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Corporate Governance

ESOPs: The Importance of Small Company Employee Ownership

Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs) allow employees to participate in the economic performance of a company, share in corporate profits, and save for retirement.  Congress has long recognized the advantages of employee ownership by authorizing and encouraging ESOPs through favorable tax treatment.

However, current IRS regulations significantly restrict the ability of many small public companies not traded on a national securities exchange to offer ESOPs to their employees.  These outdated regulations negatively impact hundreds of qualified, U.S.-based companies on the OTCQX and OTCQB markets that collectively employ over 100,000 workers. Continue reading “ESOPs: The Importance of Small Company Employee Ownership”

Practice Corporate Governance to Help Achieve Your Company Goals

Although more commonly associated with larger firms, corporate governance is just as important for small and micro-cap companies.

By adhering to high governance standards, small-caps are better placed to achieve their goals and attract new investment. Continue reading “Practice Corporate Governance to Help Achieve Your Company Goals”

A Snapshot of the OTCQX Advisory Council

Since its inception in 2015, the OTCQX Advisory Council has provided valuable insight and support to the OTC Markets Group senior management team on key issues that impact OTCQX-traded issuers and the public markets. The Council is comprised of a ten-member board, with three members appointed in 2018 and seven new members appointed earlier this year.  Collectively, these Council members represent an impressive mix of U.S.-based CEOs and CFOs from a diverse range of geographic and industry sectors. Continue reading “A Snapshot of the OTCQX Advisory Council”

Introducing the 2019 OTCQX® Best 50

OTC Markets is pleased to announce its 5th annual list of the top 50 U.S. and international companies traded on the OTCQX Best Market—the 2019 OTCQX® Best 50.  This year’s list speaks to a broad array of companies spanning all sizes, industries and geographic regions, from well-capitalized US community banks to Mega-Cap foreign exchange-listed Global brands. Continue reading “Introducing the 2019 OTCQX® Best 50”

The True Value of Best Practice Disclosure

In a World Where the “News Cycle,” Both Real and Fake, is 24/7, How Can Companies be Their Own Best Ally and Not Their Own Worst Enemy?

In a recent webinar on Corporate Governance, by Compass Investor Relations, the presenters touched upon the value of best practice corporate disclosure. Continue reading “The True Value of Best Practice Disclosure”

Corporate Governance Rules of the Road

There is growing interest in the area of Corporate Governance and how companies can leverage best practices to attract investors and lower the cost of raising capital.  To provide companies with the “rules of the road” we recently hosted a webinar with Compass Investor Relations.   Continue reading “Corporate Governance Rules of the Road”

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