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Protecting Your Business From Data Breaches

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

Did you hear about the pharmacy that paid a class action settlement to 800 patients whose identifying information got stolen when the pharmacy suffered a cyber-attack? What about the real estate investing company that paid a class action settlement to more than 1500 investors, property owners, and other business contacts who suffered financial losses… Read More »

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What Maryland Business Owners Should Know About The New Corporate Transparency Act

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

Along with surprise medical bills, shell corporations could soon be a thing of the past. A shell corporation is a company that appears to belong to no one, sometimes because its dealings are so shady that no one wants to claim responsibility for it. People have set up shell corporations (or perhaps more accurately,… Read More »

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The Employee Retention Tax Credit Could Help Your Company Save Money

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

The COVID-19 pandemic is dragging on into its second year, like a song with a catchy riff that eventually trails off into an endless outro of guitar noodling. The number of new COVID-19 infections is decreasing in most states, more people are getting vaccinated, and there are murmurings that some once-normal activities might be… Read More »

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Maryland’s RELIEF Act Includes a Sales Tax Credit for Small Businesses Adversely Affected by the Pandemic

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

Spring is almost here, the snow is melting, and everyone is starting to panic about tax season. Filing business taxes is never easy, and even the most well-organized small business owners often get an unpleasant surprise when they meet with a tax accountant about their business taxes. Clickbait authors know that headlines about quadruple-digit… Read More »

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How a Business Law Attorney Can Help You Prevent Business Litigation

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

Many small business owners only contact a lawyer when they have a big problem. A former client or former employee is threatening to sue the company, a bigger company is giving you the choice of letting it buy you out for a paltry sum or else putting you out of business through heavy-handed competition,… Read More »

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Beyond PPP: The New Stimulus Bill Contains Other Forgivable Loan Options for Small Businesses

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

The new COVID-19 pandemic relief bill is thousands of pages long, but a few aspects of it have attracted the lion’s share of the media coverage. Which individuals will get another round of direct stimulus payments? How much money will these payments be, and how soon will they be in people’s bank accounts? Small… Read More »

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Good News for PPP Borrowers: A Simplified Loan Forgiveness Application and a More Streamlined Application Process

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

The COVID-19 virus may be here to stay, but 2021 is a new year that provides new opportunities to confront the pandemic from a public health perspective as well as an economic one. So far, there are reasons to be optimistic, as several vaccines have been approved and, across the DC area, many people… Read More »

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You Might Qualify for a Targeted EIDL Grant, but Applying for One Will Not Help

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

Waiting, uncertainty, and making decisions based on “what ifs” have taken up a large percentage of small business owners’ time during the COVID-19 pandemic. So much depends on what the federal government decides about the next short-term solution to the economic instability brought on by the pandemic. As more and more people get vaccinated… Read More »

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Uncertainty Over PPP Loan Forgiveness Is Disruptive to Everyone, Not Just Loan Recipients

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

Whether or not you own a small business, you are probably very relieved that 2020 is over, and you probably can’t wait to get started on your plans for 2021. In 2020, business owners and employees alike were in survival mode, making the best decisions to get them through the next few weeks, with… Read More »

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Should Your Business Go into Hibernation for the COVID-19 Winter?

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

Some businesses have hibernation (or estivation, as the case may be) built into their business model. The ice cream parlors and fudge shops in seaside towns virtually anywhere north of Ocean City are only open in the summer. Likewise, ski slopes are only open in the winter, as are glass-roofed hotels in Arctic regions… Read More »

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