Category: General Community

Answer These Five Questions For Big 2021 Goals

2020 will soon be behind us. WHEW! It has been a year no one will forget, and I think everyone is looking forward to 2021 with a lot of hope and positive expectations. If you want to take control of your results and make 2021 your best year ever, now is the time to focus […]

Revive Plus Grant Relief Program For Small Businesses

On November 18, Governor Kay Ivey announced a $200 million COVID-19 relief grant program, called Revive Plus. The program allows Alabama-based businesses with fifty or fewer employees, Alabama-based non-profits, and Alabama-based faith-based organizations to apply for grants up to $20,000 to reimburse business interruption expenses. This grant program is in addition to any previous state […]

Better Health Equals Better Finances

 One of the major lessons learned from the Covid-19 crisis is how vulnerable we are as Americans due to our poor underlying health. According to the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), America ranks near the bottom in terms of life expectancy among advanced/industrialized nations and near the top in terms of obesity rates, […]

Did You Get Your $1,200 Stimulus Check?

In March of this year, Congress passed the CARES Act as part of a COVID-19 stimulus package of Economic Impact Payments that included $1,200 checks to eligible Americans plus $500 checks for eligible children. A couple with two children could receive up to $3,400. Not everyone was eligible for payments as phaseouts begin at $75,000 […]

Financial Help For Friends and Family

Providing financial assistance can be tricky, particularly when it involves close friends and family members. While the instinct to offer financial help for those we care about is admirable, it should be met with caution as it can often lead to bad outcomes. If a family member or friend is seeking financial assistance, below are […]

Understanding Deferment and Forbearance Relief

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and the unprecedented economic damage it inflicted, many lenders created deferment and forbearance relief programs to assist borrowers in their time of need. While this was welcomed relief for the unemployed and those suffering from severe reductions in income, consumers participating in these programs should understand what is expected of […]

What Success Looks Like Under COVID-19

Even as we reopen our businesses across the state and country, COVID-19 continues to spread and wreak havoc on our lives and our economy.  Restarting the economy is critical, but we must do it in the safest way possible, or we risk a resurgence of the virus that again threatens our hospital systems and, perhaps, […]

6 Habits of Superstar Employees

In last week’s column, I discussed the “7 Keys to a Killer Job Interview”.  Once you’ve got that new job, here are the six habits for becoming a super star employee: “Lights on…lights off”.  Do you remember the movie, ‘The Karate Kid’?  One of the most memorable scenes was when master martial artist, Mr. Miyagi, […]