Business

YOUR SWAM CERTIFICATION IS AT RISK

10/30/2019Sterling, Michael L.

The Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity (DSBSD) administers the small, women-owned and minority-owned (SWaM) business program. The DSBSD SWaM Certification Division reviews initial and recertification applications. DSBSD certification eligibility determinations are based on existing circumstances at the time of application. The criteria are in the Commonwealth of Virginia Administration Code regulations: 7VAC13-20-40…. Read more »

SBA Raises Size Limit For Firms To Qualify As Small Businesses

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07/25/2019Vandeventer Black

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is raising the size limit for engineering, construction, and other companies to be classified as “small.” The interim final will increase thresholds by about 8% from the current levels. The new standards will take effect on August 19, 2019. For construction firms in the various buildings construction and heavy… Read more »

To Indemnify, Hold Harmless and Defend; Frequently Used and Frequently Misunderstood Contract Terms – Let’s Review

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06/04/2019Nicholos, George M.

Contract terms addressing indemnity and requirements to hold another harmless or responsible for the defense of another are contract terms that appear in virtually all construction contracts.  Despite their almost universal incorporation, they are frequently misunderstood! Everyday business decisions are made, and contracts incorporating these terms are signed, yet these terms are often misunderstood, not… Read more »

Patent Trolls – What Businesses Need To Know

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01/17/2019Gallo, Jonathan V.

One day, you receive a letter from a company or law firm accusing your business of patent infringement.  The letter states that in order to avoid a costly lawsuit, you must pay the company a licensing fee.  You ask yourself whether this is some type of scam and you consider simply throwing the letter away… Read more »

The Small Business Runway Extension Act Of 2018

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01/04/2019Sterling, Michael L.

Under the Small Business Runway Extension Act of 2018, the measure for small business qualification is the average of five years’ gross receipts, instead of the previous average of three years. Many contractors will now retain small business status for a longer period. However, according to the SBA the change is not currently effective. See… Read more »

SBA Rules On SDVOSB Ownership And Control

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10/16/2018Vandeventer Black

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the United States Small Business Administration (SBA) each has its own service-disabled veteran-owned small business (SDVOSB) contracting program. Until recently, the VA and SBA programs were subject to different sets of eligibility rules. Effective October 1, 2018, SBA revised its eligibility requirements for the SBA service-disabled veteran-owned small… Read more »

Recent Change To Rights Of SDVOSB Minority Owners

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10/15/2018Vandeventer Black

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the United States Small Business Administration (SBA) each administers its own service-disabled veteran-owned small business (SDVOSB) contracting program. Until very recently, each program was subject to its own set of rules. Disparities between the eligibility requirements of the VA’s “Vets First” program and the SBA’s Service-Disabled Veteran Owned… Read more »

What Type of Entity is Right for Your Business?

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03/16/2018Crouch, Richard J.

You may have noticed that various real estate acquisition firms, developers, builders, landlords, tenants, and leasing and management firms conduct business in a wide range of entities, but why do they do so and what are the important issues to consider when choosing an entity for your business?  The factors you should always consider before… Read more »

THE INFORMATIONAL RIGHTS OF MINORITY SHAREHOLDERS IN VIRGINIA

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03/16/2018Vandeventer Black

Although minority shareholders of Virginia stock corporations have little power to elect directors or sway corporate policy, they—or their attorneys or agents—do have some basic informational rights, set out in Sections 13.1-770 through 13.1-773 of the Code of Virginia, to “inspect and copy” certain documents if they give at least 5 business days’ notice to… Read more »

DON’T LET “NON-BINDING” AGREEMENTS ACTUALLY BIND YOU

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03/16/2018Vandeventer Black

More often than I like, my first contact with a prospective borrower from a bank is when I am e-mailed a copy of a signed commitment letter.  In some cases, that commitment letter was preceded by a term sheet that I also didn’t see.  Similarly, often my first contact with the buyer or seller of… Read more »