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The drinks were on us at this month's Builders Owners Mana

Builders Owners Managers Association (BOMA) Golf Tournament

The drinks were on us at this month’s Builders Owners Managers Association (BOMA) Golf Tournament.  The event, held at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables, gathered real estate and property management professionals for a little fun in the Miami sun. Continue reading ‘Builders Owners Managers Association (BOMA) Golf Tournament’ »

Outdoor Event Cleaning Services Available

Outdoor Event Cleaning Services Available

Whether it’s 100,000 electronic music fans at the Ultra Music Festival, 30,000 runners at the Corporate Run/Walk or 200 professional at a corporate event, South Florida has a myriad of beautiful outdoor locations to hold events. And, once you pick your ideal location, you’ll want it to look and feel impressive throughout the night. But let’s be realistic … do you really think you’ll have the time or desire to pick up trash or keep unwanted guests out? No! Luckily, you can outsource that part of the event. Continue reading ‘Outdoor Event Cleaning Services Available’ »

Even if you don't have a home security system, there are still other Halloween security tips you can put into action to keep your home and family safe

Halloween Home Safety Tips

Trick or treat! It’s almost the time of year when millions of families will be upholding that time-honored tradition of roaming neighborhoods in search of candy and fun. Sadly, many home intruders are eagerly awaiting Halloween as much as your little princesses and superheroes. Because the commotion of the holiday, under the auspices of costumes, creates an ideal opportunity for them to burglarize your home!

Even if you don’t have a home security system, there are still other Halloween security tips you can put into action to keep your home and family safe … Continue reading ‘Halloween Home Safety Tips’ »

Elements of Good Commercial Landscape Design

Elements of Good Commercial Landscape Design

Well-maintained and attractive landscaping is essential to a business and its customers. Successful companies and business owners understand that it’s important to maintain an aesthetically pleasing building. A potential customer may think twice about putting his or her trust, and money, in someone working out of a disheveled and dilapidated property. After all, if they can’t maintain their property, who’s to say they can manage their business?

Here are a few design ideas that will go a long way in pleasing employees and customers alike:

Continue reading ‘Elements of Good Commercial Landscape Design’ »

Maintaining an Environment for Learning at Miami Dade College

So the story goes, Sir Isaac Newton “discovered” gravity when an apple fell from the tree he was sitting under and hit his head. While we’re grateful for Newton’s eureka moment, here at SFM we know that stuff shouldn’t be falling from well-maintained trees! Continue reading ‘Maintaining an Environment for Learning at Miami Dade College’ »

The Evolution of Your Credit Card

The Evolution of Your Credit Card

If you’ve recently received a new credit card in the mail, you probably noticed something was different about the new card. The difference is a small, metallic chip on the front. That little chip means heightened security, which is great news for the 25 million people affected by credit card fraud each year.

Why should you be excited? Because that little chip, called EMV, is part of a new generation of smarter credit cards. Continue reading ‘The Evolution of Your Credit Card’ »

Green Technology

Powered by Clean Fuel Technology

Check out our new wheels!  We recently acquired these three new lawn mowers for our landscape division.

Did you know these mowers can cost a much as a car?  And though you probably wouldn’t take them down I95, if you did you could ride them down the express lanes for free. That’s because these mowers run on propane fuel instead of regular gasoline. Continue reading ‘Powered by Clean Fuel Technology’ »

Jungle Island Anniversary!

Jungle Island Anniversary!

This month we celebrate one year of monkeying around at Jungle Island!

SFM provides housekeeping, landscaping and security services 24/7, 365 days a year.  We’re proud to be a part of the wild adventure right here on our Miami shoreline. Continue reading ‘Jungle Island Anniversary!’ »

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Check Out the New SFM Website

We are proud to share with all of you a new one stop source for all things SFM–our revamped SFM Services website!

This new mobile-friendly site gives you all the latest info about our services and staff.  We’ve also included a useful archive of our newsletter articles for your reference.

I can’t wait to hear what you think of our new look and simplified accessibility–send me an email to let me know how it works for you.  And remember, if your location needs to be clean, green or secure, look no further than www.SFMServices.com!

Christian Infante

President

Invasive Local Plants

The Problem With Invasive Local Plants

Exotic plants have been sprouting up in Florida since European explorers made their way to our shores hundreds of years ago. Currently there are over 1,400 plants that are non-native to the region. Many of those support human health and our economy, but a small percent cause major problems. Continue reading ‘The Problem With Invasive Local Plants’ »

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Keeping Your Swimming Pool Safe

South Florida’s warm, tropical climate lends itself to outdoor living, especially water activities. A backyard or community pool can be used year-round here. While a dip in the pool is certainly fun and refreshing, it’s important to remember pools can be dangerous.

Drowning is the number one pool safety issue, but there are other high profile incidents that have raised awareness about additional risks associated with swimming pools. In one case, a seven-year-old boy was electrocuted in the family pool when a faulty pool light connected and electrified the water. And there have now been several cases of drowning or near-drowning incidents involving pool drains.

Caretakers might feel seemingly powerless to prevent the accidents from happening, but there are safety precautions you can take … Continue reading ‘Keeping Your Swimming Pool Safe’ »

How to Clean Up Safely and Efficiently After A Disaster

Clean Up Safely and Efficiently After A Disaster

June 1st marked the start of hurricane season. While meteorologists are expecting below average activity in the Atlantic, it’s always important to be prepared and have a plan in place. Continue reading ‘Clean Up Safely and Efficiently After A Disaster’ »

Many studies have shown that having a pet-friendly working environment is great for employee loyalty as well as company profits.

Keeping Your Pet Safe At The Office

Many studies have shown that having a pet-friendly working environment is great for employee loyalty as well as company profits. But while it’s an amazing perk to work for an organization that allows you to bring Milo to work with you, it’s important for the space to be outfitted with equipment that ensures your furry baby is safely frolicking while you’re working. Continue reading ‘Keeping Your Pet Safe At The Office’ »

Hurricane season is upon us again. While we hope our tropical weather patterns are uneventful this summer, SFM is prepared to help in our communities should the worst occur.

Hurricane Season is Here

Hurricane season is upon us again. While we hope our tropical weather patterns are uneventful this summer, SFM is prepared to help in our communities should the worst occur. Continue reading ‘Hurricane Season is Here’ »

For those of us squeezing in 26 hours of activities, chores, and commitments into a 24-hour day, exercise often falls by the wayside. But that doesn't have to be the case.

Gardening Counts as Exercise

For those of us squeezing in 26 hours of activities, chores, and commitments into a 24-hour day, exercise often falls by the wayside. But that doesn’t have to be the case. Much has been said about the amount of physical activity exerted during a few hours of house cleaning, and the same is true about gardening. Continue reading ‘Gardening Counts as Exercise’ »

Because many people feel improperly displaying and caring for the American flag is disrespectful, it's important for you to know there are certain guidelines to follow.

The Correct Way to Display and Handle the American Flag

The American flag is a symbol of our country’s strength, pride and unity, and the 14th of this month, we celebrate Flag Day as a way to honor the flag and those qualities. Many people across the country will be displaying the flag at home and in their offices. Because many people feel improperly displaying and caring for the American flag is disrespectful, it’s important for you to know there are certain guidelines to follow. Continue reading ‘The Correct Way to Display and Handle the American Flag’ »

City of Doral

Keeping Doral Beautiful

The recent “Keep Doral Beautiful Fair” offered residents the opportunity to explore and experience on-site products, exhibits, and services that are environmentally friendly. Continue reading ‘Keeping Doral Beautiful’ »

Have you heard of "Million Trees Miami?" Join the movement.

Million Trees Miami

The city of Miami is working on a project to beautify the city with a canopy increase of 30%. The effort is called Million Trees Miami.  Their mission is “growing a healthy urban forest that provides a minimum of 30% tree canopy coverage and the maximum social, economic, and environmental benefits to the region.” Continue reading ‘Million Trees Miami’ »

Because many people feel improperly displaying and caring for the American flag is disrespectful, it's important for you to know there are certain guidelines to follow.

Honoring Our Veterans

On November 11th, the nation honors our veterans. So this month, we wanted to recognize our very own SFM veterans in a special way.  Continue reading ‘Honoring Our Veterans’ »

Clean Up for A Cure

Clean Up for A Cure

The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® Series is the largest series of 5K runs/fitness walks in the world, and it has become an annual SFM tradition. This year we participated in the Miami race and were also contracted to do the event clean up.  Continue reading ‘Clean Up for A Cure’ »

Landscaping Training and Arborist Accolades

Landscaping Training and Arborist Accolades

At SFM we take pride in being skilled and trained for the job at hand. Recently, our team enjoyed landscape training conducted by Henrique Mayer from the Miami-Dade County Cooperative Extension.  Continue reading ‘Landscaping Training and Arborist Accolades’ »

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SFM in Your Community

School is well underway, but during the summer SFM helped Miami Dade County prepare for the academic year by providing tree trimming services to 12 schools. SFM has been providing landscape services to area schools since 2004.    Continue reading ‘SFM in Your Community’ »

Disaster Recovery

Disaster Reduction for Resilient Communities

The International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR) on October 10 encourages every citizen and government to take part in building more disaster resilient communities and nations. Here in South Florida, we are no strangers to natural disasters. Though we’ve almost made it to the end of the 2014 hurricane season, here are a few tips to ensure your plants and trees are secure enough to weather any storm. Continue reading ‘Disaster Reduction for Resilient Communities’ »

Terror in the Jungle

Terror at Jungle Island

Get ready for 20 nights of hair-raising, pulse-quickening Halloween events at Jungle Island. Two scary attractions full of mutated creatures and zombie-like Aztec Indians will soon take over South Florida’s favorite haunt. Continue reading ‘Terror at Jungle Island’ »

SFM Heroes

SFM Heroes

SFM has been providing security guard services to Rebecca Towers on Miami  Beach since 2007.  Last month, brave SFM security officers removed an elderly woman from her apartment and extinguished a fire in her kitchen. Then they evacuated both towers. Continue reading ‘SFM Heroes’ »

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

SFM has been supporting the ALS Recovery Fund for the last 15 years.  So, it was an honor for my father and I to take the Ice Bucket Challenge. Continue reading ‘ALS Ice Bucket Challenge’ »

Summer Gardening

Vegetable Gardens are a “Growing” Trend

These days we are all more concerned than ever with the source of our food. There seems to be something controversial about almost any food we buy, even organic! Many people are turning their yards and open spaces into orchards.  Growing your own food helps you save money, control the source of your food, and can also give you a relaxing hobby. Continue reading ‘Vegetable Gardens are a “Growing” Trend’ »

Arbor Day

Arbor Day

The City of Doral hosted Arbor Day; SFM donated trees to seven schools.  Doral Mayor Luigi Boria is pictured celebrating with the children and staff. The trees were locally grown at the SFM Tree Farm in Homestead. Continue reading ‘Arbor Day’ »

Disaster Recovery

Hurricane Preparedness

June 1st is the start of Hurricane Season. Here are some tips to get your property and your plants prepared for the season. Continue reading ‘Hurricane Preparedness’ »

Composting

Learn About Composting

May 29 was “Learn About Composting Day.” We are here to give you the basics. Continue reading ‘Learn About Composting’ »

Holiday Lights

Lights Safety

Decorations are a beautiful part of the holiday season. However, if safety precautions are ignored, they can also cause serious safety hazards. Continue reading ‘Lights Safety’ »

What does Santa do in South Florida?

What does Santa do in Florida?

Kids growing up in South Florida often see Santa going down chimneys and landing on snow-filled roofs. So how does Santa deliver presents on Christmas Eve in Florida? Continue reading ‘What does Santa do in Florida?’ »

Arbor Day in the City of Doral

Gallery: City of Doral Arbor Day

It was an honor to donate the trees for this year’s Arbor Day celebration in the City of Doral. Arbor Day is recognized year-round on a different day in each city in the US. What is more important than celebrating trees–the producers of the very air we breathe?  Continue reading ‘Gallery: City of Doral Arbor Day’ »

Summer Gardening

Prepare Your Plants for Extreme Heat

In Florida, it doesn’t take very long for the strong heat to arrive. This is why it’s important to take measures to insure your garden is prepared for the warmer months of the year. Continue reading ‘Prepare Your Plants for Extreme Heat’ »

2014 Ford EcoBoost

2014 Ford Ecoboost

The 2014 Ford Championship Weekend began on November 14th and culminated with the season-ender Ford EcoBoost 400 race today. SFM Services Inc. provided janitorial services for the entire event.  We have been providing janitorial and landscape services to Homestead Speedway since 2002. Continue reading ‘2014 Ford Ecoboost’ »

Bike Safety

Bike Safety

South Florida’s bike culture is growing. Tourists and locals enjoy the sites of our beautiful city on their bicycles–no longer is Miami cycling limited to a few aficionados on their speed bikes in Key Biscayne.  However, whether it’s a leisurely ride or a race to the finish, cyclists should take heed of a few precautions when venturing out. Continue reading ‘Bike Safety’ »

Mold is annoying. It spreads, it makes you sick, and it ruins your drywall, carpeting, drapery and furniture. There are several types of mold that grow here in Florida -- the green kind being a nuisance and the black being a terror. Every space is a target for mold.

What Does the Janitor Do?

When we do big jobs like ULTRA music festival or the recent New Year’s Eve party, it’s easy to appreciate our work. But the day-to-day, after hours cleaning service is where we help most of our janitorial clients. Do you know what we do for them?  Here’s a short list: Continue reading ‘What Does the Janitor Do?’ »

Job Fair

Veteran’s Job Fair

SFM recently had the honor of hosting a Veteran’s Job Fair at Miami International Airport.  Continue reading ‘Veteran’s Job Fair’ »

Every year BOMA honors outstanding buildings, property managers, and associates in Miami-Dade.  This year, Baptist West Kendall Medical Arts Building was awarded the BOMA Toby award for best Medical Office Building.

Baptist Health Building Wins 2015 BOMA Award

Every year BOMA honors outstanding buildings, property managers, and associates in Miami-Dade.  This year, Baptist West Kendall Medical Arts Building was awarded the BOMA Toby award for best Medical Office Building. Continue reading ‘Baptist Health Building Wins 2015 BOMA Award’ »

Miami's New Year's Eve bash was hosted by the 305s very own Pitbull.

Cleaning Up After Pitbull: Happy New Year from SFM!

Miami’s New Year’s Eve bash was hosted by the 305’s very own Pitbull. Continue reading ‘Cleaning Up After Pitbull: Happy New Year from SFM!’ »

Business Safe

How to Choose a Safe

A safe, if chosen properly, can serve you for a lifetime. Here is a checklist to help you choose a safe that’s right for you. Continue reading ‘How to Choose a Safe’ »

Mold is annoying. It spreads, it makes you sick, and it ruins your drywall, carpeting, drapery and furniture. There are several types of mold that grow here in Florida -- the green kind being a nuisance and the black being a terror. Every space is a target for mold.

3 Tips to Avoid Mold in Your Space

Mold is annoying. It spreads, it makes you sick, and it ruins your drywall, carpeting, drapery, and furniture. There are several types of mold that grow here in Florida — the green kind being a nuisance and the black being a terror. Every space is a target for mold. Continue reading ‘3 Tips to Avoid Mold in Your Space’ »

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We’re In Spring Cleaning Mode Too

March is our busiest month by far. No, it’s not because we offer janitorial services and it’s time for spring cleaning. It’s because this is a busy time for outdoor events in Miami and we are lucky to serve at many of them. Continue reading ‘We’re In Spring Cleaning Mode Too’ »

Home Security

Landscaping for Security

There are all kinds of alarm systems that you can install in your home for security, but did you know that your landscaping can help thwart intruders before they even get close to your house?  As you plan the safety and security of your home, don’t forget to include the yard and garden. Your yard can become your first line of defense against criminal activity.

Set aside some time and money to use landscaping to make your yard more secure.  Here are 5 strategies to consider. Continue reading ‘Landscaping for Security’ »

HIring a Service

What to Look for When Hiring a Janitorial Service

Managing a property or special event is challenging enough on its own without having to cope with a problematic janitorial services contractor. To prevent the pitfalls related to hiring a cleaning company, be aware of three critical concerns. Continue reading ‘What to Look for When Hiring a Janitorial Service’ »

Miami Lighthouse

SFM Interns from Miami Lighthouse for the Blind

Did you hear?  We have a new client, Miami Lighthouse for the Blind.  However, that’s not the most important part of this story. Continue reading ‘SFM Interns from Miami Lighthouse for the Blind’ »

Water Conservation

Landscaping for Water Conservation

The drought situation in California has hit historic proportions. Although South Floridians do not have to be as conservative with their water usage, it’s always a good idea to keep it top of mind when considering a landscape design. Continue reading ‘Landscaping for Water Conservation’ »

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IRS Delays New W-2 Reporting Requirement

The IRS has announced that it will defer the new requirement for employers to report on Form W-2 the cost of coverage under an employer-sponsored group health plan, making that reporting optional in 2011. The IRS has determined that this relief is necessary to provide employers the time they need to make changes to their payroll procedures in preparation for compliance with the new reporting requirement.

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Almost Every Business is Required to have an Emergency Action Plan Are

Almost every business is required to have an emergency action plan (EAP).

If fire extinguishers are required or provided in your workplace, and if anyone will be evacuating during a fire or other emergency, then OSHA’s 29 CFR 1910.157 requires you to have an EAP. There are some exceptions to this, but determining exactly when an EAP is required is complex and daunting to most employers. Even companies with EAPs in place may not have plans that meet OSHA’s

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Marty Davis to Participate in Workers Comp Panel Discussion in Miami

On Friday, October 8, Marty Davis, CEO of Legal Solutions Group, will be participating in a panel discussion on hot topics for South Florida employers. He will be discussing workers comp and related labor issues.

The seminar will be held from 1 pm – 4 pm at the Hyatt Summerfield Suites, located at 5710 Blue Lagoon Drive, Miami, FL 33126.

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Marty Davis and Jose Chanfrau to Attend Important In-House Counsel

Amends the definition of “principal” so that it only applies to individuals acting for himself or herself, and not as a fiduciary or as an official of any legal, governmental or commercial entity, who executes a power of attorney eliminates the provision that created a presumption that the execution of a power of attorney revokes any prior powers of attorney executed by the principal provides that the execution of a power of attorney does not revoke any power of attorney previously executed by the principal adds a provision that a power of attorney that complies with NY-GOL 5-1501 and is executed in another state or jurisdiction by a domiciliary of the State of New York is valid in the State of New York, and a power of attorney executed in the State of New York by a domiciliary of another state or jurisdiction in compliance with the law of that state or jurisdiction or the laws of the State of New York is valid in the State of New York.