What the Pro Security Channel Needs to Know about Old and New COVID Funding

What the Pro Security Channel Needs to Know about Old and New COVID Funding

The election’s over; we are a little over a month into 2021; business is starting back up after COVID-ladened months; and there’s more going on in Congress than just funding. There are tax credits, tax deductions, extensions, all of which...
2021 Industry-at-a-Glance: Trends to Watch For

2021 Industry-at-a-Glance: Trends to Watch For

The electronic security and life safety industry has forged through 2020, taking anxiety over the global pandemic and economic recovery and transforming it into a willingness to embrace changes in business processes and workflows to stay relevant and prosperous. Ongoing support from...
Legislative Summary, December 2020

Legislative Summary, December 2020

Here are highlights of legislative activity that could impact the electronic security and life safety industry.   Federal Legislative Summary - December 2020 December ended with the last-minute passage (something that seems to be a trend for multi-thousand-page bills that...
Congress Finishes 2020 with New Phase of Funding

Congress Finishes 2020 with New Phase of Funding

Congress finally acted as 2020 closed to provide a new phase of COVID-19 relief and tax breaks that will help many small businesses. The bill as passed is thousands of pages and includes the general appropriations for the next year....
Learning and Communicating in a Remote World 

Learning and Communicating in a Remote World 

My kids have been learning virtually since the end of August and it has really expanded my views on communicating distantly. My fifth-grade son has mainly one dedicated teacher who is on Zoom with him and his classmates throughout the day, while my seventh-grade daughter...
The Good and the Bad of 2020 — Why Membership Matters

The Good and the Bad of 2020 — Why Membership Matters

We can all agree that 2020 has been an unusual year. And while we might look back on it as the year of masks, lockdowns and Zoom call faux pas — for better or for worse, it’s invigorated many to...
Legislative Summary, November 2020

Legislative Summary, November 2020

Here are highlights of legislative activity that could impact the electronic security and life safety industry.   Federal Legislative Summary - November 2020 Congressional activity in November was relatively light due to the run-up for the election and post-election move...
SBA and Treasury Release Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness Application

SBA and Treasury Release Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness Application

Today, the Small Business Administration (SBA), in consultation with the Department of the Treasury, released the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan Forgiveness Application and detailed instructions for the application. The form and instructions inform borrowers how to apply for forgiveness...
Research Results: Impact of COVID-19 on the Industry

Research Results: Impact of COVID-19 on the Industry

Industry Associations’ Joint Survey Results Reveal COVID’s Impact In the last few weeks, ESA, SIA and TMA conducted a nationwide survey of members in order to better gauge the impact COVID-19 has had on electronic security and life safety businesses....
President Signs Bill for Additional Stimulus Funds for Small Businesses

President Signs Bill for Additional Stimulus Funds for Small Businesses

H.R. 266 will fund an additional $484 billion for small businesses, hospitals and coronavirus testing. This second round of stimulus funding is now approved, after the continuing economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in the almost immediate depletion of...

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