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Private Ruling Endorses Taxpayer-Friendly Reading of “Qualified Small Business” Under Section 1202

On September 5, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) released Private Letter Ruling 201436001 (the “Ruling”), which found that a company providing products and services primarily within the pharmaceutical industry was a...more

8 Legal To-Dos Before Your First Investment

So, you’re about to raise money for the first time. Good luck! Before you start approaching VC firms for pitch opportunities, though, be aware that investors typically expect a certain amount of organization and structure...more

House members propose bill to nullify CFPB indirect auto finance guidance

A bipartisan group of fourteen House members have introduced a bill (H.R. 5403) that would nullify the CFPB’s indirect auto finance guidance issued in March 2013 and require the CFPB to provide for a notice and comment period...more

Big Jumps Proposed to Size Standards for Environmental Remediation and Other Employee-Based Size Standards

On September 10th, SBA released proposed increases to the small business size standards for many of the industries that use employee-based size standards. The affected industries include some very popular ones for the...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - September 2014

In this issue: - GSA OASIS and OASIS Small Business Contracts are Ready for Business - DoD Issues Proposed Rule to Update FOIA Program - Has the IRS Become Gun-Shy on Regulating Nonprofits? -...more

Recent Changes Regarding Occupational Pensions

Focus on self-employed company leaders - A recent act has made various changes to the legal framework of occupational pensions for employees and self-employed company leaders. The key changes were outlined in our...more

2013 Federal Small Business Contracting Scores an A!

On August 1, 2014, the Small Business Administration (SBA) released the Small Business Procurement Scorecard for fiscal year 2013. The annual scorecard is an assessment tool that measures how well federal agencies reach their...more

SEC Announces Pilot Program to Widen Tick Sizes for Smaller Companies

On August 26, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced that the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. and national securities exchanges proposed a 12-month pilot program to widen minimum quoting and trading...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 34

In this issue: - Oregon State Court Refuses to Enforce Forum Selection Bylaw - SEC Announces Pilot Program to Widen Tick Sizes for Smaller Companies - NFA Issues Notice Setting Effective Date for Risk...more

Small Business Certifications: Where Do I Start?

For many small, privately held businesses, navigating the world of small business certifications can be a daunting task. Certification options abound for women, minority, veteran-owned, and small disadvantaged businesses. ...more

Old Wine in New Bottles: The Emergence of the P2P Small Business Lending Securitizations

This last year has seen an uptick in activity in the peer to peer commercial loan market in the U.S., which, broadly speaking, includes loans made by non-traditional financing sources to small businesses (“P2P Commercial...more

Comments on SBA's Proposed Rule Regarding Advisory Small Business Size Decisions

Re: Comments on Proposed Rule Regarding Advisory Small Business Size Decisions RIN: 3245-AG59, Docket Number: SBA-2014-7 - Dear Mr. Koppel: We are writing to submit comments regarding the U.S. Small Business...more

A Husband’s “Illusory” Control: Recent SBA Decision Clarifies Role of Spouse in EDWOSBs

Since inception of the WOSB Program, the SBA has been sensitive to the involvement of husbands in WOSBs and EDWOSBs. To combat the risk of a husband (or another man) running a WOSB or EDWOSB, the regulations require that the...more

NCRC white paper seeks expansive CFPB rulemaking on small business lending data collection

The National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) has issued a white paper that urges the CFPB to take an expansive approach in developing regulations on the collection of small business lending data to implement Section...more

SEC FCPA Settlement Sends Wake-Up Call to Small and Medium-Sized Businesses

On July 28, 2014, Smith & Wesson Holding Corp. (“Smith & Wesson”), the firearms manufacturer based in Springfield, Massachusetts, agreed to resolve charges brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) for...more

Food, Folks, and Franchise-Wide Liability: NLRB Signals Intent to Pound Square Joint Employer Peg Into Round Franchise Hole

A big part of what makes the franchise model of business attractive to small business owners is the opportunity to own and operate their own business, but with their entrepreneurial risk backstopped by a known regional or...more

The California Supreme Court Further Limits the Scope of CEQA Review for Voter-Sponsored Initiatives in Tuolumne Jobs & Small...

Voter-driven initiatives meeting California Elections Code requirements may be adopted directly by local governments without first conducting a full review under the California Environmental Quality Act ("CEQA"), according to...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - August 2014 #2

In this issue: - Obama Signs Order Boosting Federal Contract Worker Rights - DoD Issues Interim Rule to Amend DFARS Foreign Commercial Satellite Services (DFARS Case 2014-D010) - Obama Administration...more

Employee Stock Ownership Plans: More Confusion for Veteran-Owned Small Businesses

My house, my rules. That was the approach seemingly taken by the Department of Veterans Affairs (“VA”) when it crafted the regulations governing eligibility of Veteran-Owned and Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses...more

Home Kitchen / Chloe Stirling’s

Twelve-year-old Chloe Stirling’s started a cupcake business, called “Hey Cupcake!” in her parent’s kitchen. On June 10th, Gov. Pat Quinn signed a bill in her family’s kitchen in downstate Troy, just east of St. Louis MO, that...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - August 2014

In this issue: - DoD, GSA, and NASA Issue an Interim Rule to Amend FAR: Equal Employment and Affirmative Action for Veterans and Individuals With Disabilities - DoD, GSA, and NASA Issue a Final Rule to Amend...more

EEOC Releases Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination Laws

Guidance Does Not Address State-specific Laws and Requirements - The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has released its new enforcement guidance on pregnancy discrimination issues. This is the first time in...more

Federal Register Round Up – June/July 2014

DOD Proposed Rules Seeking Contractor Business System Rule Self Assessments - The Department of Defense issued a proposed rule on July 15th that would revise the DFARS Business Systems Rule by requiring contractors...more

Can You Satisfy CRA Requirements and Still Make Money? Try SBICs

Have you considered an investment in or creating a Small Business Investment Company? Doing so may provide financial institutions with a number of benefits, including credit toward annual investment requirements under the...more

PilieroMazza Legal Advisor - Third Quarter 2014

In this issue: - Avoiding Pitfalls with Restrictive Covenants in Employment Contracts - What Is Enough Consideration of Small Business Interests? – GAO Denies Protests Against GSA Consolidation of Small...more

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