Knowledge and Insights

Offering resources and insights that help clients and communities

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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Mercadien Webinar Replay: Paycheck Protection Program – What Businesses Should Know

April 8, 2020Managing Directors Frank Pina, CPA, Lee D. Boss, CPA, MBA, Sherise D. Ritter, CPA, & Kyle Neeld, CPA, presented a webinar Paycheck Protection Program – What Businesses Should Know on Wednesday, April 8th. During the webinar, they went over: The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and impacts to your business Business eligibility and related requirements for relief Loan…Read More

Sherise Ritter Featured in Advocates for Children of NJ’s Webinar on Child Care & COVID-19

April 7, 2020Managing Director Sherise D. Ritter, CPA, CGFM, CGMA, PSA, Co-Chair of Mercadien’s Nonprofit & Human Services Group, was featured in a webinar on Child Care & COVID-19, hosted by Advocates for Children of New Jersey on Tuesday, April 6th. During the webinar, the panelists discussed statewide supports provided by the County Resource and Referral Agencies and…Read More

Business Interruption Claims Assistance – How We Can Help

April 6, 2020 | By: Frank PinaOrganizations are experiencing disruption like never before as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and there is a lot of uncertainty surrounding what insurance will cover, what assistance is available and how to recover losses from an unprecedented event like this. As a business owner or executive, you may be asking yourself: What is my…Read More

Paycheck Protection Program & Other COVID-19 Business Assistance

April 4, 2020Are you a business owner or nonprofit organization looking to tap into the new Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and other loan assistance programs? The Mercadien team has been tracking numerous relief program developments and stands ready to help our clients move quickly to take advantage of these potentially forgivable relief loans, as well as evaluate…Read More

The Interim Final Rule from the SBA

April 3, 2020 | By: Sherise D. RitterMany of you have reached out to us over the last few days in connection with determining the CARES ACT loans and other options available to you and your business.  In reference to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), there has been a lack of clear guidance about payroll costs eligible towards calculating your loan amount…Read More

NJ State Tax Alert: Filing Deadlines Extended

April 2, 2020Governor Phil Murphy, Senate President Steve Sweeney, and Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin, issued a joint statement on April 1, 2020, extending the state income tax filing deadline and the corporation business tax filing deadline from April 15 to July 15, following the IRS’s lead. Pennsylvania, Delaware and New York had all previously extended their deadlines…Read More

Navigating Through Business Interruption

March 31, 2020 | By: Frank PinaBusiness owners in our region have proven to be resilient over the years, especially when disaster strikes or other challenging circumstances arise.  Some business owners obtain business income insurance coverage to protect against temporary or even permanent interruptions in their operations due to unforeseen events such as natural disasters, floods, fires, etc. Business income coverage…Read More

Force Majeure Considerations Relating to COVID-19

March 31, 2020 | By: Frank PinaWhile business owners attempt to find creative ways to protect their assets and operate during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, one term that keeps creeping into conversation as it relates to contracts and leases is force majeure. Force majeure is a French phrase meaning a superior force. Sometimes referred to as an “act of God,” force…Read More

Small Business Forgivable Loan Program Under the CARES Act & Other Relief

March 30, 2020 | By: Frank PinaThe Senate and House have passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act which is a stimulus package for the nation and includes several important opportunities for small businesses to receive assistance. The law was signed by the President on Friday, March 27, 2020. In this legislation, there are several relief programs for…Read More

An Overview on the CARES Act & What It Means For Businesses

March 30, 2020 | By: Frank PinaThe Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act (the “Act”), a $2 trillion stimulus package, has officially been signed into law. The bipartisan deal allocates $2 trillion in an effort to mitigate the fallout from the COVID-19 crisis, including $1.5 trillion in spending and tax cuts and $500 billion in loans—$454 billion of which was…Read More