For people related services, there are a number of different directions you can take.

We're here to help you navigate that, every step of the way.

Hi.  I’m Anthony LaPolla and I’m the founder and CEO of Empower Business Strategies. 

My team and I help small to mid-size startups to get set up with their Human Resources and people related services.  Many times new businesses don’t know what systems they should use for payroll, what processes they should use for their employee management, or even what they need for an employee handbook. 

We walk businesses through these questions providing direction and support.  From Recruiting and Talent Acquisition to Strategic HR and Interim HR Leadership, Empower Business Strategies supports your business and gets you going in the right direction. 

A partnership with  Empower Business Strategies allows you to focus on your business while at the same time be taking care of your greatest asset, your team.  

Services to help your business


Startup Business Advisory

Vendor Selection Services (Payroll, Benefits, HR Tech) 


Recruiting & Talent Acquisition

Effective Job Descriptions, Compensation, Sourcing Candidates, Screening, Interviews


Strategic HR Business Partner

Strategy, oversight, and management.  Processing employee paperwork and benefit changes


Leadership Coaching

Energetic life coaching.  Leaders…grow in your knowledge, fulfillment, and impact.  


Interim HR Leadership

You may not need a dedicated HR Director.  But for temporary situations or special projects, you may need an experienced HR leader to step in for support.  


Employee Performance

Policies and Guidelines for Employee Conduct.  Facilitation of term assessments.  Conduct and facilitate employee termination procedures


HR Law

Monitor and Guidance on Relevant HR Law Changes both at the state and federal level. 



Employee Handbook & Policy Creation

Meet The Team

Anthony LaPolla
President & CEO
Anthony's passion is people. With over 13 years experience in the Human Resources industry, he founded Empower Business Strategies with a goal of helping businesses with consulting, leadership development, and organizational strategy.

His mission is to build strong and long lasting relationships with his clients and to help startups with foundational support for their teams.

One of Anthony’s greatest passions in life is support and service to his community. He is currently a Volunteer Firefighter for the New Hartford Fire Department and a member of the Board of Directors at CNY Quest. He has held leadership positions at other community organizations including serving as a member of the Board of Directors at The ARC Oneida-Lewis Chapter and as Secretary for The Abraham House of Utica. Other boards Anthony has served on include the Board of Education for the Utica City School District, Director of Scholarships and Awards for the Genesee Valley Chapter, Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM) in Rochester, NY, and The CollegeWorks Program.

He received a Bachelors in Science in Health Studies-Human Behavior from Utica University and a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership from Medaille University. 
Christina Aiello, CPC, ELI-MP
Leadership Coach
After years of self-discovery coupled with an overwhelming desire for deep human connection, Christina realized her true calling was to assist others in achieving their highest level of excellence; personally and professionally.

Christina has a diverse background not only as a Small Business Entrepreneur, but also as an International Business major and Legal Studies fanatic. She has been a paralegal for almost 10 years working directly with small to midsize law firms to create client-focused experiences while pouring her heart into creating a memorable experience with every client and staff member she meets.

After training at iPEC (Institute for Professional Excellence Coaching), Christina decided to practice the energetic life coaching principles in the workplace. She is passionate about partnering with leaders, organizations, and teams to increase fulfillment and profitability in the workplace.




Empower Your Business

Let’s talk.  Reach out for a free consultation by calling (315) 525-0548