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Janico Employees to Benefit from Retirement Savings

SecureChoice AARP (March 19, 2017) - Once California's Secure Choice Retirement Savings Program is open for enrollment, employers with 5 or more employees who do not offer an employer-sponsored retirement plan will be required to provide their employees with access to the Secure Choice Retirement Savings Program. The employer mandate will be phased-in gradually over a three-year period, depending on the size of the business, allowing all businesses to successfully adapt to the changes implemented under SB 1234.

Lorenzo Harris, President of Janico Building Services, a commercial janitorial service provider in North Highlands said his employees stand to benefit from the new law. "We know firsthand that many small business owners want to offer retirement benefits, but aren't able to due to cost, business size, and lack of HR/administrative staff to oversee the plans," said Harris.

"The California Secure Choice program will make it easier for small business owners to offer this benefit to their employees, which puts small employers on an even playing field with larger businesses that can typically afford to offer retirement benefits. Additionally, this will help small businesses attract and retain talented employees, as research shows potential employees are drawn to places of employment that offer retirement benefits."

Information will continue to be updated as the Secure Choice Retirement Savings and Investment Board finalizes program details.

Barrera is 2016 Employee of the Year

NORTH HIGHLANDS, CA (February 9, 2017) - Janico Building Services is pleased to announce that Jose Barrera has been recognized as the company's Employee of the Year for 2016.

Jose has been with the company since July 2012 and serves as the full-time lead janitor at the County of Sacramento Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) building located in South Sacramento. He also assists the company's Project Team from time to time. Jose has proven to be a reliable worker and team player who is willing to help wherever there is a need. He often receives praise from management and clients alike for his positive attitude and quality of work. Hence, Jose was the top points earner in the company's Rewards Program, earning 65,500 points for the year.

As the Employee of the Year, Barrera received a plaque and an additional 50,000 points to be redeemed for merchandise. Please join us in congratulating Jose on his huge accomplishment.

The Janico Rewards Program is designed to reward employee efforts and loyalty to the company with the primary focus of the program being to recognize exceptional performance. Points are awarded for such achievements as filling in as relief at a different job site, perfect attendance, employee referrals, customer satisfaction and 80+ inspection scores. The employee with the most total points earned is recognized as the Employee of the Year.

JBS Wins BSCAI Image Award

BSCAI CLEAN Awards Winners (November 1, 2016) - Lorenzo Harris, President of Janico Building Services, a full service commercial contract cleaning company, announced the company has been awarded the Building Service Contractors Association International (BSCAI) 2015 Image Award for the mid-size company category. This award represents Janico's excellence in enhancing the image of the company and the building services contractor industry, recognized as the best in class by it's industry association.

"Janico is honored to receive this award, which affirms that our marketing efforts are in line with best practices of our industry," said Harris.

BSCAI represents a worldwide network of more than 1,000 member companies from across the United States and 15 countries worldwide that provide cleaning, facility maintenance, security, landscaping and other related services to building owners and managers.

Janico Assists Women Battling Cancer

Cleaning For A Reason (February 12, 2016) - Janico Building Services, a commercial building service contractor, has teamed up with Cleaning For A Reason, an international nonprofit foundation. Janico is dedicated to excellence and customer satisfaction. For more than 30 years, the company has built a reputation for delivering quality and cost-effective service that allows its clients to focus on their core businesses.

"Janico has always been aware of its responsibility to our community and cancer awareness," said owner Lorenzo Harris. "In partnering with Cleaning For A Reason, Janico has added residential cleaning for cancer patients to its services. Battling cancer is hard enough. These women need to focus on their health and family, not on cleaning their homes. We want to have a positive impact on the lives of those that need assistance. Janico is very excited about the opportunity to make a difference in our community."

Janico Building Services has agreed to help women battling cancer by cleaning at least two homes per month for four consecutive months at no charge. The only requirement is that the homes be within the company's existing service areas of Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay Area. For more information about this company, go to www.janicoservices.com.

Cleaning For A Reason strives to aid women who are battling cancer by teaming up with professional cleaning companies across the United States and Canada. Together, these two forces offer free house cleaning to meet the needs of women, and since 2006, have donated more than $5.5 million in free services, helping more than 20,000 women with cancer. Based in Lewisville, TX, Cleaning For A Reason works with more than 1,200 professional cleaning companies and continues to grow and gain support. To learn more about Cleaning For A Reason and to apply for free house cleaning, see www.cleaningforareason.org.

Cleaning Contractor Calls for Immigration Reform

Small Business Majority (August 22, 2014) - Lorenzo Harris makes a living sweeping away the dirt. But he certainly is not swept away by the state of our nation's current immigration system. As the CEO and principal of Janico Building Services, a full-service building maintenance and cleaning contractor with 40 employees in Sacramento, Harris understands first-hand how undocumented immigrants affect the cleaning industry, particularly when it comes to the hiring process.

"The hiring of undocumented workers has become widespread in our industry," he said, noting that many are often paid "under the table" and less than minimum wage in order for the company "to gain an unfair competitive advantage."

Witnessing the mistreatment of many immigrant workers in his line of business has inspired Harris to rectify these misdeeds at his own company. Janico Building Services employs workers who are immigrants from all over the world, including Mexico, Puerto Rico, Russia and Asia, and pays all of its workers fair wages.

"[They] are often the hardest working and most loyal employees, many with family members who can't get decent jobs," he said. "College admission becomes problematic too because of their immigration status."

Harris notes that American born citizens are much less likely to pursue employment in cleaning industry jobs, which enables many cleaning service companies to target undocumented workers for employment they desperately look for, and pay them meager wages. This creates an unfair playing field that hurts other small employers like Harris who play by the rules and pay their workers fairly.

Because his industry attracts many undocumented workers, Harris understands from a small business perspective the need for immigration reform that allows these workers better access to jobs and a path toward citizenship.

In fact, Harris is not alone in these sentiments. A scientific opinion poll conducted by Small Business Majority found that a vast three-quarters of small business owners believe creating a path toward legal citizenship for undocumented workers should be part of our country's immigration reform. The poll also found that 64% of small business owners think it's important to allow more low skilled foreign workers, who might work in industries like cleaning services, into this country legally.

"Hopefully, immigration reform will address many of these issues," Harris said, echoing the beliefs of 90% of business owners who agree that our current system is broken.

Janico Awarded Amtrak Contract

ROSEVILLE, CA (March 1, 2014) - Janico Building Services recently secured a contract from National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak) to provide a full range of janitorial services to Amtrak stations located throughout Northern California. The janitorial service contract is for approximately $1.5 million over a five-year period.

Under this contract, Janico will provide maintenance services to include janitorial, window washing, floor and carpet care, graffiti removal and pressure washing. The contract encompasses Amtrak's Capital Corridor and centralizes functional responsibility and maximizes efficiency by combining maintenance services into one performance requirement.

The contract win amid a stiff competitive environment signifies the inherent service quality of Janico. The company provides various services to address the challenges of building owners, property and facility managers and government agencies, including critical quality support services.

Janico has a healthy contract pipeline and is well diversified in the private and public sectors. In the last fiscal year, total revenue increased 17.8% year over year, primarily driven by organic growth from new sales and expansion of services with existing clients.

JBS Founder Earns LEED® Certification

SACRAMENTO, CA (June 7, 2012) - Lorenzo Harris, Founder and Principal of Janico Building Services, has been designated by the U.S. Green Building Council as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Green Associate.

The LEED® Green Building Rating System is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. As a LEED® Green Associate, Harris has gained knowledge of green design and construction to be able to assist clients in protecting their innovations in the expanding green technology sector. The LEED® Green Associate credential distinguishes professionals with the knowledge and skills to successfully support green design, construction and operations.

Harris has spearheaded Janico's efforts to implement environmental stewardship in its building maintenance processes while partnering with building owners and property managers to obtain LEED® certification for their projects. In his role as LEED®-EB partner, Harris has assisted numerous clients in complying with their LEED® Green cleaning requirements. Harris' LEED® certification enables him to assist clients in the procurement of commercial products and services that increase efficiency, preserve natural resources, and reduce emissions.

"Our goal is to be a resource to our clients in the area of sustainable green building, operations and maintenance," said Harris. "We are committed to supporting our customers in the maintenance of environmentally progressive and energy-efficient buildings."

Harris Elected CREW President

SACRAMENTO, CA (January 12, 2012) - Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) Sacramento, the industry's leading advocate for the success of women in commercial real estate, announced at its January program today that Yolanda Harris was elected 2012 CREW Sacramento president.

Harris is Director of Business Development for Sacramento-based Janico Building Services, a regional building service contracting firm that services commercial clients in the Sacramento region and greater San Francisco Bay Area. Harris co-founded Janico in 1985, and assumed her current role in February 1998. She has more than 26 years of experience in the commercial real estate services industry.

Harris is a longtime CREW Network member, having joined the Sacramento Chapter in 1998. She has served on many CREW committees, and earned the chapter's Member of the Year honor in 2000. In 2008, Harris was elected to the Board of Directors, in addition to serving as the chapter's Membership Director from 2008-2010. In conjunction with her many roles within CREW, Harris also served on the Northern California Supplier Development Council (NCSDC) Board of Directors from November 2003 until December 2006. She was CREW Sacramento's President-Elect in 2011.

CREW Sacramento also announced new and returning board members and officers: