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SBA Simplifies Minority Shareholder Affiliation Rule for Loan Program Applicants

SBA recently issued a final rule redefining the rules of affiliation for firms applying to SBA’s business loan programs. The final rule separates and distinguishes the loan program affiliation rules from SBA’s government...more

PilieroMazza Seminar: SBA's New Rules on the Limitations on Subcontracting

Overview - - Background - Limitations on Subcontracting - Identity of Interest - Joint Ventures - Size Recertification - Size Protests - Nonmanufacturer Rule Please see full...more

Hidden Threats to Your Supply Chain

In 1997, during a period of peak demand, a factory fire at Aisin Seiki Co., one of Toyota's key suppliers, shut down production of P-valves, a small but vital component in Toyota's braking systems. Toyota, champion of...more

CFPB to hold July 28 debt collection field hearing

The CFPB has announced that it will hold a field hearing about debt collection on July 28, 2016 in Sacramento, California. We expect the field hearing to coincide with the CFPB’s release of an outline of the proposals it is...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - July 2016 #2

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - Small Business Subcontracting Improvements - DOD, GSA, and NASA issued a final rule amending the FAR to implement the following regulatory changes made by the Small Business Administration,...more

Unfair contract terms will soon apply to contracts with small business

Do you need to review your standard form contracts? This update provides a summary of the new laws extending the unfair contract terms prohibition to standard form contracts with small business in Australia. The new...more

House Passes Small Business Healthcare Relief Act

Despite repeated guidance from the IRS that employer payment plans violate insurance reforms under the Affordable Care Act (the “ACA”), many small employers continue this arrangement of reimbursing employees for their cost of...more

Failing to Choose the Best Entity Structure for Your Business - Pay Me Now or Pay Me Later - Common Legal Mistakes Made by Small...

Pay Me Now or Pay Me Later is a series of short tips on common legal mistakes small business owners make. Tip? #1?? - Failing to Choose the Best Entity Structure for Your Business...more

DOE Announces $23 Million In Funding For SBIR Phase II Winners

On June 21, 2016, DOE announced the 23 projects that were selected for Phase II funding through the Small Business Innovation and Research (SBIR) program. ...more

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

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