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    Dancing Through the COVID-19 Storm

    Posted by Bill Bates on Aug 17, 2020 10:07:50 AM

    Scrolling through Facebook I stumbled across an ad and read a quote the ad highlighted:

    "Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass…It’s about learning to dance in the rain!" – Vivian Greene.

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    Topics: Takeaways, Growth, workplace productivity, Success, Management, 2020, Workplace Culture, COVID-19

    HR Issues Amidst COVID-19 Disruptions PART 8: Unemployment & The PPP - When Well-Meaning Governmental Programs Collide

    Posted by Steve Black on Jun 12, 2020 9:10:29 AM

    Let’s look at some simple math. Bob, an hourly employee, averaged 40 hours per week making $15 per hour. At the end of each week, his gross income was $600. Now, due to a furlough, Bob is receiving unemployment benefits. According to the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services, Bob will bring home a weekly unemployment benefit of $300. Common assumption would be that he would begin hunting for a new job. Not so fast. With passage of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Stability Act (CARES), the federal government expanded each States’ ability to provide unemployment insurance for many workers. The expansion places an extra $600 per week into the pockets of each eligible worker. Bob is now bringing home $900 per week. 

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    Topics: Takeaways, culture, onboarding, hiring, Growing, Human Resources, Growth, workplace productivity, Success, Management, Coronavirus, COVID-19

    Replace Lagging Performance Indicators with Leading Ones

    Posted by Johnny Krehbiel on Jun 9, 2020 12:01:34 PM

    Due to many factors, your financial results for YTD 2020 very likely differ from original forecasts.  

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    Topics: Takeaways, culture, Business Advisory, Growing, Business Owners, workplace productivity, Success, 2020, Lessons, COVID-19, KPI

    Congress Approves Favorable Changes to PPP

    Posted by Alan Greenwell on Jun 4, 2020 12:13:42 PM

    On Wednesday evening, the U.S. Senate approved H.R. 7010, a bill that will dramatically change critical terms to the Small Business Administration's Paycheck Protection Program, providing much needed relief for borrowers.

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    Topics: ohio, workplace productivity, Management, 2020, Workplace Culture, Coronavirus, Stay at Home Order, SBA Disaster, COVID-19, Loan, SBA, Small Business Administration, Small Businesses

    Ohio DSA Launches Two More Grant Programs to Help Small Businesses

    Posted by Kari Brooke on Jun 3, 2020 3:12:28 PM

    The Ohio Development Services Agency has created two new grant programs to help small businesses recover from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. These programs are targeted to help small businesses that have disproportionately been affected by closures, or have pivoted to help end shortages of protective medical gear. The two grants are funded by federal CARES Act stimulus funds.

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    Topics: ohio, workplace productivity, Management, 2020, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Small Businesses, Businesses

    HR Issues Amidst COVID-19 Disruptions PART 7: Winning The Psychological Battle Of Returning To Work

    Posted by Steve Black on May 22, 2020 9:19:17 AM

    “I’m scared to come back into the office.” 

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    Topics: Takeaways, culture, onboarding, hiring, Growing, Human Resources, Growth, workplace productivity, Success, Management, Coronavirus, COVID-19

    Something New Everyday: Refunds Used for College Tuition

    Posted by Brian Chesnut on May 21, 2020 11:37:20 AM

    In these uncertain times there are so many changes and adjustments to financial situations—thus tax impacts.  For today, I want to look a bit deeper into refunds received by college students who paid tuition from a 529 savings plan. 

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    Topics: Takeaways, Growing, workplace productivity, College, Success, Scholarships, Taxes, Lessons, COVID-19, Tax Return

    SBA Loan Forgiveness: Application & Instructions

    Posted by Alan Greenwell on May 18, 2020 3:07:21 PM

    On Friday, May 15, 2020, the U.S. Small Business Administration released the much-anticipated application and instructions for how Paycheck Protection Program borrowers can see their loans forgiven.

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    Topics: ohio, workplace productivity, Management, 2020, Workplace Culture, Coronavirus, Stay at Home Order, SBA Disaster, COVID-19, Loan, SBA, Small Business Administration, Small Businesses, CARES Act

    Question & Answer: "How will SBA review borrowers’ required good-faith certification...?"

    Posted by Alan Greenwell on May 14, 2020 12:20:28 PM

    "How will SBA review borrowers' required good-faith certification concerning the necessity of their loan request?"

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    Topics: ohio, workplace productivity, Management, 2020, Workplace Culture, Coronavirus, Stay at Home Order, SBA Disaster, COVID-19, Loan, SBA, Small Business Administration, Small Businesses, CARES Act

    HR Issues Amidst COVID-19 Disruptions PART 6: Managing Various COVID-19 Employee Leave Law Scenarios

    Posted by Steve Black on Apr 29, 2020 9:57:17 AM

    Imagine the following employee situation. MakeStuff Corporation is a Midwest manufacturer of widgets. MakeStuff employs 75 full-time workers, and you are the company’s Plant Manager. Carl, one of your top performers, walks into your office. Typically, he greets you with a smile and a corny joke. Not today. Carl enters with a confused and concerned look on his face. Carl says, “Sue. I’m scared. I just found out that my daughter is sick, and I do not know if it is COVID-19. I don’t know what to think anymore with all the confusion seen on the news. I think I need to take some time off.” What do you do? What laws apply? Family Medical Leave Act? Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion? Emergency Paid Sick Leave? What is the proper course of action? It is possible to understand various employment leave laws and build processes to address them. However, it is more difficult to manage specific situations when they arise. Hopefully, the following scenarios will help you address related employee issues.

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    Topics: Takeaways, culture, onboarding, hiring, Growing, Human Resources, Growth, workplace productivity, Success, Management, Coronavirus, COVID-19

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