Fall Sweeping

Fall Sweeping

While spring cleanup removes tons of stone, salt, sand and cinders, fall’s primary concern is the leaves. Leaves, if not swept, will flow to streams, rivers, and lakes causing an excessive increase in nutrients that promote bad aquatic plant life and algae that can be detrimental to the fish and other wildlife. The unswept leaves […]

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When Two Forces of Nature Collide—Hurricane vs. Houma Entrepreneur

When Two Forces of Nature Collide—Hurricane vs. Houma Entrepreneur

Jerome Boykin is famous. He became a media darling back in 2007, when he started his sweeping company in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. The young man lifting himself up from the ruins that the catastrophe had left of his plans for the future had already made himself a great American success story within his […]

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Saving on New Equipment Purchases through Section 179

Saving on New Equipment Purchases through Section 179

With strong increases in jobs, wages, and output, small businesses deserve much of the credit for America’s economic growth in 2018. Small business productivity accounts for over half our nation’s private gross domestic product (GDP), so it’s no wonder the government is interested in keeping this sector strong. Every year, the IRS updates policies pertaining […]

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Choosing a Fuel Card for Your Business

Choosing a Fuel Card for Your Business

Whether you’re a sweeper start-up or growing business, a fuel card could provide you with benefits. If you’ve never used or set one up, here is some information to think about. Many owners buy fuel with credit cards because it’s quick, convenient, and accepted everywhere. But if they’re using a credit card, you might be […]

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Midwest Business Visionary Shares Insights

Midwest Business Visionary Shares Insights

Jason Barnes, business broker and owner of A-VAC Sweeping, in Knoxville TN, has taken one of the sweeping industry’s most challenging and exciting business models to yet a new level—the definitive one-stop shop for property maintenance services. And, he has implemented an intensive quality control model, a superbly simple proactive customer service model, and an […]

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Lessons From the Past: What Did Abe Lincoln Know about Running a Business?

Lessons From the Past: What Did Abe Lincoln Know about Running a Business?

Abraham Lincoln rests in our national memory as one of the greatest leaders the United States has ever seen. His image is iconic, and his seemingly impossible reunification of a broken country transformed him into more of a cultural legend than a mere person. But at the start of his presidency, few believed Lincoln had […]

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Rust and Your Sweeper

Rust and Your Sweeper

That brown stain on your hopper, that bubble in the paint at the bottom of the inspection door. Signs that rust has come to beat on your sweeper. Steel will always succumb to rust in a natural environment, but the problem is preventable. Understanding the rusting process, the problematic areas, and the ways to address […]

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Cooperatives Define the Value of Working Together

Cooperatives Define the Value of Working Together

We can’t deny that a group working together has the ability to accomplish more than an individual. Watch any Disney animated movie and you can see the value of collaboration in action. Witness the Red Cross assembling and coordinating clean-up groups after a devastating hurricane. Join a human chain rescuing a swimmer in peril. There […]

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M6 Avalanche Single Engine Enhancement

M6 Avalanche Single Engine Enhancement

One of the main advantages of a twin-engine sweeper is that it allows you to operate the sweeper without having to change the truck chassis engine’s RPM. Thus allowing for slow driving speeds while running the sweeper at maximum power. However, recent enhancements made to the Schwarze M6 Avalanche Single Engine (SE) sweeper brings this […]

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Small Market, Big Success

Small Market, Big Success

This is a classic—the American success story of a local boy. Jim Camp founded his sweeper business in Little Rock in 1979. He had graduated in 1970, and after his years of military service, he had gone to work for his oldest brother, who had started a sweeping business. Jim bought a little sweeper of […]

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How to Save Thousands through Year End Planning

How to Save Thousands through Year End Planning

President Eisenhower understood that while life is unpredictable, mental and physical preparation will benefit us no matter what comes our way. On the small business battlefield, things are certainly unpredictable. New challenges arise all the time, and the occasional crisis can throw an entire year out of line. Before you know it, your annual goals […]

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Sweeper Backing Accidents

We sweep thousands of miles each year, and most of these miles are swept going forward. Although the majority of accidents occur while sweepers are going forward, about 30 percent of accidents occur when the sweeper is moving in reverse. The fact that most backing accidents are preventable, emphasis must be placed on safe backing […]

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SMB Financial Planning for Multi-Generational Business

SMB Financial Planning for Multi-Generational Business

Certain financial challenges confront all growing businesses. For family business owners strategizing to scale, while maintaining family control of their companies over future generations, added issues in planning must be successfully managed. The usual conflicts of opinion on a wide range of business and family matters, including power succession, asset disposition, family hiring practices, and […]

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