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Lehigh Valley Facilities Targeted for Unionization

Lehigh Valley residents know that the area has become home to a number of distribution and warehousing facilities, particularly in recent years. It should not come as a surprise, then, that these facilities have become...more

Financial Services Report - Summer 2017

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

EDITOR’S NOTE - Summer blockbuster season is officially upon us. Have you seen Wonder Woman yet? What about Guardians of the Galaxy Part 2? It’s déjà vu all over again with Baywatch, Pirates of the Caribbean, Alien,...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - June 2017 #2

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GOVERNMENT CONTRACTING - “GSA Adds Hundreds of Small Businesses to the 8(a) STARS II GWAC Contract.”GSA Press Release, June 15, 2017. Retrieved from gsa.gov. The GSA 8(a) STARS II Governmentwide Acquisition Contract...more

Director Corday announces extension of comment period for small business lending RFI, restructuring of debt collection rulemaking

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In his prepared remarks for the Consumer Advisory Board meeting held on June 8, 2017, Director Cordray discussed CFPB initiatives in four areas. In addition to the CFPB’s letter to the top retail credit card companies...more

DOE Announces $72 Million In Funding For Small Business R&D

On May 24, 2017, DOE announced that 68 small businesses across 24 states will receive a total of $72 million in grants to support innovative R&D. The funding was provided by DOE’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)...more

Funds Talk: June 2017 - SEC Proposes Changes to Investment Advisers Act in Response to FAST Act

On May 3, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) released proposed amendments to certain rules under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (the Advisers Act) to reflect the impact of the Fixing America’s Surface...more

FAQs Are Not Legal Authority

by Charles (Chuck) Rubin on

The IRS's Small Business/Self Employed Division (SB/SE) has indicated that the IRS will add a provision to the Internal Revenue Manual at IRM 4.10.7 describing the lack of precedential value the IRS will grant to IRS FAQs....more

New Option for Past Performance Ratings - Set-Aside Alert

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

The difficulties faced by small businesses lacking past performance ratings in winning federal contracts are well known. Please see full Alert below for more information....more

SBA Further Delays the Adoption of the SBIC Passive Business Rule Impacting BDCs with SBIC Subsidiaries

On May 2, 2017, the Small Business Administration (SBA) published a notice (the May 2 Notice), delaying the effective date of the final rule of the Passive Business Rule (the New Rule) under § 107.720 of the small business...more

CFPB Takes In-Depth Look at Small Business Lending

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On May 10, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) began gathering information regarding small business financing needs in an effort to encourage small businesses—especially ones owned by minorities and women. ...more

Court of Federal Claims Holds that VA Rule of Two Trumps AbilityOne Program

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

A recent decision from the U.S. Court of Federal Claims (“Court”) confirms the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (“VA”) mandate to perform a Rule of Two analysis on all procurements, including before utilizing the...more

House Bill Would Limit Credit for Small Businesses Falling into Multiple Socioeconomic Categories

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

A recent bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives seeks to amend the Small Business Act to limit the way agencies take credit for contracting with small businesses that fall into several socioeconomic categories....more

Event Recap: No Longer Just a Matter of Taste: Strategic Innovation in the Food Industry

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

Meridian Capital LLC recently hosted, “No Longer Just a Matter of Taste: Strategic Innovation in the Food Industry,” a panel discussion featuring some of the Pacific Northwest’s most innovative food brands. The panelists...more

Guest Post: CFPB Issues Request for Information Regarding Small Business Lending

The CFPB has issued a Request for Information (RFI) to collect data that will shed light on how small businesses engage with financial institutions, with a particular focus on women-owned and minority-owned small businesses....more

May Washington Update

This month’s Washington Update provides insight into a number of energy-related developments at the federal level, including President Trump’s recently proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2018, the Senate’s failed efforts to turn...more

Deutsche Börse Introduces New Exchange Segment Scale

by Jones Day on

On 1 March 2017, Deutsche Börse AG, the operator of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange, launched Scale, a new market segment for small and medium-sized enterprises ("SMEs"). Scale replaces Deutsche Börse's former market segment...more

DOJ Continues to Crack Down on SBA Fraud

by Alston & Bird on

On April 25, 2017, the DOJ announced that Michelle Cho, an officer of Far East Construction Corporation and other companies, received both prison time and civil penalties for her involvement as the mastermind of a fraudulent...more

CFPB Releases Prepaid Rule Guidance

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released guidance on the agency's forthcoming Prepaid Rule, set to take effect on October 1, 2017. Although described as aimed at "small businesses," the guidance is useful for...more

DOT’s DBE Program Helps Promote Growth

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

The U.S. Department of Transportation (“DOT”) Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (“DBE”) Program provides opportunities for small businesses, owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals, Tribes...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume XII, Issue 19

BROKER-DEALER - FINRA Requests Comment on Rules Governing Employees’ Outside Business Activities - On May 15, as part of a new review, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority requested public comment on the...more

Legislation Relating to Capital Formation

As the 115th United States Congress is currently in session, a number of bills designed to promote capital raising for companies have been introduced in both the House and the Senate. In the last two months, both the House...more

Trailblazer Foods’ President Rob Miller discusses business acumen, industry growth in Pacific Northwest: Schwabe, Williamson &...

With all the branded products available in today’s grocery stores, what does it take for a private label manufacturing company to make it?...more

Uncertain Future For CFPB Small Business Data Rule

by WilmerHale on

On Wednesday, May 10, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued a request for information (RFI) on the small-business lending marketplace — the first step in an anticipated rulemaking pursuant to Section 1071 of...more

Bills to Help Small Businesses Prepare for Cyber Attacks Working Way Through Congress

by Williams Mullen on

On May 2, the U.S. House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology unanimously approved H.R. 2105, the “NIST Small Business Cybersecurity Act of 2017.” The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee reported...more

Money for Nothin': FDA's PDUFA Fee Waivers and Exemptions

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

Lately, we have received a number of client inquiries about prescription user fee waivers. The Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA), enacted in 1992, authorizes FDA to collect fees from companies that produce certain human...more

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