Business & Corporate

Cybersecurity Update

February 9, 2018
By Kimi N. Murakami
Last month many of you listened to the webinar Jon Williams and I did regarding the December 31, 2017, deadline to comply with the Department of Defense (DoD) Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) 252.204-7012 and how to implement the security controls set forth in the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Special Publication (SP) 800-171. Now that the deadline has passed and we’ve entered into a new era of being compliant with the rules, we thought it would be a good time to follow up on several issues discussed during the webinar and to respond to the most commonly asked questions.

New Tax Bill: Areas of Interest for Small Businesses

January 16, 2018
By David J. Medalia
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (the “Act”) provides the most comprehensive tax reform in more than three decades. Small and medium business owners will find that the Act reduces their total taxes both on an entity and an individual level, while also creating tax incentives to spend on capital expenditures through accelerated depreciation of both used and new property. Here are some highlights from the Act.

Borrowing Under the SBA’s 7(a) Lending Program: Three Factors to Bear in Mind

July 7, 2017
As an entrepreneur or a small business owner, you know that access to capital is a crucial component in both the setting up and growing of your business. Capital is necessary at every stage, for example, enabling your business to order goods before you expect to be paid, paying for accumulating overhead costs, investing in client development and marketing, etc. -- having access to capital is the lifeline for your business.

A Quick Guide to Phantom Stock and Stock Appreciation Rights

July 6, 2017
In the government contracting world, companies are often reluctant to create true equity incentive plans (i.e., options and restricted stock units). Small businesses have valid reasons for hesitating to offer equity to new individuals, such as a lack of familiarity with the person, an interest in retaining as much ownership as possible in the event that an equity transaction is necessary in the future, and the SBA’s rules on ownership, control, and affiliation, including the so-called “Present Effect Rule,” which mandates that options and restricted stock be considered exercised when granted.

Plan Your Success – the LOI

May 1, 2017
During our April 26, 2017 webinar, we discussed Letters of Intent (LOI) and the important role they can play in...
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