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Small businesses optimism hits new high, survey says

March 23, 2015

Optimism among small business owners hit a one-year high in March, according to the SurePayroll Small Business Scorecard survey for March, with 81% saying  they are optimistic about the small business economy and 89% saying business is the same or better than last year.In addition, the avera...


State seeks two staffing firm owners for $373,351 in taxes, penalties

March 23, 2015

Two owners of a staffing firm are being sought by authorities for $373,351 in unpaid taxes, interest and penalties, the Georgia Department of Revenue reported Friday.Linda Maddox, also known as Linda Naylor and co-owner Delayne Sproles, owned and operated Temporary Resource Personnel LLC and TRP...


Mantras for today’s business leaders — Staffing Stream

March 23, 2015

Whether or not you are “in charge” of other people at work, you are a business leader because you have influence in your workplace, writes Steve Isenberg in The Staffing Stream. Isenberg, president of ASJ Partners, provides a roundup of some of his favorite quotes on leadership.The Staffing Strea...


Kelly promotes exec to corporate controller and chief accounting officer

March 20, 2015

Kelly Services Inc. (NASD: KELYA), one of the world’s largest staffing firms, promoted Laura Lockhart to VP, corporate controller and chief accounting officer, effective March 16.Lockhart takes over the corporate controller and CAO responsibilities from Senior VP Olivier Thirot, who assumed the r...


Another CTPartners shareholder weighs in on possible sale

March 20, 2015

CTPartners Executive Search Inc. (NYSE MKT: CTP) shareholder Maguire Asset Management today called for the company’s board to initiate a “well-orchestrated” sale process and immediately appoint new independent board members.“Based on a series of poor management decisions, reported allegations of...


Canadian staffing index slips in February

March 20, 2015

The Canadian staffing index, a measure of staffing activity in Canada, fell to a reading of 92 in February, a decrease of 6% from the reading of 98 in February 2014. The index also fell 6% sequentially from the January index value of 98.“The Canadian Staffing Index suggests a continued lack of ye...


Managers value attributes over skills for entry-level hiring, survey finds

March 20, 2015

Managers place a higher importance on soft skills like attitude and work ethic than hard trade skills when considering new candidates for entry-level positions, according to a survey released by Instructure, a software-as-a-service company and creator of the Bridge learning and engagement platfor...


Memphis area posts highest jobless rate

March 20, 2015

The Memphis, Tenn., metropolitan area posted the highest unemployment rate in January, 7.9%, among all large metropolitan areas with populations of 1 million or more, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today.The lowest jobless rate among large metropolitan areas in January was found in th...


People: Insperity, David Aplin Group, Koya and more

March 20, 2015

Insperity Inc. (NYSE: NSP), the largest PEO in the US, promoted VP of Sales Ross Astramecki to senior VP of sales. Astramecki joined Insperity in 1994 as a sales consultant in Orlando, Fla., and has since served as district manager in St. Louis and San Diego, regional manager for Northern and Sou...


Big ideas for staffing firms — Executive Forum

March 19, 2015

A list of 20 opportunities for staffing firms was presented Wednesday by Jon Osborne, VP, strategic research at Staffing Industry Analysts, during the Executive Forum North America in Orlando.Some of the ideas presented include: Consider the education staffing market. It’s the fastest-growin...