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What Property Managers Really Want

What Property Managers Really Want

What do today’s Property Managers really want from their parking lot sweeping service providers? Consider the difficulties and priorities of today’s busy, constantly multi-tasking Property Managers (PMs). These professionals struggle to stay afloat in a sea of urgent detailed action items, communications, and tactical challenges every day. Great numbers of the Property Managers’ operational challenges […]

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Improving Communication in the Workplace

Improving Communication in the Workplace

“Ninety percent of all management problems are caused by miscommunication.” Dale Carnegie, famed public speaker and author of How to Win Friends and Influence People, understood that clear communication is vital to business success. The ability to communicate effectively is a soft skill in management that requires practice, introspection, and intention, but many business leaders […]

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Canaday Sweepers, Inc., Altamont, NY

Canaday Sweepers, Inc., Altamont, NY

In upstate New York, three decades back, a fledgling service business began to bud into what would become a regional institution, Carver Companies. Carver has grown from a one-man, one-dump-truck-and- backhoe operation, into a very large company with numerous divisions. Here, Michael Braunlin, manager of the company’s growing commercial sweeping division, Canaday Sweepers, Inc., shares […]

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Social Media and Your Sweeping Business

Social Media and Your Sweeping Business

Even if all of your new customers are finding your sweeper services business by word-of-mouth, there are many important benefits you can gain by using social media. Strong long-term professional relationships are the stuff of a business’s brand, reputation and potential for stability of its customer base. There are abundant online social resources that offer […]

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1-800-SWEEPER: Eight Years Later and Still Going Strong!

1-800-SWEEPER: Eight Years Later and Still Going Strong!

It’s been nearly 8 years since the official launch of 1-800-SWEEPER in the power sweeping industry and boy is there a story to tell! 1-800-SWEEPER had been in the development stages for several years prior to its introduction in 2011. Mike Lucht, President of the organization and owner of Progressive Sweeping in Detroit/Toledo, had a […]

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The new Xtreme Vac by ODB

The new Xtreme Vac by ODB

The new Xtreme Vac by ODB debris collection machine, DCL800SM, with a three axis hydraulic boom was introduced at the ODB Spring Equipment Show held in Raleigh, NC on April 24th. This value added street maintenance equipment provides advancements in debris collection requested by our customers. ODB president, Greg Heyer, said, “ODB is very excited […]

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Louisiana Power Sweep Services

Louisiana Power Sweep Services

Before 2007, David Powell was just a hard-working guy, an unassuming industrial plant services worker. His job was putting up scaffolding, sometimes up to 400-500 feet high, so that would seem to make him a relatively daring type, as far as plant services workers go. But, he was looking for another kind of excitement. He […]

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Managing Team  Conflict Part I: Building Trust and Integrity

Managing Team Conflict Part I: Building Trust and Integrity

Although most people do not enjoy conflict, experienced managers know that some level of disagreement is inevitable, and can even be beneficial, in the workplace. Groups make better decisions when they consider differing points of view rather than agreeing on everything. Employees need to be able to express discontent and concern, or they may become […]

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A Road Well Traveled – The CMAX Story

A Road Well Traveled – The CMAX Story

Frank Gutierrez bought his first parking lot sweeping truck in 2012 and established a DBA named FJG Property Services. FJG are his initials. He says he lacked creativity, so he decided to go with that name while he was waiting in line with his registration paperwork. Gutierrez later changed the name when he incorporated the […]

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Project Management  Basics II: Leading a Successful Project Team

Project Management Basics II: Leading a Successful Project Team

In last month’s article, we discussed some of the key components of project management. Perhaps nobody in your organization has the official title of “project manager,” but it is nonetheless an important part of running a business. From time to time, we need to divert resources from daily operations to address short-term issues, develop new […]

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