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Nelson Mullins and City of Atlanta Department of Procurement

Nelson Mullins

Ann Murray of Nelson Mullins

Nelson Mullins

Adam Smith, ATL Chief Procurement Officer

Nelson Mullins and City of Atlanta Department of Procurement

We talked about important business considerations regarding ACA requirements this year, along with the opportunities to do business with the City of Atlanta through the Department of Procurement.  I was joined in the studio by Ann Murray, attorney with Nelson, Mullins, Riley, and Scarborough, and Chief Procurement Officer for the City of Atlanta, Adam Smith.

The ACA business mandates have begun to be implemented on larger scales over the past two years.  As we know, some of the requirements have been pushed back a couple of times, delaying their impact.  But those times are behind us and business owners need to be spending time with legal experts such as those at Nelson Mullins, to assess what their obligations will be regarding providing health insurance benefits to some or all of their employees.

Ann explained the basics of some of these requirements around health benefits for the small business.  She also discussed new reporting requirements that business owners must compile from multiple sources to be in full compliance with the law.

Murray talked about the fact that many business operators mistakenly think they’re exempt from the law’s requirements, failing to see that being a small unit that is part of a larger whole, as in the case of some multi-site businesses, potentially exposes them to have to offer benefits.  Failure to comply can result in significant financial penalties that could literally threaten the business’s viability.

Atlanta’s Chief Procurement Officer, Adam Smith stopped by to share information about the upcoming Business Expo at the Georgia World Congress Center March 31st.  This free-to-the-public event will feature a wealth of information about the numerous needs the city has for a wide variety of goods and services to operate the city’s 15 departments, including the Atlanta airport.

The expo will have sessions where small business owners can learn what is required to be able to bid on these opportunities, as well as how to fully complete the necessary documents contained in a bid to have their bid received and considered.

Adam explained that the city’s needs range from culinary services at the airport, to commodity supplies such as paper, pens, cleaning supplies, etc.  Additionally, the city is looking for engineering services, cleaning services, construction, and numerous others as well.

Smith also talked about certifications available to disadvantaged business enterprises that once obtained, provides these businesses with access to opportunities ear-marked for diversity suppliers.  He went on to distinguish these certifications businesses may obtain from county or state governments, as well as other certification bodies such as GMSDC.

Register for the upcoming Business Expo, hosted by Atlanta’s Department of Procurement at the Georgia World Congress Center, MARCH 31st HERE

Special Guests:

Ann Murray, Attorney with Nelson Mullins  facebook_logo_small3  linkedin_small1  feed logo  twitter_logo_small  

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  • JD, LL.M. Tax, Tax Law, University of San Diego School of Law
  • Author, numerous published articles on business law topics
  • Rated “AV Preeminent” by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Recognized as “Georgia’s Legal Elite” by Georgia Trend magazine

Adam Smith, Chief Procurement Officer at City of Atlanta  facebook_logo_small3  youtube logo  twitter_logo_small  linkedin_small1  

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Expand a Brand

Expand a Brand

Weinstock Immigration Lawyers

Expand a Brand

This week I hosted Karen Weinstock, of Weinstock Immigration Lawyers and Adrian Queenan, founder and CEO of Expand a Brand.  Adrian and his team created the familiar tear-shaped banners you see at conferences, sporting events, and festivals.  Expand a Brand is a South African-based company that recently launched a US location.

Both Karen and Adrian immigrated to the states and launched businesses here.  Karen shared her personal story of the challenges she experienced when she was going through the process of working to get a visa, establish her credit, get an apartment, securing work, etc.  It was during this time she decided she would direct her work to helping immigrants who followed after her.

Adrian talked about how they had been doing business in the US for a number of years through a local distributor.  They ultimately decided they would create a US-base of operations to supplement their original location.  He described how he researched numerous immigration attorneys prior to applying for the necessary visa.

They chose the Weinstock Immigration Lawyers to give them guidance through the assistance and were successful in getting established in the US and have been growing their business since.  Adrian talked about how his company provides a variety of tents and banners for use at any sort of event.  And they provide a product that is designed to stand out visually to help their customers present their brands effectively in busy event venues.

Special Guests:

Adrian Queenan, Founder/CEO of Expand a Brand  facebook_logo_small3  youtube logo  twitter_logo_small  google-plus-logo-red-265px  linkedin_small1

Expand a Brand

  • B Comm, Commerce, University of the Witwatersrand
  • Previous Supply Chain Manager, Tiger Brands
  • Former Sales & Marketing Director, Dell
  • Speaks English and Afrikans

Karen Weinstock, Founder/Managing Attorney, Weinstock Immigration Lawyers  linkedin_small1  twitter_logo_small  facebook_logo_small3

Weinstock Immigration Lawyers

  • LLB, Law, Hebrew University, Israel
  • Author, H1b Visa Book 2009
  • Former Managing Attorney, Siskind Susser PC
  • Fluent, English Hebrew
  • Professional-Working Proficient, Spanish

Immigration Law

Weinstock Immigration Lawyers

Karen Weinstock of Weinstock Immigration Lawyers

Immigration Law

On this week’s show I hosted Karen Weinstock, founder and Managing Attorney for Weinstock Immigration Lawyers, based in Atlanta.  She shared her own personal story of being an immigrant to the US from Israel and how she felt she made some missteps that delayed her ability to achieve her US citizenship, along with gaining the ability to begin to practice her profession here.

These experiences led her to ultimately decide that immigration law was a specialty that would allow her to help others who are immigrating to the country as well as businesses who need to bring workers to the country to meet the skill and cultural understanding of their business to the US.

Weinstock Immigration Lawyers is a premiere immigration law firm specialized in Karen’s words,  “…helping companies and individuals achieve their American Dream.”  Their team of experts has over 100 years of combined experience.  Weinstock’s legal team solves their clients’ immigration problems by providing them with the highest quality legal services.

The Weinstock Immigration Lawyers specialize in all immigration issues, including work visas, green cards, U.S. citizenship, deportation and immigration court representation, immigration appeals, PERM labor certification, and all general immigration matters.

Special Guest:

Karen Weinstock, Founder/Managing Attorney, Weinstock Immigration Lawyers  linkedin_small1  twitter_logo_small  facebook_logo_small3

Weinstock Immigration Lawyers

  • LLB, Law, Hebrew University, Israel
  • Author, H1b Visa Book 2009
  • Former Managing Attorney, Siskind Susser PC
  • Fluent, English Hebrew
  • Professional-Working Proficient, Spanish