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Start-Up Like a Marathoner

It’s a marathon – not a sprint. Entrepreneurs working on starting-up hear this mantra all the time. What does it really mean? The mantra speaks to the strategy most marathoners take on race day: start slow, come up to a...more

Labor & Employment E-Note - April 17, 2014

In This Issue: - Employers Face Increasing Number of Religious Bias Suits - Small Business Owners Concerned About Overtime Pay Requirements - Rising Number of Wage Theft Lawsuits Highlight Enforcement Issues -...more

Old Days – Remembering When Small Business Had Pension Plans

We lived in politically charged times. Congress seems unable to reach any consensus on anything including where to have the annual Congressional Christmas Ball! Years of political crossfire over the Affordable Care Act have...more

Bill introduced to limit CFPB smaller bank supervisory authority

A bill introduced by Republican Senator Dan Coats would further limit the CFPB’s supervisory authority as to insured depository institutions and credit unions with total assets of $10 billion or less....more

Private Fund Update - April 14, 2014

In this issue: - The 113th Congress - The Administration - Securities and Exchange Commission - Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) - Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) -...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - April 2014 #2

In this issue: - Government Contracts - Capital Hill - Small Business - Excerpt from Government Contracts: DoD Issues Interim Final Rule Related to the National Industrial Security...more

No CFPB regulations in 2014 implementing expanded ECOA small business data collection requirements

Section 1071 of Dodd-Frank amended the Equal Credit Opportunity Act to require financial institutions to collect and maintain certain data in connection with credit applications made by women- or minority-owned businesses and...more

No More Excuses: HHS Issues New HIPAA Tool for Small Businesses

Three U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) agencies, the Office for the National Coordinator for Health IT (“ONC”), in conjunction with the Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) and the Office of the General Counsel...more

Bill to create CFPB small business advisory board introduced

A bill to require the CFPB to establish a small business advisory board was recently introduced by Republican Congressmen Robert Pittenger and Denny Heck....more

IC-DISCS- Exporting the American Dream and Capitalism for Love of Country and Tax Benefits

I always loved the old Coca Cola commercial sung to the catch jingle “It’s a Small World” demonstrating the appeal of Coca Cola to all people around the globe. I think the same can be said about the idea of having to pay a...more

The Government Is Here To Help: HHS Releases HIPAA Security Risk Assessment Tool For Small Providers

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services ("HHS") has just released a new security risk assessment ("SRA") tool to assist small and medium sized health care practices (one to ten providers) conduct a HIPAA risk...more

Advisory Boards Contribute to the Success of Business

In a recent article in the Financial Post, “Advisory boards boost Canadian small businesses, but only 6% use one, study says,” Armina Ligaya describes how advisory boards can make a difference in your business....more

Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - March 2014

In This Issue: - EU Parliament Cements Position on Privacy Protection Reform - EU Parliament Passes Cybersecurity Directive - SEC Holds Roundtable on Cybersecurity - EU and APEC Introduce Guide for...more

Angel investment trends; 2013 year in review

Yesterday, the Angel Resource Institute, Silicon Valley Bank and CB Insights released their angel group 2013 year in review, the Halo Report. The Halo Report analyzes angel investment activity and trends in the United States....more

Corporate & Tax E-Note - March 27, 2014

In This Issue: - High Court Considers Whether Corporations Can Lie to Investors - Nasdaq Enters Pre-IPO Market with Private Exchange - Many Early-Stage Start-Ups Still Struggle to Get Funding - Venture...more

Small Ball Obamacare - Healthcare Strategies for Small Business Owners Under Obamacare

The sports term “Small Ball” usually refers to the productive but unglamorous approach of winning games. In most sports, as spectators we live to see the “big play”, i.e. the long touchdown pass; the grand slam or the slam...more

Obtaining a Piece of the Pie: Small Business Preferences in Federal Contracts

The federal government is the single largest purchaser of goods and services in the world. Some of these purchases, of course, are for highly specialized goods or services produced or performed by large corporations. For the...more

California Attorney General Urges Companies to Be Prepared for Cyber Attacks and Security Breaches

Kamala Harris, California's Attorney General, issued a set of recommendations for preventing and responding to cyber attacks and security breaches. The recommendations, called Cybersecurity in the Golden State, are directed...more

Private Fund Update - March 18, 2014

In this issue: - The 113th Congress - The Administration - Securities and Exchange Commission - Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) - Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) -...more

Making Sense of Your Options: Raising Capital In Private Offerings

Let’s say you have started/built this really great business that needs funding right now to launch, survive, expand, take it to the next level, etc. If you are not ready for an I.P.O. yet, and the “ready-for-prime-time”...more

Ex-Im Bank President Sees Opportunities For Small Businesses

The Senate Committee On Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs recently conducted a hearing regarding the reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank). Fred Hochberg, Chairman and President of the...more

California AG Suggests Cybersecurity Measures

On February 27, California Attorney General Kamala Harris issued a guide to assist small businesses in defending against the threat of cybercrime. The guide, which was developed with the California Chamber of Commerce and...more

Business News Digest – March 2014

In this issue: - Cybersecurity: Coming Soon to a Government Contract Near You - Recent National Defense Authorization Act Presents Opportunities for Small Business Contractors - Iran Sanctions Deal Does...more

Recent National Defense Authorization Act Presents Opportunities for Small Business Contractors

The recently enacted National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 (NDAA 2014) contains some noteworthy provisions that will impact how small business contractors compete for and perform Federal contracts. The NDAA...more

“New Jobs For New Jersey Act” Would Provide Tax Benefits To Smaller Private Employers Hiring Unemployed Workers

On January 6, 2014, the Senate introduced a bill (S153) that would provide incentives to small private sector employers that increase their workforce by hiring unemployed workers. Under the legislation, employers with 100 or...more

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