Businomics Newsletter February 2016

By Bill Conerly

Businomics ®: Connecting the dots between the economy and business. Click here to see the February issue

Spotlight on Recent SEC Proposals

From Brown Smith Wallace

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is asking for public comments on several key changes to its rules by the first quarter of 2016. Although its proposal on intrastate crowdfunding has garnered significant attention, the comment deadlines for five other regulatory proposals also are in early 2016. Here’s a heads-up on what regulatory changes are currently in the works. Click here to read more

Managing Customer Expectations

By Tom Reilly

Customer satisfaction is a function of how you perform vis-à-vis the customer’s expectations. Satisfaction is often expressed numerically as a ratio: performance to expectations. Customer satisfaction is an attitude and attitude drives behavior, including retention which is a measure of the likelihood that someone returns as a repeat customer. So, what affects expectations?

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IRS Notice 2015-87 Addresses Many Aspects of the Affordable Care Act

From Brown Smith Wallace

The IRS issued Notice 2015-87 late last year to provide guidance on how various provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) apply to employer-sponsored health plans. The guidance, which includes 26 questions and answers, is generally applicable to plan years beginning on or after December 16, 2015, though it can be relied on for earlier periods. Click here to read the full article

Fastener Fair Mexico 2016 Registration Now Open!

June 1-2, 2016

World Trade Center
Mexico City
Fastener Fair Mexico 
Registration Now Open

FASTENER FAIR MEXICO, the leading Latin American exhibition for fastener and fixing technologies, returns to Mexico City June 1-2, 2016.  Join more than 2000 OEMs, suppliers, distributors and end users and find the newest technologies and products for the fastener industry.

Entrance to the show is free and you can Register Online now!  Make your plans to visitFastener Fair Mexico today!

NAM vs SEC: Conflict Minerals Uncertainty Extended

From Elm Sustainability Partners:

Last week, the US Supreme Court granted the SEC an extension for filing an appeal of the Appellate Court rulings on the conflict minerals disclosure requirements related to the use of specific determination wording. Click here to read more

You might be DRC conflict free and not ready for it

From Elm Sustainability Partners

As more companies complete their conflict minerals Reasonable Country of Origin Inquiry (RCOI) and smelter/refiner verification for their CY2015 SEC disclosures, many are surprised to find diminishing data gaps and uncertainties prevalent in previous years. Click here to read more

Fastener Hall of Fame and Young Fastener Professional of the Year Call for Nominations

Submit your nominations by February 28.

The National Industrial Fastener & Mill Supply Expo (NIFMSE) Hall of Fame was established in 1982 to recognize and honor those individuals who have made significant contributions to the betterment of the fastener industry.

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