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1. Family business City Wide Maintenance grows through franchising

BSCAI SmartBrief | Apr 02, 2015

City Wide Maintenance, which reached almost $82 million in sales in 2013, grew out of a janitorial-services business launched by Frank Oddo in 1961. The company has been run by Oddo's son Jeff since 1996. Ingram's Magazine (Kansas City, Mo.) (03/2015)

2. College student runs successful janitorial company

BSCAI SmartBrief | Apr 16, 2015

John Butler started his cleaning business, Fresh Start Cleaning, during his freshman year at the University of Northern Iowa. The 22-year-old has as many as 11 employees cleaning 12 buildings in the Cedar Falls area, with plans to expand after graduation. Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier (Iowa) (04/12)

3. Janitors, other federal workers file wage, time-off complaint

BSCAI SmartBrief | Apr 16, 2015

Janitors, groundskeepers and bus drivers at government agencies including the U.S. Department of Education have formally complained of not receiving proper pay and time off. The people represented by the complaint are employed by contractors hired by the federal government. CNNMoney (04/09)

4. Va. district could save $2.8 million by outsourcing janitors

BSCAI SmartBrief | Apr 23, 2015

A consultant for Stafford County schools in Virginia outlined a plan for saving the district $47.9 million over the next five years, which included outsourcing the custodial staff for a potential savings of $2.8 million. The district uses a contractor to clean 28 sites and in-house custodians for 10 locations. Free Lance-Star (Fredericksburg, Va.), The (04/18)

5. Are you in compliance with OSHA regulations?

BSCAI SmartBrief | Apr 02, 2015

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration each year highlights its most often violated rules, and Kari Imberg offers advice on complying with each. These common safety violations include fall protection, hazard communication, scaffolding and respiratory protection. Industrial Distribution online (03/23)

6. Stop emphasizing desired skills in job posts, researchers say

BSCAI SmartBrief | Apr 09, 2015

Employers should create job posts that highlight what they can offer workers, as opposed to what they need from hires, a study in the Journal of Business and Psychology says. Postings that focus on what the employer can offer generate nearly three times as many qualified applicants as ones that emphasize desired skills, the study says. Fast Company online (04/03)

7. 4 tips for hiring a cleaning team

BSCAI SmartBrief | Apr 16, 2015

Bring new employees up to speed successfully by communicating their responsibilities clearly, encouraging a team player mentality and rewarding a job well done, says consultant Kevin Keeler. "Inherently, employees want to do well. Employees want to belong. They want to be on the team," he writes. "It is your job to assemble the team, decide on the rules, and show them how to play the game." Cleaning & Maintenance Management online (04/01)

8. How to take advantage of the WOTC tax credit

BSCAI SmartBrief | Apr 23, 2015

The federal Work Opportunity Tax Credit will retroactively be available for businesses until the end of April and can help save companies $2,400 to $9,600 per eligible employee, according to Ezrie Yellin of Equifax Workforce Solutions. The tax credit helps employers who removed barriers to employment for veterans and workers on temporary financial assistance, and helps businesses reduce their tax liabilities, Yellin says. (04/16)

9. How to master alignment from top to bottom

BSCAI SmartBrief | Apr 23, 2015

Employees need to feel they are a match for their job function as well as for their team or group and the organization as a whole, writes Joel Trammell, CEO of Khorus. He explains the three levels of alignment and how to help employees to attain each. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (04/21)

10. How to claim the Work Opportunity Tax Credit

BSCAI SmartBrief | Apr 16, 2015

Small-business owners who hired staff in 2014 may be eligible for tax credits if their new employees fall into certain disadvantaged groups. Carl Grassi covers the qualifications that must be met for the Work Opportunity Tax Credit to apply and notes that the deadline for filing the required Form 8850 has been extended to April 30. Crain's Cleveland Business (04/15)

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