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Interested in Joining the EU-U.S. and Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield Frameworks?

As a U.S. business who targets EU or Swiss nationals with your products or services, you might consider joining the EU-U.S. and the Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield Frameworks (an overview PDF contains key information about the Privacy Shield scheme). Both Frameworks require a self certification. The U.S. government provides a “How to” join the Privacy Shield consisting of two parts: part one deals with eligibility together with constructing a compliant privacy policy (with additional links describe the necessary contents of your company’s privacy policy); and part two covers identification of an Independent Resource Mechanism, required fee payments, placement of an active verification mechanism, designating a contact individual or officer for your business, reviewing your application (paying attention to the items required to self-certify), and submission of your application (check out the PDF guide to online submission). The site also has FAQs about the Privacy Shield Frameworks as well as information on how the Privacy Shield Frameworks are enforced. You may also view the texts and underlying documents of the Privacy Shield Frameworks through the site. Additionally, review the benefits of joining the Privacy Shield Frameworks as described by the U.S. Government. Finally, take a look at the searchable database of companies presently self-certifying under the Privacy Shield Frameworks. The U.S. Department of Commerce through the U.S. International Trade Administration operates the above described website and its contents, so be sure to check the site often for updates. Any determination by your business to join the Privacy Shield Frameworks is the sole responsibility of you and your company undertaken after careful review of all applicable requirements, documents, and regulations.


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Starting & Growing Business in New York State

The New York Empire State Development’s Small Business Division has put together a unified website collecting various New York State programs/services offered to New York small business to start-up or expand their small businesses. The site contains a 52-page guide to owning and operating a small business in New York State as well as a directory of New York State small business programs. There is also a link to discover more information about becoming a New York State government contractor and qualifying to bid on New York State government procurement contracts. Finally, the site links to various financing and lending programs offered by New York State government entities–and contains a searchable directory of alternative lenders in New York State catering to small businesses. www.erskine-law.com

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Cybersecurity Tools

If your business operates online, then your business/company should seriously address cybersecurity issues. The Small Business Administration (SBA) dedicates a page describing and linking to “Top Tools and Resources for Small Business Owners”. The page features links to fact sheets, webinars, online courses, and other federal agency resources. One such resource derives from the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) that provides and generates, through an interactive web site, a Small Biz Cyber Planner that a company may use to “create and save a custom cyber security plan for your company, choosing from a menu of expert advice to address your specific business needs and concerns.” There is also a link to the Department of Homeland Security’s Cyber Resilience Review (CRR), “…a no-cost, voluntary, non-technical assessment to evaluate an organization’s operational resilience and cybersecurity practices.” The CRR page contains a number of downloadable forms and resource guides. An additional SBA webpage contains their “Social Media Cyber-Vandalism Toolkit”, which

…provides guidance and security practices to small businesses using these tools in their online operations. Suggestions and resources prepare users to respond to cyber-hijacking, and will empower digital users to make informed choices and enact future policy.

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Looking to Enter New Top Export Markets

If your a small business or a medium sized business looking to access new export markets look to the International Trade Administration’s Top Markets Series. The Top Market Series analyzes future export opportunities across various commercial sectors. The Series page links to a number of reports complied by the US government to assist exporters in reaching new international markets. After consulting the reports your small business or medium sized company may check out the International Trade Administration’s Data & Analysis page where numerous links take you to hard data on export activities emanating out of the United States. Try also reviewing TradeStats Express for more statistical data on export and import matters. www.erskine-law.com

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Sanctions List to Check Before Doing Business

Before doing business with a prospective new business partner or customer your US or UK small business should (and may be required) conduct due diligence on your new prospect. Some lists to check are UK-HM Treasury’s Consolidated List, EU Sanctions List, EU Regimes Sanctions List, UN Sanctions List, OFAC Sanctions Lists, and Consolidated Screening List. www.erskine-law.com

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