Friday, June 10, 2011

Business growth cuts surprise officials

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Economic Bright Spot: Small Businesses Are Hiring

This was an interesting article detailing the results of a survey conducted by Manta Human Resources Center. In short, 57% of small businesses indicated that it has hired or plans to hire new employees in 2011. Of those businesses hiring, one of the most important factors when deciding on an employee is experience. This is food for thought. To draw some insight from the full article, please click on the link below:

Economic Bright Spot: SMBs Are Hiring Manta Human Resources Center

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Ask Margo: Frequently Asked Questions About Economic Incentives (Final)

Finally, we are at the last post for this series.  Again, I want to remind you that this series is based on questions or concerns I've encountered over the years, while working with the State's agent for managing a number of its major incentive projects. I've also been getting calls recently from businesses with the same the same questions and concerns.  As such, I decided to prepare this list for your review.  If your burning question is not included in any of these posts, send me an email at and I will add them to the list.

Now, here is the final post of Frequently Asked Questions related to incentive programs:

What are the benefits of working with a consultant, rather than doing it myself?
Although managing your project and proving to the State that you meet the scheduled requirements are not difficult, it is time consuming and requires knowledge of the incentive program. As such, I believe the greatest benefit of working with a consultant is you’ll have the benefit of an expert to manage your project and report your incentive commitments to the State. Ultimately, this frees up your team’s time to focus on the real reason why you are in business – to provide excellent client service and to increase your business’ revenue.

If you choose a consultant to provide full compliance services, the consultant acts as your Compliance Department. As a result, you won’t have to worry about your incentive commitments, because someone else if monitoring those commitments on your behalf. If you choose to manage your project on your own, but you feel you need some quality control to ensure that your analysis and annual reports are appropriate and accurate, you may work with a consultant to provide an oversight review. This process gives you peace of mind, knowing that your project’s reporting package will be reviewed and approved in a timely manner. Another option, if you choose to manage your project on your own would be to have your team participate in a training program to ensure that they have the tools needed to successfully manage and report your project commitments. Again the benefit is the peace of mind, knowing that your project is in good hands.

Feel free to comment or send me an email at if you have other questions that you want answered. I look forward to hearing your comments, questions and concerns about your incentive project.