About Lea Strickland - Business Growth Expert

Business Growth Expert Lea StricklandBusiness Growth Expert, Lea Strickland, MBA MA CMA CFM CBM GMC, founded F.O.C.U.S. Resources in 2002.  F.O.C.U.S. Resources is business consulting firm headquartered in Cary, North Carolina. Lea works with business owners, founders, CEOs, and senior management teams to start and grow their businesses. Lea works with her clients using the proprietary C.O.R.E.℠ Business System. The C.O.R.E.℠ Business System was developed through her work with over 500 business.

Education and Certifications

Lea holds an MBA in Accounting, Marketing, Human Resources (Change Management) from The Ohio State University and a BS in Finance and Management from The University of Charleston.  She also holds a MA in Applied Biblical Studies from Moody Bible Institute.

Her certifications include Management Accounting (CMA), Financial Management (CFM), and Business Management (CBM). She achieved a certification in government grant and contract compliance (GMC).


Ms. Strickland authored multiple books, including:

  • 10 Minute Success: Goals;
  • Out of the Cubicle and Into Business;
  • One Great Idea,
  • SBIR Basics: The Numbers, and
  • Marketing Strategies.

Lea published The ABC’s of Biblical Change: Lessons from the Pentateuch in 2014.

Radio Talk Show Host

She is also the host of Lea Strickland‘s Focus on Business, a weekly talk radio show on WCOM-FM (Chapel Hill, NC) . Focus on Business covers the issues and challenges of starting, growing, and running small businesses. Topics include legislation/regulations, entrepreneur profiles in success, subject matter experts addressing accounting, legal, tax, marketing, websites, human resources, and more.


Lea is a recognized leadership expert, author, columnist and radio show host with over 800 published articles in publications including FastCompany.com, AMA’s MWorld, MainStreet.com, TheStreet.com, FoxBusiness.com, Sales and Service Excellence, and many others. She works with for-profit and non-profit organizations to build strong business systems, concept, and financial performance. As an entrepreneur and dynamic speaker, Lea shares her real life experience as an entrepreneur and consultant using life lessons and experience working with small businesses, university spin-outs, as well as multinational and international corporations on developing a competitive advantage through how you do business.


Lea is cIMA CMA Certification Badgeommitted to developing organizations, entrepreneurs, leaders and professionals who have well-defined core values. She is also focused on equipping clients to do business profitably while maintaining their values. Lea’s provides high quality resources and training for personal and professional growth.

Creator C.O.R.E. Business System

Lea’s philosophy is that “success is a product of clear values, well-defined goals and the ability to execute.

The C.O.R.E.℠ elements consist of eight critical success factors that impact every business and are broken into C.O.R.E. Genesis (Start Strong) and C.O.R.E. Growth (Grow Strong).

C.O.R.E. Genesis addresses the business Concept, Opportunity, Resources and Entity (business model).

C.O.R.E. Growth focuses on translating C.O.R.E. Genesis elements into actual business structure, systems, and processes — Customer, Operations, Results and Execution.

The American Mission: Veteran Entrepreneurship Program

Lea is passionate about giving back and supporting our veterans, active military, and first responders. She has developed The American Mission: Veteran Entrepreneurship Program to support veterans (spouse/widow/widower), active military (spouse/widow/widower), and first responders start, run, and grow their own businesses. The program is operating in conjunction with the US Department of Veterans Affairs Veteran Experience events in throughout North Carolina with a goal to expand throughout the United States.










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