SBA proposes change in size standards for real estate, education industries

first_imgProposed rules published today for comment in The Federal Register by the US Small Business Administration would adjust the size definition of small businesses in 29 industries in one sub-industry in two broad categories of businesses, ranging from real estate and property management to colleges, junior colleges and universities. The proposed adjustments to size standards in 20 industries and one sub-industry in Sector 53 of the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS), ‘Real Estate and Rental and Leasing,’ and in nine industries in Sector 61, ‘Educational Services,’ reflect changes in marketplace conditions in those sectors.   In both sectors, the proposed changes are based on annual gross revenues.  The standards delineate how large a business can be and still qualify as small for federal government programs. The dollar limits refer to annual revenues averaged over three years.  As part of the ongoing comprehensive review of all size standards as required under the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010, the SBA is evaluating all industries in these sectors that have revenue-based size standards to determine whether the existing size standards should be adjusted.  The last overall review of size standards occurred more than 25 years ago.The proposed changes take into account the structural characteristics within individual industries, including average firm size, degree of competition, and federal government contracting trends.  This ensures that size definitions reflect current economic conditions within those industries.  An SBA White Paper entitled ‘Size Standards Methodology’ (Oct. 21, 2009) explains how SBA establishes, reviews and modifies its receipts-based and employee-based small business size standards.  It is available for viewing at is external). The upward revisions would allow some small businesses that are close to exceeding their current size standards to retain small business eligibility under the proposed higher size standards, and give federal agencies a larger selection of small businesses to choose from for small business procurement opportunities.  They also would allow more small businesses to qualify for SBA financial assistance.  SBA estimates that up to 13,000 more firms in Sector 53 and 1,500 more companies in Sector 61 will qualify for SBA assistance and other federal programs if the proposed revisions are adopted. Interested parties can submit comments on these proposed rules on or before January 17, 2012.  The SBA recommends that comments be submitted online at is external) or mailed to Khem R. Sharma, Chief, Size Standards Division, 409 3rd St., SW, Mail Code 6530, Washington, D.C.  20416.  The SBA will post all comments to is external) for public review.  The SBA does not accept comments submitted by email. For more information about SBA’s revisions to its small business size standards, click on ‘What’s New with Size Standards’ on SBA’s website at is external).The proposed rule would affect the following industries in NAICS Sector 53: NAICScodes   NAICS Industry titles   Current size standard ($ million)       Proposed size standard ($ million)     531110  Lessors of Residential Buildings and Dwellings  $7.0    $25.5  531120  Lessors of Nonresidential Buildings (except Miniwarehouses)     $7.0    $25.5  531190  Lessors of Other Real Estate Property   $7.0    $25.5  Except, Leasing of Building Space to Federal Government by Owners       $20.5   $35.5  531210  Offices of Real Estate Agents and Brokers       $2.0    $7.0   531311  Residential Property Managers   $2.0    $7.0   531312  Nonresidential Property Managers        $2.0    $7.0   531320  Offices of Real Estate Appraisers       $2.0    $7.0   531390  Other Activities Related to Real Estate $2.0    $7.0   532111  Passenger Car Rental    $25.5   $35.5  532112  Passenger Car Leasing   $25.5   $35.5  532120  Truck, Utility Trailer, and RV (Recreational Vehicle) Rental and Leasing        $25.5   $35.5  532210  Consumer Electronics and Appliances Rental      $7.0    $35.5  532220  Formal Wear and Costume Rental  $7.0    $19.0  532230  Video Tape and Disc Rental      $7.0    $25.5  532291  Home Health Equipment and Rental        $7.0    $30.0  532411  Commercial, Air, Rail, and Water, Transportation Equipment and Rental   $7.0    $30.0  532412  Construction, Mining and Forestry Machinery and Equipment Rental and Leasing    $12.5   $30.0  532420  Office Machinery and Equipment Rental and Leasing       $25.5   $30.0  532490  Other Commercial, and Industrial Machinery and Equipment Rental and Leasing     $7.0    $30.0  533110  Lessors of Nonfinancial Intangible Assets (except Copyrighted Works)    $7.0    $35.5  The proposed rule would affect the following industries in NAICS Sector 61: NAICS code       NAICS industry title    Current size standard ($ million)       Proposed size standard ($ million)     611110  Elementary and Secondary Schools        $7.0    $10.0  611210  Junior Colleges        $7.0    $19.0  611310        Colleges, Universities and Professional Schools        $7.0    $25.5  611420        Computer Training        $7.0    $10.0  611430        Professional and Management Development Training        $7.0    $10.0  611519        Other Technical and Trade Schools        $7.0    $14.0  611630        Language Schools        $7.0    $10.0  611699        All Other Miscellaneous Schools and Instruction        $7.0    $10.0  611710        Educational Support Services        $7.0    $14.0last_img read more

Fridays on the Fly: 4 Reasons Not to Miss the Orvis Down the Hatch Festival in Asheville, NC

first_imgLater this week, Asheville NC will again become the host of one of the largest gatherings of professional fly fishing guides in the nation. The 32nd annual Orvis Guide Rendezvous is a 3-day experience where outfitters & guides, lodge owners, and fly shops from all over the country meet up, network, and learn from one another but most directly from the leaders of Orvis, one of the oldest and most successful brands in the business.While some of that time is closed to the general public, the Rendezvous this year culminates on Saturday, April 14 in the Down the Hatch Festival from noon onward at Highland Brewing. DTH is a grand celebration of all things fly fishing that anyone can attend…even if the only thing you associate with fly fishing is Brad Pitt backlit by a golden sunset false casting a million times in the classic book-to-film “A River Runs Through It”. (Actually…that means especially you should attend Down the Hatch!) Here are four more reasons not to miss it: Celebrate historyFun Fact: Being in existence for over 150 years, Vermont-based Orvis is not only one of the most revered and respected fly fishing brands in the industry, they are also THE longest-running mail order business in the nation. Also, their Guide Rendezvous is now in its 32nd year and has made Asheville their every-other-year east coast counterpart to the other Rendezvous hub…the fly fishing kingdom of Missoula, Montana. So that alone speaks highly of Orvis seeing Asheville for the trout mecca that it is on this side of the Rockies.Do good Thanks to Klean Kanteen’s partnership with Orvis, the festival is proud to be another “Kick Plastic” event in the ongoing mission to eliminate disposable water bottles. Klean Kanteen will be handing out 500 FREE pint glasses to the first 500 people through the door! Water stations will also be provided by Klean Kanteen to help keep you hydrated as you enjoy Highland Brewing’s tasty suds.Speaking of those Highland beers and doing good, 50 cents of every beer poured will go to several local stream conservation projects headed up by Asheville’s local Land O’ Sky Trout Unlimited chapter. The beers and the “do good” vibes will carry on into the evening where the proceeds from ticket sales for the night’s film festival will also go to the stream conservation projects.Eat, drink, and be merry Just hanging out at this festival and enjoying the sun in the Highland’s meadow will cost you zero dollars, but there will be plenty of delicious food and beer to keep you satisfied throughout the day. And this IS a festival so of course expect to hear great free live music from The Clydes at 12:30 and festival bluegrass headliner The Jakob’s Ferry Stragglers at 4:15. While enjoying the meadow, you’re also going to want to explore the vendors to see all of the latest and greatest equipment, gear, and apparel. And definitely, don’t miss one of the loved highlights of the day…the Guide Olympics!Be inspired (and possibly win big!)The Down the Hatch film festival starting at 7:00 pm inside the brewery is the much-anticipated event to conclude the festival. Not only will attendees be inspired and amazed by a curated collection of some of the world’s hottest and best fly fishing films, but every ticket holder will be entered into the raffle including an incredible range of gear and prizes from festival sponsors and vendors. But the grand prize? A once-in-a-lifetime getaway for two to an undisclosed world-class Orvis adventure destination! Tickets are $15 and can be purchased here. Again the proceeds will go to local WNC stream restoration and conservation projects.For more information and a breakdown of the schedule check it out here! Hope to see you there!last_img read more

Newbury beckons for Global Citizen | Racing News

first_img– Advertisement – “He likes to flick his toe out and attack the fences and not sit in behind horses where he can’t do that.”Pauling has announced the retirement of 2019 Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle third Bright Forecast, who missed all of last season and has since suffered a second heart issue.He added: “His heart has gone out of rhythm twice, and we now feel it is going to be hard to keep it right.“He has gone back to his owners, we have to keep the horse’s interest at heart, and there is no point carrying on.“It is a desperate shame, there are no two ways about it, because in the short spell he had with us he was very exciting.” Pauling hopes Global Citizen can leave that effort behind in either the Get Your Ladbrokes £1 Free Bet Today Handicap Chase on November 27 or the Ladbrokes Handicap Chase, better known as the Jim Joel Memorial Trophy, 24 hours later.He said: “Global Citizen came out of the Exeter race fine, and the likelihood is that he will go to Newbury now at the end of the month.“He will either go for the two-mile-three handicap chase on the Friday or what is the Jim Joel Memorial Trophy.- Advertisement – “He should have dropped to a nice mark for a handicap like either of those.”With a decision to drop Global Citizen in behind the pace at Exeter failing to work, Pauling plans to switch him back to the front-running tactics which have served him well in the past.He added: “It was disappointing at Exeter, but we thought we would try different tactics and just drop him in. Some horses don’t enjoy being ridden like that, and he is one.- Advertisement – Ben Pauling is weighing up two handicap options at the Ladbrokes Winter Carnival at Newbury for multiple Grade Two winner Global Citizen.The eight-year-old failed to complete a race for the first time in his career when pulling up on his seasonal return in the Haldon Gold Cup at Exeter last week.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Grants awarded for the Cyclotourism Development Program on the Continent in 2019

first_imgThe funds of the Cyclotourism Development Program on the continent are intended to strengthen bike tourism on the continent through tracing, arranging and marking bicycle routes and are available to the public sector – regional self-government units, ie the following counties: Bjelovar-Bilogora, Brod-Posavina, Karlovac, Koprivnica -križevačka, Krapinsko-zagorska, Ličko-senjska, Međimurska, Osječko-baranjska, Požeško-slavonska, Sisačko-moslavačka, Varaždinska, Virovitičko-podravska, Vukovarsko-srijemska and Zagrebačka. Cover photo: TZ Samobor The Ministry of Tourism has announced the results of a public call for grants under the Cyclotourism Development Program on the Continent in 2019, for which the Ministry of Tourism has provided HRK 5 million in the budget this year.  The largest grants were received by Karlovac County for the continuation of the development of the “Bike4river” program in the amount of 407.200,00 kuna, followed by Varaždin County for the development of “outdoor” cycling routes of Varaždin County and Međimurje County for the construction of a lookout with a rest area for cyclists. received HRK 400.000,00 in support. Attachment: Decision on project selection and award of grants under the Cyclotourism Development Program on the Continent in 2019 Karlovac County received the largest support for the development of cycling tourism Find out what is planned to be done by counties on the continent for the development of cycling tourism, as well as a list of all the winners in the attachment. last_img read more

Mikel Arteta insists he does not need to sell a ‘vision’ of the club to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

first_imgMikel Arteta insists he does not need to sell a ‘vision’ of the club to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Aubameyang said Arsenal ‘hold the keys’ to his future (Picture: Getty)Arteta is desperate to keep his captain at the club and Arsenal are prepared to make him the second highest paid player in the club’s history behind Mesut Ozil.However, Arteta insists he does not need to sell a ‘vision’ of where he’s taking the club and insists the players are already aware that the club are moving towards better things.Asked specificially about Aubameyang’s future, Arteta told Premier League Productions: ‘We have a very clear plan of what we want to do from now on. ‘The players know where the club is standing and we are moving in the right direction.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityPushed further on Aubameyang’s future, Arteta was asked whether Champions League qualification at the end of the season could help convince the Gabon international to stay.‘Financially for the club the fact that in the last three years we haven’t had any Champions League it puts the club in a very difficult position,’ Arteta replied.‘We have a structure that is designed to be in the Champions League so when we don’t have that financially it creates a lot of issues and instability. But that’s the situation we are facing. We have ten games to go, we have to go full gas and get as high as possible in the table.’MORE: Ian Wright names Bukayo Saka’s best position after Ashley Cole comparison Comment Metro Sport ReporterSunday 14 Jun 2020 10:56 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link5.9kShares Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang challenged Arsenal to convince him to sign a new deal (Pictures: Getty/DAZN)Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta says he has a ‘very clear plan’ for the Gunners and that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang should already be aware that the club are moving in the ‘right direction’.The 30-year-old has 12 months to run on his deal at the Emirates and negotiations over an extension have so far proven unsuccessful.Aubameyang raised eyebrows amongst supporters when he challenged that club to ‘do their work’ in negotiations to show him why he should extend his deal at the club. ‘Recently I have not received an offer to extend,’ Aubameyang told Telefoot. ‘But, of course, we have had exchanges with the club for a fair few months nowAdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘They know very well why so far nothing has happened. They have the keys. It is up to them to do their work and, after that, we will see how things go.‘It is a turning point in my career, and I will be very frank with everyone. It will certainly be a very difficult decision to make. I still haven’t decided and we will see. It will maybe be the most important decision of my career.’ Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Iowa Supreme Court rules on Iowa City ‘stand your ground’ case

first_imgDES MOINES — An Iowa Supreme Court ruling Friday clarifies a portion of the state’s 2017 “stand your ground” law.The Supreme Court says the “stand your ground” law does not require pretrial hearings to determine if self defense was an issue — saying it provides an immunity from liability — not an immunity from prosecution.The ruling is in the case of Lamar Wilson. Wilson fired into a crowd at the pedestrian mall in Iowa City in August of 2017 — killing Kaleek Jones and seriously injuring two others. He was charged with murder, two counts of attempted murder, and three counts of intimidation with a dangerous weapon.Wilson claimed he fired in self defense after seeing someone else show a gun. The jury found Wilson guilty of lesser charges of voluntary manslaughter, two counts of assault with intent to cause serious injury, and one count of intimidation with a dangerous weapon.Wilson appealed the convictions — saying he should have been given a pre-trial hearing — and that would have vindicated him without a trial. The Supreme Court disagreed, and also dismissed other appeal issues raised by Wilson.Wilson was sentenced consecutively to ten years in prison for voluntary manslaughter, two two-year terms for the assaults, and ten years in prison for intimidation with a dangerous weapon.Here’s the ruling:  Stand Your Ground Ruling PDFlast_img read more

Red Bank Cops Start New Year With Fitness Goals

first_imgBy John BurtonRED BANK – “Our job goes from zero to 60 all the time,” said Red Bank Police Patrolman Jorge Torres about his work and the need for a police officer to stay in shape.Police Chief Darren McConnell has long agreed. Now he’s instituted a program to help make it a little easier for his officers to get a little gym time.The idea that first came to him back when the borough enacted its Mayor’s Wellness Campaign a few years ago to encourage municipal employees to pursue healthy lifestyles, involving regular exercise and good diets, and offering modest incentives as encouragements. Healthier employees take less sick time, are more productive and can help keep publicly paid health insurance costs in check, officials believe. And of course, there is the improvement in their quality of life.Running with that idea and with information he’s gotten from a certified public managers’ class, McConnell initiated his own take on encouraging officers to exercise more.The program started in November and so far 26 of the department’s 40 officers are participating. “It’s gotten a pretty good reception,” he said.The initiative allows department members to take as many as six hours a month – an hour either at the start of their tour or at the end – and they can spend that hour at a local gym, such as the Community YMCA or Work Out World, in the borough, and where it can be verified that the officer had gone and used the time; or they can use the running track at Count Basie Fields, and clock in some laps. “And they’re encouraged, obviously, to go while they’re off duty,” too, McConnell added. “The idea being to promote cardiac health and physical fitness among the officers.”To that end, officers must have a medical physical exam to make sure they are in good enough condition to begin with and plans call for a twice- a-year physical fitness test, involving sprints, a 1 1⁄2-mile run and push-ups and sit-ups, to monitor progress. The first test will be held in April.“It also has the effect of building camaraderie,” McConnell said. “It should be a fun thing, hopefully.”Red Bank Police Patrolman Garry Falco does some laps as part of an initiative his department has instituted to help get officers into shape. Photo courtesy of G. FalcoGarry Falco is a five-year veteran patrolman who works out as often as he can in what time he can spare. With a young family and work responsibilities, there is not a lot of time. “So getting to the gym on days off can be difficult,” he said.“Now that we have the opportunity to do it while at work it’s a benefit to everybody,” he said.“Considering the dynamics of the job and the potential situations you could be in, you could be in a foot pursuit or a fight at a bar closing,” said Falco.“The lifestyle doesn’t necessarily always lead itself to the healthiest places,” McConnell said, explaining officers can go for extended sedentary work periods, in a patrol vehicle or at a desk, with too often meal breaks of pizza or fast food and then “bursts of activity with no warning.” Police officers nationally have a very high rate of cardiovascular disease. According to the International Association of Chiefs of Police, which published a study in 2013, heart attacks are in the top two of the three leading causes of death for in-the-line-of-duty deaths and an officer is 25 times more likely to suffer death or disability from heart disease than from the violent action of a suspect.In years past the Red Bank department had seen two of its long-serving officers lose their lives from heart ailments.“Our heart has to be in great shape,” said Torres, who regularly works out on his off-duty hours. “And that running on the treadmill for 45 minutes or a half-hour really that the job is allowing us to do would help our cardiovascular health – and that’s what we really need in this job.”The Manalapan department has adopted a similar program and Howell is considering it, too, according to McConnell.“I think it’s a step in the right direction,” Falco said, hoping other departments follow suit.last_img read more