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November 15, 2012
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  Industry Update 
  • Make cleaning a priority, even for budget-conscious companies
    Companies shouldn't cut cleaning budgets to trim spending, writes Dan Weltin, editor-in-chief at CleanLink. "If we can't convince facility managers of the damage they are doing by reducing cleaning frequencies and budget dollars, then building service contractors and in-house service professionals won't clean as often," Weltin writes. CleanLink (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Government Affairs 
  • Report: Bank bailout left small businesses in the cold
    The government's efforts to prop up banks in the wake of the financial crisis might not have done much to help small businesses, according to a report commissioned by the Small Business Administration. Banks that took bailout funds reduced their lending to small companies by a greater percentage than other banks did, according to the report. Bloomberg Businessweek (11/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Business Best Practices 
  • How to retain employees
    Forty percent of employees say they plan to look for a new job within the next six months, write David Williams and Mary Michelle Scott of Fishbowl. This is bad news for employers who expend a lot of resources to hire the best people. Williams and Scott suggest companies try the five "R's" of employee relationships to retain them: responsibility, respect, revenue sharing, reward and relaxation time. Harvard Business Review online/HBR Blog Network (free registration) (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • What LinkedIn's CEO learned from Coach K
    Every time the Duke University men's basketball team completes an offensive or defensive possession, coach Mike Krzyzewski yells "Next play" and urges them to concentrate on simply playing basketball. The point, says LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner, is that good bosses don't waste time celebrating victories or agonizing over defeats, but rather keep their teams focused on the task at hand. "You can take a moment to reflect on what just happened, and you probably should, but you shouldn't linger too long on it," Weiner explains. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (11/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Partner with local charities to give small business a boost
    Small businesses can create good will locally by helping out charities that their customers care about, writes Maria Valdez. Choose a local cause that complements your business, get employees involved and make sure to publicize your efforts. "Show customers how they can get involved and help too, whether by purchasing a product that supports the cause, donating money or shopping on a certain day," Valdez advises. Grow Smart Biz (11/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  BSCAI News 
  • Health care reform -– what you need to be aware of and how to prepare
    The BSCAI Government Affairs Fund series webinar, Legislation Update: Unions on Wednesday, Dec. 5 from 1 to 2 p.m. Central, will provide a brief summary of where we are now with the implementation of health care reform, what companies need to be aware of, and how to prepare for future negotiations. Health care reform is a total business issue and is affecting many aspects of business that are unrelated to offering benefits. Organizations with collectively bargained employees, especially ones that participate in the union sponsored plan, should be aware of how health care reform comes into play during negotiations. Register today so that you are aware, prepared, and informed. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CEO Seminar: Your Advanced Program is waiting
    Every January, BSC CEOs and executives are invited to an exclusive leadership retreat -- located at a tropical destination -- that includes high-level networking, education on strategy and execution, and interaction with select suppliers. This year’s 2013 CEO Seminar will be held at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa from Jan. 17 to 19. The Advanced Program is now available complete with the featured speakers, schedule, travel and accommodations, and general information. Download your copy and register today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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