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Startups: Patent Filing Is Cheaper Than You Think

by Revision Legal on

Filing a patent application as a startup can seem daunting and infeasible because the cost associated with obtaining a patent is so high. For most startups money is tight, and spending money on something as intangible as...more

Energy Technology Connections Newsletter: Your Law Firm Link to Industry News - April 2017

by Mintz Levin on

A Note from the Editors - Our April edition of Energy Technology Connections brings you recent industry highlights and features a list of upcoming energy industry events throughout the nation. To learn about MIT’s latest...more

[Webinar] Key Employment Law Issues for Start-ups and Other Small Businesses, Including Relevant California Laws - April 19th,...

by Conn Maciel Carey LLP on

While large companies typically have human resources departments or in-house counsel to advise on the myriad of complex employment laws, start-ups and small businesses are often operating in the dark regarding these key...more

Crowdfunding or Private Placement Memorandum?

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

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

Description of the Small Business Investment Company Program Participation by Unleveraged Funds

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

A Small Business Investment Company (SBIC) is a privately owned and operated company that makes long-term investments in American small businesses and is licensed by the United States Small Business Administration (SBA)....more

Legislation Creating Small Business Advocacy within the SEC Heading to the President’s Desk

On December 10, the SEC Small Business Advocate Act was approved by the Senate, clearing the way for signature by the President. The measure, which creates an advocacy office for the interests of small businesses within the...more

3 Biggest Workplace Law Concerns For Breweries And Brewpubs

by Fisher Phillips on

As virtually all startups and small businesses know, one of the surest ways to kill a promising enterprise is to get involved in costly litigation. Breweries and brewpubs are no exception. The current rise in employment...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - November, 2016 #3

by WilmerHale on

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: Founders Have to Choose Between Growth—and Keeping Control - We get it—the company’s your baby and it’s tough to let go—but new research from the...more

A Window into Trump’s SEC?

Insights into an SEC composed of Trump appointees can be gleaned from Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling’s (R-TX) opening statements at a committee hearing on SEC oversight, with testimony by outgoing SEC...more

New capital raising initiatives for start-up businesses in Alberta

by Dentons on

The Alberta Securities Commission (the ASC) has recently announced two initiatives intended to make it easier for Alberta businesses to access small levels of investment....more

ASC Adopts Crowdfunding Prospectus Exemption for Small or Start-up Alberta Businesses

by Bennett Jones LLP on

Effective October 31, 2016, the Alberta Securities Commission (ASC) adopted Multilateral Instrument 45-108 Crowdfunding (MI 45-108) which provides Alberta-based issuers with a crowdfunding prospectus exemption. MI 45-108 is...more

SBA Proposes Updates and Improvements to Early Stage SBIC Program

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

The proposed rule reflects SBA’s intent to continue licensing and providing SBA-guaranteed leverage to Early Stage SBICs beyond the initial five-year term previously announced. On September 19, the U.S. Small Business...more

International Entrepreneurs New Proposed Work Authorization for Founders of Start-Up’s And a Comparison to Other Visa Options

On August 31, 2016 the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) proposed an “International Entrepreneur” (I.E.) rule that would allow qualifying foreign investors to develop and grow their start-up companies in the United...more

Proposed International Entrepreneur Rule Gives Startup Founders Temporary Stay in U.S.

by Perkins Coie on

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) last week proposed a new rule that will allow certain immigrant startup founders to receive “parole” or temporary permission to...more

U.S. Immigration Proposes Solution for International Entrepreneurs

by Carlton Fields on

Current visa options limit the ability of foreign national entrepreneurs to start and grow companies in the United States. As a result, the United States is less able to attract the world’s very best and most innovative...more

The “Shark Tank Visa”: Proposed Rule Opens Door for Foreign Entrepreneurs

by Burr & Forman on

Last Wednesday, the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) announced a proposal that would allow foreign entrepreneurs to enter the United States to operate high-growth, job-creating startup enterprises. As with other...more

Employers Who “Usually” Employ 3 or More Employees: the Threshold for Mandatory Worker’s Compensation in Wisconsin

by Ruder Ware on

In general (i.e. non-farm) employment, Wisconsin’s Worker’s Compensation Act becomes mandatory for employers under either of two circumstances. In the event such an employer pays $500 in wages during any calendar quarter,...more

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

by Poyner Spruill LLP on

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

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

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - May 2016 #5

by WilmerHale on

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: - To start a real economic recovery, look to startups - A strong op-ed in The Hill this week reminded us that startups are job creators whose interests are...more

FTC: Data Security Primer for Small Businesses and Start-ups

The Federal Trade Commission will host a one day-conference in Chicago at Northwestern’s Pritzker School of Law on June 15, 2016. This event will be the fourth of the FTC’s Start with Security Events nationwide, which build...more

Federal Crowdfunding: What Comes Next?

In our original article on this subject, “SEC Finally Adopts Federal Crowdfunding Rules: All That Glitters May Not Be Gold,” we discussed some of the highlights of the final federal crowdfunding rule (the “Regulation”)...more

Federal Crowdfunding: Practical Considerations For Interested Parties

This is the second of a series of articles on the final federal crowdfunding rule (the “Regulation”) recently adopted by the Securities Exchange Commission (“SEC”). As explained more fully in our original article, federal...more

Fix Crowdfunding Act Improves JOBS Act

The Fix Crowdfunding Act has been introduced by Representative Patrick McHenry, who was one of the architects of the FAST Act provisions simplifying securities laws. The Fix Crowdfunding Act increases the $1,000,000...more

EEOC Issues New Fact Sheet for Small Businesses

Provides User-Friendly Overview of Federal Anti-Discrimination Laws in 30 Different Languages - WASHINGTON - The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued today a new simplified, one-page fact sheet...more

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