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HR Foundations

Have you been served, or are you afraid of getting sued for compliance by an employee or class action lawsuit?

Do you feel like HR is failing you?

Are you left with an HR mess that someone else created?

Are you about to expand and want to get your HR ducks in a row?

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The HR Foundations Package will create
your clearly defined HR system, rooted
in best practices that will help you:

  • Protect your business legally and financially

  • Create a culture of trust and harmony in the workplace

  • Hand HR off to someone else and keep them accountable

  • Run smoothly as you hire and grow



Candice will create or update your company's employee handbook and HR policies, guide you to put them into practice and help you optimize your HR systems.

Candice is a trusted professional with more than a decade of experience using best practices that aren’t encapsulated in buying templates and forms.  Stop trying to figure it all out on your own, potentially getting yourself into legal situations and work with an expert.

"It feels so good to know that I now have systems in place and all the documentation I need for everything HR.  I know where it all is and how it all works and when I want to hire a new person I'll be able to hold them accountable."

Timerie Gordon
Principal Designer, Nielsen Design Studios

3 Month Container

Each month has a different focus and builds on the work of the past month. We have two virtual calls each month designed to strategically move the project forward.


Here's what we'll cover:

  • An assessment of your current systems for compliance

  • Revised Employee Handbook

  • Standard Operating Procedures for all HR functions

  • Implementation plan

  • Communications training for leadership

  • Research, quotes and selection of HRIS benefits system

Book a free no-strings attached Discovery Call to get started.

Investment: $15K - $30K

Full List of Project Deliverables

The next step is for us to have a 30-minute virtual
call to talk about your organization.

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"I appreciated Candice's organization.  She kept me and my team on track all the way through the project.  When I hired someone to take on the HR job in the middle of it she quickly pivoted to teaching them exactly what they needed to know in order to get it right."

Andrew Lewis
Owner & Founder, CruzMedMo


What sets Fortress & Flourish Apart

Human Resources (HR) doesn’t have to be a dirty word or just a way for your company to protect itself legally.


HR can help your business thrive with happy employees who are supported both in their physical needs and in having a deep sense of fulfillment by aligning your business with equality, sustainability, and community.


In the HR Foundations Package, Candice will help you align your business with these core values, so you can both protect your company and help your business thrive with happy employees.



  • Implement a flexible, cyclical HR ecosystem rooted in company values that protects both your business and your employees with equitable policies and clear communication that makes life easier and more fulfilling for all.



  • Eliminate manager burnout through a clearly communicated pathway for decision-making that provides clarity about responsibilities. This increases trust and harmony in the workplace and helps eliminate decision fatigue and unintentional inequities.



  • Support the thriving happiness of the people who work with you to bring them together in their shared purpose by including their feelings, feedback, and needs in transparent HR processes.

Meet Your Guide

Candice Elliott helps impact-driven leaders grow their team with values-aligned HR best practices.  She focuses on increasing employee retention, making work more meaningful, and of course saving $$.


Her background is in HR.  She has a Masters in HR from Penn State, the Senior Professional certification in California and has worked in the field for more than 10 years.  During the Pandemic, she supported the small business and non-profit community by giving 100s of hours of assistance to help meet the challenges of the changing world of work. 


Candice lives and works on the unceded land of Popeloutchom, home to the Awaswas speaking Uypi Ohlone, recently called Santa Cruz, California.


Got questions?

Book a free, no-pressure discovery call or email us.

"We have a complicated mix of employees, contractors and were also expanding our company adding a whole new department when we started working with Candice.  She was clear and consistent in her communication, project timeline and deliverables.  I appreciated the time that she took to talk with us about our current systems to make sure that the policies fit into what we are already doing."

Tiffany Jones
CEO, Lime Technology


This is not for you if you. . .

  • Have less than 15 employees, unless you’re preparing to grow. For companies under 15 employees, we recommend our employee handbook service, Handbook Co-Pilot.

  • Don’t have the time for or won’t prioritize reading and providing feedback on SOPs

  • Won’t stick to the SOPs once they’re created

  • Are only interested in HR as a legally protective function

  • Are primarily focused on how to make the employee “wrong” and you “right”

  • Have an extractive model that you want to keep in place and reinforce

"Candice is a miracle worker! I cannot thank her enough for all her hard work and guidance on our employee handbook and other HR developments over the last year. I feel so much better about the state of our organization, and look forward to working with Candice in the future!"


Emily Ham

Executive Director, Santa Cruz County Business Council

Getting sued for compliance can cost you your business.

Not having clear HR policies in place can lead to employee churn that costs you time and money or make your business miserable for you and your employees.

It doesn’t have to be this way.

The HR Foundations Package can help you protect your business, make your life easier, save your business money, and create a happy work environment.

If you feel this could be right for you, book a free, no-pressure discovery call now!

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