F.O.C.U.S. Resources™ (FOCUS) has always been committed to supporting you, our clients, to develop your internal business expertise. FOCUS engages with clients to enable knowledge transfer. Through real-time learning as we work with you to solve on-going and new challenges and pursue business opportunities.

Our commitment is to support and educate your team as you develop new skills and abilities as your business evolves to thrive in an ever-evolving competitive and economic global environment. Whether you are a micro business/solo entrepreneur focused on the development of new technologies and inventions or an international/multinational corporation, the goal is to be effective and efficient in how you do business.

The how of doing business is a competitive advantage if you develop and use robust business systems and processes.  FOCUS on:

  • Develop clear goals and performance metrics that align your organization and efficiently allocate your resources (people and capital).
  • Design and implement cost-effective processes and internal controls that enable your team to know how to pursue goals and work on the right things at the right time.
  • Monitor and adjust activities to ensure that as your environment changes and as you get more information you can adapt.

S.T.R.I.V.E. For Success

Success Is Action Success is a verb, an action, not a noun. It is a journey, not a destination....

Successful Change Begins with a Clear Diagnosis

Too many businesses launch new initiatives to improve their business results without taking the...

Cost Versus Revenue Focus

The challenge of growing a business includes determining which aspect of managing financial...

Ethical Integrity: When Keeping Your Word Clashes with Sticking to Your Values

Traditionally men (or women) were measured by their word—if you gave your word, then it was as...

Organic or Cultivated Clients? Which Do You Want?

These days the term “organic” seems ubiquitous.  Organic has come to mean more than the...

Haste Makes Waste: Do It Right the First Time

Haste makes waste is a common saying. Another common saying is time is money. Time, like money, is...

Where is Your Business Located? Realist Road

Normally when I am writing about the location of your business, I am focused on the physical or...

Strategic Plan: Your Five-Year Roadmap to Success

Too often, the owners of many businesses of all sizes and industries don’t see the need for a...

Is your Business Performance FINE?

Does your day start something like this? “How are you today?” “Fine.” This is a typical exchange...

Motivate Change to Get Desired Performance

How to Motivate Change One of the most basic things we need to understand about change is that it...

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Business Growth

Our proprietary C.O.R.E. Growth™ program focuses your organization on the critical success factors. To grow strong and sustainable, you need to set goals, evaluate existing systems and processes, and make decisions on how you will do business in the future. 

Organizational Change and Performance Improvement

As organizations grow, business processes, systems, and roles need to be consciously changed. The gradual adaptations that result from organic growth are usually not optimized for future, continued growth.

Start Strong and Build Success!

In the beginning, you lay the foundation for success and to grow your business. 

How do you identify or assess the market opportunity?

Who is the target customer?

What problem are you solving?

What resources do you have and need?

Our proprietary C.O.R.E. Genesis™ Start Strong program is for you!

Small Business Government Contractors and Grant Recipients

Small businesses engaged with government grant (SBIR, STTR, and other programs) and acquisition contracts must comply with for-profit regulations and requirements imposed by those programs.  These rules impact every aspect of how business is done.

From the time the award is signed or the first dollar is spent, you have agreed to the terms and conditions. What are those terms and conditions? How do you meet the requirements affordably?


Consulting Services

Clients and Colleagues Testimonials

Some things are worth investing in because their value goes beyond initial projections and can’t simply be measured in just dollars. I have found the services of Focus Resources to be one of
those investments. It has been invaluable to the continued growth of my business.

Dr. Larry Dickinson

President, 3F, LLC - Hickory, North Carolina

Small business owners/executives wear lots of hats and usually are very good at creating the vision and goals for their organization. The challenge often times
is in translating the vision and goals into actionable steps and key measurable objectives that move the
organization forward.

F.O.C.U.S. Resources has the experience and skills to cut through the minutia and guide the road map process.They are fast, efficient financial and business experts that have helped us meet our goals.

Christine Peterson

President, Protus3, Inc. Raleigh, North Carolina

Lea Strickland brought the knowledge and experiences we specifically needed for developing our Commercialization Plan for our Phase II SBIR proposal. This included expertise in the SBIR program, government accounting regulations and in-depth knowledge of finance and commercialization in general.”

Justin Samson

President, Castle Technologies, Inc., Richmond, Virginia

Lea’s expertise helped make sure that the “free money” from SBIR funding truly came without too much costs in terms of time, effort, and compliance.  There is no substitute for the experience of a world expert like Lea & we strongly recommend her.

Peyton Anderson

CEO, Affinergy, Inc., Research Triangle Park, North Carolina

I was recently introduced to Lea while working on a Federal grant proposal. Thank God! She is wonderful to work with because of her unique ability to translate dry, complex budget prep/accounting “must do’s” into easy to understand concepts. Just yesterday I was a participant in one of her workshops – it was down to earth, interactive, and interesting. Lea’s focus is altruistic. She’s willing to roll up her sleeves with you, answer and work on your firm-specific questions and solutions – giving you real action steps to take home and apply. I’d recommend her to anyone needing help with bookkeeping and accounting, especially if you’re entering the Federal grant/contract arena.

Joanna Nestor

Lea is a great authority on small business government grants and has helped me gain mastery of such topics as allowability, audits, and investment considerations. She has been a reliable and confident resource for my company.

Crystal Icenhour, PhD

President, Aperomics, Inc.

Smart businesspeople don’t just come up with ideas-they fill needs. Lea Strickland is one of those people who approaches everything she does to fill real, pressing needs for her clients. With a background ranging from accounting and financial guidance to a track record of spurring excellence in operations, customer service, marketing, and sales, Lea is the ultimate go-to resource for entrepreneurs who have incredible products and services but need that little something (or a lot) extra to make their businesses succeed in a fast-paced, ever-changing marketplace. 

James Forrest

Founder/Corporate Attorney, The Forrest Firm

Lea is a great creative and strategic thinker and doer on business issues. I have used Lea as a resource on government contracting and other issues and always find her to be knowledgeable, helpful and well-networked. Through her writings and workshops, Lea has made valuable resources available … her clients are lucky to have her on their side.

David Bass

Investment Banker, Arena Capital Advisors