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For Women-Owned Businesses, Success is Spelled “WBENC”

“When women are economically empowered, they become engines of growth for their communities.”  So says Adele Gulfo, president of Pfizer. And if yours is a woman-owned business, the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) has good news—and benefits—for you.

Marcy LaFond, owner of WBENC member on3 Promotional Partners, answers the most-asked questions:

What are the benefits of working with a WBENC supplier?

Increased Revenue:

There are more than 350,000 US companies that have a Supplier Diversity program that are looking to do business with companies that support women-owned businesses. Partnering with these companies can bring your company new business.

Research shows that companies who embrace diversity are more profitable (some are generating more than 130% greater return, according to the Hackett Group’s research results) than companies that do not embrace diversity in its business suppliers. Members from diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives avoid “groupthink,” creating greater solutions and creativity. Also, many companies are mandating that as much as 25% of their purchases are allocated to Women’s Business Enterprises.

One longtime WBENC member is Philadelphia’s Team Clean. Donna Allie founded the company on a shoestring, and it now serves a variety of clients in government, education, industry, professional offices, and sports and entertainment venues and events. Among the highlights of Team Clean, Inc.’s growth are clients such as the landmark National Constitution Center, the Pennsylvania Convention Center, and Citizens Bank Park, the home of the Philadelphia Phillies.

Let your clients know that you partner with WBENC companies. Include this in your presentations, quotes and sales conversations. It may give you the competitive advantage in their decision-making process to determine who will get the company’s business. Corporations are seeking suppliers that work with WBE’s; this is referred to as 2nd Tier Sourcing.

Tax Incentives:

The federal government provides tax breaks for companies that utilize minority and women-owned businesses as suppliers. There is also a second tax incentive that reduces tax liabilities for companies that use minority and women-owned businesses that supply labor or services to a project funded with federal or state grants or loans. State tax incentives may be available as well.

Additional Benefits:

A Supplier Diversity commitment benefits a company for many additional reasons:

  • Promotes innovation through the entrance of new products, services and solutions
  • Provides multiple channels from which to procure goods and services
  • Drives competition (on price and service levels) between the company’s existing and potential vendors
  • Displays an organization’s commitment to doing business beyond consumerism in diverse markets
  • Showcases the company’s interest in and commitment to the economic growth of all communities.

As small businesses grow, so will our nation’s economy. Since most diverse businesses are small businesses, they aid in the economic recovery and sustainability of their communities. In addition, supplier diversity is important because it provides products and services to emerging consumer markets. While traditional products and services remain available to consumers, demographic shifts create opportunities for diverse suppliers to meet the needs of emerging and shifting populations in the US and across the globe.

Thanks to the WBENC, women-owned businesses not only grow their markets, but corporations can now access quality services and products that meet their requirements. In fact, WBE’s are one of the fastest growing sectors of the American economy, and a key force behind job growth and job creation in the economic recovery.

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Low Price

There’s a reason the price is so low…

We’ve all been to stores and seen advertisements for a big “doorbuster sale”; these price bargains often will bring customers flocking to the store eager to buy. Others, meanwhile, are more cautious when something is being sold at an unusual value. Skeptics of such sales are quick to quip, “doesn’t low price mean low quality?” Often we find out the hard way.

Bargains could mean a substantial shift in a specific market, desperation on the businesses part. Or, it could mean the opposite; a fortunate prosperous company simply wants to pass down the savings to their customers. If you’re in the market for a service, though, a low price will make the buyer a lot more skeptical.

Unfortunately, there are many companies that use the bargain price gimmick to pull a fast one on their customer. Whether it be a contractor that has promised you one price only to discover a dramatically different invoice at the jobs completion. Or, a fine-print service agreement that leaves you footing the bill for undisclosed charges at the time of signup; there are many reasons you should do your homework when scouting for a service.

When it comes to something as important as the health and safety of your building or property’s guests or employees you should always invest the time and research to make the informed choice. You want a company that has knowledge, has a proven track record, and has the results to back it up. Don’t regret your hasty decision down the road.

Quality assurance is a pledge that Team Clean commits to, and enforces in all areas of our business. We customize our service to your facility’s needs, and our hands-on management process ensures it is impeccably executed. You won’t see that kind of stewardship in the clearance aisle.

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The Importance of Having a Clean & Professional Work Environment

Spring is nearly here, and while some thoughts turn to baseball, others think about March Madness, have you thought about some spring cleaning at work?

Take a moment right now, and give a good look around your office.  Ask yourself, when is the last time it was thoroughly cleaned? You probably have a lot of other things on your plate right now. However, it is always important to make sure that you are not neglecting the need to have a clean office.

The office is the main headquarters of your business, where your employees spend at least eight hours of their day, and where all the hard work and innovation happens. It is also the environment in which you meet with business associates and clients, whom you want to give a good impression.  If your office is dirty, messy and unorganized, it will have numerous negative effects on the success of your business.

There are many commercial cleaning companies who will provide this service for you, giving the office a thorough cleaning from top to bottom very efficiently.  There are numerous advantages that a clean office can bring.

Healthier employees is a big one — if your office space is dusty and unclean, it is much more likely to foster the spread of the flu and other diseases between your employees. The airborne dust will also cause your employees with allergies to suffer from sneezing, sore throat, runny nose and itchy eyes. When your employees feel sick because of a dirty office, they need to take time off work to recover. If they are suffering from allergies because of a dirty office, they will feel tired and irritated all day long at work, and therefore they will be less productive workers.  Keeping the office clean avoids this.  Employees who are healthy and happy are more productive and perform better work, so taking care of their health will help the bottom line of the company.

A clean and tidy office and work environment also gives your business a professional image.  A messy office can make your clients and business associations think that you are unprofessional and disorganized. They could assume that if you can’t be bothered to clean your own office, how much effort will you put into doing good work for them?  A negative first impression could cause you to lose clients, and could lose you a lot of respect in the professional world. A clean and tidy office will impress any guests and let you show off your business properly because it shows that you pay attention to the details.

Thoroughly cleaning the office means not only removing the dust and dirt but organizing files and work stations so that they are more efficient, leading to higher productivity.  Disorganized offices cause a huge amount of stress because folders, files and memos are always going missing under huge piles of paper on desks. Employee desks should be organized and clear rather than so cluttered that you can’t see the surface.  Having clean and fresh smelling air, as well as sparkling facilities, will give your employees a mental boost which will allow for better concentration and a stronger work ethic.

Once your office has been professionally cleaned, you can encourage all employees to do their best to keep spaces organized so you can continue to enjoy the benefits of a clean office.  It could be a fun way to get your team further involved in the business, and keep everyone happy and healthy.

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New Standards for Facility Managers to Prevent Legionnaire’s Disease

Are you aware of the new standards for facility managers to prevent Legionnaire’s Disease?  ASHRAE Standard 188 establishes minimum legionellosis risk management requirements for building water systems. Building owners and facility managers are now responsible for implementing Water Management Plans that will keep building water systems free of Legionella contamination.

It was passed to protect building occupants from legionellosis. The standard aims to minimize occupant risk by outlining the minimum steps required to prevent Legionella contamination of building water systems.

Legionellosis refers to two illnesses: Legionnaire’s Disease and Pontiac Fever. Both illnesses are caused by exposure to Legionella bacteria and commonly lumped under the name “legionellosis”.  The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that between 8,000 and 10,000 people are infected with Legionnaires’ disease every year. But it’s likely that underreporting puts the number closer to 100,000. Legionnaires’ disease is a serious concern because more than 10 percent of cases are fatal.  Pontiac Fever is a less-severe, flu-like illness that can also result from exposure to Legionella-contaminated water.

ASHRAE Standard 188 is “is intended for use by owners and managers of human-occupied buildings and those involved in the design, construction, installation, commissioning, operation, maintenance and service of centralized building water systems and components.”
Note that while the new standard affects various professions, building owners and facility managers will have final responsibility for building water system safety and meeting ASHRAE Standard 188 requirements.

The new standard applies to both new and existing buildings, and their associated water systems (potable and non-potable).  Per the new standard, building owners and/or management must:

  • Meet minimum legionellosis risk management requirements for building water systems (both potable and non-potable), as specified by the standard.
  • Conduct a Building Survey to identify risk-factors for Legionella-contamination and occupant exposure.
  • Appoint a team of staff to develop and implement a Water Management Program that meets risk management principles outlined in the Standard.  While the Standard outlines necessary elements of a Water Management Program, it does not require use of any specific control strategies to meet risk management requirements.

 

Five high-risk water systems features are singled out, including: potable water systems, cooling towers and evaporative condensers; whirlpool spas; ornamental fountains and other water features; and aerosol-generating misters, atomizers, air washers and humidifiers. Very specific compliance requirements are outlined for these water system features because they present a greater risk for legionellosis. If your facility has any of these features, you will want to check out both Standard 188 and ASHRAE Guideline 12.

 

If you’re looking for the standard to provide a ready-to-go legionellosis risk management plan, you won’t find it. While the standard sets out requirements for risk management plans and offers general suggestions, it does not dictate exact steps or regulations that must be included in legionellosis risk management programs.

So, for example, the standard requires building owners and managers to control microbiological activity, scale and corrosion through water treatment methods. But the standard does not require that any specific water treatment methods that must be included in legionellosis risk management programs.

Instead, the standard is meant to provide a basis for building owners to work from, so they can develop Legionella control strategies and maintenance procedures that will be effective in their facilities. In other words, the standard tells you what requirements your plan must meet, but it doesn’t tell you how to meet those requirements.

We recommend working with a qualified janitorial and custodial cleaning services vendor to inspect and identify any possible areas of concern, and developing a strategy for future preventative measures.

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Spotless Restrooms

Whether you like it or not, a restroom at your place of business is a front-line location for keeping your employees, your customers and your visitors happy.  It’s a first, last, and lasting impression that we hope will be a good impression, not something that detracts from your image.

We’ve all been in places where the restroom makes you stop and think, is this what they think is right?

There are some businesses that do not take pride in keeping their restroom area looking and smelling great for their employees and customers.  You should not take that same approach.

A great looking restroom can leave a positive, lasting impression on a customer, and being on the other side of that perspective can mean the loss of customers or a poor reputation.

We know – it’s just a restroom.  That’s true – but think how uncomfortable a terrible looking restroom makes people feel.

If you are the type of facility manager that wants a great looking restroom, there are a few simple ways to keep it looking great.

First, keep up a good stock of restroom supplies.  Hand soap, toilet paper, paper towels and seat covers are a few items that need to be replenished daily. Forget about these items and you may leave customers unhappy.

Remember to empty the trash. Nothing is worse than a trash bin overflowing. Especially with a lot of traffic throughout the day, consider checking and emptying the trash multiple times a day if needed.

Keep the sinks clean.  A lot of bacteria builds up in a restroom sink. Clean these daily to reduce risk of bacteria and to keep it looking shiny for customers.

Also, keep the toilets clean. Urinals and toilets get a lot of use throughout the day, especially with a lot of traffic. For obvious reasons, clean these daily.

And don’t overlook the restroom stalls and walls. Although these probably don’t need to be cleaned daily, restroom stalls and walls should be wiped down at least weekly.  The restroom floors are also a big issue.  To prevent long-term damage to tile, wood or linoleum, consider moping the floors daily or a few times a week.

Daily restroom cleaning can be difficult to handle on your own if you don’t have the resources. If you don’t have the internal resources, you should consider hiring a janitorial services company to clean your restrooms daily.

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Protecting Your Visitors and Employees from Winter Slips and Falls

As the temperatures fall, as the weather changes and we get closer to winter, we need to recognize the conditions that will expose all of us to injuries due to slip and fall accidents caused by rain, sleet, snow or ice.

We are acutely concerned with the potential perils that visitors to our clients’ offices or facilities can face, after successfully walking during wet weather, only to slip and fall after entering a lobby or reception area because there were no “walk-off” mats or “runners” present to capture moisture from footwear.

Now’s the time to purchase and install walk-off mats and runners to protect your staff and your visitors from slip and fall accidents while visiting your facilities.  The investment in walk-off mats and runners is relatively small, when compared to the cost of litigating one major injury caused by an unprotected wet and slippery floor.

Team Clean will be happy to provide a floor safety evaluation for you.  Please feel free to contact us to help you protect your visitors and staff during the coming winter months.  And always remember to wipe your feet before you enter the building!

 

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