KONA-KOHALA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: ALTRES Celebrates 50th Anniversary; Launches simplicityHR Service Grant Program Benefiting Local Businesses


Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce issued the following announcement on Jan. 16

ALTRES marks its 50th anniversary in 2019 and celebrates by launching a program aimed at helping new, local small businesses. ALTRES announced today the simplicityHR Service Grant program, which provides human resources services for a full calendar year through simplicityHR by ALTRES, Hawaii’s human resources “back office” for more than 2,000 local businesses statewide.

Parent company ALTRES has served local businesses since 1969. ALTRES, which stands for ALTernative RESources, connects jobseekers to local businesses and Hawaii businesses to qualified candidates by placing pre-screened, pre-qualified employees in temporary, temp-to-hire, and direct hire positions. Meanwhile, simplicityHR by ALTRES is the state’s most trusted and experienced provider of payroll processing; HR administration; workers’ compensation; exceptional employee benefits packages and administration, safety and risk management, training for managers and staff, as well as full access to our world-class HR technology, HR Symphony®.

ALTRES remains a second-generation, kama‘āina business under CEO Barron Guss whose father, Bill Guss, founded the company on the goal of “making business simple.”

“We’re so appreciative of the support we have received from the Hawaii business community over the past five decades,” says Barron Guss, CEO of ALTRES and simplicityHR by ALTRES.  “We know how difficult it can be to start a business and the unfortunate fact is that 50 percent of all small start-ups will fail within five years.” 

Guss feels that number is simply unacceptable, not only for the lost capital, jobs and tax base, but for the lost dreams of Hawaii’s entrepreneurs. 

“We know how hard it can be as our company, too, has ridden the roller coaster of prosperity due to the economy and the daily pressures that unexpectedly come your way,” Guss said. “This new simplicityHR Service Grant is the best way for us to help young companies, by taking the headache of payroll, benefits and HR compliance off their plate and allow them to focus on successfully building their business.”

simplicityHR by ALTRES wants to give each business a chance to flourish by removing as many of the distractions and complexities as possible. 

“Through the simplicityHR Service Grant program, we provide our outsourced human resources, payroll services and mentoring to these fledging enterprises to give them a fighting chance to get to 50 years as well,” said Kerry Kopp, ALTRES president. 

To receive the community grant, businesses must be less than one year old upon application date, employ 20 or less people, be registered in Hawaii, and apply for services between today and December 31, 2019.  Each simplicityHR Service Grant includes the following for one calendar year from start date: 

  • payroll administration,
  • HR support and compliance,
  • benefits administration,
  • workers’ compensation,
  • safety and risk management, and
  • full access to our world-class web-based HR technology ecosystem, HR Symphony®
  • mentoring and training as appropriate and available 
Go to simplicityHR.com/grant for more information and to apply.                                     

About simplicityHR by ALTRES

The human resources “back office” for more than 2,000 local businesses statewide, simplicityHR by ALTRES is the state’s most trusted provider of payroll processing, HR administration, workers’ compensation coverage and claims management, health care plans and employee benefits packages, as well as training for managers and staff.

Founded in Honolulu in 1969 and celebrating 50 years this year, the company pioneered the state’s and nation’s PEO (professional employer organization) human resources model and remains the leader in HR outsourcing today. Servicing start-ups to Fortune 500 companies, simplicityHR by ALTRES has a plan to fit any business and budget, as well as takes the paper work and HR hassles out of the equation, so business owners can do what they do best. For more information, visit www.simplicityHR.com.

About ALTRES

Founded in Honolulu in 1969 and celebrating 50 years in business this year, ALTRES pioneered the state’s PEO (professional employer organization) industry and remains the leader in human resources outsourcing and staffing services. A partner to hundreds of Hawaii’s most vital businesses, ALTRES offers the most comprehensive package of reliable staffing, recruiting and outsourced HR services coupled with unrivaled HR and job search technology.

The second-generation, kama‘āina business is comprised of simplicityHR, Real Jobs Hawaii, Home Care by ALTRES Medical, and four specialized staffing divisions (ALTRES Office, ALTRES Technical, ALTRES Industrial and ALTRES Medical) with locations on Oahu, Maui and Hawaii island. ALTRES stands for ALTernative RESources; visit altres.com to view all ALTRES’ business lines.

 Original source can be found here.

Source: Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce

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