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Webster’s dictionary defines consultant as "a person that provides professional and/or expert advice." Therefore, if you use the services of a lawyer or a CPA, you are already using consultants. Each, of course, provide cost-effective service that the individual entrepreneur growing a small company is not likely to be able to provide internally. 

Next to labor, inventory is one of the biggest expenses that building service contractors pay. While BSCs are operating at lower-than-ever profit margins, many of them are biting even further into their profits because of poor management of inventory.

Saturday, 28 February 2009 19:00

Hospital Cleaning: A 24/7 Challenge

At one time or another, each of us in the contract cleaning industry has encountered one of those jobs that truly tests your patience and ingenuity. How we deal with those difficult cleaning situations can make the difference between an excellent contractor and a mediocre one.

Like others in the United States and the world, those of us engaged in the building service industry began 2008 with guarded optimism. However, as the year progressed, it became increasingly...

Saturday, 28 February 2009 19:00

INDUSTRY FORECAST :WHAT’S IN STORE FOR 2009?

In the February issue, we included a 2008 industry review. In this issue we continue our discussion with a number of industry experts to gauge their predictions for the year ahead.

Monday, 28 February 2011 19:00

Meet 2011 BSCAI President Sally Schopmeyer

In addition to being an Industry veteran,schopmeyer Is also a long-term member of BSCAI. she attended her fIrst BSCAI event In 1991 and was Impressed wIth the professionalism and the many personalities that were Involved wIth the association.

IN EARLY 2008, BSCAI INITIATED A DIALOGUE with the department of Homeland Security (dHS) relative to the now well-known issue of illegal subcontracting. With synergies between the...

IN EARLY 2008, BSCAI INITIATED A DIALOGUE with the department of Homeland Security (dHS) relative to the now well-known issue of illegal subcontracting. With synergies between the...

During the peak months of summer, keeping a pest-free building can be challenging. Pests like rodents, cockroaches, ants and flies abound in warm weather and all are looking for food, water and a cool place to live.

Tuesday, 22 April 2008 10:12

SELLING on a Small

AFTER 45-PLUS YEARS IN THE BUILDING SERVICE contracting business, one of the questions I get asked most is, “How can I secure the good customers?” This is a universal problem, especially for emerging companies attempting to compete in the market against larger and many times better-known companies. To complicate the issue, most of the time, we are attempting to compete with a very limited or sometimes non-existent budget.

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