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SBA Final Rule on Mentor-Protégé Programs for All Small Businesses Becomes Effective

The Small Business Administration (SBA) issued a long-awaited final rule establishing a new, expanded mentor-protégé program that will allow all types of small businesses to qualify as protégés, while retaining, but slightly...more

The SBA’s Two New Recertification Rules

The Small Business Administration (“SBA”) has issued two more regulations that will require that small businesses recertify their size when they engage in a merger and/or acquisition (“M&A”). The regulations, published in...more

Everything is Negotiable, including Personal Guarantees

As many entrepreneurs and small business owners know, banks, landlords and investors will often require a personal guarantee. A personal guarantee allows the lender to reach your personal assets to satisfy a debt in the event...more

Five Recent Developments In Small Business Contracting Small and Large Government Contractors Should Know

While acquisition reform has garnered a great deal of attention in Congress and the Federal Executive Branch, small business contracting statutes and implementing regulations are significantly altering the federal acquisition...more

4 Steps For Avoiding FCA Traps For SBA Lenders

Recent U.S. Department of Justice enforcement and qui tam suits demonstrate that Small Business Administration lenders face increasing risk of liability under the False Claims Act. This article provides an overview of SBA...more

Understanding SBA's New Government-Wide Small Business Mentor-Protege Program

OVERVIEW - Small Business Mentor-Protégé Program - Mechanics - Eligibility - Compliance Requirements - Application - All Small Business Joint Ventures - Other Important Rule Changes...more

Competition and consumer law update for the food and beverage sector

Results of a Food and Grocery Code of Conduct supplier survey suggest retailers can improve compliance with the Code - One year has now passed since Australia's two major supermarkets signed up to the Food and Grocery...more

GAO Issues Report on CFPB SBREFA Panels

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has issued a report on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's (CFPB) use of Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act (SBREFA) panels in its rulemaking process. The...more

PilieroMazza Legal Advisor - Third Quarter

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTING - Category Management: What Contractors Need to Know - In December 2014, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) announced a new initiative called Category Management. This policy could...more

Comments on FAR Case 2015-015 Regarding the Federal Strategic Sourcing Initiative - FSSI

Dear Ms. Flowers: We are writing to submit comments on the above-referenced notice of proposed rulemaking, issued on June 20, 2016, 81 Fed. Reg. 39,883. Our firm represents small business federal contractors. We submit...more

GAO issues report on CFPB SBREFA panels

The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the CFPB’s use of Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act (SBREFA) panels in its rulemaking process. The report, “Observations from Small Business Review...more

Financial Services Weekly News - August 2016 #2

Editor's Note - OATS Reporting Violations and FINRA Enforcement. FINRA’s Order Audit Trail System (OATS), is an integrated audit trail of order, quote and trade information for all NMS stocks and OTC equity securities,...more

CFPB Presents Significant New Regulatory Requirements for Third-Party Debt Collectors

On July 28, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released an outline of proposals and alternatives under consideration for regulating debt collection practices. The outline’s release triggers the formation of...more

SBA Proposes Updates to Business Loan Programs

The Small Business Administration (SBA) on Tuesday published a proposed rule that would amend requirements in four of its business loan programs in order to increase participation among eligible entities. The agency announced...more

Legal Landscape Special Edition: SBA Rolls Out Major Small Business Changes

Welcome to a special edition of the Legal Landscape, a series we have developed with Onvia’s blog to provide government contractors with a quick, but thorough, summary of important legal developments and regulations in...more

Don’t Miss Your Chance to Provide Feedback on the Government’s Strategic Plan for Professional Services

On August 2, 2016, the General Services Administration (“GSA”) released the government’s new Professional Services Strategic Plan for industry comment (click here to download.) The Strategic Plan outlines the actions the...more

Changes to the SBA Regulations Change the Face of Small Business Government Contracting and Create New Opportunities for Both...

On July 26, 2016, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) issued extensive amendments to its regulations to implement provisions of the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 and the National Defense Authorization Act for...more

Medicaid Coverage of Social Interventions: A Roadmap for States

Editor's Note: Faced with mounting evidence about the impact of social factors—such as income, access to food and housing, and employment status—on health outcomes, Medicaid agencies are looking for ways to integrate social...more

Small Businesses, Big Opportunities – Recent SBA Expansion of the Mentor-Protégé Program

Effective August 24, 2016, the Small Business Administration (“SBA”) will fulfill the mandates of the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 and the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 (“NDAA 2013”), which...more

CFPB Considering Debt Collection Reform Proposals

On July 28, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (the CFPB) released a summary of proposals it is considering to reform debt collection practices. At the same time, it released a Study of Third Party Debt Collection...more

What You Need to Know Now About the CFPB’s Debt Collection Proposal

On July 28, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB” or “Bureau”) issued its outline of proposals under consideration for the regulation of debt collection. This 117-page release, entitled “Small Business Review...more

Coming Soon to a Federal Agency Near You... An Expanded Small Business Mentor-Protégé Program

New Small Business Administration Rules Will Increase Eligibility for Large and Small Businesses to Bid Jointly on Set-Aside Contracts, but Not Without Greater Competition - The U.S. Small Business Administration’s...more

Inappropriate Invention Assignments, Confidentiality and non-compete Agreements - Common Small Business Owner Mistakes

Pay Me Now or Pay Me Later is a series of short tips on common legal mistakes small business owners make. Tip # 3 - Ensure employees, especially key employees, enter the appropriate invention assignment,...more

Small Businesses Face Big HR Lawsuits

Every morning, while enjoying my Starbucks and settling in to the day, I take a peek at the labor & employment dailies to see what’s happening in the exciting world of employment law…Clearly, I need to get out more, but I...more

New Mentor-Protg Program Opens a New Avenue for Both Large and Small Businesses in the Federal Government Contracting Space

On Monday, July 25, the U.S. Small Business Administration (“SBA”) issued a Final Rule creating its long-anticipated mentor-protégé program. The Final Rule establishes a “universal” mentor-protégé program, modeled on an...more

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