Wake law school’s business clinic helping rural communities’ economic development

For those wanting to spur economic development in rural areas, the law can seem like an obstacle tough to overcome.

But the Community Law and Business Clinic at Wake Forest University School of Law is working to help rural communities navigate that complex legal web and the paperwork associated with it.

Jessica Kimble, who graduated from Wake Forest law school last month, helped Virginia Food Works, a nonprofit food processing center in Prince Edward County, Va., get started. The center works with farmers to get local produce to market.

Kimble knows first-hand how hard that can be. She grew up in a small community near Akron, Ohio. As a child, she canned food and sold green beans to her aunt’s grocery store for 69 cents a pound.

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