Category Archives: Blog

Exiting Your Business?

Having worked with a substantial number of privately held companies in the past, the topic of ultimately selling the business is one that typically comes up when the owner is starting to think about retirement. In fact, however, the preparation for this ultimate event should have probably been started years and years ago. Be that …

New Form I-9 Released

On March 8, 2013, USCIS released a new Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9. Employers should begin using the new Form I-9 with revision date 03/08/13 immediately for all new hires, as well as for reverifications or rehires. The revision date is on the lower left of the new form and looks like this: (Rev. 03/08/13)N. …

Great Internal Systems = Reduced Risk = Proactive HR & Accounting Departments

When was the last time you took a good look at your internal software systems? As a human resources consultant, I frequently talk to companies that say they are not happy with their current payroll or HRIS (Human Resource Information System). They complain about: no reporting or insufficient reporting, too much time spent on data …

Recruiters vs. Job Boards

In today’s market, everyone is looking at ways to cut costs. Many companies see keeping recruiting in-house to be a manageable way to reduce spending. It’s simple, right? Just go ahead and plug in a job description to Monster, Craigslist or CareerBuilder, and voila, you’re instantly overwhelmed with résumés  from experienced, qualified people from which …

The Funding Process of a Start-Up

Which do you prefer: 100 percent of nothing, or 17 percent of $2.6 billion? From the beginnings of an idea to the IPO, a start-up experiences multiple stages throughout its lifecycle. In particular, funding is a major make-it-or-break-it point for start-ups, especially for those entrepreneurs unable to see the value in sharing ownership of the …

You finally landed a job interview—now prepare yourself

Even in a candidate-driven market, you may find yourself coming up short in getting what seems that perfect job. What went wrong? Perhaps, your interview skills need refreshing. There is only so much a recruiter can do to sell a candidate to a potential employer. It’s ultimately up to you to bridge the gap between …

Do you “really” know your financials?

There is no better example of risk management than that of a Seattle heavy manufacturer who approved its annual budget in May 2008 and was ready for another banner year.  With five offices in three states and both domestic and foreign production, it supplied the construction industry for commercial and residential building. Despite the state …

How do companies retain top employees?

Companies offer all types of perks and incentives striving for their names to appear on the coveted “Best Places to Work” list. But in the end, they often still suffer from poor retention. Employee retention saves time, money and energy, so obviously it’s an important consideration when hiring new employees. It is a great honor …