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Prepare for the Aftershock

There’s a wave coming that most business owners aren’t expecting. Actually, a better analogy might be an Aftershock!  I know the COVID-19 crisis came as a BIG SHOCK to the system for ALL of us and I believe business owners have ANOTHER unexpected shock coming to the system.  Many of you will be re-hiring and/or […]

Survive and Thrive in 10 Days

In a previous career, I ran a business coaching franchise in Tucson called ActionCoach. Brad Sugars, the founder and CEO of ActionCoach, not only runs that business, but about 8 other companies in different industries and he’s an incredibly successful entrepreneur. He’s put together a complimentary 10 session program (each 30 minutes in length) for […]

Three Leadership Essentials in Tough Times

What really distinguishes a GREAT small business from the rest of the pack in these unprecedented times?  For me it boils down to one thing:  Leadership. Having been in the “leadership” business for many years now, I’ve noticed how businesses with AGILE leadership at the helm always seem to prosper more in the good times […]

The Small Business Guide to The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act)

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the largest stimulus package in the nation’s history, was enacted on March 27, 2020. The $2 trillion CARES Act builds upon the two earlier pieces of legislation, providing significant funding and tax measures to provide economic relief. There are two key SBA small-business relief programs as part of […]

Helping Business Owners in Arizona

Given these extraordinary times, I thought about what small business owners are going through and I wondered what I could do to help? I don’t know all the answers, but drawing on my 25 year background in business coaching, strategy, leadership development, and HR Outsourcing, I’ve put together a weekly “FOCUS on Agility” video series […]

BREAKING: New option to report Social Security scams

Chances are pretty good that you’ve taken a fraudulent call on your cell phone regarding Social Security. Phone scams are widespread and extremely costly, tallying $10.5 billion in 2018 alone. To crack down on this epidemic and the recent impersonation calls, the Internal Revenue Service and Social Security Office of the Inspector General are offering […]

Taxable Income Increases for Social Security in 2020

There’s a lot of buzz right now about the Social Security taxes you’ll be paying in 2020. “The maximum tax per worker will be $17,074.80 – or a maximum $8,537.40 withheld from a highly-paid employee’s 2020 paycheck.” This means, in 2020, the amount you pay in Social Security will increase 3.6% to 6.2%. While this […]

Employee Appreciation Doesn’t Have to Break the Bank

With the national unemployment rate at 3.1%, employees have the power right now to leave their unhappy jobs. Many are finding greener pastures across the street, and that new landscape is not too hard to grow and maintain. Working with hundreds of business owners in 33 states and Washington, D.C., Focus HR, Inc. has seen […]

Retirement Plan Comparison: Simple IRA vs. 401(k)

We’ve had the opportunity to sit with clients and talk about the retirement plans they’re offering their employees. Over and over the question comes up; What’s the benefit of switching from a Simple IRA to a 401(k?) Here’s a ‘simple’ comparison: At this point, if you’re considering a switch, it’s important to understand the timeline […]

Health and Safety in the Workplace: It’s a Four-Letter Word

When it comes to workplace safety, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is our nation’s authority. OSHA’s been around since 1971, offering a plethora of resources that have been proven effective. Worker injuries and illnesses are down, from 10.9 incidents per 100 workers in 1972 to 2.8 per 100 in 2017. (Source: U.S. Department […]

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