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SEC Small Business Capital Formation Forum

The SEC recently announced that the annual Government-Business Forum on Small Business Capital Formation will be held on November 20th at the SEC in Washington. ...more

Changes to Thin Capitalisation and Non-Portfolio Dividend Exemption Rules

On 16 October 2014, changes to Australia's thin capitalisation and non-portfolio dividend exemption rules received Royal Assent. The changes to the thin capitalisation rules represent a significant tightening of the...more

Small Business Securities Bulletin: Recent SEC Enforcement Actions Impact Compliance Landscape

There was not a lot of Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) activity this past Spring and Summer that was directly relevant to most small and medium-sized SEC reporting companies, with the SEC focusing on credit ratings...more

New Ideas may attract Government dollars for IP Protection

From 1 November there will be an opportunity for established or emerging businesses to seek financial support of up to $250,000 in the pursuit of commercialisation of an idea, including the development of an intellectual...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - October 2014 #2

SBA Data Shows Large Firms are Nabbing Contracts Reserved for Small Businesses - Federal procurement data show that large companies, including leading defense contractors, last year received millions of dollars in...more

Funding a Partnership

One of the primary advantages of a partnership (or limited liability company) over a corporation is the flexibility to structure the business deal. Rather than having to deal with unwieldy units of stock or other ownership...more

Function over Form: The Impact of Separate Stock Classes on Veteran-Owned Firms

In my recent blog post about Employee Stock Ownership Plans (“ESOPS”), I discussed how the plans are treated differently under the Department of Veterans Affairs’ program (the “VA Program”) for Veteran-Owned and...more

Attorneys' Fees Awarded to Small Business Patent Owner to Advance Considerations of "Compensation and Deterrence"

A recent case in the District of Connecticut demonstrates that courts may be more willing to award attorneys’ fees to a small plaintiff, encouraging such a plaintiff to protect its patent when it is the plaintiff’s “primary...more

Work Visa Options for Small Businesses and Start-Up Companies

Small businesses and start-up companies make up a large portion of corporate America, with unique hiring and HR needs. In some cases, as a small business or a start-up company looks to expand, it will consider hiring foreign...more

Blog: You Never Issued Stock To Your Founders. Is That A Problem?

You and your co-founders have begun exploring a new business idea. You plan to incorporate, build out a team and raise capital in the future. However, before incorporating you decide to divide ownership in the future company...more

CFPB’s Rulemaking Process Gets Good Report Card from OIG Report with Only Minor Criticisms

A September 29, 2014 Report of the Joint Federal Reserve/CFPB Office of the Inspector General (OIG) concluded that the CFPB’s rulemaking process generally complies with the requirements of Section 1100G of the Dodd-Frank...more

Is Franchising The Right Model For Your Business?

Franchising is a flexible, tried and true method of distributing products and services and offers business owners an alternative avenue to expand their already successful businesses. One immediately thinks of McDonalds or...more

Micromidas Researching Use Of Sugar Beet Waste As Biobased Feedstock

BRAG member Micromidas, along with the Michigan Molecular Institute and Michigan Sugar Company, is working on a $150,000 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant from DOE with the goal of developing a process to...more

What’s New Out There? Highlights from the Federal Register

SBA Proposes to Increase Small Business Size Standards (79 Fed. Reg. 54145; 79 Fed. Reg. 53646) - The U.S. Small Business Administration (“SBA”) proposes to increase small business size standards for: (1) 209...more

Securities and Governance Update

Each year, thousands of businesses and investment funds raise billions of dollars in capital through unregistered offerings under Rule 506—the most widely used exemption under Regulation D under the Securities Act of 1933, as...more

House Passes Bill H.R. 5405 “Promoting Job Creation and Reducing Small Business Burdens Act”

On September 16, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 5405 “Promoting Job Creation and Reducing Small Business Burdens Act.” The bill addresses a number of Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS Act)-related matters,...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - September 2014 #4

Audit Report 14-18: Evaluation of Select 8(a) Business Development and HUBZone Contract Awards - The Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued Evaluation Report 14-18, Evaluation of Select 8(a) Business Development and...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 38

In this issue: - SEC Releases Strategic Plan for 2014–2018 - House Passes Bill H.R. 5405 “Promoting Job Creation and Reducing Small Business Burdens Act” - FINRA Board Approves Several Rulemaking Items...more

Is the SEC Doing Enough to Promote Capital Formation?

If you believe Commissioner Daniel M. Gallagher, the answer is an emphatic “no”, at least with respect to small businesses. On September 17, 2014, at a Heritage Foundation event, Commission Gallagher gave a speech criticizing...more

The Ins and Outs of NAICS Code Appeals

In this time of heightened competition on all federal procurements, it is critically important that small business contractors use the tools at their disposal to help them stay competitive and secure work. ...more

1099ers Exposing Startups, Private Equity Firms to Costly Liability

A recent online edition of New York Magazine’s “Daily Intelligencer” includes a comprehensive article on how Silicon Valley startup tech companies using “the 1099 model” may be exposed to employment, tax and benefit law...more

Legal Considerations for Web-Based Start-Ups  [Video]

Evridiki (Vicki) Dallas covers issues related to: - Choice of legal entity; Founder’s Shares and agreements; Stock Option Plans - Trademark/Copyright/URL and other IP Concerns - Data Privacy - Website...more

Small Business Government Contractors: Legislative and Regulatory Update

In this presentation: - New Final Rules - Presumed Loss - Subcontracting - Multiple Award Contracts - Coming Attractions - Performance of Work Requirements -...more

SEC commissioner weighs in on regulatory process and capital formation

SEC Commissioner Daniel Gallagher urged the commission on Wednesday to fulfill its mandate to promote capital formation. The SEC should institutionalize an enhanced small business focus, Gallagher said in his prepared...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - September 2014 #3

8(A) Subcontracting Limitations: Continued Noncompliance with Monitoring Requirements Signals Need for Regulatory Change - The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has conducted a study to review how federal agencies...more

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