or West Virginia may be eligible to receive a free in-person or virtual one-hour consultation with an attorney regarding the business.  Please click below for more information and contact us with any questions at


If you are a veteran, military spouse, or active duty servicemember and you own a small business (or are exploring launching a business) in Florida, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington, D.C., or West Virginia, apply today to receive a free one-hour consultation with a qualified attorney who can set you and your business on the right path. We will ask you where you are and what you need help with—SBA loans, business formation, commercial leases, trademark, or any other business concern.


If you are an attorney providing legal services to business owners in Florida, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington, D.C., and/or West Virginia, register here to receive referrals through this exciting new grant project.


MSJDN is proud to offer a series of interactive webinars for entrepreneurs that will address some of the common legal topics business owners need to know.  Each webinar will be hosted by a legal subject matter expert and will provide opportunities to connect with the presenter to ask questions as well as interact with other attendees.  

These webinars are open to military-connected individuals as well as the general public.  Our current scheduled webinars are as follows:

Contracts for Military-Connected Entrepreneurs
November 3, 2022 at 3pm EST

Running a business when you’re connected to the military can be very complex. Constant moves, uncertainty on where to register your business and cross-country clients add to the already muddy water. Join IP and small biz attorney Rachel Brenke as she breaks down what you need legally to run your business smoothly. Rachel will walk you through the contracts you need for running day-to-day operations plus the unforeseen circumstances (moves, out of state clients, etc.) that pop up when you least expect.

Past Webinars

Brand development, registration, maintenance, protection and monetization can be a complex process, especially for startups and entrepreneurs. Join IP attorney Claire Gibson for an in-depth presentation on how to develop a strong brand suitable for federal trademark registration, how to acquire a federal trademark registration from the US Patent and Trademark Office, how to police that brand once trademark registration is acquired and pitfalls to avoid along the way.


Now that you’ve started a business, this seminar will explore how to strengthen your business! We will develop essential knowledge of topics such as:
* Protecting your assets beyond choosing a business entity structure: intellectual property, insurance, and succession planning;
* Key ingredients to contracts and with whom you should and may not need to contract;
* Resolving disputes when they arise–in the courts, or through mediation, arbitration, and negotiation.