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The #BGExFEARience – Halloween at BlueGrace Logistics

In the corporate world, I have worked through many Halloween festivities:

Plastic pumpkins and spider webs on top of desks;

“No lights! It’s a fire hazard.”

“Nothing hanging above the cubicles! It’s a major distraction.”

A ‘Beware’ sign or two on the hallway along with celebratory cake covered with bright orange frosting and a handful of people who were brave enough to dress up in costume; it was predictable.

And then I started working at BlueGrace.

Halloween decorations at BlueGrace Logistics - BlueGrace is one of the best places to work in Tampa Bay and a Franchise 500 franchise!

Halloween Decorations at BlueGrace Logistics consists of life size skeletons and monsters

The idea of “Halloween at work” has now completely changed and transformed into a monster, and I mean that in an almost literal way (there’s a dead body inside of a coffin staring at me as I write this.)

“Where else can you make a grown man scream like a baby girl other than BlueGrace?” says BlueGrace Scare Master and Partner Invoicing Team Lead, Keith Gineo.

What was once predictable is now completely new and exciting!

Cubicles are decorated with spider webs from floor to ceiling, body parts hanging throughout the office, blood splattered in the break room…and best of all? Halloween is still 2 weeks away! Every day I arrive at work to a new surprise and everyone is thrilled about our biggest “employee appreciation day” of the year!

“I’m looking forward to the unexpected.  I’ve heard a lot of hype about BooGrace and how crazy it is, but I don’t know exactly what that means.  I’m pretty sure the costumes and decorations won’t disappoint, and I’m confident the accounting team will complete the 3-peat after winning the best decorated department again!!!” says Partner Invoicing Specialist, David Daniels.

By the 31st we will have a haunted house in the middle of the office, and dressing up in costumes is not just advised, but mandatory. Cake? Well, I’m not sure if there will be cake, but Happy Hour starts at 3PM and to me that’s completely out of my “Halloween at work” expectation.

“Everyone always has an awesome participation and the BG experience that we all share is amazing. We have many interesting events such as Spook Your Space, Trick Out Your Treats, Pick Your Poison, and Pimp Your Pumpkin, which the pumpkins are provided by the Human Society of Tampa Bay. This year will especially be memorable because I will be able to bring my daughter to work for trick-or-treating. A festivity myself, my co-workers and now my daughter wait for every year,” says Partner Invoicing Specialist, Dom Cipriani.

Halloween decorations at BlueGrace Logistics - BlueGrace is one of the best places to work in Tampa Bay and a Franchise 500 franchise!

BlueGrace is often listed as one of the best places to work!

BlueGrace Logistics - Franchise 500 | Best Places to Work | Inc 5000 | Top Franchises

Blue Grace has one of the most profitable franchise systems. The franchisees are encouraged to participate and replicate the headquarter’s festivities!

BlueGrace Logistics - Franchise 500 | Best Places to Work | Inc 5000 | Top Franchises

Welcome to BlueGrace!

BlueGrace Logistics - Franchise 500 | Best Places to Work | Inc 5000 | Top Franchises

The Halloween spirit at BlueGrace is infectious!

 

It’s easy to see why BlueGrace is so successful. The employees love what they do because they work in a place they love. They work hard because they’re allowed to enjoy being at work, making every day simply unpredictable!

Thanks to BlueGrace Logistics’ Partner Invoicing Team for sharing their #BGExFEARience:

BlueGrace is one of the best places to work in Tampa Bay and a Franchise 500 franchise system!

Keith Gineo, in full Halloween mode!

Halloween decorations at BlueGrace Logistics - BlueGrace is one of the best places to work in Tampa Bay and a Franchise 500 franchise system!

David Daniels

BlueGrace is one of the best places to work in Tampa Bay and a Franchise 500 franchise system!

Dom Cipriani

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“HASH”it OUT

Get in to the conversation with BlueGrace’s newest topics!
Check out the latest hashtags that will be featured throughout the month of October. We’ll be looking for our newest PowerTweeters this way too!

 

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Top 3 Halloween Traditions

BlueGrace Franchisee’s Favorite Halloween Traditions.
We reached out to our franchise owners this year to find out what their favorite Halloween traditions were. Here are the TOP 3!

 

#1 BlueGrace Jax

BlueGrace Jacksonville

“Our favorite Halloween traditions is to dress up, and donate candy to Clara White Mission Families to help uplift their spirits.” Jeff Lavallee, BlueGrace JAX Franchise Owner

 

#2 BlueGrace ORD 

BlueGrace ORD

“Halloween party with friends, costumes, and a photo booth with green screen. I (Randy) actually started a photo booth company a few years back. I closed the business since but we still use the booth.” Randy Vlasic, BlueGrace ORD Franchise Owner

#3 BlueGrace Long Island 

BlueGrace Long Island

“Attending a Halloween Party is what I typically do. I really don’t have any other tradition. Just going out and having a good time with friends.” Joe Parinello, Vice President BlueGrace Long Island

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How Truckers Should Approach the End of the Business Year

This is a Guest Blog Article from Deborah Sweeney, the CEO of MyCorporation.com:

Though the end of the business year can mean something different to everyone, typically businesses choose to end their business year along with the calendar year in December. So for those truckers that are coming up to the end of their business year, here’s what you have to do to go out with a bang and properly prep for the up and coming tax season:

Keep track of any financial paperwork.          

The end of the fiscal year is a time to calculate annual financial statements. This is because, in many jurisdictions, regulatory laws regarding accounting and taxation require reports once a year. The end of the year could also be a time to focus on income tax reporting. Whatever the case, gathering all your paperwork, down to the receipts you acquire while on the road, is a must at the end of the year. And while you’re at it, pay special attention to those receipts to get the deductibles you’ve earned come tax time! Most truckers will find by their second year in the business that it’s just easier to keep all financial paperwork (receipts included) in one folder for easy reference when this time of the year rolls around.

Straighten out what’s considered a travel expense and what’s not.

The IRS defines travel expenses as anything ordinary or necessary to purchase while traveling away from home on behalf of your job. Though keep in mind that “ordinary” might be different for every profession. What’s ordinary to buy on the road for a trucker will not be ordinary to buy on the road for a sales man. As long as what you’re buying is appropriate to your line of work, it can be considered a travel expense. Go over your purchases from the year and make two piles: travel expenses, and not travel expenses. Not only will you need this later for deductibles, but it’s good to look at what you’ve bought throughout the year and learn from those spending habits.

Evaluate your current accountant.

Another good thing to do at the end of the business year is assess how helpful your accountant has been. Truckers are in a unique situation because, typically, only a specialized accountant who knows all about the trucking industry can really benefit them. Though a specialized accountant may cost more money, they could end up saving you a lot in the long run. No matter the industry, everyone wants to pay the least amount of money possible when it comes to dealing with fees and paying taxes. Paying for someone knowledgeable in your profession can be well worth it.

Deborah Sweeney is the CEO of MyCorporation.com. MyCorporation is a leader in online legal filing services for entrepreneurs and businesses, providing start-up bundles that include corporation and LLC formation, registered agent, DBA, and trademark & copyright filing services. MyCorporation does all the work, making the business formation and maintenance quick and painless, so business owners can focus on what they do best. Follow her on Google+ and on Twitter @mycorporation.

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FRANCHISE OF THE MONTH – OCTOBER

Published on October 6, 2014 by in Franchise

 

BlueGrace Jacksonville, led by franchise owner Jeff Lavallee is October 2014 Franchise of the Month. Jeff Lavallee was one of the original to join the franchise network in 2011. Since Double Up 2014 BlueGrace Jax has really taken initiative to follow the key points of Jack Daly’s systems and processes. One of Jacksonville’s successes has been improving their hiring practices to better their culture. They have recently hired a Sales Manager and are currently utilizing the recruiting program in effort to help them hire better people. BlueGrace Jax has been concentrating to focus on their current customer base to add additional revenue that they are currently not capturing, while also focusing on improving their relationships.

Jeff Lavallee BlueGrace Franchise

           BlueGrace Jacksonville, Jeff Lavallee;              FOTM October 2014

 

“I contribute our success to expounding on the culture by mimicking BlueGrace Corporate,” -Jeff Lavallee

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BlueGrace Logistics Launches TOP Program (True Ownership Plan), Provides Exclusive Incentives For Entering the Award-Winning Freight Franchise System

BlueGrace Logistics (www.mybluegrace.com) is now offering up to $250,000 in signing bonuses for the industry’s elite of logistics freight agents. BlueGrace recently announced the launch of the TOP Program (True Ownership Plan Program), providing exclusive incentives and benefits to join BlueGrace’s award-winning franchise network.

In 2014, BlueGrace was recognized by several media for the growth and expansion of their franchise opportunity. Since franchising in 2011, the system has added over 50 franchises across the United States and seen over 60% growth year over year. BlueGrace will use TOP to promote true business ownership; giving converted agents customized initial and ongoing training, operational support from the corporate office and more.

“We created this program to encourage industry entrepreneurs to own their own businesses. Their experience and passion for the trade will add tremendous value to our franchise network while providing them with the true support they’re unable to receive elsewhere,” says Bobby Harris, President and CEO of BlueGrace Logistics.

Logistics agent programs became popular during the financial of the 2000’s, when the job market was weak and businesses needed to lower operating expenses. At the time, the logistics agent model provided a mutually beneficial relationship for the both the agent and company. However, as the economy began to recover and agents began to book more business the fine print on agent contracts looked a little bigger. As many were looking for support, training, control of their book of business and breaks on commission splits; expectations were not met. BlueGrace created TOP to address this situation, helping agents become true business owners.

Carrier Direct (logistics consultancy) wrote the white paper “The Impending Death of the Logistics Agent Model”, clearly the demise of agent programs. Click here to read. 

TOP by BlueGrace is now open to all logistics freight agents, seeking true business ownership. The dedicated TOP Program team is currently accepting inquiries. You may contact the TOP team directly at [email protected], by calling 888.752.0441 or simply fill out the form below.

Contact BlueGrace's TOP Program Team Today!

Please fill out the form below to contact BlueGrace's True Ownership Plan Program reps for more information.
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Becoming a Freight Truck Broker

Becoming a Freight Truck Broker

So you’re interested in becoming a freight truck broker? I’m sure you already know that being a broker in this industry can be extremely exciting: you have unlimited earning potential, the freedom to create your own hours and full control of your career! What you may not know is that the freight brokerage world is full of unknowns and surprises, which is why many people choose to open a Blue Grace franchise instead of going in this business all alone. When you open a BlueGrace franchise, you get all of the excitement of the industry, plus full support and assistance when you need it.

One of the great things about opening your own BlueGrace franchise is that not only do you own your business, but you also get a full package of teams to help you along the way. A dedicated member from the Franchise Support Team is always available to help you with any issues or questions you may run into. The Marketing department will help promote your business through print, TV and social media. And finally, your customers get to use BlueShip 3.0, the most innovative Transportation Management System to date.

As a broker, you’re another agent, but why be an agent when you can own a TRUE business?  Contact us today to find out what it takes to become an entrepreneur and take ownership of your career.

BlueGrace Franchise Opportunities

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BlueGrace Baltimore Celebrates Their One Year Anniversary

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Within a year, Maryland has experienced some historical events. From the anniversary of the Star Spangled Banner to the Orioles becoming AL East Champions.

This year, on this historical day of September 18th, BlueGrace Baltimore hits its one-year anniversary. Of course the beginning was difficult for the office. We were all learning new rules, nervous of change, and wondering “Will we fit in to this ‘culture’ thing?” It turns out, we do! The confusion and head scratching turned to smiles and fun. The bad chaos became the chaos that we thrive for.  And to quote Bobby “the dinosaur computer screens are gone!”

We all want to take the time and thank everyone that helped us reach this anniversary. We can’t wait to celebrate many years more.

 

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BlueGrace Logistics ranked No. 97 on Gulf Coast 500

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BlueGrace Logistics has been recognized in the Business Observer’s 2014 Gulf Coast 500 rankings!

The Business Observer annually ranks the top 500 companies from Tampa to Naples by their gross revenues. On this year’s list, which reflects 2013 fiscal year data, BlueGrace Logistics ranked No. 97.

 

 

 

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BlueGrace Franchise Rankings – Monthly Revenue for August

Monthly Revenue - Franchise Rankings

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