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SEC Adopts Rules to Facilitate Smaller Companies’ Access to Capital

On March 25, the SEC adopted final rules updating and expanding Regulation A, which provides an exemption from registration for smaller issuers of securities, to implement Title IV of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups...more

Bond Guarantee Fund Proposed for Minority Contractors

A bill is wending its way through the Connecticut Legislature that would encourage greater participation by minority contractors on public works projects. The bill, Senate Bill 830, would require that by October 2015 the...more

House Bill Proposes Improvements to Small Business Contracting Policies

The House Small Business Committee approved legislation on March 25, 2015 to ensure more small businesses can compete for federal contracts and help save taxpayer money. ...more

The Next Hot Trend in Economic Development: Craft Beer

The Brewers Association, a trade association representing small and independent American craft brewers, recently released the 2014 data on the United States craft beer industry. For the first-time ever, the craft segment...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - March 2015 #4

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - DoD Issues Interim Rule to Amend DFARS: Use of Military Construction Funds (DFARS Case 2015-D006) - The Department of Defense (DoD) issued an interim rule to amend the Defense Federal...more

SEC Adopts Regulation A+: New Registration Option For Small and Mid-Sized Companies

The Securities and Exchange Commission adopted yesterday a new set of regulations entitled Regulation “A+,” designed to provide a more streamlined approach for small and mid-sized companies to offer securities to the public....more

Regulation A+: Final Rules Offer Important Capital Raising Alternatives

Overview - Yesterday, March 25, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission voted unanimously to adopt final rules to implement the rulemaking mandate of Title IV of the JOBS Act by adopting amendments to Regulation...more

Promoting Capital Formation

Regulators and lawmakers in the US continue to review and consider measures that may promote capital formation for smaller and emerging companies. Although the number of initial public offerings (IPOs) in the US in 2014...more

A-Okay, Regulation A+

This is a very brief, initial summary. We will be reporting on the final rule in an upcoming alert. The SEC’s proposed rules already had provided a very practical format for private issuers seeking to raise capital. The...more

Inside the EEOC’s guidance on pregnancy discrimination

In July 2014, the EEOC issued “Enforcement Guidance: Pregnancy Discrimination and Related Issues,” as well as “Questions and Answers and a Fact Sheet for Small Businesses.” Although the guidance is not the law, it does...more

Treasury Departments State Small Business Credit Initiative Releases Quarterly Report

On March 19, the U.S. Treasury Department’s State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) released a new Quarterly Report detailing how the program continues to help small businesses grow and create jobs. More than $1.1...more

Too Small to be Hacked?

We are not the size of Target or Home Depot, we won’t be a target of cyber-attack. This is a dangerous assumption. Recently reported in the news was that ISIL (a terrorist organization) had hacked and taken over certain...more

Crowdfunding? Really?

Count me a Luddite when it comes to social media in general, and more specifically, the supposed potential for crowdfunding and raising capital for start-ups and small businesses. My skepticism about crowdfunding admittedly...more

GAO Allows New Company to Rely Upon Owner’s Personal Past Performance

Newly-organized small businesses often struggle to establish adequate past performance to successfully compete in the federal marketplace. Fortunately, in the matter of Recogniti, LLP, B-410658 (January 21, 2015), GAO ruled...more

In Tough Times, Dissolution May Offer the Benefits of Bankruptcy But Without the High Costs

The economy may be showing signs of improvement, but more than 34,000 businesses still filed for bankruptcy in 2014, according to the American Bankruptcy Institute. Studies indicate, however, that many more...more

Employers Must Prepare Now for Seattle’s New Minimum Wage Rate, Effective April 1

Employers with employees working within the city limits of Seattle must begin complying with Seattle’s Minimum Wage Ordinance on April 1. The new Seattle ordinance will increase the hourly minimum wage for covered employees...more

IRS Provides Temporary Enforcement Relief for Small Employers Offering Employer Payment Plans

The IRS issued guidance providing enforcement relief through June 30, 2015 for small employers who offer employer payment plans to their employees. In the guidance, the IRS reiterated its stance that an employer payment...more

Is Crowdfunding Under the JOBS Act Dead?

In a recent article titled JOBS Act State of the Union (well worth a read in full), Samuel Guzik makes the case that the SEC has given up on creating rules to implement Title III crowdfunding under the JOBS Act. Title III of...more

Peer Lending to Shake-Up the SME Financing Environment

Peer-to-peer (P2P) lending has become big business in the UK and US, with approximately AU$2.9 billion and AU$10.5 billion respectively having been lent through online platforms in those markets. If those numbers and the...more

Minnesota Equity Crowdfunding Legislation Introduced

MNvest, the equity crowdfuding bill drafted by Winthrop & Weinstine attorneys Ryan Schildkraut and Zachary Robins, has passed its first House committee hearing. Schildkraut and Robins work with emerging companies in...more

Legislative and Regulatory Update for Small Businesses

In This Presentation: - Small Business Mentor-Protégé Program - Joint Venture Changes - Kingdomware Decision - Changes to Limitations on Subcontracting - Rotech Decision -...more

Similar But Different: FAA Size Protest Challenges

Most small business contractors are familiar with the notion that the U.S. Small Business Administration (“SBA”) has exclusive jurisdiction over all size protests. ...more

Back to the Future? (Regional Exchanges and Venture Exchanges)

Last week, in connection with the meeting of the SEC’s Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies, both Commissioner Aguilar and Commissioner Gallagher expressed interest in, and support for, a more thorough...more

Meeting of the SEC Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies

The Securities and Exchange Commission’s Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies met on March 4 to discuss various topics related to facilitating the secondary market for trading securities of small and emerging...more

SEC Advised to “Do No Harm” to Accredited Investor Definition

At its meeting on March 4, the SEC’s Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies approved its rather limited recommendations to update the definition of “accredited investor” as it applies to natural persons as found...more

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