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The Tonkon HUB Program
Helping Underrepresented Business Owners ProgramThe Tonkon HUB Program provides owners of small and emerging businesses with the vital legal services they need for success – services to which they may not otherwise have access. Our experienced lawyers can advise on a breadth of issues, including, for example, setting up your company, choosing the right entity and structure, equity and debt funding, intellectual property rights, leases and other real estate issues, employment matters, and contracting matters.
The goals of the Tonkon HUB Program are to offer legal services to small businesses owned and operated by those historically marginalized in our community, such as those who identify as Black, Indigenous, immigrants, from other communities of color, LGBTQ+, or with visible or invisible disabilities; to dismantle real and perceived barriers of access to a full-service business law firm; and to help grow a racially diverse and robust business community. Tonkon HUB is not a legal aid or pro bono program – it’s a collaboration.
Tonkon HUB Benefits
Business owners who are accepted into the Tonkon HUB Program will receive the benefit of:
- A free one hour initial consultation with a Tonkon Torp lawyer
- Discounts on our standard rates for most matters
- Up to 50% discount for the first six months of our representation
- Up to 25% discount for the next six months of our representation
- Access to free networking events, educational webinars and other resources on relevant issues impacting businesses
How Do I Qualify?
Applicants must have 51% (individually or in the aggregate) of their senior leadership, executives, or owners who identify as racially diverse or otherwise from historically marginalized communities, as well as a financial need for discounted services.
*Our existing clients may be eligible and are encouraged to contact us about the Tonkon HUB Program to discuss eligibility.
How Do I Apply?
Interested applicants will be asked to submit:
- A summary of your business, a formal business plan (if available), an executive summary, a pitch deck, or other similar information so we can understand your business (drafts are acceptable)
- A short questionnaire
We will review the information you provide to determine if you qualify for the Tonkon HUB Program, if we can assist with your legal needs, and if our lawyers with the appropriate expertise are able to take on your project. Qualifying and applying does not guarantee acceptance into the program. Other factors may be considered to determine Tonkon’s fit for the project and your legal needs, and acceptance into the program is at the sole discretion of Tonkon. As with all who contact us, we cannot represent you until we know that doing so will not create a conflict of interest. Your application does not create an attorney-client relationship with Tonkon Torp. We will review your submission and reach out to you as soon as we can.