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Good news for Atlanta jobs and small business owners

Sunday, May 20th, 2012

A new survey shows that small business owners are expected to hire more people for Atlanta jobs and that revenue is increasing.

The Bank of America Small Business Owner Report shows that many small business owners in Atlanta are optimistic about the future of their business.

About 33 percent of Atlanta small business owners said they plan to hire more employees in the year ahead, with 51 percent indicating they plan to keep their staffing projections consistent.

More than half (57 percent) of Atlanta small business owners believe their revenue will increase in the next year, and two-fifths (41 percent) of respondents believe that marketing is the most important action that they can take in order to achieve this revenue growth.

Three-quarters (74 percent) of survey respondents cited the strength of the U.S. dollar as a top concern, followed by increasing commodities prices (i.e., gas and oil) (72 percent), effectiveness of U.S. government leaders (71 percent) and recovery of consumer spending (70 percent).

Sixty-four percent of Atlanta small business owners cite their local economy as important to the success of their business. Close to one in three (31 percent) Atlanta small business owners are confident that their local economy will improve over the next 12 months, slightly higher than the 27 percent that are confident in the improvement of the national economy during the same period.

“Atlanta is an international business destination and small business owners here are a critical and vibrant segment of that community,” said Felicia Lewis, small business banker manager in Atlanta for Bank of America. “We are committed to providing small business owners in Atlanta with the tools and resources they need to better run their business, which in turn will continue to fuel our local economy, igniting a ripple effect across the country.”

Businesses optimistic about Atlanta jobs

Monday, April 30th, 2012

The most recent scorecard from SurePayroll, Inc. shows that many businesses are very optimistic about the growth of Atlanta small business jobs.

The online payroll to small businesses nationwide announced April results for its monthly SurePayroll Small Business Scorecard® showing small business owners’ optimism at 65 percent, despite a slight drop in hiring and size of average paychecks. Optimism remains well off its low of 33 percent in September of last year.

For those looking to hire, 40 percent of small business owners said they are having trouble finding qualified candidates in the fields of technology, sales/marketing, customer service and administrative work.

“We have a double-edged sword — on one side there’s a shortage of jobs. On the other side, where there are jobs, there aren’t enough qualified workers to fill them,” said SurePayroll CEO and President Michael Alter. “As a nation, we need to look forward, educating and training in fields where jobs will be available in the future, instead of just training for the jobs available today.”

Month-over-month SurePayroll Scorecard data shows hiring just barely negative (-0.1) and average paychecks down 0.3 percent. Month-over-month regional hiring and paychecks were down slightly in all regions of the country except the South, where hiring was up just 0.1 percent.

Year-over-year, nationwide hiring is down only 1.4 percent and paychecks are down 1.3 percent. The South continues to show promising signs with hiring up 1.8 percent and paychecks up 0.4 percent. The West has had the steepest hiring decline at 5.1 percent.

As the first economic indicator created by a payroll company, the SurePayroll Scorecard has provided a monthly look on national hiring and paycheck trends since September 2004. SurePayroll’s Scorecard compiles data from over 35,000 small businesses, and exclusively reflects the trends affecting the nation’s “micro businesses” — those with an average of eight employees.

Company creates RPO solution to connect people with Atlanta jobs

Saturday, January 7th, 2012

GLC Associates said this week it has launched a recruitment process outsourcing solution with the aim of connecting job seekers with Atlanta jobs and helping companies recruit talent.

The company said the new solution is flexible and cost-effective.

“We have incorporated over a decade of best practice service solutions into one of the nation’s leading RPO programs,” said Lorin Cone, GLC Group’s President and CEO. “Because of this, we’ve been able to recruit and retain some of the highest caliber recruiters in the industry, giving us the resources to quickly recruit only the best talent,” he continued.

Company hires for operations jobs in Atlanta

Sunday, December 18th, 2011

A local company has secured a key hire for operations jobs in Atlanta.

The hire will oversee all production operations at Multi-Pack Atlanta’s two facilities.

Frank Garrett’s emphasis will concentrate on three key areas: Productivity, Safety, and Quality.

Merger could create new human resources jobs in Atlanta

Sunday, October 16th, 2011

A new merger between Equifax and eThority could lead to new human resources jobs in Atlanta.

Equifax said this week it has completed its previously announced acquisition of eThority. The company is an innovative provider of workplace and other analytical software that brings powerful, easy-to-use data interaction and reporting to business enterprises of all sizes. Financial terms for the transaction were not disclosed. eThority is now part of TALX, Equifax’s workforce solutions business unit.

TALX, provider of Equifax Workforce Solutions, a leader in human resource, tax and payroll-related services, is based in St. Louis. TALX holds a leadership position in automated employment and income verification as well as unemployment cost management. TALX provides over 9,000 clients, including three-fourths of Fortune 500 companies, with Web-based services focused in three employment-related areas: hiring, pay reporting and compliance. Hiring services include assessments and talent acquisition, onboarding, and tax credits and incentives. Pay reporting services include, paperless pay and W-2 management. Compliance services include employment and income verifications through The Work Number, unemployment cost management and I-9 management.

Equifax is a provider of consumer and commercial information solutions, providing businesses of all sizes and consumers with information they can trust. We organize and assimilate data on more than 500 million consumers and 81 million businesses worldwide, and use advanced analytics and proprietary technology to create and deliver customized insights that enrich both the performance of businesses and the lives of consumers. Headquartered in Atlanta, Equifax operates and has investments in 17 countries, and is a member of Standard & Poor’s (S&P) 500® Index. Its common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol EFX.

Survey shows companies are hiring for Atlanta jobs

Friday, October 7th, 2011

A new survey just published reveals that companies are increasing their efforts to hire for Atlanta jobs.

The city’s small businesses helped lead hiring and salary trends in the South in September and bucked the nation, according to SurePayroll’s latest Small Business Scorecard.

Small businesses surveyed in Atlanta reported a 3 percent increase in hiring and a 1.6 percent rise in paycheck size, according to SurePayroll, a Glenview, Ill.-based provider of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) payroll processing for small businesses. In the South, the only region with hiring growth, the number of employees went up 0.4 percent and payrolls notched up 0.5 percent, while nationally, hiring was down 2.7 percent and salaries dipped 0.4 percent. (more…)

Institutes receive grant to create IT jobs in Atlanta

Saturday, October 1st, 2011

Two important educational institutes in Georgia have received a big grant to fuel the creation of IT jobs in Atlanta.

The Georgia Institute of Technology and Gwinnett Technical College, part of the Atlanta Health Information Technology (HIT) cluster, have been awarded a $1.65 million grant to enhance the state’s capabilities in this sector. The initiative is part of the federal government’s Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge, a tri-agency competition initiated to support the advancement of 20 high-growth, regional industry clusters. The Atlanta HIT cluster’s proposal was one of 20 selected from 125 applicants.

The news is big for those looking for Atlanta jobs.

The collaborative program, designed to quickly create jobs to fill demand in Georgia’s expanding HIT cluster, provides a commercialization pathway for the supply-side and training for the workforce on the provider side. The initiative also engages traditionally underserved businesses throughout the state’s economically distressed areas via technical assistance resources.

“Our ultimate goal is simple – to achieve higher-quality, lower-cost and more patient-centric health care throughout Georgia,” said Steve Rushing, director of HIT initiatives at Georgia Tech’s Enterprise Innovation Institute (EI2), who will serve as the general advisor for the integrated project plan. “Through extensive collaboration and partnerships, this initiative leverages existing resources to boost job creation through technology deployment, and thus economic development.”

The HIT proposal is funded by the Economic Development Administration (EDA), the Employment and Training Administration (ETA) and the Small Business Administration (SBA). The Atlanta Development Authority (ADA) will assist with financing coordination on the SBA Scope of Work.

“ADA will focus on identifying and coordinating financing sources such as small business loans and equity from angel and venture capital firms to enhance this initiative,” says Brian McGowan, president and ADA CEO. “This grant will greatly expand our region’s capacity to create jobs and establish a global competitive edge in a highly sought after innovation cluster.”

In-kind donations and support for hiring program graduates have also come from the HIT industry and information technology providers. In addition, the Georgia Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Business Center will play a key role in identifying eligible and formerly underserved small businesses to participate in the program.

Hiring for jobs in Atlanta to slow down, survey says

Sunday, September 18th, 2011

A new survey out predicts that hiring for jobs in Atlanta will slow in the fourth quarter.

The Manpower Employment Outlook Survey published Tuesday shows 20 percent of the metro Atlanta companies interviewed plan to hire more employees from October to December, while 10 percent expect to cut jobs.

Other metro areas that will possibly see a decline include Long Island jobs.

According to the seasonally adjusted survey results, the Net Employment Outlook for Quarter 4 2011 is +7%, up from +6% during the same period last year and down from the +8% Outlook during Quarter 3 2011. While the Outlook is positive overall and marginally ahead of one year ago at this time, the one point quarter-over-quarter drop is the first decrease, although slight, in nine quarters.

Index examines executive jobs in Atlanta

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

A new index is taking a look at executive jobs in Atlanta and whether or not they’ve increased per the economy.

Managerial recruitment activity showed a gain of 9.4 points in August, following a downward slide over the past three months, according to the new Employment Index. The August 2011 Index, which measures managerial hiring activity online, has risen to 107.6, a mere 5.3 points higher than it was a year ago in August 2010.

“The effects of the current economic uncertainty may not be fully understood until later in the year,” says Jay Martin, COO, JobSerf. “Though the gains in August are welcome, the current economic climate could delay actual hiring decisions.” (more…)

Employrium pumps up Atlanta jobs

Sunday, August 28th, 2011

One company in the Georgia area has decided to end the summer with a bang and boost Atlanta jobs.