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Federal Reserve Issues “Strategies for Improving the U.S. Payment System”

On January 26, 2015 the Federal Reserve issued a multi-faceted plan for collaborating with payment system stakeholders, including large and small businesses, emerging payments firms, card networks, payment processors,...more

Newly Passed Bill May Impact Dodd-Frank Act

The House of Representatives passed legislation that could loosen some of the restrictions imposed by Dodd-Frank on big banks. The bill, Promoting Job Creation and Reducing Small Businesses Burden Act, passed by a margin of...more

Blog: Opportunities for Small Businesses in the Government Market

The US Government is the single largest purchaser of goods and services in the world, and its annual goal is to award 23% of its prime contract dollars to small businesses. For fiscal 2013, that amounted to nearly $84...more

EPA Seeking Small Business Input on Federal Plan for Carbon Emission Goals

Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it will seek stakeholder input on the development of a federal plan for meeting the Clean Power Plan’s carbon emission goals. Earlier this month, the EPA set...more

First Reg A Issuer to Complete State Review Process Would Do It Again

This Growth Capital Investor article references Smith Anderson attorneys Benji Jones and Merrill Mason. A company that focuses on micro-lending for independent builders in real estate is now the first Reg A issuer to...more

Applying for California Minority-Owned Business Entity Certification: Process & Benefits

We were pleased to announce this week that client Southern Ute Alternative Energy, LLC received certification as a Minority-owned Business Entity (MBE) from the California Supplier Clearinghouse.  Southern Ute Alternative...more

SBA Proposes Changes to Limitations on Subcontracting and Other Rules

On Dec. 29, 2014, the Small Business Administration (SBA) issued a long-awaited rule to implement certain provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013 (NDAA). A summary of the NDAA's small business provisions...more

Description of the Small Business Investment Company Early State SBIC Program

A Small Business Investment Company (SBIC) is a privately owned and operated company that makes long-term investments in American small businesses and is licensed by the United States Small Business Administration (SBA)....more

Yet Another Recertification Rule

On December 29, 2014, the Small Business Administration (“SBA”) issued a proposed rule to implement the subcontracting limitation requirements mandated by the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013. Buried therein was a...more

Description of the Small Business Investment Company Debenture Program

A Small Business Investment Company (SBIC) is a privately owned and operated company that makes long-term investments in American small businesses and is licensed by the United States Small Business Administration (SBA)....more

Maine’s Crowdfunding Goes Live

On January 1, 2015, Maine’s crowdfunding rule went effective. Maine enacted 2014 P.L. Ch. 452 “An Act to Increase Funding for Start-ups” (referred to as Maine’s “crowdfunding law”) on March 2, 2014, but companies in Maine...more

New House Bill Aims to Reduce Some Dodd-Frank Regulatory Burdens

On January 24, 2015, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that loosens certain Dodd-Frank requirements and reduces the scope of the SEC’s regulatory authority over certain private equity firms, small businesses,...more

Small Nonprofit? Get the Credit You Deserve!

In March 2010, the Affordable Care Act was enacted to encourage small businesses and tax-exempt organizations to offer health insurance to their employees for the first time or continue the health care coverage they already...more

Employment and Labor Law Road Map for Employers Entering the U.S. Market

Foreign companies and investors that enter the U.S. market will be governed by numerous state and federal labor and employment laws. When opening a business in the United States, it is therefore critical to work with...more

Small Business Administration Issues Call for Early Stage Managers

Call Notice and Application Process - On January 12, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) issued a “Call for Early Stage Fund Managers” in the Federal Register, inviting all interested early stage fund managers...more

Problems And Solutions In Business Succession Planning, P.1

As we’ve previously mentioned on this blog, business succession planning is critical in maintaining the strength and integrity of a business during and after changes of leadership. Experts in business planning say that...more

2015 Trends: #5 Regulatory Enforcement Moves Down Market

While ethics and compliance scandals that implicate brand name companies tend to grab the headlines, smaller organizations have always borne the brunt of regulatory enforcement. Over the years, U.S. Sentencing Commission data...more

A Reminder for Small Businesses in Need of a Tax Credit

Although the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act does not require small businesses to purchase group healthcare insurance for their employees, there is a tax credit available if they choose to do so. Specifically, a...more

Cybersecurity Resolutions for the New Year

In this presentation: - Why cybersecurity matters - Recently-implemented cybersecurity rules and laws - Rapid reporting of cyber incidents and additional cybersecurity measures coming soon -...more

Employing Veterans May Help Avoid the ACA’s Employer Mandate

The new Republican Congress began its session with an attempt to narrow the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) employer mandate by exempting certain veterans and their families from counting toward the number of employees at small...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - January 9, 2015

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - DoD Issues Department of Defense Instruction 5000.02 Operation of the Defense Acquisition System - The Department of Defense (DoD) issued a new version of the acquisitions corps’ guide...more

The “Rule of Two” For Orders Placed Against Multiple Award Contracts: The Other Shoe Has Dropped

As many of you may recall, Congress passed the Small Business Jobs Act (“Act”), in July 2010. The purpose of the Act was to ameliorate the effects of the 2008 financial crisis and subsequent recession. Although the Act...more

The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill 2014-15: what's in it for me?

The key ideas that make up the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill 2014-15 (the "SBEEB") were announced with great fanfare in the Queen's speech in June 2014. Problems with enforcing tribunal awards? We'll fix...more

Not a utility patent, but a patent utility?

In a recent interview with The Washington Post, Jay Walker, founder of Priceline.com, has proposed a kind of neutral private-sector utility for the licensing of patents. He argues that “We have spent trillions of dollars...more

Equity Crowdfunding - A new way to raise money.

So you have a great idea for a new business but don’t have the money to get it off the ground. Equity crowdfunding is now a popular way to draw attention (and potential funders) to startups. But is it the right choice for...more

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