Creating a national footprint with a local impact is at the heart of our firm’s mission. Finding ways to engage and elevate local communities is woven into our purpose-built culture and is exemplified through our partnership with the Russell Innovation Center for Entrepreneurship (RICE). Founded in honor of the late Herman J. Russell, one of Georgia’s leading businessmen and community leaders, the Russell family created RICE with the mission to inspire and empower Black entrepreneurs. The organization now boasts 189 stakeholders.
Our story with RICE began with Taylor English partners Deitra Crawley and Jeff Woodward, who both worked on the formation of the organization. Further strengthening our connection: Ms. Crawley’s work with the Russell family while serving as a H.J. Russell and Company Board Audit Committee member, as fractional General Counsel for H.J. Russell and Company and as General Counsel for Concessions International, LLC.
The focus of RICE to serve as a business generator and innovation launch pad naturally aligned with our firm’s entrepreneurial foundation, leading to a meaningful collaboration. With an eye on supporting the Black business community, our partnership with RICE includes attorneys at Taylor English providing 1,000 hours of pro bono general counsel and targeted support in an array of key legal areas including employment, corporate governance, intellectual property and real estate. We also offer multiple training sessions for Black entrepreneurs and host onsite office hours at RICE’s award-winning, 54,000-square-foot facility.
From donating our time and resources to involving our clients, RICE represents limitless opportunities for growth and success in metro Atlanta and beyond. We look forward to supporting the impact and legacy of RICE for years to come.
For more information on RICE, visit https://russellcenter.org/