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Team Clean Celebrates Black History Month

First officially recognized in 1976, Black History Month is an annual celebration each February that recognizes the achievements and the central role of blacks in U.S. history.

At Team Clean, we are proud to be one of the 121,466 black-owned employer businesses in the United States.

Black History Month is an excellent time for us to celebrate the success of our business as well as celebrating the success of all African American owned businesses.

We’d especially like to thank Madam C.J. Walker for paving the way for black businesswomen and becoming the first female black millionaire in America. As well as being a successful businesswoman creating products designed to help black women, Madam C.J. Walker was also a philanthropist.

She created a network of clubs for her employees and encouraged them to give back to their communities – rewarding those who did so with bonuses. She was a staunch supporter of female talent and her company charter specified that only a female could become president. She also funded female scholarships and contributed to the black YMCA alongside numerous other black charities.   

At Team Clean, we aspire to not only be a successful business but also to be socially responsible and to give back to the community we live in, in the spirit of Madam C.J. Walker.

Madam C.J Walker

When discussing the achievements of black business leaders, it is also worth mentioning the very first all-black insurance company. In 1892 seven black business leaders joined forces to form North Carolina Mutual Insurance Company The first President of the company was John Merrick, a former slave born in 1859.

John Merrick

John Merrick was more than just a high-profile black businessman. He was also a notable philanthropist who redistributed a large portion of his wealth back into the black community. He created several companies, each with the specific intention of providing services to black people in his community that they would have otherwise been denied.

For example, he founded the black Mechanics and Farmer’s Bank, which provided essential banking services to black citizens that were denied to them by most white-owned banks in the south. The provision of banking services was critical for encouraging personal and business spending among black people.

His business acumen, combined with his social conscience made him one of the most influential members of the African-American community in his lifetime.

The North Carolina Insurance Company developed into the “world’s largest Negro business” of the time, making Merrick one of the most successful black men of the time. Beyond being the most successful of John Merrick’s business ventures, the North Carolina Insurance Company is also notable as the very first all-black insurance company.

This leads us to an important insurance-related question…

Is your cleaning company adequately insured? 

When you hire a cleaning company, checking they have comprehensive insurance coverage probably isn’t the first thing on your list. However, when you are dealing with other people’s property, there can be severe legal ramifications for even the smallest of mistakes. It’s essential to make sure your cleaning company is bonded and insured.

For example, you or one of your cleaning company’s employees could damage some expensive property belonging to a tenant in your facility. A computer damaged during cleaning might only be worth a hundred dollars, but the cost of restoring the data in that computer could reach into the thousands.

Then there is the risk of employee theft. Cleaning staff on the job will have access to customer equipment and property. If your cleaning company’s employee is responsible for a crime, and the cleaning company has no insurance, then you are responsible for the loss.

AT TEAM CLEAN, WE ARE FULLY INSURED AND BONDED. INSURANCE IS AN INTEGRAL PART OF BUSINESS

Coronavirus: Are Your Cleaning Processes Sufficient to Stop the Spread?

Coronavirus is a hot topic at the moment. Most Coronaviruses are not dangerous and are a type of common virus that causes an infection in your sinuses, nose, or throat – such as a common cold.

Although Coronaviruses themselves are not new, the recent outbreak of the 2019 -nCoV strain has seen almost every country across the globe putting measures into place to manage and control the spread of this potentially deadly virus strain.

But what can we all do on a smaller level? How can businesses and government facilities help to prevent the spread of the virus?

Read on to find out more about Coronavirus and how you can help prevent the spread of this and other viruses.

Information on Coronavirus.

According to the CDC’s website:

“2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is a virus (more specifically, a Coronavirus) identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China. Early on, many of the patients in the outbreak in Wuhan, China reportedly had some link to a large seafood and animal market, suggesting animal-to-person spread. However, a growing number of patients reportedly have not had exposure to animal markets, indicating person-to-person spread is occurring. At this time, it’s unclear how easily or sustainably this virus is spreading between people. The latest situation summary updates are available on CDC’s web page 2019 Novel Coronavirus, Wuhan, China”.

The symptoms of Coronavirus are very similar to the flu. You may experience a runny nose, cough, headache, sore throatfever, or feel generally unwell. Although it’s too early to have a lot of detail about this new Coronavirus, experts suggest that the flu is still a potentially more real and present threat in the US than Coronavirus.

However, taking steps to stop the spread of Coronavirus has the added benefit of also preventing the transmission of many other viruses including influenza,  so it makes sense to take preventative steps as soon as possible.

How are Coronaviruses spread?

The most common way that all Coronaviruses are transmitted is airborne, via sneezing and coughing. The second most common way they are spread is from being in close contact with an infected person. For example, shaking hands. It’s also possible for Coronavirus to be transmitted through touching a contaminated surface and then touching your eyes, ears, nose, or mouth.

Coronavirus can potentially be transmitted from an infected person even before symptoms start to show. Which is why it makes sense to implement good cleaning and hygiene practices now, before the virus spreads further.

What guidance does the CDC give on preventing the spread of Coronavirus?

•  Hand Washing and Hygiene – Since Coronavirus infections are primarily spread through person-to-person contact, hand hygiene is key to preventing transmission. Displaying information about proper hand hygiene in restrooms and kitchen areas can encourage people to maintain good hand hygiene.  

•  Environmental Cleaning – Cleaning and disinfecting surfaces regularly helps to prevent the build-up and potential transmission of pathogens like Coronavirus. In combination with proper hand hygiene, this can reduce the ability of the virus to spread.  Cleaning and disinfecting high-traffic areas, desks, and other surfaces regularly is crucial if you want to halt the transmission of viruses and bacteria. It’s essential to understand the difference between cleaning and disinfecting. Cleaning alone won’t reduce the risk of Coronavirus and other infections being transmitted.

Contact  Team Clean for disinfecting your facility over and above your normal daily cleaning

info@team-clean.com

Jforth@team-clean.com

267-514-8326 ext 10

 

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