Black-owned businesses to receive year’s worth of free legal services 

“Everybody loves coffee,” says entrepreneur Stefan Hawkins outside Good Brotha’s Book Café in Harrisburg, where he grinds and makes his own blends. He wanted to be the first Black-owned coffee shop and bookstore. PHOTO / MARKELL DELOATCH

Six Black-owned businesses in the region are 2022 recipients of grants for a year’s worth of legal services from McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC, courtesy of the Legal Equity Advancement Program.  

The law firm made the announcement at the Black is Beautiful Expo hosted by Urban Revolution Marketing & Branding. 

The businesses are:  

  • Arcana Recovery, a drug and alcohol recovery support app that helps with relapse prevention.
  • Cece’s Cake Shop, an in-home bakery in Harrisburg specializing in custom cakes, cupcakes and cookies.
  • Four Squares Development, an affordable housing company in York focused on developing the “four squares” around the Royal Square District.
  • Good Brotha’s Book Café, a Harrisburg-area coffee shop and bookstore offering coffee, teas and other beverages, pastries and a broad selection of books by Black authors.
  • Health Check Juice Bar, an Annville enterprise serving fresh juice, acai/smoothie bowls, avocado toast, salad and more.
  • Identity Learning, an adoption support application and consulting business specializing in interracial adoptions and their unique circumstances.

The Legal Equity Advancement Program – aimed at helping Black-owned and Black-operated businesses overcome certain barriers to entry caused partly by institutional racism – is in its second year. Recipients have access to nearly every practice area at McNees. 

This year, LEAP expanded to Ohio, and there are plans for the program to stay in growth mode. 

McNees Wallace & Nurick has more than 130 attorneys representing clients from offices in Devon, Harrisburg, Lancaster, Pittsburgh, Scranton, State College and York, as well as Columbus, Ohio; Frederick, Maryland; and Washington, D.C.