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March 14, 2013
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  Industry Update 
  • Why reshoring means growth opportunities for BSCs
    The prospect of increased U.S. manufacturing will likely mean more factory space to maintain, and thus more business for building service contractors, Robert Kravitz writes. "[B]efore taking advantage of these opportunities, building service contractors (BSCs) are advised to brush up on the special needs and challenges of maintaining industrial locations, especially as it pertains to floor care equipment and chemicals," he writes. Cleaning & Maintenance Management (3/2013) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
Making the Most of Parcel Boundary Data
For a growing list of industries, the importance and widening use of parcel boundary and property data continues to grow. Thankfully, alternatives to traditional parcel acquisition efforts are now available through cost-effective and ready to use solutions. Read our guide to smart decision-making using parcel boundary data
  Government Affairs 
  • IRS provides more time to claim 2012 work opportunity tax credits
    On Friday, the Internal Revenue Service announced that employers who hired eligible workers in 2012 and early 2013 will be allowed extra time to timely file the pre-screening notice and certification request for the work opportunity tax credit. Normally, the form must be filed within 28 days after an employee begins work. Until this guidance, it was unclear how employers could comply since the credit had expired at the end of 2011 and was retroactively extended only in early 2013. (3/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Business Best Practices 
  • How Badgeville leverages company culture
    Every prospective new hire at Badgeville has a homework assignment, designed in part to determine quickly whether the person gets things accomplished or makes excuses, says CEO and co-founder Kris Duggan. Shared companywide goals, a list of values and a commitment to personal growth have helped the company attract and keep a productive team, he says. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (3/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 10 ways to handle manipulators
    Some of your co-workers will try to use fake sympathy or intimidation to manipulate you, executive coach Joyce E.A. Russell writes. Limit your interactions with these people as much as possible and find a confidante to share your misgivings with. "When you first start defending yourself against a manipulator, they’ll try harder to control you. Remember this and stay firm, don’t get defensive and don’t take the bait if they push you," Russell writes. The Washington Post (3/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How successful executives manage their time
    The best executives know how to organize their time into large chunks so they can make progress on big projects, Eric Barker writes, citing a book by management expert Pete Drucker. "If you're just doing what comes in, you're on the treadmill, not making a difference," Barker writes. Barking Up The Wrong Tree blog (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  BSCAI News 
  • Preparing for your RBSM Exam?
    If you're preparing for the Registered Building Service Manager exam, join BSCAI for an RBSM workshop this June in North Carolina or this August in Ohio. These two-day workshops, followed by an optional third day with an exam, are led by an RBSM-certified instructor and cover important aspects of the test. Don’t miss out on this excellent opportunity to study and review with other BSCs! Visit the RBSM Workshop webpage for more information and registration. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  • Build new leaders
    Registration and hotel housing are now live. This year's BSCAI Executive Seminar has plenty to offer you and up-and-coming executives May 17-18. Bring your team leads to the Hutton Hotel in Nashville, Tenn., for this intimate two-day gathering away from the office where they can collaborate with other BSC professionals who share the same industry challenges and professional goals. This year’s education sessions include building trust to strengthen leadership and your bottom line and improving your negotiation skills. Take advantage our early bird rates and register before April 12. Ensure that you receive our discounted room rate and book your hotel room by April 12, too. Find out more about the Hutton Hotel, room rates, and reservations here. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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