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Crowdfunding or Private Placement Memorandum?

Spurred by the frenzy of mid-century modern furniture of the 1950s and 1960s returning in popularity, a growing number of collectors are investing in and holding vintage furniture. Capitalizing on that craze, N. Stile Sune’s...more

The Future of the Affordable Care Act Week 7: The American Health Care Act

On March 6, 2017, after years of promising, GOP lawmakers in the House of Representatives introduced the “American Health Care Act” (AHCA), the first concrete legislative proposal detailing the initial provisions designed to...more

New Pilot Program Will Give Certain Small Businesses New Option to Obtain Past Performance Ratings

The difficulties faced by new small businesses lacking past performance ratings in winning federal contracts are well-known. Perhaps the most common approach by which new small businesses get their start in federal...more

February 2017: Client Alert

Tax Calendar - February 28 - Payers must file informational returns with the IRS. (Except certain Forms 1099-MISC with non-employee compensation payments in box 7, which are due before February 1. Excluding...more

Privacy Tip #78 – Cybersecurity Aids for Small Businesses

I frequently get complaints from small businesses that they don’t have the resources or resilience to properly address cybersecurity and that it is overwhelming to them. Well, it is. We frequently tell businesses that...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - March 2017 #3

SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION - “SBA Administrator Honors Nation’s Top Small Businesses.” Small Business Administration Press Release, March 16, 2017. Retrieved from https://www.sba.gov. Administrator Linda...more

Lawmaker seeks CFPB fair lending investigation of fintech small business lenders

A Democratic congressman has raised concerns about potentially discriminatory lending practices used by fintech companies that extend credit to small businesses, calling on the CFPB “to vigorously investigate whether [such...more

Lawmaker Seeks CFPB Fair Lending Investigation of Fintech Small Business Lenders

A Democratic congressman has raised concerns about potentially discriminatory lending practices used by financial technology (fintech) companies that extend credit to small businesses, calling on the Consumer Financial...more

Issues for Employers to Follow in the American Health Care Act's Deliberations

On March 6, 2017, the Ways and Means Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives released a section by section summary of the tax related sections of the American Health Care Act (the “AHCA”). On March 9, 2017, the Ways...more

Capital Formation Bills Approved by House and Senate Committees

On March 9, 2017, a number of bipartisan bills designed to promote capital raising for companies were approved by the House Financial Services Committee and the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs. ...more

House Discusses How to Tax Small Businesses

A proposal presently being discussed before the House Ways and Means Committee (where tax laws begin) addresses how small business income will be taxed. President Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress both desire...more

Advisory Committee Recommends Robust Diversity Disclosure to the SEC

On February 16, 2017, the Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies (“Advisory Committee”) provided a recommendation to the SEC regarding corporate board diversity. The Advisory Committee was organized in 2011...more

SBA Size Standards Under the Microscope

SBA's size standards are one of the agency's most important metrics. The size standards draw a bright line between small and large businesses for each industry by NAICS code. A firm that is below the size standard for its...more

SEC, NASAA Sign Info-Sharing Agreement for Crowdfunding and Other Offerings

On February 17, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) signed an agreement to facilitate information sharing with respect to rules regarding...more

Annual Report on EEOC Developments – Fiscal Year 2016

This Annual Report on EEOC Developments—Fiscal Year 2016 (hereafter “Report”), our sixth annual Report, is designed as a comprehensive guide to significant EEOC developments over the past fiscal year. The Report does not...more

The Financial Report, Volume 6, Number 4

Discussion and Analysis - On February 17, just as new rules to further facilitate intrastate and regional crowdfunding offerings are beginning to take effect, the Securities and Exchange Commission and the North...more

Government Contracts: Advantages for Small Business Concerns

Linda McMahon, former chief executive officer of World Wrestling Entertainment, was confirmed by the Senate on February 14, 2017, to lead the Small Business Administration (SBA). It’s expected her work will revolve...more

Identity of Interest Affiliation: Everything You Need to Know

If your company pursues small business set-aside contracts, either as a prime contractor or as a subcontractor, you have to prepare for the possibility of a post-award size protest alleging affiliation. Once the protest is...more

OCC Establishes New Third-Party Risk Management Expectations, Including for Bank Relationships With Marketplace Lenders

The bulletin requires relationships between banks and marketplace lenders to be treated with the same rigor of due diligence and ongoing oversight as other relationships with third parties. On January 24, the Office of...more

SEC and North American Securities Administrators Association Sign Information-Sharing Agreement

On February 17, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the North America Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) entered into an information-sharing agreement in connection with intrastate crowdfunding...more

Small Business Valuation—What Is It And Why Does It Matter?

Government contractors who have built successful businesses over a period of time often neglect to answer one simple question until very late in the game. The question, “What is my business worth?” has far-reaching...more

CFPB seeking information on use of alternative data in credit process, including by small business lenders

The CFPB has issued a request for information (RFI) that seeks information about the use of alternative data and modeling techniques in the credit process. According to the CFPB, the RFI stems from the Bureau’s desire...more

Keep an Eye Out for Identity of Interest Affiliation

Anyone who does business with a small business government contractor will always want to be aware of any potential bases for affiliation that might arise. However, the so-called “identity of interest” affiliation, as...more

Ratings – the road to revaluation

On 1 April 2017 the business rates revaluation will take effect. This in itself is cause for significant concern. However, the ratings world is currently a maelstrom of upheaval and controversy, such that the revaluation is...more

Ninth Circuit Reaffirms Lozano, Holds Typicality Does Not Require Identical Injuries Among Class Members

The Ninth Circuit recently affirmed orders by the District Court for the Northern District of California certifying two national classes in an action under Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), the Fair...more

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