Government Programs for Businesses

Government Programs for Businesses

HUD-Insured Loans

Attorneys:  Michael E. Tiffany, Beth A. Heath, and Paul D. Cardon
Paralegal:  Debbie Purdie

Since 1990, Tiffany & Bosco has represented for-profit and non-profit owners of multi-housing projects in connection with loans that are insured by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (“HUD”).  Tiffany & Bosco has closed over 220 HUD insured loan transactions with a total loan amount in excess of $3 billion. 

Recently, the loans have been primarily for upscale apartment projects and healthcare facilities.  However, they include other multi-housing projects such as hospitals, assisted/independent living facilities, and affordable housing.  HUD loans are used to build new projects and refinance existing ones.  Under a timeline that is comparable to conventional loans, we assist borrowers with the processing of HUD insured loans that are fully amortizable, non-recourse (even during construction) and fully assignable upon a sale of the project. 

Small Business Programs and Certifications

Many federal, state, and local governmental resources are available to assist small business owners, especially socially and economically disadvantaged, minority, women, and military veteran owners.  That is true whether the owners are looking for funding to start a business, to expand their business, or to position themselves to do business with the government.  Our attorneys assist these small business owners to identify available resources, prepare their businesses to apply for various programs and certifications, complete the applications, and comply with the regulations once they are accepted into the programs.

Our attorneys understand that small business owners sometimes need counseling, education, mentoring, and training to succeed.  We provide that assistance while navigating our clients to, and through, the resources available to small business owners.  Arizona Small Business Development Center Network, SCORE, Phoenix MBDA Business Center, Arizona Native American Business Enterprise Center, and Microbusiness Advancement Center/Women’s Business Center are some of the Arizona resources available to small business owners needing additional assistance.

SBA Programs

Attorneys:  James P. O’Sullivan and May Lu

We counsel clients on various federal programs including those provided by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) such as:

• Basic 7(a) Loan Program
• Certified Development Company (CDC) 504 Loan Program
• Microloan Program
• Patriot Express Pilot Loan Initiative
• HUBZone Certification
• 8(a) Business Development Program
• Small Business Certification
• Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contract Program
• Veteran & Service-Disabled Veteran Owned
• Operation Boots to Business:  From Service to Startup
• Small Business Investment Company Program
• Small Business Innovation Research Program
• Small Business Technology Transfer Program

Certification Programs

Attorneys:  James P. O’Sullivan, Kevin P. Nelson, and May Lu

We also advise clients on federal, state, and local disadvantaged business owner certification programs, including:

• Federal “Buy Indian” Act
• State of Arizona Department of Transportation, Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Certification Program
• City of Phoenix Small and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Certification Programs (S/DBE)
• City of Phoenix Airport Authority Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program
• City of Phoenix REACH Program
• City of Tucson Small Business Enterprise (SBE) and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Certification Programs
• Women’s Business Enterprise Council-West (WBEC-West)

Government Relations/Land Use and Zoning

Government Relations Attorney:  Timothy A. La Sota
Land Use and Zoning Attorney:  William E. Lally
Land Use Planners:  Kurt A. Jones and Jacob E. Zonn

Because of our attorneys’ strong professional relationships with the elected officials serving in Arizona’s top governmental positions, we are primed to counsel small business clients through government agency regulations and effectively lobby for our clients’ interests. 

These relationships also help our attorneys navigate the halls of local government and advise small business projects that involve zoning and other land use issues with obtaining approval in the most timely and efficient manner.

SBA Loan Programs

Governance & Regulation

Attorneys:  James P. O’Sullivan, May Lu, and Kevin P. Nelson

Our attorneys advise SBA lenders on various regulatory issues.  We also counsel non-profit Certified Development Companies on their governance issues, including compliance with SBA’s Standard Operating Procedures and entity governance, including fiduciary duties of the directors and officers.  Our substantial experience related to the prosecution of claims for, and vigorous defense of claims against, SBA lenders provides our firm with substantial abilities to recommend and implement best practices for our clients.

Lending Transactions

Attorneys: James P. O’Sullivan, J. Lawrence McCormley, and Beth A. Heath

We assist borrowers and lenders in negotiation and documenting the lending transactions related to SBA loan programs.

Litigation & Bankruptcy

Litigation Attorneys:  Dow Glenn Ostlund, James P. O’Sullivan, and Kevin P. Nelson
Bankruptcy Attorneys: Christopher A. Kaup
Bankruptcy Paralegal: Louis Lofredo

When litigation is necessary, our attorneys have the experience required to efficiently navigate our clients to their goals.  That is true whether the task is the aggressive pursuit of recoverable collateral or other assets, or the vigorous defense of allegations against our clients.  Our success in SBA-related litigation is demonstrated by our track record and our industry recognition.  Our firm is on the SBA approved list of attorneys.  We also represent Certified Development Companies and lenders in connection with civil and bankruptcy litigation.  Our extensive knowledge of SBA’s Standard Operating Procedures and related rules and regulations gives us an advantage in aggressively representing these clients. 

Tax Credits

Attorneys:  Michael E. Tiffany and William H. Finnegan

This firm also assists business owners with obtaining federal, state, and local tax credits offered as incentives for businesses to make investments or to operate in a certain way. 

Government Grants

Because government grants are funded by the taxpayers, they have strict compliance and reporting requirements to ensure that the money is well spent.  We advise eligible businesses on how to navigate the grant process.

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