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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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Green Cleaning

Green Cleaning: Why It’s Important

Carpeting, flooring, waste bins, windows, bathrooms; all areas of your building need to be cleaned, that’s a given.  Nobody is ever delighted to walk into a dirty building or room.  Cleaning is important to maintain the look and feel of your establishment.  What’s more important than that?  Your health. Routine cleaning takes away dirt, allergens, and food sources for pests who carry bacteria and disease.  Air quality is a big issue especially for those who have a chronic health condition.

Ok, so, we’ve cleaned and polished, and reduced any contaminants in the air; We’re done, right? Not so fast.  How did you accomplish that clean?  What kind of products are you using?  To some this might seem “nit-picky,” but it is a very valid question.  Are you using the safest products to achieve the goal? Cleaning chemicals are known to be abrasive and powerful solutions that are meant to destroy dirt and odor.  Often these chemicals are branded with disclaimers and warnings about the effect they might have on health.  These products can be a danger.  Working toward using safer “greener” products can reduce or eliminate the dangers revolving around using such abrasive chemicals.

According to EnvirOx:

  1. Safer products reduce worker’s comp issues. Right now, six out of 100 custodial workers have a chemical-related worker’s comp claim per year.
  2. Safer chemicals also reduce surface wear & tear. If it’s safe for the environment and safe for people, the product probably isn’t going to hurt your carpet, either.
  3. Sustainable, concentrated chemicals often have a high yield — that is, the concentrated chemical makes a lot of in-use cleaning product. This can lead to big in-use savings over ready-to-use products that end up in landfills.

Taking steps now to move toward safer cleaning products will save you money, and create an even healthier environment.  Team Clean proudly uses green cleaning products in our operations.  Ensure the safety of your facility and the well-being of your staff; all while saving money. It’s a win-win.

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.

It’s right around the corner. Are you prepared?

We are now on summer’s doorstep.  The warm weather has arrived and the time has come for building owners and facility managers (if you haven’t already) to be sure you’ve laid the foundation for a fantastic summer.  Beyond routine maintenance and cleaning, managers and owners should be taking on deep cleaning initiatives in advance for a fresh season of new visitors and occupants at your facility.

Whether you’re an office space, government agency, event venue, industrial building or warehouse, or an educational facility the appearance and cleanliness of your space is paramount.  Our goal at Team Clean is to do just that.  We want to make sure that every nook, corner, and floor is living up to the prestige of your business or property.  From Quality Assurance programs to our hands-on management approach our team is fully qualified and committed to delivering exceptional results.  Having the right team is crucial and having the right information is the best foundation to build upon.

If you’re not a Team Clean client, you may want to consider revisiting your game-plan for taking on deep cleaning initiatives.  Here are 5 essential tips that you should strongly consider adopting from Buildings.com:

 

“1. Freshen up facility appearance: Dedicate time this spring to focus on small details. Whether patched and caulk lines need to be redone or bulbs and ballasts need to be replaced, addressing the small issues will improve to the overall appearance and operations of the facility. Partner with a vendor that is capable of handling these common handyman tasks to help maintain the building.

 

  1. Focus on flooring: Winter weather results in excessive wear and tear and a dulling of the appearance of flooring. Invest in a deep cleaning service to revitalize tile and carpeting. The combination of high-pressure steam, agitation, heat and extraction removes more dry particulate soil than any other method, helping delay expensive replacement costs and revitalizing floors to a like-new condition.

 

  1. Refresh restrooms: There’s no denying that daily cleaning helps facility managers maintain restrooms. Despite standard precautions, dirt and bacteria will build-up over time. Address dirty restrooms by implementing a deep cleaning service for restrooms that effectively removes built-up soils by sanitizing all restroom surfaces and fixtures using a high-pressure, chemical injection washer.

 

  1. Clean air conditioning units: Most air conditioning (A/C) units remain dormant throughout the winter. To ensure the best indoor air quality (IAQ) for building patrons, facility managers should complete a comprehensive A/C coil cleaning service. A/C units that are not properly cleaned can lead to lingering odors, allergies, premature unit failure and high energy bills. Completing regular A/C coil cleaning removes dirt, grime and built-up sludge from A/C units to improve IAQ, lower energy bills and extend the life of air conditioning units.

 

  1. Go green with spring: According to a recent Harris Interactive survey, 84% of U.S. adults prefer to do business with a company that uses environmentally-friendly products and practices. Select products that are Green Seal certified or meet the requirements for the EPA’s Design for the Environment Program (DfE). In addition, businesses can implement green cleaning methods, including dilution control chemical dispensers and reusable mops or wipes to limit environmental impact.”

 

Source: http://www.buildings.com/news/industry-news/articleid/13832/title/top-5-spring-cleaning-tips

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Quick Tips on How to Reduce Allergens at Home or at Work

Spring is in the air, which is usually a good thing, unless you suffer from allergies.  Sneezing, wheezing, coughing and runny or itchy eyes can make it tough to get through the work day, with lost focus and lost productivity.

It is said that 10 to 30 percent of the American population suffers from allergic “rhinitis,” which is an inflammation of the nasal airways caused by breathing in allergens.

Allergies are among the top three reasons people miss work, and they can have a significant effect on productivity, so it’s very important for business owners to recognize that they should do some simple things that can reduce anyone’s exposure to allergens and other irritants.

One of the most common allergens in homes, dust mites are often passively carried form home to the workplace.   Eggs can be carried into the office environment on clothing.  Carpets, upholstered furniture and even cubicle walls may give harbor to dust mites. Requesting frequent carpet cleaning and dusting your work area with a microfiber cloth or wet rag can help reduce dust mites in your work area. Some recommend installing a small HEPA (for “high efficiency particulate air”) cleaner to clean the space around your immediate work area.

Even if you work in a pet-free building, you may be exposed to cat and dog hair.  Pet hair is carried on clothing and becomes part of the indoor environment. If possible, avoid placing allergy sufferers and pet owners in the same workspaces and provide hair removal rollers at the office.

Seasonal allergens such as pollen can enter the workplace through ventilation, and through the opening and closing of windows.  Make sure that your office has good air filtration. Changing air filters regularly and proper maintenance of heating and air conditioning systems at least twice a year are recommended.

Cleaning fluids and air fresheners release volatile organic compounds into our air, too. These fumes can irritate lungs causing respiratory distress and shortness of breath. Avoid using plug-ins and aerosol air fresheners and switch to cleaning products with no “VOCs”.

And you may want to encourage employees to get an allergy test.   They may think you know what triggers their allergies, but they could be wrong. Managing allergies requires knowing what your triggers are.   One example is the employee who thought she was working in a building that was full of mold, dust and poor air quality, but allergy testing showed it wasn’t the building.  She was allergic to cat hair. Her runny nose and itchy eyes were a result of her allergies being triggered by her cat-owning co-worker who had carried her pet’s hair to the office on her clothing. Consult with a certified allergy specialist to do an accurate assessment of allergy triggers.  And while allergy medications like antihistamine medication may ease allergy symptoms, they can also have you falling asleep in the boardroom.  Try taking a non-sedating antihistamine or asking your doctor about getting an allergy shot which may provide longer-term relief without the drowsy side effects.

Above all, maintaining a clean and healthy work environment with regular inspections, professional and detailed cleaning, and properly operating heat and air filters and systems, will help keep you and your team allergy-free and happy to better enjoy the spring.

Quality Assurance

The Importance of Quality Assurance Program in Janitorial Services

When selecting any partner/vendor for your custodial and janitorial needs, a key factor is that company’s Quality Assurance program.  You need to find a partner that has a cleaning system engineered to consistently produce a sanitary and healthy environment, whether the commercial facility is a school, public building, multi-tenant residence or office, business or industrial location.

Quality control is a large part of any facility manager’s job.  Making sure that your facility or facilities are clean, and that upkeep and safety standards are maintained, is crucial, as is discovering possible efficiencies.  There are a few benefits you should look for from a custodial/janitorial company’s cleaning system, such as a proven system of employee selection and training.  Qualified employees are the foundation of consistent service.  You need a partner that has an aggressive personnel program that finds and systematically trains employees to assure high cleaning standards.

Also, you need to find a company with technical expertise.  Commercial cleaning has moved past the “mop and bucket.”  Consistent quality requires state-of-the-art equipment, supplies, and compliance with Federal, State and local standards and regulations.  A good commercial cleaning company needs an ongoing technical research program that provides the right equipment, cleaning techniques, and protection.

Your commercial cleaning company should also have a robust Quality Assurance program.  Their program should include inspection reports, regularly verifying the quality of their work after the cleaning is complete. This reporting is shared with you and archived for your records.  That commercial cleaning company will also ask their customers to rate the quality of their service regularly, possibly once a month or once per quarter.  This rating provides objective feedback regarding your individual satisfaction.

A great commercial cleaning company also regularly visits your business on a regular, personal basis, taking the initiative to visit your facility (or facilities) during business hours to discuss your needs, as well as checking in on the progress of their efforts at your location.  They will have a clear and responsive contact person for you to communicate with on a regular basis, especially in case of an emergency.  They should have a way of tracking your customer communication and requests, to ensure timely completion, and be accountable with records and reviews of all categories for both management and cleaning staff to confirm consistent service excellence.

The objective of any commercial cleaning company’s Quality Assurance program should be to promote a pro-active facilities stewardship philosophy. Their inspectors should inspect, evaluate and document the appearance of your buildings. With additional information on the buildings, operations and facilities managers can plan appropriate cleaning and maintenance actions before they find the need to initiate a call.

Finding the right commercial cleaning company takes a little time, but identifying a vendor with a proven Quality Assurance program is a critical factor that will help you make the correct call.

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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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