Our friend Enoch Sears shares about his weekend near the beginning of the creek fire.

Well, this was an interesting Labor Day. Our high Sierras holiday stay was cut short due to the California Creek fire. As we drove up to the lake on Saturday to spend time in a friend’s cabin, we saw a plume of smoke and ash 15,000 feet high about 20 miles distant.
This was the same area where I took my two boys and nephews mountain biking last weekend:
Fortunately, we were far enough away to enjoy clear blue skies, but that changed on Sunday when the wind shifted and we were blanketed with ash and smoke. Should we head out immediately? Or stay the night and leave Monday morning? When you’re in relative comfort, it’s hard to face the reality of (possible) impending disaster. It’s like the human mind tricks us into thinking “we’ll be ok.” Like these lake goers:
Well, the decision was made for us on Sunday afternoon when a neighbor knocked on the door and told us that an evacuation order was issued. We packed up and headed home – getting out just before the main roads closed – glimpsing the fire burning on adjacent ridges as we drove past.
This got me to thinking about why it is important to invite others to do things. People at rest like to stay at rest, unless they have a good reason to move (or take action). Sometimes all it takes is a reminder. So … right now, I’m the neighbor knocking at your door. It’s time to book your SMART Practice discovery call. SMART Practice™ is Business of Architecture’s flagship program that helps busy architecture firm owners structure their practice for greater creative and financial success. Who is SMART Practice for? You may be a fit if you fall into one of these three categories: Mature, successful practices that are stuck at a plateau. Busy practice owners who are spread too thin, and want to build a powerful, trusted and efficient team. Early-stage practices who are good at what they do but feel something is missing. My invitation to you: Right now, there are figurative (and literal) fires burning in the world. I invite you to book a complimentary, 20-minute phone call with me so you can discover if implementing the SMART Practice Method™ is a fit for you. Don’t get caught on the mountain. There’s no charge or any obligation with this call, it is simply to understand some of the obstacles, challenges, aspirations and goals you may have with your business. After which, and with your permission, we can look at what else might be possible to further assist you and your team. Click here to fill out a brief survey and book a time to speak that works for you. Carpe diem, Enoch
Enoch Bartlett Sears AIA
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The Impact of a Small Business

I want to thank Mark Jones for inviting me to be a part of the Tri-County Janitorial team. At first, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but since I have had the privilege to experience Mark’s heart and passion for both his employees and his clients, I have come to understand, admire and have great respect for the unique mission and vision of Tri-County Janitorial.
Since Mark understands what his clients expect and value, he is very intentional and selective about the people he hires to serve them. Therefore, my first responsibility was to review a host of resumes and set up interviews for Mark. I found it quite illuminating and educational as I watched Mark “mine” through each applicant’s information and develop a great question that would provide him with valuable insight.
After meeting several of Mark’s employees, I heard the respect they had for him and the appreciation for their work. One person said, “This is the first company I have ever worked for that actually gave me a raise that I didn’t even ask for!” I heard a new employee say, “I appreciate the fact that Mark trusts me and has confidence in me to do my job. It makes me feel valued.”
Although Tri-County Janitorial is not the largest janitorial service in the valley, the influence it is having on its employees, their families and the clients it serves is something to be admired. How many companies do you know of, where authentic mutual respect exists and where employees genuinely appreciate what they do?
For me, working at Tri-County Janitorial is literally life-changing. Easy? Not always, but worth every minute of my time!
Greg Munoz

We Are Ready To Serve You

When the virus Covid-19 hit our economy and especially threatened our loved ones, things became more uncertain than ever.  Something happened that had never happened before and for many of us, it meant being laid off jobs.
 
For Tri-County Janitorial, we continue to serve a little over 60% of the commercial cleaning we do.  In the janitorial business, we serve companies and businesses that serve you with your most essential needs like emergency services and cattle feed for the meat you eat.  We do office cleaning for those who pick up your trash, the engineers that build your buildings and roads, your banks, and pharmacies.
 
Please call us to clean your office, industrial facility, or church.  We are on the front lines now serving so many and when your offices, churches, and houses of worship start up again, we will be happy to serve you again.  We are qualified to serve any size business.

Safety First

Safety is often achieved in the small things.  Planning, preparation, and teamwork go a long way in creating a safe work environment.  We recently had Jorgensen Co. out to do annual fire extinguisher maintenance.  This quick step ensures that our office and office staff have tools needed in case of an emergency.

Similarly, in our cleaning services, it is our goal to fully equip all our janitors with the tools, equipment and knowledge they need to do the job safely.  The right PPE and a plan for how to get the job done can each be small parts, yet are essential in promoting safety.

We do our job safely so that we can help create a safe space for our customers.  Quality cleaning is one step forward in safety.

How can you take steps towards safety today?

Cleaning businesses is our area of expertise. We focus primarily on cleaning of commercial businesses, big and small, from industrial to educational facilities. We clean offices and businesses in Fresno, Tulare and Kings counties. Just like the flowers come out around our businesses in springtime, many people associate spring with spring cleaning. For your business, avoid the hassle of spring cleaning and contact us for a new janitorial proposal.

Nigerian Farmers Talk AG

Nigerian Farmers Talk agricultural applications for their farms in Nigeria. One of these tractors, a Nigerian farmer said would be good in sandy soil but not in regions where there was clay earth and the sales man agreed that for that earth you would need to upgrade to a much larger tractor.