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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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Moving from “Great, an Audit” to a Great Audit

“Oh great, an audit!” When the word audit is seen or heard by most people working in any type of organization, it usually invokes a negative response.  They view the term as an unpleasant event that may be disruptive or unsettling to their normal course of business.  To add to the displeasure, audits generally are…

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Internal Audit: When Outsourcing Should Be Considered

Expansion and growth present both excitement and challenges for a company. During such periods, new systems are introduced, processes are redesigned and refined, and employees are trained in the changes. Management may find that what worked before may not be effective or efficient anymore. These changes lead to an increased demand on the company’s internal…

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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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Are You in Control of Your Company? Look Internally.

Overview of Internal Controls and Their Importance We live in a fast-paced and rapidly-changing business environment focused on innovation and efficiency.  With new systems, means of access, and growth, it is critical that your organization consistently reviews and updates its internal controls, policies and procedures. This needs to be done to stay ahead of the…

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Ready, Set, Compliance!

Is your organization required to comply with certain state, federal or industry regulatory guidelines? Are you ready for your next compliance audit? Navigating the sea of regulations that exist today can be cumbersome and costly for businesses, which often do not devote sufficient resources towards compliance audit readiness. Noncompliance, however, can cost more time and…

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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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What You Need to Know About Website Compliance and the ADA

Banks continue to receive demand letters from attorneys claiming that their websites are not compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. Should you be worried? In this article, we will summarize the current situation on ADA so you can decide and prepare accordingly. Purpose of the ADA The ADA prohibits discrimination and…

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To Audit or Investigate: That Is The Question…

Internal audits serve to provide independent assurance that a company’s risk management, governance and control processes are operating effectively, and address issues that are fundamentally important to the survival and prosperity of the organization.  For example, internal auditors often look beyond financial information and consider broader issues such as the company’s reputation, competitive landscape, environmental…

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