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April 27, 2017
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Valor Cleaning Services honored for hiring veterans
Half of Valor Cleaning Services' employees are military veterans, and the company has been honored by the Washington state agency that manages the state Hire-A-Vet program. "It's a veteran-owned business, and it is giving back to that community," said Hannah Schoepp, who endorsed the company for the honor.
The Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Wash.) (free content) (4/13) 
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SSC Service Solutions looks to amend school district contract
SSC Service Solutions is hoping to amend its contract with Chesterfield County Public Schools in Virginia, particularly around the conditions for financial incentives or penalties.
Chesterfield Observer (Midlothian, Va.) (4/26) 
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Government Affairs
BSC wins appeal court ruling blocking N.J. city from seeking bids
A New Jersey appeals court has sided with United Services Inc. and says the city of Newark cannot seek custodial bids while the two parties continue their legal dispute. The court ruling sends the case back to a trial venue.
The Star-Ledger (Newark, N.J.) (4/21) 
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OSHA press release on alleged violations is first in 3 months
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has resumed issuing press releases about companies' alleged health and safety violations after a three-month hiatus. Since OSHA last issued a health and safety enforcement bulletin in mid-January, the agency has issued about 200 citations with penalties that could total $40,000 or more.
Houston Chronicle (tiered subscription model) (4/17) 
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Business Best Practices
Company values must be lived and defended
Leaders need to be prepared to act and defend the values of their company, writes Alaina Love, who shares a story of when she had to present allegations of sexual harassment to a division president. The company had set public values of respect and accountability, which Love leveraged to persuade the president to act rather than dismiss or hide the allegations.
SmartBrief/Leadership (4/24) 
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Don't take business so personally, leader says
Entrepreneurs have a great sense of ownership and commitment, but being unwilling to let go means they'll stew over failure and miss opportunities for success, says Leila Janah, founder and CEO of Samasource and LXMI. Entrepreneurs succeed by "realizing that the successes are the product of other people coming in and infusing their own life into ideas," she says.
The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (4/21) 
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Nominations for the BSCAI CLEAN Awards are now open
The BSCAI CLEAN Awards have gone digital. New in 2017, you can now submit your entries online following the instructions on the BSCAI website. The BSCAI CLEAN Awards demonstrate the best in excellence among different BSCs and categories. From new members to business leadership, all forms of distinction are recognized. Submit your nomination for all categories which you and/or your company are eligible today. The deadline to submit your entry is Friday, June 30.
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Sign up for a BSCAI committee
With many new initiatives on the horizon for 2017, BSCAI is asking for volunteer support on the 2017 BSCAI committees. The very essence of any good association is embodied in the volunteer efforts of its members who contribute their time and expertise to insure that association programs and services are geared towards member needs. If you're interested in joining a 2017 committee, please complete a PDF form application. We will do our best to accommodate your request and you will be contacted via email at a later date if you are serving on a 2017 BSCAI Committee.
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