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BASICS OF THE SEATTLE SICK LEAVE ORDINANCE

by | February 6, 2012

The Seattle Paid Sick Time and Paid Safe Time Ordinance goes into effect on September 1, 2012.  The Ordinance will require that employers with more than 4 full time equivalent employees provide to employees who work in Seattle specified amounts of accrued, job-protected paid time off for personal illness, family care and other purposes. Every... View Article

TAX UPDATE: WRAP UP

by | January 30, 2012

Our Equinox Focus Event last week “Tax Update: What You Need to Know for 2012 (and 2011, too)!”  was quite a success with raves from our participants.   I wanted to share some of my key takeaways from the program. –  Pre-Opening Costs.  For folks starting or launching a business, certain pre-opening costs are tax deductible.  In... View Article

Tax Update: Small Employer Health Care Credit

by | January 10, 2012

Our guest blogger this week is Mary Marino, Partner at Clifton Larson Allen.  Mary’s practice specializes in planning and compliance for closely-held businesses and their owners.  Mary will also be our guest presenter at our upcoming Equinox Focus Event on January 25. There is a potentially lucrative tax credit that applies for the six year... View Article

Some Legal Matters in Tax…

by | January 4, 2012

Although it seems early, January is the start of tax season… Now’s the time to begin conversations with accountants about last year’s business activities and plans for the current year. It’s time to pull together documentation to support deductions and gather 1099s. Most of the work here is done with your accountant and CPA. From... View Article

Hiring and Promoting the Best People that Fit into Your Organization

by | June 21, 2011

Our guest blog post is from Bert Holeton, President of The Mastermind Group (www.the-mastermind-group.com).  ————————– When it comes to choosing the right individual to join your organization, or the right individual to promote into a key position, or the right combination of individuals to form a team – it’s all about performance and fit. To... View Article

People Don’t Leave Companies, They Leave Managers

by | June 8, 2011

Our guest blog post comes from Julia Robinson, Managing Partner of Steller Solutions, a Seattle-area consultancy that helps clients implement changes that produce rapid bottom line results, allowing their business to beat out the competition while using fewer resources. “People don’t leave companies, they leave managers,” a colleague and mentor recently shared with me. The more I... View Article

The People Side of Business Law

by | June 1, 2011

Business owners know the value of hiring and developing a strong workforce – a workforce that can accomplish the business’ goals efficiently and effectively.  Yet much of the hiring that’s done is informal.  The process of selecting the employee typically includes interviews focused on whether we “like” the person and the person’s hands-on experience, more... View Article

Balancing Capacity and Sales for Profitability

by | January 12, 2011

Our guest blog post comes from Julia Robinson, Managing Partner at Steller Solutions, a consultancy that partners with organizations to improve profitability, lower operating costs, and develop loyal customers. ——————— What’s the link between sales, profitability targets and capacity planning?  How do you grow your sales, optimize capacity and maintain the level of quality and... View Article

Capacity Optimization in Business

by | January 5, 2011

My experience with the operations side of business was fairly limited prior to business school, so I found my Operations 101 class to be eye-opening.  I specifically remember reading the book “The Goal” by Eliyahu M. Goldratt, where business operations are compared to a line of boy scouts moving through the woods. The analogy is unbelievably simple, yet it creates a very clear... View Article