WLJ Tech Law has announced a new partnership with ReMix Ideas to help further the company’s mission to remove barriers to Black entrepreneurs in accessing knowledge, capital, opportunities and resources. WLJ Tech Law is a specialized group of Wright Lindsey Jennings (WLJ) attorneys dedicated to educating and advocating for entrepreneurs, tech startups and established technology businesses.
WLJ’s commitment will directly support ReMix Ideas’ efforts to enhance the Arkansas Baptist College (ABC) Entrepreneurship Program, one of the many community initiatives the company has championed since their founding in 2017. ReMix is working toward a goal of raising at least $25,000 to enhance the ABC Entrepreneurship Program. The company and its donors have raised more than $13,000 for the program at the local historically Black college since its June 12 launch of “Shop Black Live,” its QVC-type virtual platform for Black vendors, fashion designers, artisans and small businesses.
“We are proud to strengthen our partnership with ReMix Ideas at this critical moment,” said Brandon Middleton, WLJ Tech Law’s lead attorney. “In light of COVID-19’s impact on small businesses and entrepreneurs, particularly of color, and with the impact racism has had and continues to have on entrepreneurs of color, it is more important than ever to support Black-owned businesses. It is our hope that collaborating with ReMix Ideas will help to build a more inclusive and equitable entrepreneurial ecosystem.”
In addition to Shop Black Live, which is streamed weekly on Shop Black Live’s Facebook page, the company offers COVID-19 related grant support and technical assistance for startups faced with pivoting their business models; the “Battle of Ideas” pitch contest; early-stage startup consulting; the Little Rock Night Market where entrepreneurs can test their ideas and products with a built-in audience and mentors; the Africa Day Fest highlighting African arts and culture; and the ReMix Ideas Business Academy, a 12-week entrepreneurship program for which WLJ Tech Law has provided educational programming.
“We are delighted to partner with WLJ Tech Law to build runways for Black entrepreneurs to start and run successful businesses,” said Benito Lubazibwa, CEO of ReMix Ideas. “The racial wealth gap between African Americans and Whites is widening in the U.S. at an alarming pace. According to the study by Prosperity Now and the Institute for Policy Studies, if the racial wealth divide is not quickly remedied, the median household wealth of African Americans is on target to hit zero by year 2053. We must take meaningful action to close the racial wealth gap. The status quo is unsustainable, and we must not level the playing field, but establish a new one.”
About WLJ Tech Law
Established in 2018 with an office in the Little Rock Tech Park, WLJ Tech Law supports entrepreneurs across a wide array of service areas, from corporate formation and investments to intellectual property and employment concerns, and also collaborates with organizations around the state to expand access to education and resources in the tech-based community. Visit www.WLJ.com/tech-law/ to learn more.
About Wright Lindsey Jennings
Founded in 1900, Wright Lindsey Jennings is one of the premier law firms in Arkansas and the region, supporting businesses across a full range of litigation, corporate and transactional service areas. Many Wright Lindsey Jennings attorneys are consistently recognized by their peers as among the best in their areas of practice. The firm’s attorneys are also committed to excellence beyond the practice of law – serving and leading in local, regional and national professional and community organizations. Wright Lindsey Jennings has been recognized as one of the “Best Places to Work” in Arkansas in 2018 and 2019, and also received the 2020 Olivia Farrell Gender Equity Leadership Award. Today, Wright Lindsey Jennings has 69 attorneys practicing in Little Rock and Rogers. Visit www.WLJ.com to learn more.
About ReMix Ideas
Founded by Benito Lubazibwa in 2017, ReMix Ideas is committed to removing barriers Black entrepreneurs face in accessing knowledge, capital, opportunities and resources for them to start, grow, and scale their businesses. At Remix Ideas, we deploy business ownership as an economic strategy to close the racial wealth gap. Visit www.remixideas.com to learn more.