Affordable Care Act goes beyond benefits issues

EYEY’s Tom Bernard presents on the Affordable Care Act’s tax and financial implications, risk areas and potential penalties at today’s American Payroll Association’s Silicon Valley chapter meeting. Bernard sees the ACA as going beyond a benefits issue to become a business issue that needs to be addressed from multiple perspectives – from HR and employee communications to the board of directors and external auditors.

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February 2015 Chapter Meeting


You’re invited to the Black History Month Executive Roundtable hosted by EY

EYAfrican American executive business leaders will join together to share knowledge, discuss diversity, inclusion strategies and provide insight to their career progression at 6 p.m. on Thursday February 19 at The L.A. Hotel Downtown, 333 South Figueroa Street Los Angeles, CA 90071. You are invited to attend the free Black History Month Executive Roundtable event which is hosted by Ernst & Young. Pre-event networking includes appetizers, refreshments and entertainment. This is a free community event and all are welcome.

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Black History Month Executive Roundtable

San Jose Mayor kicks off 29th annual EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Awards

Sylvia Flores, Kailesh Karavadra, Mayor Sam Liccardo and Edward Avila take a selfie.

Sylvia Flores, Kailesh Karavadra, Mayor Sam Liccardo and Edward Avila take a selfie.

San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo teamed with Kailesh Karavadra, Managing Principal of Ernst & Young’s San Jose office, and Ernie Cortes, EY partner, to kick off the top business awards program in the country — the 29th Annual EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Awards – Friday at The Fairmont, San Jose.

“The San José/Silicon Valley region is the birthplace for innovations that drive the global economy. The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ award celebrates the vision and passion needed for the long-term success of our region,” says Mayor Liccardo. “I thank Ernst & Young LLP for its decades-long support of entrepreneurs.”

Each year, Ernst & Young showcases successful entrepreneurs from more than 145 cities in 60 countries in their annual EOY Program. Past winners include: Reid Hoffman and Jeff Weiner (LinkedIn Corporation), Sergey Brin and Larry Page (Google, Inc), Nick Woodman (GoPro), Lisa Im (Performant Financial), Hamid Moghadam (Prologis), and David Hung, MD (Medivation). This year, past award recipients, future nominees, program sponsors, and other business leaders joined Mayor Liccardo and EY professionals for the 2015 kickoff.

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Mayor Liccardo and EY Kick off the 29th Annual EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Program

Entrepreneur of the Year Award winner and Curacao founder tells LA Times ‘How I Made It’

EYEntrepreneur of the Year Award winner and Curacao founder tells LA Times ‘How I Made It’ Body: Jerry Azarkman earned an EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award for his successful department store chain Curacao which opened in 1983. Through word of mouth, extended customer credit and customer loyalty, Curacao now boasts more than 2 million customers paying through the chain’s credit card. He tells the Los Angeles Times in the latest “How I Made It” about his success and how he decided to concentrate on what he saw as a neglected and underserved market — Latinos. He shares his thoughts on the power of credit, his leadership style and greatest pet peeve: “People who only know how to say ‘I’ and ‘me.’ If it’s never about ‘us’ or ‘ours,’ then there is something wrong.”

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How I Made It: Jerry Azarkman

EY weighs in on international travel and tourism comeback

EYAlthough the last recession set back the hotel and hospitality market, Michael Fishbin, leader of Ernst & Young’s hospitality and leisure practice says 2015 will be different. “We expect the hospitality industry to experience significant growth, development and brand expansion in the coming year. Despite some significant head winds — such as geopolitical instability, new health concerns and inconsistent economic growth — the global industry is thriving and optimism prevails,” Fishbin says.

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Tourism and travel growth to spur more investment in hotels

Trip to Argentina gets EY tax manager out of his comfort zone in a good way

EYA trip to Argentina got Ryan Espinoza, a tax manager at Ernst & Young, out of his comfort zone while helping build relationships with his co-workers and friends. He comments about the impact of the extended business trip on his career and personal life in the Los Angeles Business Journal.

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Travel Hits Home

Total VC funding up 44 percent as number of deals falls

EYAlthough venture capital funding increased in the 4th quarter, fewer deals were made, reports Jason Brooks on KCBS radio’s “Money Watch.”

U.S. firms raised 13.8 billion dollars, a 44 percent increase over the same period a year earlier while the number of deals fell 20 percent.

“As you see companies move through the pipeline and companies raise capital at later stages, we are seeing that more and more,” says Jeff Grabow, U.S. venture capital leader for Ernst &Young.

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KCBS interview – EY’s Jeff Grabow – 2014 Year-End VC Report

Spike in 2014 VC funding highlights healthy market for innovation

EYVenture capital fundraising soared in 2014, spiking 62 percent to nearly $33 billion across 332 funds and highlighting a strong market for early-stage companies, reports Andrea Change, technology reporter for Los Angeles Times.

“Access to capital is available; we’re in a good market for innovation across a lot of different sectors. It’s a healthy fundraising environment, so people are saying, ‘Take advantage of that, make sure you have capital because it’s not always going to be there,’ ” says Jeff Grabow, U.S. venture capital leader for Ernst & Young.

Grabow also notes “that the funding landscape has ‘changed dramatically’ in recent years.” With the help of funding platforms like Kickstarter and Indiegogo, the cost of starting a company is lower than in the past.

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Venture capital funding soars to nearly $33 billion in 2014 (Los Angeles Times)

Other year-end VC articles:

2014 venture capital at $1.3B, most since before recession (The Seattle Times)

San Francisco pulls away as leader in venture money (San Jose Mercury News)

Venture investment in Oregon reaches 5-year high (Portland Business Journal)

Nominations now open for EY Entrepreneur Of The Year in LA

EY_Logo2_C_CMYKEY announced nominations are open for the 29th Annual EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards, recognized as one of the most prestigious business award programs in the world.

“Through the Entrepreneur Of The Year program we have the opportunity to celebrate the risk-taking men and women whose tireless efforts are contributing to our thriving Greater Los Angeles community,” said April Spencer, Partner, Ernst & Young LLP, and Co-Director, EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards program in Greater Los Angeles. “Entrepreneurs are the bedrock of our economy and we are honored to help put a spotlight on them.”

The program celebrates innovative business leaders and game-changing entrepreneurs from more than 145 cities in 60 countries who found, strengthen or transform successful enterprises. In 2014, more than 34 entrepreneurs leading companies from Greater Los Angeles were selected as EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Award finalists and 13 were chosen as winners. Entrepreneurs may nominate themselves or be nominated by peers and other business leaders.

Applications are due by Friday, March 6, 2015 and can be accessed at The Greater Los Angeles Awards Gala is scheduled for Tuesday, June 16, 2015 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California.

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EY calls for nominations for the most innovative entrepreneurs

Behind the scenes of EY’s Patrick Niemann

EYPatrick Niemann is the managing partner of Ernst & Young‘s Greater Los Angeles practice and his office provides audit, assurance, advisory, tax, transaction and other services for more than 1,000 clients, including most of the city’s 50 biggest companies. We get a glimpse into Niemann’s past and ideology in Ronald White’s article “Ernst & Young’s Patrick Niemann is not just a numbers guy” for the Los Angeles Times that shows Niemann is much more than just numbers.

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Ernst & Young’s Patrick Niemann is not just a numbers guy