See savings tips from our Champions of Energy Efficiency, a customer success story, safety tips and more.
Tips for running a successful business
To help your business, we asked Valley companies to share the secrets of their success. Vicki Boisjolie, president of BC Logistics LLC, talks about lessons she has learned and advice she would give to other businesses. Have a success story? Submit it.
Since starting BC Logistics in 2001, the greatest lesson I’ve learned is that with freedom comes sole responsibility. Venturing out on my own to start a third-party distribution services company presented many requirements that I had to meet and comply with to be operational. For example, it was up to me alone to get certified without the comfort of working under the licenses and safety net of a large corporation.
Working for myself was so much more work than I expected, but all of the accomplishments have also been more rewarding than I ever imagined. I’m proud of our strong, loyal staff members who know how to navigate the freight world and are passionate about the relationships they create and maintain. Our team has been instrumental to the success of BC Logistics.
To other entrepreneurs looking to start a business I offer this advice: Plan ahead, strategize and diversify. It’s important to prepare for turnover. As a small business, there is no guarantee a client or vendor will stay around forever. Acquisitions and mergers can eliminate customers, but you can’t allow that to derail your success.
While working as an agent for a large freight forwarder, I saw the opportunity to improve supply chain loss-prevention procedures for a client. However, I was confronted with corporate restraints and red tape that were difficult for me to accept. That experience made me realize I wanted to be free to innovate, customize and be proactive.
Congratulations to SRP’s top energy-saving businesses
It’s rare for business leaders to take center stage and receive awards for making small changes that yield big rewards like switching to LEDs, upgrading air conditioning units and teaching employees to conserve.
Yet during the SRP Champions of Energy Efficiency Awards and Luncheon, nine innovative Valley businesses also walked away with bragging rights for saving money and conserving precious resources.
During the third annual event, businesses were honored for their participation in SRP’s commercial energy efficiency rebate and ENERGY STAR® Homes programs and for going “above and beyond” in their efforts to create a culture of conservation and stewardship within their organizations.
“Every year SRP helps businesses become more energy efficient by providing rebates on thousands of projects that our customers submit. We created this special event to honor our top commercial energy savers and recognize their ongoing commitment to energy efficiency,” said Dan Dreiling, SRP director of Market Research and Customer Programs. “Being named an SRP Champion of Energy Efficiency is a significant achievement. These companies serve as examples for other businesses to follow.”
In a dynamic era of changing resource and emissions requirements, energy-efficiency programs will play a pivotal role in cost-effectively meeting customers’ power needs – while also helping to optimize resources and protect the environment.
Strong customer participation in SRP’s energy efficiency programs helped to surpass corporate energy-efficiency goals. Last year, the programs for both residential and commercial customers resulted in a savings of more than 525-million kilowatt-hours, which is equivalent to powering about 28,000 Valley homes for one year.
- Charitable and nonprofit: Risen Savior Lutheran Church
- Schools K-12: Phoenix Union High School District
- Small business: Phoenix Vineyard Estates
- Midsize business: San Mar Enterprises
- Large business: The Phoenician Resort
- Homebuilder: Maracay Homes
- Sustained excellence: Dignity Health
- Sustained excellence: Peoria Unified School District
- Municipality: City of Chandler
Thank you and happy holidays
Thank you for the opportunity to serve you this year. Delivering reliable and affordable power and water is important to us. We work hard to fulfill this commitment to all of our customers. As the new year approaches, we look forward to helping you find ways to save energy, conserve water and grow your business. We wish you a wonderful holiday season and all the best in the coming year!
Electrical safety: Stay safe, enjoy the holidays
With the holiday season in full swing, SRP Safety Connection™ reminds you to keep these electrical safety tips in mind around the office.
- Do not place cords where someone can step on them – it causes excessive wear.
- Never overload an outlet and, if possible, avoid using extension cords.
- Never touch an electric appliance with wet hands or while standing on a wet floor.
- If you use space heaters in your office, make sure they have automatic shut-offs and are placed at least 3 feet from combustible material.
Get more office safety tips, and have a great holiday season.