Marie DiSante Joins Business Rising Advisors - Launches Free COVID-19 Business Advisory Video Series for Business Owners

CDF's Firm Managing Partner, Marie DiSante, joins the recently formed Business Rising Advisors (BRAdvisors), a collaborative team of trusted advisors and leaders from multiple disciplines -- law, accounting, human resources, and information technology and security -- who have assembled to provide business owners with carefully-considered strategies and invaluable insights which will effectively guide businesses to navigate this unprecedented pandemic and rise once more. To learn more about this advisory group, read below.

Business Rising Advisors Formed to Assist Businesses to Rise Again, Launches Free COVID-19 Business Advisory Video Series for Business Owners

IRVINE, California – April 21, 2020 - US Business Counsel, A Professional Law Corporation launches Business Rising Advisors (BRAdvisors), a collaborative team of trusted advisors and leaders from multiple disciplines -- law, accounting, human resources, and information technology and security -- who have assembled to provide business owners with carefully-considered strategies and invaluable insights which will effectively guide businesses to navigate this unprecedented pandemic and rise once more.

BRAdvisors developed a free business advisory video series hosted by Saji Gunawardane of US Business Counsel, who asks the esteemed team the most pressing and relevant questions business owners want to know as they struggle to survive and navigate in the new normal. Their mission is to provide business owners with a regular, reliable place they can count on for a simple synopsis of some of the most helpful legal and business information they will need to build -- and in some instances, rebuild -- their business. BRAdvisors is here for the long haul, and they are committed to advising businesses through these uncertain times as they begin their journey towards success again. 

Today marks the launch of BRAdvisors’ pilot episode, which begins at ground zero and answers the questions business owners are echoing throughout the U.S., centered on: “What are the most important things I need to know now in order to stabilize and sustain operations during COVID-19?” During this first episode, experts at BRAdvisors discuss topics such as remote-workplace issues for all employers to consider, financial planning, accounting considerations, and IT security recommendations to help businesses keep afloat and steer them through this pandemic, and beyond the current COVID-19 (coronavirus) crisis.  Episode 1 and more information about this uniquely purposed advisory team can be accessed at: businessrisingadvisors.com.

“COVID-19 has caused a far-reaching psychology of uncertainty for the economy and American businesses,” stated Saji Gunawardane of US Business Counsel, who is the founder of Business Rising Advisors. “It’s an honor to bring together the best of the best from each key area of discipline onto the Business Rising Advisors team. These are not only experts, but also business owners with actual management experience who have lifted their own companies through challenging periods over the past 20 to 30 years -- that is very rare among advisory groups, and has significance when we are advising businesses through today’s economic crisis. In each episode of this business advisory series, our team will discuss and collaborate on what we believe are the best, well-considered, yet practical strategies that business owners can follow. They will give answers and guidance on key issues today, in the midst of this crisis -- but also with careful consideration of what it’s going to take for businesses to rebuild, adapt and rise again.”

Business Rising Advisors’ members include a business lawyer and general counsel (Saji Gunawardane of US Business Counsel), an employment law attorney (Marie DiSante of Carothers DiSante & Freudenberger LLP), a human resources professional (Anita Nygaard of CorHR, Inc.), a public accountant and former IRS agent (Philip Wilson of Marcum LLP), and an Information Technology professional (Barry Weber of Assured SPC). This team of experts will provide guidance on how we can all rebuild and rise together during the crisis and in its aftermath.

As we all navigate through the alarming and rapidly-changing dynamics at the early stages of the pandemic, this business advisory series will continually address the questions at the forefront of business owner’s minds, so they can consistently turn to our team of trusted advisors to help their business rise again and shine.

Business Rising Advisors -- About the Members:

Saji Gunawardane is Founder and Principal Attorney at US Business Counsel, providing efficient, highly-involved “outside General Counsel” services to growing businesses.  Saji brings over 20 years of actual and substantial business management experience in various dynamic, highly-regulated industries – from family-owned businesses to Fortune 200 companies.  Since 2008, US Business Counsel’s innovative and comprehensive flat-fee Corporate Counsel Program has been unique among experienced business law firms, offering accessible, high-caliber legal counsel to guide business owners on contracts, employment matters, regulatory compliance, strategic planning, and management/board advice.  Saji formed and assembled the expertise at Business Rising Advisors with the simple goal of providing one place for business owners to get the answers they need to build – and in some instances rebuild – their businesses to rise towards success.  Saji can be reached via email at saji@usbusinesscounsel.com or at (949) 562-3779.

Marie DiSante is the Managing Partner of Carothers DiSante & Freudenberger LLP, a California-based labor, employment and immigration defense law firm with five offices throughout the state.  Her dual role as a California business owner and employment litigation attorney allows her to understand her clients’ workplace challenges firsthand.  She joins the Business Rising Advisors' team with the long-held belief in the value of educating her clients so they can avoid litigation in the first place.  She has been successfully resolving and preventing employment-related disputes for employers for over 30 years.  Marie can be reached via email at mdisante@cdflaborlaw.com or at (949) 622-1661.

Anita Nygaard is Founder and Lead Consultant of CorHR, Inc. a Human Resources consulting firm.  CorHR partners with professional services businesses across the state and country to provide expert advice on the three C’s: Compliance, Coaching and developing management, and building effective work Cultures.  She held progressive management roles in Human Resources with Fortune 500 multi-state and global organizations and has advised hundreds of businesses over 25 years.  She joins the Business Rising Advisors' team to highlight effective leadership and workforce management practices, crucial during uncertain times.  Anita can be reached via email at anita@corhr.com or at (949) 363-0084.

Philip Wilson is the Managing Partner of the Costa Mesa office of Marcum LLP one of the largest independent public accounting and advisory services firms in the nation.  He is the National Practice Leader of the Firm’s Tax Controversy Group.  Phil joins the Business Rising Advisors' team with his 30+ years of expertise and insight as a CPA and former IRS Revenue Agent to help provide tax and business advisory guidance to companies and individuals.  His unique background and experience allows him to confidently represent all levels of corporations across a wide variety of industries as well as high-net-worth individuals.  Phil can be reached via email at philip.wilson@marcumllp.com or at (949) 236-5650.

Barry Weber is a partner at Assured SPC with more than 20 years of experience as an IT leader, and is a Certified Information Security Manager (CISM).  He serves as a virtual Chief Information Security Officer and is the Privacy Practice Leader at the IT consulting firm of Assured SPC, providing businesses across all industries and nationwide with IT and security expertise.  Barry is also a member of the FBI InfraGard program and participates in the semi-weekly FEMA National Business Emergency Operations Center calls on cross-industry cybersecurity and infrastructure issues.  Barry joins the Business Rising Advisors team to simplify and address IT and cybersecurity questions for business leaders during this difficult time and beyond.  Assured SPC helps organizations implement reasonable information security programs and compliant HIPAA and CCPA privacy programs.  Barry can be reached via email at bweber@assuredspc.com or at (818) 584-6565.

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