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ROBERT HALF RELEASES LATEST INSTALLMENT IN SMALL BUSINESS SERIES: 20 IDEAS FOR SMALL BUSINESSES AND PITFALLS TO AVOID

MENLO PARK, Calif., May 17, 2011 -- Optimism among small businesses is rising, according to research from Robert Half’s quarterly Professional Employment Report. Business confidence among companies with 20 to 49 employees has risen 8 points over the past year (1).

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To help business leaders position their firms for success in a stronger economy, Robert Half has published a new resource, 20 Ideas for Small Businesses and Pitfalls to Avoid. Part of The Robert Half Small Business Series (http://www.roberthalf.us/smallbusinesscenter), the guide is designed to provide small business owners with advice for recruiting, retaining and motivating their teams, and improving their companies' productivity and profitability.

20 Ideas for Small Businesses and Pitfalls to Avoid provides practical, real-world strategies small businesses can use to boost retention, hire strategically, enhance corporate culture, build customer relationships online, and update infrastructure and policies. In addition to providing ideas that can help businesses take advantage of new opportunities, it also points out some common mistakes that can derail companies from staying on track.

"The Robert Half Small Business Series is designed to help smaller companies differentiate themselves and compete with larger rivals for market share and top performers," said Brett Good, senior district president of Robert Half International.

The first two guides in the series include Post-Recession Leadership Strategies: A Small Business Guide to Hiring, Managing and Retaining Staff and Go The Extra Mile: Building a Service-Oriented Small Business. Owners of small and midsize companies can access additional tools and resources, including an advice library, testimonials, special offers and an online small business community, at roberthalf.us/smallbusinesscenter.

"Through our more than 60 years of experience working with small and midsize companies, we understand that they have specific, unique needs and concerns," said Good. "Our small business guides and Small Business Resource Center address important issues and provide actionable solutions uniquely relevant to this segment."

About The Robert Half Small Business Series

The Robert Half Small Business Series is designed to provide business leaders with ideas and insights that can help them increase productivity and profits. For more advice and research, visit the Robert Half Small Business Resource Center at roberthalf.us/smallbusinesscenter and follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/smallbizhiring.

About Robert Half International

Founded in 1948, Robert Half is the world's first and largest specialized staffing firm, with more than 350 offices worldwide. The company's professional staffing divisions include Accountemps®, Robert Half® Finance & Accounting and Robert Half® Management Resources, for temporary, full-time and senior-level project professionals, respectively, in the fields of accounting and finance; OfficeTeam®, for highly skilled office and administrative support professionals; Robert Half® Technology, for project and full-time technology professionals; Robert Half® Legal, for project and full-time staffing of lawyers, paralegals and legal support personnel; and The Creative Group®, for interactive, design, marketing, advertising and public relations professionals. For more information about the specialized staffing and recruitment divisions of Robert Half, visit roberthalf.com, and follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/roberthalf.

(1) The results are based on quarterly interviews with more than 500 executives in the United States for the third quarter of 2011 and the third quarter of 2010. Ninety-four percent of respondents said they are somewhat or very confident in their companies' growth prospects for the third quarter of 2011, versus 86 percent who expressed confidence for the third quarter of 2010.


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