Walmart workers voice complaints about cleaning robots | Trump cancels tariff on Mexico | Which type of financing is right for you?
June 13, 2019
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Industry Update
Walmart workers voice complaints about cleaning robots
Employees at Walmart stores that have cleaning robots say their jobs have become unfulfilling as employees are asked to do physical work while also watching over the robots.
The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (6/6) 
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Government Affairs
Trump cancels tariff on Mexico
President Donald Trump has called off a tariff he threatened to impose on Mexico, saying the country has agreed to take steps to restrict illegal immigration into the US.
BNN Bloomberg (Canada) (6/7),  Politico (6/9),  The Economist (tiered subscription model) (6/9) 
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BSCAI CLEAN Awards Now Open
Nominate an individual or company for the 2019 BSCAI CLEAN Awards by July 31, 2019. Entering online is easy!
Business Best Practices
Which type of financing is right for you?
Several different types of financing are available that may fit your needs as a small-business owner, so Ben Luthi reviews options such as lines of credit and merchant cash advances. He discusses the application process, touching on the need to draft a business plan and provide certain forms of documentation.
Nav Small Business Blog (6/10) 
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Research: Optimism drops among small-business owners looking to sell
The market for sales of small businesses may have peaked, according to a survey from Pepperdine University and industry groups. Entrepreneurs have become less optimistic about sales, and this is particularly true for owners of businesses valued at $1 million to $2 million, the survey found.
The Associated Press (6/3) 
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Healthy conflict leads to better results
Conflict and tension within teams "are a feature, not a bug," says psychologist and business strategist Liane Davey. "Instead of me thinking that everyone else is a jerk and they're trying to get me down, I now understand that they're living up to their obligation, and that's the tension they're going to put on every conversation," she says.
Knowledge@Wharton (6/6) 
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The BSCAI Stephen H. Swigart Scholarship for Higher Education sponsored by Spartan is due June 15!
The BSCAI Stephen H. Swigart Scholarship for Higher Education sponsored by Spartan is due June 15!
BSCAI is excited to award a $3,000 scholarship to one professional member (building service contractor) or their child to use toward higher education. Applications are due June 15. Get more information on the application, eligibility and scholarship details.
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HR Q&A: Revised Summer Hours
HR Q&A: Revised Summer Hours
Are employees asking for revised summer hours? It's not a bad idea, just make sure you have a strong policy in place.
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