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Separating Emotion from Prudence When Valuing Your Business: Why This Balancing Act Can Make or Break Your Ability to Gain and Preserve Wealth

 

A few years back, I heard an interesting quote related to my line of work as a merger and acquisition advisor, and it has stuck with me, perhaps more than any other. First, some context: I was in a closing involving the sale of a client’s business. The client, by all accounts, was a very successful businessperson that had started, built, and sold numerous businesses.

 

Guestimates Don’t Work Anymore: Using Workloading to Create Better Bids

The late 1970s and early 1980s saw the birth of what soon became a phenomenon in the professional cleaning industry: the janitorial broker. A janitorial broker is someone who bids on the cleaning needs of all kinds of properties, from restaurants and schools to commercial office buildings, with the goal of securing the contract for cleaning these facilities.

 

Using Technology to Enhance Training: Effectively Reaching Today’s Diverse Workforce

Last year, I wrote the article “Effective Training of Today’s Diverse Workforce” for SERVICES, and it included numerous examples of how technology can improve training. Since this is the 2013 technology issue, this article will update some of the changes I have witnessed since that article first appeared.

The Affordable Care Act: More Time for the Employer Mandate

In July, the Department of the Treasury used its administrative authority to grant employers an additional year to implement key elements of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) employer mandate. Essentially, the mandate stipulated that employers of 50 or more full-time equivalent employees must offer affordable health care coverage to full-time employees or pay a penalty.

The Cloud: Your New Management Partner

Sometimes it seems like the pace and demands of life increase by the day. We work longer hours, shoulder heavier burdens, multitask, and try to get more done in less time with fewer resources. While these challenges apply to almost all market sectors, in our current economic environment the facility services industry has been hit exceptionally hard.

Dashboards, Color Codes, and Custodians: BSCs on the Frontline of Sustainability

One of the most common types of dashboards now in use, and the type many building service contractors are most likely to encounter working with their clients, are called sustainability dashboards. These dashboards are designed to measure, monitor, and report on the key performance indicators (KPIs) for a facility.

Seize the Moment: Marketing Your Company Using Google’s ZMOT Strategy

Google's Zero Moment of Truth (ZMOT) is when a potential buyer picks up his or her laptop, smartphone, desktop computer, or tablet and starts searching for products and services. They educate themselves about their various options, which companies offer those options, and which business is most informative in their purchase decision.

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