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One of the ways Mercadien accelerates client and community success is by continually enhancing and sharing knowledge.  By offering our expertise and thought leadership on key business and industry trends and issues, we’re a better resource to you. It benefits everyone to keep minds sharp and fingers on the pulse of what’s critical in today’s dynamic environment.

We’re pleased to provide articles, news, and information to help you stay up-to-date on topics affecting your organization; learn about best practices and processes in relevant fields; and simplify the business and financial complexities you may face.


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The Main Street Lending Program: An Alternative to the PPP

June 19, 2020 | By: Frank PinaThe lender portal for the Federal Reserve’s Main Street Lending Program (MSLP) has opened as the alternative to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Unlike the PPP, the Main Street Lending Program’s loans are not forgivable, although they are at low interest rates. The program is being offered through the Federal Reserve rather than the SBA…Read More

Contact Us for PPP Loan Forgiveness Processing Assistance

June 15, 2020Mercadien is ready to assist you in facilitating the CARES Act Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan forgiveness processing. The SBA stated that Lenders are expected to perform a good-faith review, in a reasonable time, of the borrower’s calculations and supporting documents concerning amounts eligible for loan forgiveness.  If the lender identifies errors in the borrower’s…Read More

PPP Loan Alert – SBA & Treasury Issue Guidance on PPP Flexibility & Updated Applications

June 12, 2020 | By: Frank PinaOn June 10, 2020, the Small Business Administration (SBA) and Treasury Department issued an interim final rule to address changes made by the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act (PPPFA).  Streamlined PPP loan application forms for borrowers and lenders for loans made on or after June 5, 2020 were also updated and published. The interim final…Read More

Mercadien Webinar Replay: Capital Markets & M&A Outlook Post COVID-19

June 8, 2020Lee D. Boss, CPA, MBA, Managing Director, Mercadien & Valentina Midura, Senior Manaing Director, BDO Capital Advisors, presented a webinar Capital Markets & M&A Outlook Post COVID-19 on Thursday, June 4. During the webinar, they went over: The impact of COVID-19 on Capital Markets Buy-side and sell-side trends and strategies Projections and predictions over the next…Read More

Changes to PPP – What Should You Know?

June 6, 2020 | By: Frank PinaOn June 5, 2020, President Trump signed into law the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020 (PPPFA).  The PPPFA provides flexibility to borrowers attempting to maximize the benefits provided by the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) established under the CARES Act. For existing PPP loans, the PPPFA provides the following: Extends the period for PPP…Read More

Government Accounting Standards Board Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

June 2, 2020 | By: Matthew DalySimilar to the private sector, state and local governments have not been immune to the impacts of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Statewide stay at home orders have limited staffing to essential employees and alternate work schedules, causing many governmental entities to struggle with managing public services while also dealing with the many financial uncertainties the…Read More

Mercadien Webinar Replay: SECURE & CARES Acts – Impacts on Your Retirement Plan

June 1, 2020Peter Ponzio, CPFA, Senior Vice President of Penn Investment Advisors, Inc. & Melissa B. Kurtzman, Shareholder & Co-Chair, Employee Benefits Practice Group of Littler presented a webinar SECURE & CARES Acts – Impacts on Your Retirement Plan on Thursday, May 28th. During the webinar, they went over: The Rules & Effective Dates of the Acts…Read More

SBA Interim Final Rules on PPP Loan Forgiveness & Borrower/Lender Responsibilities

May 29, 2020 | By: Frank PinaOn May 22, 2020, new interim final rules were released by the Small Business Administration (SBA) providing guidance to borrowers and lenders regarding the SBA’s review process under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), including the loan forgiveness calculation and eligibility. Highlights from the May 22, 2020 interim final rules are as follows: The SBA review…Read More

NJEDA Update: Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program – Phase 2 Info Now Available

May 29, 2020The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) recently announced $50 million in new funding and broader eligibility criteria for the Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program. Under the newly-expanded program, which will provide grants up to $10,000 for COVID-impacted businesses, a wider variety of businesses will now be eligible, including home-based businesses and sole proprietorships.…Read More

Mercadien Webinar Replay: Interpreting FFIEC BSA/AML Manual Updates

May 21, 2020Manager Joseph Galdo, CPA, CFE, CAMS, and Supervising Senior Chrisitina Richardson, CAMS, presented a webinar Interpreting FFIEC BSA/AML Manual Updates on Thursday, May 21st. During the webinar, they went over: The purpose/history of the FFIEC BSA/AML Manual Impact of COVID-19 on customer behavior Key takeaways Specific updates to the manual How these changes will affect…Read More