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Seller Beware: 5 Tips to Keep Bad Employment Practices from Holding Up a Sale

November 13, 2018
By Sarah L. Nash
Lawsuits and existing labor disputes are obvious impediments to the sale of your business. But short of these red flags, any number of ill-advised practices may slow down or even stop an acquisition from proceeding. Do not enter into serious talks about the sale of your company without first identifying and correcting poor employment practices. Follow these tips to avoid future headaches.

You've Decided to Sell Your Business— How to Be Prepared to Execute the Deal

November 9, 2018
By David T. Shafer
After years of building, growing, and investing in your business, there comes a point at which you start to think about an exit strategy. Perhaps your exit will be transitioning the ownership of your business to a family member or selling the majority of your ownership interest to an investor and taking a back seat going forward, or maybe it's selling the whole business enterprise. Regardless of the type of exit you contemplate, selling a business is not for the faint of heart.

Three Indicators You Need an OCI Mitigation Plan

November 1, 2018
By Michelle E. Litteken
The risk of an organizational conflict of interest ("OCI")—either perceived or actual—strikes fear in the heart of many a government contractor. An OCI may result in disqualification from a procurement, an adverse bid protest decision, or termination of a contract. Although that can be unnerving, in many cases, an OCI is mitigatable if the contractor implements measures to avoid, neutralize, or mitigate the conflict. At the same time, it is critical to implement a mitigation plan early on. For this reason, contractors should be aware of signs that a contract could give rise to a perceived or actual OCI.

Growing Pains: Growth Capital Sources and Considerations Part 1: Debt Financing

November 1, 2018
By Kathryn L. Hickey
At a certain point in a company's life cycle, founders are likely to be faced with the financial pinch of requiring outside sources of funding to finance further growth and expansion of the business. Once bootstrapping ceases to be an option, there are two main avenues to pursue for growth capital: traditional bank debt or private equity investment. Both options present pros and cons, and they are not mutually exclusive. Ultimately, the route founders decide upon will depend on the objectives, limitations, and concerns specific to their organization. This article will focus on the first of these two financing options, traditional debt financing. A second post will follow that focuses on private equity investment.

Big Changes Are Coming for SBA's HUBZone Program

October 31, 2018
By Jon Williams
For the first time in 20 years, SBA is proposing an extensive overhaul of its regulations for the HUBZone program. SBA recognizes the difficulty firms face getting into and staying in the HUBZone program, so they are revising the HUBZone rules to provide greater certainty to HUBZone applicants and participants. The proposed rule would reduce the regulatory burdens imposed on HUBZone small business concerns and on government agencies by eliminating ambiguities in the regulations and making it easier for HUBZone firms to understand and comply with the program requirements. This is welcome news for HUBZone firms as well as federal agencies and prime contractors that have struggled to meet their HUBZone spending goals.
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