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Small Business Investors Can Save Big with New IRS Code Amendments

Recent amendments to the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (the Code) have significantly expanded the opportunity for tax savings under Section 1202. Section 1202, which was originally added to the Code in 1993, provides relief...more

Five IP Lessons for Small to Medium–sized Businesses

Intellectual property plays an increasingly significant role in the successful management of American and international businesses alike.  I’ve set out below a few of the most important questions that you as a small to...more

SEC Proposes to Amend Smaller Reporting Company Definition

In the years following the JOBS Act, which created the term “emerging growth company” and made available certain disclosure and other accommodations to companies that qualified as EGCs, there has been renewed focus on scaled...more

The National 8(a) Association Summer Conference Recap; Mentor-Protégé Regs Looming

On June 13-14, the National 8(a) Association held its annual summer conference in Anchorage, Alaska. The conference included useful programs on a variety of topics of interest to tribal, Alaska Native Corporations (ANC), and...more

SEC Proposes Increasing Threshold to Qualify as a Smaller Reporting Company

The SEC has proposed amendments that would increase the financial thresholds in the “smaller reporting company” definition. The proposal to update the definition would expand the number of companies that qualify as smaller...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - June 2016 #4

SENATE TESTIMONY - Jon Williams Testifies in Kingdomware Senate Committee Hearing On June 23, Jon Williams, Partner in the PilieroMazza Government Contracts Group, testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Small...more

Insights Newsletter - June 2016

TO SUFFER OR PERMIT: How The Broad Scope Of The Fair Labor Standards Act Is Increasing The Risk Of Doing Business - 2016 is shaping up to be a troubling one for employers subject to the provisions of the Fair Labor...more

SBA Rule Changes Benefit Contractors, But Pitfalls Remain

After much anticipation, the Small Business Administration has issued a final rule implementing numerous small business contracting reforms from the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act aimed at relaxing burdensome...more

DOE Awards $23 Million for Small Businesses Focused on Clean Energy Innovations

Earlier this week the Department of Energy (DOE) announced $23 million in funding for 23 new projects focused on developing clean energy technologies with a strong potential for commercialization and job creation. These small...more

SBA Clarifies HUBZone Program Requirements

As we blogged about earlier this month, the SBA’s May 31, 2016 final rule made some major changes to a number of regulations dealing with small business procurement. Some of those changes relate to the SBA HUBZone contracting...more

Small Plan Faces Excessive Fee Challenge

On May 18, 2016, a lawsuit was filed in the Federal District Court in Minnesota alleging various claims arising out of investment and record keeping fees in an employer’s 401(K) plan. The plaintiffs are seeking for the case...more

GAO Clarifies Rules Regarding the Use of Key Personnel Past Performance

In March 2015, GAO issued a decision in Recogniti, LLP, B-410658 (January 21, 2015), whereby it upheld the agency’s reliance upon individual past performance references for the owner of a small and relatively new company. GAO...more

Sole Source Awards for Women-Owned Small Businesses

Federal contracting officers now possess new authority to make sole source awards to Women-Owned Small Businesses (WOSBs) and Economically Disadvantaged Women-Owned Small Businesses (EDWOSBs). Under the new FAR 19.1506,...more

SBA Reminds SBICs to Submit Their 2016 Annual Recertification

On June 2, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) distributed a memorandum from Steve Knott, acting director of the SBA’s Office of SBIC Operations, reminding private funds licensed by the SBA as small business...more

Wells Fargo Unveils Plan to Better Protect Small Business Customer Account Information

On June 7, Wells Fargo announced a partnership with software firm, Xero, that is intended to allow small businesses to share bank information without sharing their bank passwords with third parties, such as Quicken, who...more

2016 BDCs & Small Business Capital Formation Forum

On June 28, 2016, Morrison & Foerster LLP, along with the Milken Institute, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Small Business Investment Alliance (SBIA), will be hosting the 2016 BDCs & Small Business...more

Client Alert - Overview of Select Provisions on the SBA’s Final Rule of Limitations on Subcontracting

On May 31, 2016, SBA released its long anticipated final rule on the limitations on subcontracting. The final rule becomes effective on June 30, 2016. In order to help you understand how the final rule changes the existing...more

Contracting Globally - Part 1: Export Administration Regulations

The potential for government contractors to grow and become successful outside of the U.S. is tremendous and should not be overlooked by small businesses. The world outside our borders is a critical marketplace that should be...more

SBA Amended Regulations Enhance Opportunities for Small Businesses

The US Small Business Administration (SBA) has finalized multiple changes to its small business contracting rules, which should increase opportunities for small business prime contractors to partner with other businesses...more

Identity of Interest Affiliation: Further Defined by the SBA

In its final rule published on May 31, 2016, the SBA modified the regulations relating to affiliation based on an “identity of interest” pursuant to 13 C.F.R. § 121.103(f). Specifically, the SBA provided clearer guidelines...more

The Plan to Replace Dodd-Frank: The Financial CHOICE Act

On June 7, in a speech to the Economic Club of New York, House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling announced the Republican plan to replace the Dodd-Frank Act. The Financial Creating Hope and Opportunity for...more

Big Changes to Limitations on Subcontracting Requirements

Earlier this week, we blogged about a final rule issued on May 31 by the Small Business Administration (“SBA”), which made several major changes to the small business regulations. This new rule implements changes mandated by...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - May 2016 #5

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: - To start a real economic recovery, look to startups - A strong op-ed in The Hill this week reminded us that startups are job creators whose interests are...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - June 2016

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - Small Business Government Contracting and National Defense Authorization Act of 2013 - This final rule amends the U.S. Small Business Administration's (SBA or Agency) regulations to implement...more

SBA Makes It Easier for Small Businesses To Joint Venture for Federal Contracts

As we blogged Wednesday, this week the Small Business Administration (“SBA”) published a lengthy final rule that implements the long-awaited small business regulation changes mandated by the National Defense Authorization Act...more

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