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House Passes Bill H.R. 5405 “Promoting Job Creation and Reducing Small Business Burdens Act”

On September 16, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 5405 “Promoting Job Creation and Reducing Small Business Burdens Act.” The bill addresses a number of Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS Act)-related matters,...more

1099ers Exposing Startups, Private Equity Firms to Costly Liability

A recent online edition of New York Magazine’s “Daily Intelligencer” includes a comprehensive article on how Silicon Valley startup tech companies using “the 1099 model” may be exposed to employment, tax and benefit law...more

Legal Considerations for Web-Based Start-Ups  [Video]

Evridiki (Vicki) Dallas covers issues related to: - Choice of legal entity; Founder’s Shares and agreements; Stock Option Plans - Trademark/Copyright/URL and other IP Concerns - Data Privacy - Website...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

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

Raising Money? Don’t Forget About the Tax Credits

With many states continuing to use tax credits to seed entrepreneurial growth, entrepreneurs and legal counsel must understand the applicable state-sponsored programs and position qualifying businesses to take advantage of...more

Entrepreneurial Growth and Recruitment Strategy: An Economic Development Formula for Success

Historically, most local economic development efforts, or regional efforts among a group of counties, have focused on business recruitment. These efforts have generally been focused on large business recruitment projects. ...more

Neglecting Trademark Protection Could Be a Costly Mistake

So you’ve formed a new company, launched a new product/service offering, added a new feature to an existing offering, or maybe your company has been doing business and offering products/services for a while now but you still...more

Where Should You Incorporate?

To succeed at this, you’ll need to do two things: (1) determine the entity structure for your business (see our article Choosing the Correct Business Entity: The Basics) and, if you decide to incorporate, (2) choose a state...more

Corporate & Tax E-Note - June 26, 2014

In This Issue: - SBA Ups Size Standards, Allowing 8,400 Firms to Become Small Biz - Auditors Want to Limit Reporting of 'Critical Audit Matters' - House Approves Permanent Extension of Small Business Tax...more

Crowdfunding: What is it and Where is it Going?

On May 7, 2014, a group of four experts (Frank Williams, Four Bridges Capital; Gene Wright, Georgia Crowdfunding Association; Phil Shmerling, InCrowd Capital; and Zan Nicolli, Dickinson Wright) gathered via conference call...more

Start-Up Pack

The purpose of this Start-Up Pack is to provide assistance and support to early stage start-ups who are looking to establish their business on a more formal basis. Creating the right legal framework and ensuring that the...more

Crowdfunding in Texas – When?

The Texas intrastate crowdfunding rules were adopted in April and the Texas Securities Board will consider comments to the rules through the end of June (even though the official deadline for comments is June 8th). The...more

Recent Developments for Intrastate Crowdfunding and Social Media Use

In June 2013, the N.C. House of Representatives approved HB 680, the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (NC JOBS Act) by an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 103-1. Designed to utilize the “intrastate offering” exemption found...more

Committee Passes JOBS Act Related Bills

The House Financial Services Committee passed several bills designed to promote capital formation, including: HR 4200, the Small Business Investment Companies (SBICs) Advisers Relief Act, introduced by Rep. Blaine...more

Strategic Tips for Approaching Lenders and How to Choose the Right One

For those small businesses that are looking to obtain debt financing or to refinance existing debt, there are some strategic planning tips to consider in approaching and selecting a potential lender. ...more

Ellen Blattel Talks Women in Business

The following is excerpted from a chat on the couch with Blattel Communications Founder and CEO Ellen Blattel. We looked at the issues facing women in business, and Ellen reveals her path into the public relations and...more

Verbatim Global Compliance - Quarterly Newsletter: Spring 2014

Canada - The Ontario Securities Commission ("OSC") recently published for comment four proposed prospectus exemptions intended to facilitate capital formation for small companies and start-ups. The four exemptions include:...more

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

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

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

While You Were Sleeping! The Continuing Saga of Obamacare - Finding a Solution Path for Small Business Owner

Overview - What ever happened to the popularity of soap operas or novelas in case you watch Univision? I must admit I have a history with both the English and Spanish versions as well as living my own soap opera....more

SEC Proposes Rules to Facilitate Small Business Financing

Introduction - On December 18, 2013, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed rules to enhance access to capital by smaller companies pursuant to its rulemaking mandate under Title IV of the Jumpstart...more

SEC Proposes Regulation A+ For Small Businesses

With all eyes focused on the lifting on the ban on solicitation and the new proposed equity crowd funding rules, one major rulemaking proposal mandated under the JOBS Act did not get the attention it deserves: the new small...more

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