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BEB Wins Graphic Excellence Awards

We are so excited to announce that The Printing United Alliance of the Gulf Coast has bestowed upon us two print awards:

The Award of Excellence for our 2020 Digital Calendars

An Award of Merit for our Digital Cookbook

We are (so) excited to be recognized by the Printing United Alliance. They are the largest graphic arts trade association, representing an industry with approximately one million employees and serving the interests of thousands of member companies through advocacy, education, research, technical information, and cost-saving resources.

 

Small Business COVID-19 Sign Packages

BEB is your small business partner. We have created a variety of COVID-19 signs for small businesses to post throughout their facility/facilities. You can order the signs individually starting at $5.50/each, or discounted package pricing, and you can place your order ONLINE! Posters are available in English or Spanish.

All posters are printed on 130# Card Stock. They are intended for indoor use. Click here to check out our incredible pricing and to order yours today:

 

COVID-19 Operations Update

Business Extension Bureau did not close during the COVID-19 stay home order as we are deemed an essential business within the CISA (Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency). We remain open today and are conducting our operations using recommendations given by the CDC, global, national, and local government agencies and The World Health Organization.

The safety of our staff, customers, and partners is paramount and we have implemented stringent safety procedures that include:

  • Only employees, maintenance staff, and delivery personnel are permitted inside our buildings.
  • Anyone entering our buildings must wear a mask.
  • Deliveries are only accepted through the warehouse.
  • Employees must sanitize their work stations before the start of each shift, mid-day, and again at the end of each shift.
  • Gloves and hand sanitizers are positioned throughout all of our buildings and office areas, and all staff are encouraged to use them throughout the course of each day.
  • Employees whose job functions allow them to work from home are working split shifts. Every other day at home, every other day at the facility; altering days weekly. This will be seamless to our clients and vendors.

We are operating with a core-group of people and understandably our turn times may not be as fast as usual. Your patience is appreciated as we work through this crisis. We appreciate your business and partnership and we will keep you abreast of any changes in our operating schedule as it unfolds.

The Postal Service has so far experienced only minor operational impacts in the United States as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. A temporary suspension of the guarantee on Priority Mail Express International destined for China and Hong Kong, remains in effect since Monday, Feb. 10, 2020, due to widespread airline cancellations and restrictions into this area. In addition, customers may see delays in mail and packages destined to China as well as from China, as well as to and from European countries subject to restricted passenger airline travel. The Postal Service is undertaking all reasonable measures to minimize the impact to our customers.

Please exercise caution and common sense during this trying and extremely unusual time. As always, we appreciate your business and partnership.

Stay safe & healthy-
BEB-Business Extension Bureau

 

 

 

 

Louis DeJoy, US Postmaster General. Daylight or Dark for the USPS?

On June 16, 2020, Louis DeJoy, a successful businessman from the private sector and Republican Party fundraiser, was sworn in to serve as the USPS CEO and our nation’s 75th US Postmaster General. DeJoy was appointed in May by a unanimous selection of the USPS Board of Governors.

DeJoy represents a new era of Postmaster General because he is not a career postal employee unlike his predecessors dating back over 19-years. John Potter served from 2001-2011. He was a second generation postal person, and his career spanned over 30-years. Up next was Patrick Donahoe, USPMG from 2011-2015. Donahoe worked at the US Postal service for over 35-years before retirement. And finally, there is Megan Brennan, the first female USPMG. Megan started as a letter carrier in 1986 and grew through the ranks during her 29-year career.

75th USPMG Lois DeJoy

75th USPMG Lois DeJoy

DeJoy’s career prior to the USPS was serving as chairman and CEO of New Breed Logistics. He spent decades in collaboration with the U.S. Postal Service, Boeing, Verizon, other public and private companies to provide supply chain logistics, program management and transportation support. New Breed Logistics was a contractor to the U.S. Postal Service for more than 25 years, supplying logistics support for multiple processing facilities.

In 2014, New Breed merged with XPO Logistics, with DeJoy serving as CEO of XPO Logistics’ supply chain business in the Americas before his retirement in December 2015. He then joined the company’s board of directors where he served until 2018.

To some, Mr DeJoy is expected to be in alignment with the current administration because of his political background and affiliations, but for right now, we don’t know.  The postal unions are likely to be leery of him because of his political background and because he’s an outsider. The unions are unlikely to give him any slack, and will test his ability to deal with organized labor.

His biggest challenge will be dealing with the mailing industry, the businesses who bring the USPS’ lion’s share of revenue, and whose support he needs. Since Amazon is one of the USPS best clients, the tumultuous relationship between Trump and Bezos may have a determining factor on future policy for the USPS. Mr. DeJoy has donated over $300,000 towards the president’s re-election campaign since January of this year.

In the meantime, it unclear what direction Mr. DeJoy will take the US Postal or what his long-term vision is for the struggling entity. We will keep you abreast of progress as it unfolds which should be unveiled by August.

 

 

The Basics of Networking Have Not Changed

Networking is to continually establish connections to generate business and feed our growth, professionally. It is an essential part of the sales and service cycle for every business. However, in our current climate, it seems impossible to do…or is it? The basics of networking have not changed, even during a pandemic that requires social distancing.

Developing and deepening relationships during this time is absolutely possible. Below are 4 easy ways to approach networking and help your business grow during these troubling times:

Prioritize Quality of Quantity
Networking has never been about casting a wide net around a large group of people. It’s about making connections to people and businesses that are likely to engage or support your business. You’re searching for potential clients or vendors. If you network with 250 people/businesses and only 10 are likely to engage or support your business, you have been wasting a lot time, money, and energy. It’s much more productive to engage 10 people on a regular basis, rather than 250 occasionally.

Unsubscribe from email lists from companies that are filling up your inbox with emails you only delete or don’t read. This will help prevent friends and colleagues emails from “getting lost” in the shuffle. Comment, reply and share posts on social media from the people/companies you have identified are a potential partners and customers, and do it often.

Stay True to You
If you aren’t your true, authentic self while networking, you are selling yourself and your client short. If you have a sense of humor, use your sense of humor. If you are a little irreverent, you should be a little irreverent. Networking is about being human. And the idiosyncrasies surrounding your humanness is what makes you interesting and is foundation for building trust.

Also, don’t forget to give your networking contact the license to be themselves too.

Help Others to be Heard
Instead of competing for the spotlight to focus on you or your business, try amplifying other peoples voices instead. People are drawn to those who are unselfish, especially in the business world, and are often most willing to reciprocate. Help to promote an event, or share a testimony within your social media or online circle, and lend  hand to those potential partners and clients. They will remember it, and in the course of that simple action, you are building trust.

Search for Ways to Service Your Network
This requires one to think out of the box. A good networker is a very good listener. Most people will tell you exactly what they need if you are willing to hear it. A new connection is participating in a community project over the weekend, can you offer to print some signs to help promote the event? Can you post the event on your website, blog, or social media pages? Even it’s not part of your core business, find ways to simplify projects or solve a person’s problem and your networking will turn a prospect into a client.

 

2020 Award for Excellence Winner

 

 

We are proud and honored to receive (for the 5th year in a row), the Houston Better Business Bureau’s 2020 Award of Excellence.

The mission of the BBB is to promote trusted marketplace and celebrate best practices. The BBB Awards for Excellence recognizes businesses, organizations, and employees that are positive examples to all in areas that mirror the core values of the BBB and demonstrate the highest standards of business ethics and practices. These organizations are recognized for fostering trust with their customers, employees, suppliers, and community.

Angel Wiener in Global Influence Magazine

We are so excited to see our very own Angel Wiener included in the pages of Global Influence Magazine this quarter! Check out the article below:

By Elvira Orozco
I am always looking for thought leaders in my industry to learn from, and I recently had the opportunity to sit down with Angel Wiener-Vierna, the Executive Account Manager of the Houston based, multi-channel marketing firm, Business Extension Bureau. A sixth generation Texan, Angel is a University of Houston alumnae with over 20 years of experience that spans the range of offset, digital and wide-format printing, direct mail production, and online services (social media, e-mail blasts, websites, and video marketing), as well as client analysis for better target marketing. She is a self-identified “postal geek” and loves all things football. Her downtime finds her binging Netflix with her adorable Yorkies, or running, hiking and biking in the Texas sunshine. She is dedicated to delivering exceptional customer service without fail, and is passionate about live music, beer, and barbecue.

Read the article in its entirety by clicking here.

Open Texas Phase 1-CHECKLIST FOR CHURCHES/PLACES OF WORSHIP

Below is the checklist for opening Phase 1:
The Office of the Attorney General and the Office of the Governor have been providing joint guidance regarding the effect of executive orders on religious services conducted in churches, congregations, and places of worship. Below is an excerpt from the joint guidance for executive order GA-18, issued on April 27, 2020. The same minimum standard health protocols would apply to funeral services, burials, and memorials.

In accordance with Governor Abbott’s executive order GA-18, the following are the minimum recommended health protocols for all churches, congregations, and places of worship in Texas. Churches, congregations, and places of worship may adopt additional protocols consistent with their specific needs and circumstances to help protect the health and safety of all Texans. The same minimum standard health protocols would apply to funeral services, burials, and memorials.

Everyone should rigorously follow the practices specified in these protocols, all of which facilitate a safe and measured reopening of Texas. The virus that causes COVID-19 is still circulating in our communities. We should continue to observe practices that protect everyone, including those who are most vulnerable.

Please note, public health guidance cannot anticipate every unique situation. Churches, congregations, and places of worship should stay informed and take actions based on common sense and wise judgment that will protect health and support economic revitalization. Churches, congregations, and places of worship should also be mindful of federal and state employment laws and workplace safety standards.

Health protocols for serving your attendees:

  • Strongly encourage the at-risk population to watch or participate in the service remotely.
  • Designate an area inside the facility reserved for the at-risk population*, or offer a service for at-risk population attendees only.
  • Ensure proper spacing between attendees:
  • Keep at least two empty seats (or six feet separation) between parties in any row, except as
    follows:

    • Two or more members of the same household can sit adjacent to one another, with two
      seats (or six feet separation) empty on either side.
    • Two individuals who are not members of the same household but who are attending together can sit adjacent to one another, with two seats (or six feet separation) empty on either side.
  • Alternate rows between attendees (every other row left empty).

Health protocols for your employees and volunteers:

  • Train all employees and volunteers on appropriate cleaning and disinfection, hand hygiene, and respiratory etiquette.
  • Screen employees and volunteers before coming into the church, congregation, or place of worship:
    • Send home any employee or volunteer who has any of the following new or worsening signs or symptoms of possible COVID-19:
      • Cough
      • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
      • Chills
        • Repeated shaking with chills
        • Muscle pain
        • Headache
        • Sore throat
        • Loss of taste or smell
        • Diarrhea
        • Feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit
        • Known close contact with a person who is lab confirmed to have COVID-19
        • Do not allow employees or volunteers with the new or worsening signs or symptoms listed above to return to work until:
          • In the case of an employee or volunteer who was diagnosed with COVID-19, the individual may return to work when all three of the following criteria are met:
              • at least 3 days (72 hours) have passed since recovery (resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications); and the individual has improvement in respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough,
                shortness of breath); and at least 7 days have passed since symptoms first appeared;
              • or in the case of an employee or volunteer who has symptoms that could be COVID-19 and does not get evaluated by a medical professional or tested for COVID-19, the individual is assumed to have COVID-19, and the individual may not return to work until the individual has completed the same three-step criteria listed above;
              •  If the employee or volunteer has symptoms that could be COVID-19 and wants to return to work before completing the above self-isolation period, the individual must obtain a medical professional’s note clearing the individual for return based on an alternative diagnosis.
              • Do not allow an employee or volunteer with known close contact to a person who is labconfirmed to have COVID-19 to return to work until the end of the 14 day self-quarantine period from the last date of exposure (with an exception granted for healthcare workers and critical infrastructure workers).
              • Have employees or volunteers wash or sanitize their hands upon entering.
              • Have employees or volunteers maintain at least 6 feet separation from other individuals. If such distancing is not feasible, then other measures including face covering, hand hygiene, cough etiquette,
                cleanliness, and sanitation should be rigorously practiced.
              • Consistent with the actions taken by many churches, congregations, and places of worship across the state, consider having employees, volunteers, and attendees wear cloth face coverings (over the nose
                and mouth). If available, they should consider wearing non-medical grade face masks.

Health protocols for your facilities:

  • Regularly and frequently clean and disinfect any regularly touched surfaces, such as doorknobs, tables, chairs, and restrooms.
  • Disinfect seats between services.
  • Disinfect any items that come into contact with attendees.
  • Make hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, soap and water, or similar disinfectant readily available.
  • Place readily visible signage to remind everyone of best hygiene practices.
  • If a church or place of worship provides meals for employees, volunteers, or attendees, they are recommended to have the meals individually packed for each employee, volunteer, or attendee.
  • Maintain rigorous sanitation practices like disinfection, handwashing, and cleanliness when preparing or serving anything edible

Download your copy by clicking the linke below:

OpenTexas-Checklist-Churches-Places-of-Worship 2020-04-27

*At-risk population are those who are 65 or older, especially those with chronic lung disease; moderate to severe asthma; chronic heart disease; severe obesity; diabetes; chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis; liver disease; or weakened immune system

TX Starts to Re-Open

The Texas stay at home order will officially expire on Friday, May 1st.

As phase 1 of Abbott’s “Open Texas” plan begins, he said that restaurants, malls, retail stores and movie theaters can reopen on Friday. However, they are limited to 25% capacity.  Churches can open their doors as well and have very specific restrictions regarding distance and seating protocols. (Click here for details) Phase 2 (scheduled for May 18th), will allow capacity to increase to 50% if areas don’t see an uptick in COVID-19 activity for a period of 14-days.

Gov. Abbott said that not all businesses can open at once.  Bars, salons, gyms and barbershops are still ordered to remain closed for the time being. He indicated that he hoped they would be able to resume operations sometime in mid May.

Museums and libraries are allowed to open on Friday as well, and are also held to the 25% capacity limit. However, interactive stations and interactive exhibits must remain closed for now.

Outdoor sports can open up again, including golf and tennis. However, it is limited to no more than four participants and they must be able to maintain social distancing.

The governor is also allowing all licensed physicians to return to work, as long as hospital bed availability for COVID-19 patients is at 50%.

Summer Camps remain “up in the air” for now.

The new executive order does not require businesses to open. It allows them to open if they feel it is safe. He also noted that his order strongly suggests that everyone wear a face mask. However, it is not a requirement. He went on to clarify that his executive order supersedes the Harris county mandate that went into place today which requires that everyone wear a face mask in public or risk being subject to a $1,000 fine for not compliance.

The state has published a guide, Open Texas, which outlines how businesses can open safely with standards for how to handle employees and customers.

Governor Abbott finished his conference by outlining the four (4) factors that must be followed as we open Texas for business:

  1. Stay a safe distance from each other
  2. Use medical data to monitor success
  3. Focus on protecting the vulnerable
  4. Remembering, small business drives the state