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SBA Awards $20 Million Contract to Mercadien JV for Risk Mgmt. of 504 Loans

The Mercadien Group is pleased to announce that its affiliate company, Kingstonville-Mercadien JV, LLC, has been awarded a five-year contract with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to provide risk-based review and risk oversight support services for the Certified Development Company (CDC)/504 Loan Program, administered through the Offices of Capital Access and Credit Risk Management.…

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Mercadien Announces Executive Promotions; Names Ms. Raji Sathappan A Partner

The Mercadien Group is pleased to announce several promotions within the firm’s corporate leadership team. Ms. Raji Sathappan, CPA, MBA, CRCM, CAMS, a member of the Financial Institutions Services Group, is promoted to managing director of The Mercadien Group and principal in Mercadien, P.C., CPAs (the official titles of firm partners). Raji has been employed…

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8 Cybersecurity Risks That May Impact Organizations in 2019

As featured in Security Magazine (data drawn from AON 2019 Cyber Security Risk Report) 2018 showed that a proactive approach to cyber preparation and planning paid off for the companies that invested in it; it’s expected that in 2019 the need for advanced planning will only further accelerate.  “Digital Transformation” is here to stay –…

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Chris Mangano’s Article on Penetration Testing Featured in LBCCC Chamber Compass

Chris Mangano, Vice President of Sales & Marketing, authored an article on Penetration Testing that was recently featured in the Lower Bucks County Chamber of Commerce’s weekly newsletter, Chamber Compass for the week of February 18th. Read the full article below. Before you arrange or commit to a penetration test, understand that the results are…

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Considering a Penetration Test? Know Your Options & Which is Right for You

Before you arrange or commit to a penetration test, understand that the results are driven by the information the researcher is provided. Leadership and management need to agree on the scope-of-work, objectives and rules of engagement for the organization performing the testing. This process has been neatly packaged into a color-coded system: Black, White or…

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Going on the Offensive in Risk Management & Compliance Monitoring

Regulatory guidance for banks has become increasingly forceful. Recent developments are making it clear that should is to be interpreted as shall. Financial institutions are working to establish compliance frameworks to meet these standards. It is critical that your organization develop a strategy for how to assess compliance with applicable guidance and enhance your enterprise…

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How Federal Government Shutdowns Affect SBA Lending

Nearly all of us were following the news headlines or stories about the recent federal government shutdown and wondering when it would be over. While the duration and visibility of this one may have reached new levels, shutdowns have happened before. Whenever a federal government shutdown occurs, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) partially ceases…

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Mercadien Announces Managing Director and Other Promotions

The Mercadien Group is pleased to announce several executive promotions within the firm.  Mr. Digesh Patel, CPA, MBA, RMA, CGMA, PSA, a director in the firm’s Government Services Group, has been promoted to managing director of The Mercadien Group and principal in Mercadien, P.C., CPAs.  A resident of Bordentown Township, NJ, Mr. Patel has been…

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Lisa Thouin Presents on Liquidity Risk Management at FMS NY/NJ & NJBankers Assoc. CFO Conf.

The FMS NY/NJ Chapter presented a Spring Half-Day CFO Conference jointly sponsored with the New Jersey Bankers Association (“NJBA”). The event was held at the Stony Hill Inn in Hackensack, NJ on Wednesday April 18, 2018. The conference featured leading industry speakers who presented a series of timely sessions developed for community bank financial institution…

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A World of Innovation

This article is featured in the Spring 2018 issue of NJ Banker Magazine. Stop and think about this: We keep hearing about innovation in just about every facet of our life. Everywhere you look or turn, the word innovation seems to be there. It’s an agenda topic in most board rooms and is causing some level…

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