Category: Blog

Industry growth and strong value proposition will drive M&A activity for small and mid-sized PEOs
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Industry growth and strong value proposition will drive M&A activity for small and mid-sized PEOs

By Brad Buttermore Managing Partner and Chief Financial Officer The past year was hot for merger and acquisition deal making across many industries, including the professional employer organizations (PEOs). The fundamentals that make for a strong M&A climate remain plentiful in 2019. These fundamentals include a growing economy, low unemployment, rising wages, low interest rates,...

Confidence returns to the oil patch, but some clouds linger
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Confidence returns to the oil patch, but some clouds linger

By Bryan Livingston Managing Partner and CEO With OPEC slashing output and the Trump administration signaling that it might roll back trade tariffs against China, oil prices are rising again. Price improvements could boost involvement in the Permian Basin, where the quality of shale rock is considered superior to other North American shale basins. Globally,...

Creative and IT staffing won the 2018 spotlight. Who will shine in 2019?
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Creative and IT staffing won the 2018 spotlight. Who will shine in 2019?

By Neal England Practice Leader A growing economy and business-friendly environment buoyed the staffing industry in 2018, and 2019 should still provide additional opportunities for growth in staffing as the economy enters its 10th year of an expansionary bull market cycle, although that growth will be more muted than in previous years. The U.S. temporary...

Small businesses close out 2018 in confident mood
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Small businesses close out 2018 in confident mood

By Brad Buttermore Managing Partner and Chief Financial Officer Optimism among small business owners remains at near record highs as 2018 draws to a close, although tight labor supplies have dampened enthusiasm slightly. Small business owners have felt positive about the strength of the economy in 2018 and have responded with new jobs, higher wages...

Energy sector to undergo a dramatic transformation: Are we ready?
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Energy sector to undergo a dramatic transformation: Are we ready?

By Bryan Livingston Managing Partner and CEO Interest in renewables is at an all-time high and the world’s big car makers are making a muscular push into electric vehicles. But one of the most interesting predictions for the future of the energy sector relates to conventional oil production. Demand for conventional oil production will rise...

Talent retention efforts heat up amid record low unemployment
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Talent retention efforts heat up amid record low unemployment

By Neal England Practice Leader As the labor market tightens, staffing companies and their clients have become more attentive and aggressive in efforts to retain employees. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) report from August indicated 7.1 million job openings (a new record) and 6.2 million unemployed. Job openings outpaced the number of unemployed by...

Pass-through deduction: Good news for the PEO industry
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Pass-through deduction: Good news for the PEO industry

By Jim Mack Managing Director In good news for professional employer organizations (PEOs) and their clients, the Treasury Department and IRS last month clarified that being a client of a PEO does not affect pass-through tax deduction eligibility. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, passed by Congress in December, created a new deduction...

Small business growth good news for PEO industry
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Small business growth good news for PEO industry

By Brad Buttermore Managing Partner and Chief Financial Officer Small businesses are hiring at an aggressive rate, hitting a 12-year high, according to a recent survey from the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), and business optimism is at a 15-year high, according to the Wells Fargo/Gallup Small Business Index. Small-business owners added the largest...

Art of the Deal: Why every seller needs an M&A advisor
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Art of the Deal: Why every seller needs an M&A advisor

By Brad Buttermore Managing Partner and CFO Art of the Deal is an occasional series about the steps involved in selling your business. Selling a business is a complex transaction, and middle-market firms may face headwinds that large businesses, due to their size, do not. Here’s a look at some of the potential headwinds that...

Partner with CAC’s consultants to enhance company performance
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Partner with CAC’s consultants to enhance company performance

By Brad Buttermore Managing Partner and CFO In response to client demand, Capital Alliance Corp. has launched a business consultancy to help companies add and sustain value — whether or not an M&A transaction is in their future. As entrepreneurs and seasoned professionals, our Capital Alliance team brings extensive hands-on experience to the table across...