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New Years Resolution: Read Several Drafts of a Business contract Before You Sign

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

We have finally made it to the end of 2020, and 2021 promises to be a new beginning with new opportunities. An identifying characteristic of successful entrepreneurs is that they see challenges as opportunities; when they see a need, they find a way to meet it. It is too soon to know what they… Read More »

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Every Day Is Tax Season for Small Business Owners: Business Tax Advice for the Holiday Season

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

Everywhere you go, which in the age of COVID-19 means every website you visit, you find people lamenting about how different this holiday season is from any other you have experienced. No multigenerational Thanksgiving dinner. No Black Friday crowds. No Secret Santa gift exchanges at the office. If you are a small business owner,… Read More »

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Heated Tables for Outdoor Dining: How to Spend Your Winter Ready Grant Money

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

New cases of COVID-19 are surging in the Washington DC area and just about everywhere else, now that the weather is getting too cool for outdoor recreation to be practical. Meanwhile, pandemic fatigue is real, and it may be another factor contributing to the surge in new COVID-19 infections. After quarantining all summer and… Read More »

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Lesser Known Pandemic-Related Tax Credits

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

Can you believe that 2020 is almost over? Most years, the sign of the end of the year is a parade of trick-or-treaters bearing increasingly heavy plastic pumpkins full of candy; once they disappear, Christmas carols start playing on the radio of every retail store. This year is different; there are no holiday celebrations… Read More »

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Maryland-Based Clothing Company Faces Lawsuit from Shareholder Over Lack of Transparency

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

When most people think of business disputes, the first thing that comes to mind is business partners having a falling out. For example, maybe one partner uses company funds for personal expenses, and when the other partners find out, they take him to court about it. In other business disputes, one partner wants to… Read More »

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Washington DC Offers Pivot Grants for Small Businesses

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

With the COVID-19 pandemic still raging and cold and flu season about to begin, it has become obvious that it is not possible just to sit back and wait for the pandemic to pass. Small businesses, if they are going to continue to operate at all in the current business climate, must find a… Read More »

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The Woodley Park Study Hub: A Success Story of Landlords and Commercial Tenants Making the Best of a Difficult Situation

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

The start of the school year has added another layer of anxiety and stress to the nerve-wracking new normal that small business owners in the District of Columbia have gotten used to. Now in addition to watching the bills pile up as landlords continue to charge rent even though they cannot eviction tenants until… Read More »

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DC’s Streatery Winter Ready Grant Program Offers to Keep Diners Warm and Restaurants Solvent This Fall

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

As the number of COVID-19 cases in the United States exceeds 200,000, and as the novel coronavirus pandemic spills over into cold and flu season, it will be a long time before most diners in the DC area feel comfortable lingering over luxurious meals and friendly conversation in restaurants. Even as restrictions have lifted… Read More »

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Maryland Comptroller Proposes $500 Million Rainy Day Fund to Help Small Businesses Get Through the Pandemic

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

As the pandemic stretches into the back-to-school season, and as going back to school just means another few months of attending virtual class meetings and completing assignments online, Maryland retail businesses are struggling. Customers would love to shop, but is it worth the risk of being exposed to COVID-19, and more importantly, where will… Read More »

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Should You Apply for Loan Forgiveness for Your PPP Loan or EIDL Advance?

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) are emergency measures to help small businesses stay solvent during the COVID-19 pandemic. When both initiatives were created, we were optimistic that the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic would be over by the end of the summer. Now that schools in the Washington… Read More »

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