HealthONE, Sarah Cannon launches collaborative to expand cancer care

HealthONE, the Denver-based hospital group, has launched an aggressive clinical and marketing push to expand cancer capabilities at six facilities.

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New angel group launches in Hill Country

An Austin angel investment group has launched that is targeting prospective investors living in the Hill Country.
Hill Country Angel Network & Venture Management Partners held its first pitch meeting Thursday night at Steiner Ranch and now plans to form three local chapters of 40-50 members apiece.
The angel group plans to build a new network of accredited investors and sponsors that would meeting at various venues in the Texas Hill Country. The goal is to provide potential investment deals to…

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Rockford Health ends takeover talks with Cadence

Rockford (Ill.) Health System has ended takeover discussions with suitor Cadence Health, a two-hospital system in Winfield, Ill. The two systems signed a letter of intent in November. Spokespeople for both organizations declined to comment on why…

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Reform Update: Apparently giving up on repealing the ACA, House GOP forming an alternative

Whether it’s the 2014 election cycle or President Barack Obama’s most recent public challenge that’s spurring them to action, House Republicans are poised to offer an alternative to the president’s healthcare law this year.

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Austin oil and gas firm gets new executive

Austin-based Jones Energy Inc. has a new executive in David Cape, who left his position as vice president of land for Houston-based Cypres E&P Corp. 
Cape, who has more than 30 years’ experience in oil-and-gas land management, is Jones Energy’s vice president, land and business development. The company primarily buys and develops oil-and-gas properties in Texas and Oklahoma petroleum basins.
“We believe David’s extensive land management experience will be a valuable asset as we continue…

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Austin Bar Foundation honors local attorneys with top awards

Three Austin-based lawyers will be honored at the Austin Bar Foundation’s annual gala on Feb. 1.
Pete Winstead and David Richards will receive the Distinguished Lawyer Award, which is presented to lawyers who have practiced law for 30 years or more and have significantly contributed to the profession and the community.
The foundation will also posthumously present Andrea Sloan with the David H. Walter Community Excellence Award for making a significant impact in the community that has raised…

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State navigates course on how $2B water fund will be used

State agencies are working to develop rules that will provide guidance on how the state will use the $2 billion of water project funds that were approved last year as a part of Proposition 6.
“The goal is to have rules in place and finalized by the end of the year,” said Robert Mace, deputy administrator for the Texas Water Development Board. “We want to get the money out to the streets as soon as possible.”
Mace was a featured panelist Friday along with Toby Baker, Texas Commission on…

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Robert Half revenue up 5% with boost from tech, perm

Professional staffing firm Robert Half International (NYSE: RHI) reported revenue rose 4.8 percent in the fourth quarter to $1.08 billion. Chairman and CEO Harold Messmer cited growth in the firm’s technology staffing, permanent placement and its Protiviti operations.

Robert Half Technology revenue rose 14.1 percent in the fourth quarter to $137.2 million. At Protiviti, which provides consulting and internal audit services, revenue rose 18.0 percent to $141.6 million.

Fourth-quarter revenue rose 3.0 in the firm’s OfficeTeam segment to $214.7 million. However, revenue fell 0.4 percent to $377.7 million in Robert Half’s largest division by revenue — Accountemps.

Robert Half temporary and consultant staffing revenue rose 2.7 percent in the fourth quarter. The growth came in the U.S. where temporary and consulting staffing revenue rose 5.0 percent; it fell 4.2 percent at international operations.

Permanent placement revenue rose 5.0 percent in the U.S. but was flat at international operations.

Fourth-quarter gross margin at the Menlo Park, Calif.-based firm improved to 40.9 percent from 40.3 percent in the year-ago quarter.

Net income rose 14.1 percent in the fourth quarter to $66.9 million.

Shares in Robert Half fell 0.85 percent in early afternoon trading today. The company had a market cap of $5.66 billion.

Full-year 2013 revenue rose 3.3 percent to $4.25 billion. Net income rose 20.1 percent to $252.2 million.

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Half of small businesses plan new jobs in 2014, but January hiring slips

Half of small businesses in the U.S. expect to hire for new positions in 2014, according to the SurePayroll Small Business Scorecard survey for January. However, the survey found nationwide hiring edged down 0.1 percent month over month in January and fell 1.7 percent compared to January 2013.

“We’re still in glass half empty, glass half full territory. The problem is the glass needs to be full before we see real growth,” said SurePayroll CEO and President Michael Alter. “Small businesses have learned how to profit without hiring during the last two years, and that’s not going to change unless everything lines up just right. Demand has to rise, cash flow has to increase and then there have to be qualified candidates to hire. Small business owners just aren’t seeing that right now.”

SurePayroll’s Scorecard compiles data from more than 40,000 small businesses and exclusively reflects the trends affecting businesses with one to 10 employees. The average business reflected has six employees.

SurePayroll Inc. provides online payroll services to small businesses. It is a subsidiary of Paychex Inc. (NASD: PAYX).

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WorkForce Carolina acquires Virginia-based staffing firm

WorkForce Unlimited LLC, an affiliate of WorkForce Carolina Inc., acquired Rocky Mount, Va.-based The Prillaman Group. The Prillaman Group includes an executive search division and a staffing and consulting division doing business as TPG Staffing.

The transaction closed Jan. 3, with an effective date of Feb.1. Terms were not disclosed.

TPG Staffing has three Virginia locations — Rocky Mount, Radford and Galax — as well as a branch in  Andrews, N.C.

The TPG Staffing name will continue, and its executives will remain as a part of the company. Tim Prillaman, founder of The Prillaman Group, will lead the executive search division for WorkForce Carolina.

“TPG’s core values and focus on quality are aligned perfectly with the WorkForce mission and values,” said R. Michael Brannock, Jr., CEO of WorkForce Unlimited LLC and WorkForce Carolina Inc. “Their business will expand our footprint and drive additional growth.”

WorkForce Carolina Inc. was founded by Teresa Lewis in 1987. In 2013, WorkForce Unlimited LLC was formed as an affiliate to focus on markets outside of the Carolinas, as well as logistics outsourcing. The companies are headquartered in Mount Airy, N.C.

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