Del Sol wins 5-year cleaning contract with Vancouver, Wash. | Aramark finance chief to add accounting role | States are reworking independent contractor laws
January 17, 2019
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Industry Update
Del Sol wins 5-year cleaning contract with Vancouver, Wash.
Vancouver, Wash., has awarded Del Sol a five-year, $7.5 million cleaning contract for more than 20 locations, including Vancouver City Hall. ABM declined to renew its contract with the city.
The Columbian (Vancouver, Wash.) (1/11) 
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Government Affairs
States are reworking independent contractor laws
California, Washington and other states are expected to change regulations on how employees are classified and when a worker can be labeled as an independent contractor. Meanwhile, Texas and Florida have sought to loosen standards.
Bloomberg (tiered subscription model) (1/16) 
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Shutdown takes a toll on small-business lending
Nydia Velazquez, chairwoman of the House Committee on Small Business, is calling for the government to restart Small Business Administration lending programs that have been derailed by the partial government shutdown. "It is important that small businesses who apply for loan guarantees that they are able to get their money," says Velazquez, D-N.Y.
Inc. online (1/14),  The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (1/11) 
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Business Best Practices
Using timeboxing to bolster productivity
Timeboxing, which involves assigning time slots to tasks and sticking to them, is one strategy for improving productivity. Scott Mautz shares his experience with timeboxing and notes that it can pay off if discipline is applied.
Inc. online (1/14) 
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Managing cash flow during a government shutdown
A partial government shutdown can cause several problems for small-business owners, including the inability to secure loans backed by the Small Business Administration. Try to keep your cash flow strong by cutting costs and by offering discounts to encourage customers to pay promptly, writes Adam Uzialko.
Business (1/14) 
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Use these techniques for better social media ads
Use these techniques for better social media ads
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A study of successful social advertising campaigns has yielded five tips that small-business owners can use to improve video performance, writes Ken Yanhs, executive vice president of marketing at Zappi. Among other things, videos should be shorter and platform-optimized, they should show the brand quickly, and they should use prominent text and active imagery to cater to consumers whose sound is off.
Forbes (1/14) 
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Download the 2018 Report on the Building Service Contractor Market
Download the 2018 Report on the Building Service Contractor Market
This survey was designed to target the purchasing habits and market growth of building service contractors nationwide in 2018. The survey sample was selected from subscribers to Contracting Profits magazine (building service contractors/professional cleaning contractor executives) and the Building Service Contractors Association International database. Only BSC/professional cleaning contractors were selected. This report is free for all BSCAI members and nonmembers.
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