Cybersecurity Monday: Who Is Shopping for Your Data?

At this time of year, everyone is shopping for a good bargain. And with “Cyber Monday,” the internet has become the place to go for the best deals. The shift to online and cloud-based information systems and data storage has also opened up a new market for online shopping, trafficked by hackers and other cyber criminals who want to take or corrupt your company’s personal, proprietary, and other sensitive information.   Many small businesses believe that they are not likely . . . Read More

Don’t Slip Up: The “Boilerplate” Provisions of Your Contracts Deserve Equal Attention

Webster’s dictionary offers the following as an alternative definition of the term boilerplate: “tightly packed, icy snow.” No one would knowingly pay little heed to such a potentially treacherous condition, yet every day in contract negotiation parties devote the vast majority of their efforts to the business terms, while glossing over the “boilerplate” provisions. Oftentimes, the assumption is “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”—that is, those standard (read: boilerplate) terms you used in past contracts will work just as . . . Read More

Business Entity Alphabet Soup – GP, LP, JV, LLC, C, S, QSSS – What do they mean?

By Kimi Murakami As government contractors, the business universe is likely filled with familiar acronyms. However, one may not be as familiar with the meaning behind the alphabet letters that comprise the different business entities in the corporate world. Choosing the form of legal entity for your company was most likely a threshold issue for starting your business. By forming a company, you can shield yourself from liabilities that will arise by the business. Whether just starting out or if . . . Read More

What Every Business Owner Needs to Know About Implementing the New Tangible Property Regulations

By Eric Fletcher, Principal with Thompson Greenspon Over the last several years, the IRS has published a series of regulations and rulings that dramatically change how taxpayers must account for the costs of acquiring, repairing, improving and even disposing of tangible property. These new rules represent some of the most significant changes in tax law since the Tax Reform Act of 1986 and they must be adopted no later than the tax year beginning on or after January 1, 2014. . . . Read More

Building a Saleable Business & The Importance of a Strategic Plan

For a small business government contractor (“GC”), its small business size is arguably its greatest asset. In the context of building a saleable business, however, if the GC owner or owners fail to adopt and implement a strategic plan early on in the business life cycle, the GC’s small business size could end up operating more like a handicap.   To put this into greater context, in the world of mergers and acquisitions, particularly lower middle market private company deals . . . Read More

SBA’s Template for Joint Venture Agreements – Is it OK to Use for your 8(a) Joint Venture?

By Kimi Murakami The answer as to whether 8(a) firms can use the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (“SBA”) joint venture (“JV”) agreement template seems to depend on which SBA District Office your small business is governed by. Recently, some of our small business clients that are governed by the SBA’s Washington Metropolitan Area District Office received notice from their Business Opportunity Specialist (“BOS”) that the agency’s template for JV agreements would no longer be accepted. It is unclear whether this is true for all SBA . . . Read More

Attract and Retain Top Talent When You Cannot Compete Straight Up on Cash

One of the biggest challenges that a business owner may face is attracting and retaining top talent to help drive value and build their company. There are a variety of employee incentive compensation tools that can be used to attract and retain talent. Business owners need to consider: Which type of employee incentive tools will work best for that particular business owner’s company? To answer that question, a business owner needs to drill down on what goal is to be . . . Read More

The Importance of a Formal Document Retention Policy

By Brian Wilbourn As all of us are likely painfully aware, the volume of emails, correspondence and other documents that we generate and receive, whether we’re at home or at work, seem to grow at an ever-increasing rate. At home, we can often dispose of unwanted papers and files with little worry. In business, however—and for government contractors in particular—disposing of the wrong documents can have serious consequences. On the other hand, while contractors do not want to delete the . . . Read More

Employee Stock Ownership Plans: More Confusion for Veteran-Owned Small Businesses

My house, my rules. That was the approach seemingly taken by the Department of Veterans Affairs (“VA”) when it crafted the regulations governing eligibility of Veteran-Owned and Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (collectively, “VOSBs”) for the Veterans First Contracting Program (the “VA Program”).  The VA appears to have patterned its rules off the Small Business Administration’s (“SBA”) rules for both the 8(a) Business Development Program and the Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business Concern (“SDVO SBC”) Program (the “SBA Program”), which has created a lot of confusion for veterans participating in both . . . Read More

The gTLD Explosion: Changes to Domain Names that All Businesses Should be Aware Of

The universe of domain names within the internet is undergoing radical change and businesses need to be aware of how to navigate in this new world. On June 20, 2011, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (“ICANN”), the international non-profit corporation that oversees the domain name system in the internet, approved the launch of its new generic top-level domains (“gTLD”) program dramatically expanding the existing gTLD system. gTLDs are the extensions (i.e., letters or words) that come to the right of the “dot” in a . . . Read More