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Pricing Your Proposals Accurately: Determining Labor’s Hidden Costs

Have you ever delivered a proposal (not a bid) where you “just knew” you were going to get the account? Your presentation went excellent, all the buying signs from the prospect were there, and you left confident you would be selected to perform the service. But then they proceed to explain that you came in second to another company.

The Evolution of Green Floor Care: Eco-Friendly Floor Cleaning on the Rise

Paying a visit to my old elementary school, the school’s custodian showed me how using a magic marker he placed colored dots between each coat of floor finish as it was applied in certain hallways. If I remember correctly, he used a red dot after the second coat of finish, a blue dot after the third, and a yellow dot after the fourth. As time went on and the finish wore away, the dots told him how many coats of finish were still left on the floor.

Making Pest Control More Effective—and Green: The Latest Advances in Pest Control Technology

In the past decade, new technologies have given facility managers and BSCs the opportunity to make their buildings run more effectively and efficiently. The same goes for the pest management industry, which over the past few years has introduced new technology that can help your facility manage pests more efficiently—and with less impact on the environment.

Improving a Building’s Health Using Green Cleaning to Fight Sick Building Syndrome

Headaches, fatigue, eye irritation—all of these conditions seem like natural symptoms of working in front of a computer screen for 40 hours a week. Even the occasional runny nose or sore throat shouldn’t come as a surprise to someone who interacts with numerous other people on a daily basis.

Lessons from the 2012 Green Cleaning Awards for Schools and Universities: 6 Winning Strategies for Green Cleaning

The Green Cleaning Award for Schools and Universities was created through collaboration between American School & University magazine, the Green Cleaning Network, and Healthy Schools Campaign. Each year, the award recognizes the efforts of schools around the nation with outstanding green cleaning programs.

Can Green Cleaning Standards Help Build Your Business? The Benefits of Becoming GS-42 Certified

Recently, a franchisee of a nationwide cleaning contractor proudly shared that he had secured 19 properties of a local library system, 39 locations of county facilities, and a 100,000 square-foot LEED Gold property.

Save Money and the  Planet by Conserving Water: Water-Saving Cleaning Technology Boosts Business

These days, going “green” is much more than a fad—it’s an important part of a BSC’s business strategy. However, with Americans using more water per day than ever before and the population constantly growing, we’re going to have to add a bluer shade of color to how we define sustainability.