Author Archives: Robin Lamerson

Marketing for Growth

When Ravi Sachdeva’s father founded American Pest Management in 1979, the most important marketing tool was the yellow pages. “There was another pest management company in the area with a name that started with ‘anti,’ so my father named his company American Pest Management, so our yellow page listing and ad would be the first in the section,” explains Sachdeva, ...

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Congressional Recess. Your Time to Make a Difference!

Over the 4th of July recess your elected officials will be returning to their state and districts and will be heavily engaged in constituent outreach at 4th of July parades, picnics and events. If you are attending one of these, take this as an opportunity to talk to your elected official and tell them what you do to protect public ...

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Planning for Growth

“If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.” This sage advice from Benjamin Franklin is true for all sizes of business in all industries, but too often, the business planning that occurs does not always position the business for growth in the most effective manner. “I believe most medium to large pest management companies do have a strategic ...

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Administration Publishes Rule to Increase the Availability of Association Health Plans

On Tuesday, June 19 the U.S. Department of Labor published a new rule titled  Definition of “Employer” under Section 3(5) of ERISA–Association Health Plans.  The rule is expected to ease regulations that have in the past restricted small businesses from banding together to purchase insurance across state lines in “Association Health Plans.”  The rule modifies the definition of “employer” under ...

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QualityPro Awarded Healthy Homes Workforce Development Mini-Grant From the National Center For Healthy Housing

$7,500 grant to help fund new suite of public health service certifications QualityPro, the only recognized and accepted credentialing authority of the professional pest management industry, today announced that its been named the recipient of a $7,500 Health Homes Workforce Development Mini-Grant through a contract between the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the National Center for Healthy Housing (NCHH). The grant ...

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Successful Third Global Summit of Pest Management Services for Public Health and Food Safety

Over 300 attendees and 34 Represented Countries Met to Further Education and Technology Advancing Pest Management Practices The Third Global Summit of Pest Management Services in Cascais, Portugal has come to a successful conclusion with worldwide participation on important issues related to food safety and public health. According to Dominique Stumpf, CEO of NPMA and a presenter of the event, ...

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Umbrella Insurance for Your Pest Control Business and Peace of Mind

In a culture where litigation is commonplace, business owners have many more worries than making profits and retaining top employees. If your product injures a consumer, your organization could face a devastating lawsuit, exponential damages and a tainted reputation in the marketplace. To assist with the financial burden of a claim, many business owners purchase commercial umbrella insurance on top ...

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3 Reasons to Make the Switch from Paper to Digital Recordkeeping

Take a moment to think back to the days before the Internet and email existed. It was a time when all business operations were done by hand. Employee attendance was tracked using traditional punch clocks or sign-in sheets. Customer communication was handled by picking up a landline phone or sending a handwritten letter. Personnel records were managed using lots of ...

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PPMA Survey Highlights Bed Bug Prevalence Nationwide

Results show 97 percent of U.S. pest professionals treated for bed bugs in past year; customers frequently call for concern of another pest only to find it’s really bed bugs The Professional Pest Management Alliance (PPMA), which serves as the public outreach arm of the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), today released the findings of its 2018 Bugs Without Borders ...

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Choosing Between an HRA and HSA: Reducing the Cost of Employee Benefits

The cost of employee health benefits is rising at an exponential rate.  As an employer, you may be searching for ways to control costs while at the same time being able to offer your employees a benefit. Tax-advantaged benefit accounts represent a compelling way to help offset the increase in your employees’ out of pocket health care responsibilities. Health Reimbursement ...

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