6 Things You Need To Know About Biden's Vaccine Mandate

6 Things All Employers Should Know About Biden’s COVID-19 Action Plan

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With cases once again surging across the US and vaccination numbers still hovering well below goals, President Biden announced on September 9, 2021 a six-pronged national strategy to combat the COVID Delta variant.  Here are the 6 things you need to know … Vaccine Mandate for Private Businesses  If your business has 100 or more […]

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The Small Business Reorganization Act

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~5 minute read Reviewing the Small Business Reorganization Act and Subchapter V Bankruptcy As of April 19, 2021, the Small Business Reorganization Act and Subchapter V, the new bankruptcy option for small businesses, has been in effect for 14 months, and like a human toddler, it’s walking, talking, and changing.  So even though I’ve posted before about […]

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Virginia Leads The Way: The Virginia Consumer Data Protection Act

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In March of 2021, Virginia became the first state on the east coast with a comprehensive data privacy protection law. The Virginia Consumer Data Protection Act (“CDPA” or the “Act”) goes into effect on January 1, 2023. The CDPA takes inspiration from the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) and the California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”) but its sponsors avoided some of the weaknesses of those two predecessors.

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Is Small Business Bankruptcy Right For You?

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Worst of all, your cash reserves and any Paycheck Protection Program money you may have received are long gone. Your creditors are hounding your cell phone and your mailbox is full of bills. And with all of the talk about the “new normal,” perhaps you no longer see any light at the end of the tunnel for your business and are ready to throw in the towel. If so, perhaps a Chapter 7 bankruptcy is right for you.

2 Types of LLCs: Member-Managed v. Manager-Managed

2 Types of LLCs: Member-Managed v. Manager-Managed

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2 Types of LLCs: Manager-Managed v. Member-Managed Let’s talk about the two types of LLCs or Limited Liability Companies. First of all, Limited Liability Companies are a very flexible vehicle for doing business. They give you all of the protections from liability that a corporation gives you without many of the complexities and drawbacks that […]

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The Confidentiality Clause Curse: Should Your Professional Services Contract include a Confidentiality Clause?​

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Attorneys have an ethical duty to protect their clients’ confidential information under the law, but most professional services providers are not automatically bound to do the same. One way the parties to a professional services contract can manage the risks accompanying the necessary access to sensitive information is to address them in a confidentiality statement.

How To Start A Business With Friends: 6 Questions You Need To Ask

Starting a Business With Friends? 6 Questions You Need To Ask

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This post will help you think through six of the most basic questions that you’ve got to answer before you start your business.1. What Will Each Person Contribute to the Business? 2. Will Your Rights In Your Business Be Proportional to the Contribution to the Business? 3. What If One of You Wants to Resign? 4. Whether or Not You Need a Prohibition Against Engaging in Competing Business Activities. 5. Who Will Manage the LLC?
6. Can a New Member Join the LLC?

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Tips For Workplace Safety, COVID-19, and Dealing With Employee Pushback

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This post taps the collective experiences of Tricia Dunlap (business attorney and CEO of Dunlap Law PLC) and Brian Chandler (PR expert and CEO of Commonwealth Public Relations).  Tips For Workplace Safety, COVID-19, and Dealing With Employee Pushback Like every business owner, the first months of the pandemic rocked your foundation. Now, six months in, […]

LLC Minority Member

Part 3 11 Tips Before Becoming an LLC Minority Member

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By Tricia Dunlap Esq. ~4 minute read Part 3 – LLC Education Series:  The Perilous Position of LLC Minority Members  Limited liability companies are highly popular, very flexible business entities.  They are cheaply and easily formed which unfortunately creates the illusion that lawyers aren’t necessary.  Au contraire.  The truth is that LLC’s can be a nasty trap for […]

Fiduciary Duties

Part 5 3 Fiduciary Duties That Make Your LLC Safer

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By Tricia Dunlap Esq. ~2 minute read See more videos and blog posts Part 5 – LLC Education Series  Fiduciary Duties:  The Responsibilities You Never Knew You Had  Good faith and fair dealing.  Loyalty.  Care.  Sometimes these seem like quaint concepts.  A throwback to a kinder era.  In reality, they are implied responsibilities and “fiduciary duties” that can […]

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Part 4 Hotel California: An LLC Operating Agreement Gone Wrong

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By Tricia Dunlap Esq. ~2 minute read Part 4 – LLC Education Series  Hotel California: You Can Checkout but You Can Never Leave Relatively early in my legal career, a new client arrived with a terrible dilemma.  About a decade earlier, he and his buddy decided to invest in real estate. His buddy contributed more money, so my client […]

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Virginia Values Act: What Not To Do for Virginia Employers

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Virginia Values Act: What Not To Do for Virginia Employers On July 1, 2020, the Virginia Values Act became effective across the Commonwealth and employee-employer relations in the Old Dominion will likely never be the same. We have produced two videos that summarize the provisions, here and here.  This blog is more granular.  If you’re an employer in Virginia, this is your new list […]

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Be Smart(er) about Data Collection

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Tricia Dunlap, Esq. & Ben Nelson Ben Nelson is an experienced technologist at SingleStone Consulting who has provided custom application development and technical leadership for the public and private sectors.  He is a writer, podcaster, and presenter. ~4 minute read Be Smart(er) about Data Collection In recent years, many businesses have come to perceive data […]

SaaS Vendor Evaluation

SaaS Vendor Evaluation: 3 Criteria For Choosing Software Part 3

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Subscribe to our YouTube channel Tricia Dunlap, Esq. ~3-4 minute read SaaS Vendor Evaluation: 3 Criteria For Choosing Software This is part three of a three-part series on choosing software and what SaaS vendor is right for your business. In part one, I talked about principles around data privacy that your business should consider and […]

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5 Tips To Secure your Data: Security For SaaS Applications Part 2

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Subscribe to our YouTube channel Tricia Dunlap, Esq. ~3-4 minute read 5 Tips To Secure Your Data: Security For SaaS Applications Let’s talk about security for SaaS applications and its role in choosing a SaaS vendor. This is part two of a three part series on choosing a SaaS vendor because it’s fairly complicated. If […]

What is SaaS? Choosing a SaaS Vendor

What is SaaS and Why You Need To Be Careful: 4 Tips for Picking SaaS Vendors Part 1

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Subscribe to our YouTube channel Tricia Dunlap, Esq. ~4 minute read What is SaaS and Why You Need To Be Careful: 4 Tips for Picking SaaS Vendors What is SaaS? Software as a Service is necessary for all modern businesses. It includes software such as G-Suite, MailChimp, SalesForce, and Microsoft products. But right now let’s […]

5 Employee Discrimination Notes

5 Employee Discrimination Notes During COVID-19

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https://youtu.be/LC-9qQoFdOs Tricia Dunlap, Esq. ~2 minute read Employee Discrimination: What To Do and What Not To Do As a business owner, I imagine that you have worked long and hard to create a productive, inclusive, and empowering culture for your employees. It’s really important, as you come back to work after the COVID-19 crisis, that […]

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Part 2 Piggyback Tags and the California Consumer Protection Act

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~4-5 minute read © Tricia Dunlap  The U.S. Data Privacy Legal Landscape is Highly Fragmented The U.S. data privacy legal landscape is a patchwork of federal and state laws.  At the federal level, data privacy laws vary by business sector.  For example, the federal Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act regulates data collection and use by financial institutions and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act governs collection […]

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SBA Paycheck Protection Program Loans: 7 Terms Treasury Got Wrong and Why They Harm Small Businesses

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~9 minute read Tricia Dunlap, Esq.  On March 31, 2020, the Treasury Department issued guidance documents  to assist banks and business owners in accessing the CARES Act Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)(see my guide to the CARES Act). The SBA issued interim regulations on April 2nd. On March 31st, when I first read Treasury’s guidance, I […]

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Small Business Owner? Here’s Your Coronavirus Survival Guide.

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~5 minute read Tricia Dunlap, Esq. CIPP/US This post will see periodic updates as more resources and information become available. Sign up for alerts on updates. Every small business owner is struggling to navigate a very uncertain world right now.  We compiled and continually update this list of resources that can serve as the coronavirus […]

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Working at Home Guidelines: 9 Cybersecurity Tips

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~7 minute read Tricia Dunlap, Esq. CIPP/US Working At Home Guidelines We expect cybercrime incidents to increase in the wake of the coronavirus. Thieves usually take advantage of social disruption and fear – cyberthieves will no doubt see COVID-19 as a ripe opportunity. Here are nine working at home guidelines in cybersecurity that you can […]

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Washington D.C. COVID-19 Emergency Legislation: Impact on Small Business

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~4 minute read COVID-19 Response Emergency Act On Tuesday, March 17, 2020, the Washington, D.C. City Council enacted the COVID-19 Response Emergency Amendment Act of 2020. This new legislation expanded unemployment compensation benefits, increased job-protected leave for D.C. workers, deferred sales tax payments, and created a micro-grant program to assist recovery for D.C.-based businesses and D.C. employees. […]

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Bill 10, Give 1 Entrepreneur Spotlight: Smoke & Soul BBQ & Catering

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Business Lawyers for Entrepreneurs Mario Harris is a passionate business owner and chef of Smoke & Soul BBQ & Catering, a soon-to-be-open business in Richmond, VA. Dunlap Law is proud to celebrate and serve small businesses and entrepreneurs like Mario with services through our Bill Ten, Give One program.  What Inspired You To Start Smoke […]

Virginia Residents and Data Privacy: Part 2 Government Collection of Our Personal Information

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By Tricia Dunlap (Esq. & CIPP/US) Have you read Part 1? Forty-four years ago, in an act of uncommon foresight, Virginia passed its first data privacy law, the Virginia Data Act. The Virginia Data Act is extraordinary for its unequivocal embrace of our rights as citizens in a free society to be protected from state government […]

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Bill 10, Give 1 Entrepreneur Spotlight: Kareen Edwards, Just Kidding Event Childcare

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Kareen Edwards is a lifelong teacher with a Ph.D. in education from Virginia Commonwealth University and founder of Just Kidding Event Childcare, based in Richmond, VA. Dunlap Law is proud to celebrate and serve small businesses and entrepreneurs like Kareen with contract review services through our Bill Ten, Give One program.   What inspired you […]

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5 Reasons Your Business Needs a Contract Review Lawyer

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By Tricia Dunlap (Esq. & CIPP/US) As a business owner, you sign contracts every day. How many times have you thought, “maybe I should have this contract reviewed by a lawyer?” When it comes to important legal documents, hiring a contract review lawyer is money well spent. Consider the costly (and sometimes catastrophic) mistakes that often result when business owners agree to a […]

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RVA Entrepreneur Spotlight: “Santa” Bob Saintsing

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Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. His name is Santa Bob Saintsing and he’s the official Santa for the City of Richmond. From the Tobacco Company to the 17th Street Market, Santa Bob Saintsing is making his rounds. But last year, things weren’t so cheery when grinchy competitors threatened his business, A Santa for […]

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Kenyans Have More Data Privacy Rights Than Many Americans 

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By Tricia Dunlap (Esq. & CIPP/US) On November 8, 2019, Kenya adopted a data privacy law aligned with the European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). As a result, Kenyans now have more data privacy rights than many Americans.  Kenya hopes to attract more investment from foreign tech firms. Recently, they increased data privacy protection legal standards […]

4 Steps to Prepare for the CCPA

Prepare for the CCPA: A 4-Step Plan for Virginia Businesses

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By Tricia Dunlap (Esq. & CIPP/US) and Tess Lynch (J.D. 2019 & CIPP/US) Start with these four steps to prepare for the CCPA and ensure your Virginia Business is in compliance. If you’ve read our last blog, you know the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) could impact your business, even if you’re not based in California. Enforcement begins July 1, 2020, […]

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Pt 1 Virginia Data Privacy and Security:Data Breaches in Virginia

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By Tricia Dunlap  (Esq. & CIPP/US) Compared to other states, Virginia’s data privacy and security law narrowly defines what constitutes a data breach and personal information. However, it’s still imperative that business leaders understand the nuances of Virginia’s Law to protect their companies from legal risk. For Virginia businesses, Virginia’s data privacy and security protection […]

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Bill 10, Give 1 Entrepreneur Spotlight: Paula Horne, River City Flame

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Paula Horne is an Army veteran and founder of River City Flame Sauces & Rubs, based in Richmond, VA. Dunlap Law is proud to celebrate and serve small businesses and entrepreneurs like Paula with trademark services through our Bill Ten, Give One program.  Update: The Bill Ten, Give One program is not currently active. What […]

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Announcing Bill Ten, Give One: Our Pro Bono Program to Serve Richmond’s Entrepreneurs

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As founding principal of Dunlap Law, I’m thrilled to announce the launch of Bill Ten, Give One. It is our innovative new program that grants pro bono legal services to entrepreneurs from disadvantaged backgrounds. Therefore, every ten hours Dunlap Law bills to its clients, we will give away one hour of legal counsel to a hopeful, bootstrapping business owner nurtured […]

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Yes, the California Consumer Privacy Act Could Impact Your Virginia Business

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By Tricia Dunlap (Esq. & CIPP/US) and Tess Lynch (J.D. 2019 & CIPP/US) Is Your Virginia Business Ready for the California Consumer Privacy Act? Companies around the world are paying attention to the wave of data privacy laws emerging from the European Union and the United States.  California is the first state to introduce significant […]

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Dunlap Law Joins VEDP In Support of Virginia’s International Trade Development

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Is your Virginia business ready to develop international trade? According to the Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP), 60% of small to midsized companies do business in more than six countries. There’s a world of opportunity for small business exports. VEDP programs and trade partners like Dunlap Law can help you develop an international market for […]

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Virginia Lawyers and Cybersecurity: What Do The Rules Say?

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Even if you’re not a lawyer, you should understand cybersecurity best practices. I rarely appear in court anymore and I no longer do any family law work (not that I did much to begin with). But last fall, an old case resurrected itself when opposing counsel filed a motion to reopen child custody and support […]

What is an LLC Operating Agreement

Part 2 An LLC Operating Agreement –  Essential to Success

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Tricia Dunlap Esq. ~4 minute read If your small business is structured as a limited liability company (LLC), then the cornerstone of your success is a well-written and signed operating agreement (OA). Single member LLCs are no exception. This post is #2 in our LLC Education Series:  What Exactly IS a LLC, Anyway?  Operating Agreements – Essential to […]

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Corporate Giants Innovating With Sustainability-Linked Credit

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Corporate Giants Innovating With Sustainability-Linked Credit Tying interest rates to sustainability metrics might be almost unheard of right now, but with the rapid adoption of this accounting strategy by corporate giants like Phillips and Danone, it won’t be long until companies everywhere scramble to implement syndicated sustainability-linked credit facilities of their own. The simple reason […]