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The Wild West
A look at recent BSC news and industry hot topics from America's most diverse region
INDUSTRY REVIEW: Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Headed

It was the kind of year in which BSCs see great promise for the years to come. The industry has endured the recession well and has even used it to its advantage, as budget challenges force more facilities—from school districts to hospitals—to switch from in-house cleaning and maintenance to contracting.

Many people do not realize just how serious the issue of secondary infections is in health care facilities. Variously known as nosocomial infections, health care acquired infections (HCAI), or hospital acquired infections, these mostly preventable health problems are the fourth leading cause of death in the United States.

One of the most common questions I have received over the years regarding equipment is how to make it last longer. It seems everyone is looking for a magical formula to solve their maintenance issues and allow their equipment to run for years on end.

Social Media for BSCs: An Introduction

Social networks dominate the internet in a big way: 80 percent of Americans use a social network and 23 percent of all time spent online is spent on a social networking site. With these numbers growing all the time, businesses without a social media presence are left behind.

KEY POINTS TO REMEMBER When Buying a Cleaning Franchise

After spending nearly 50 years in the contract cleaning business as an owner and as an advisor, I have had the opportunity to observe, as well as to answer questions about the role franchising plays in the industry. In recent years, franchising of cleaning has become a major part of the industry.

President’s Profile Taylor Bruce, CBSE, Isn’t Afraid of Change

It’s a rare occurrence that the first experience someone gets in an industry is as president of a company—but this was the case for 2012 BSCAI President Taylor Bruce, CBSE. After 27 years in the manufacturing sector, he decided to make a change and move to the building service contracting industry, where he has been for 15 years.

The Acquisition Process

Reviewing some of the more technical parts of buying a cleaning business, including some of the softer issues associated with those necessary technical aspects.

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