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MSC Industrial Supply Co. (MSC)MSC Industrial Supply Co. (MSC)

MSC Industrial Supply Co. (MSC) has been named The Business Council’s preferred provider of maintenance, repair and operational (MRO) supply products for members. For over 75 years, MSC has helped businesses manage their costs efficiently and effectively, making them the leading North American distributor of MRO products and services.

Business Council member benefits include:

  • 10% off catalog pricing
  • Free ground shipping on orders over $49
  • Over 1 million products
  • Inventory management and supply chain solutions

MSC goes beyond savings and helps drive business results – from keeping operations running efficiently today to continuously rethinking, retooling and optimizing for a more productive tomorrow.

Receive sizeable savings now by calling 844.682.7283 or click here for BCNYS Member Benefit Program.

Avis Car RentalAvis Car Rental

DRIVE ON
Save up to 25% off Avis base rates plus get other great offers.

Life is nonstop. We’re here to keep you moving. From the car to the accessories, choose what best fits you and your trip. So when you drive off, you’ll be ready for whatever the journey brings.

BCNYS members always receive up to 25% off your rental when you use AWD# D423506, plus enjoy additional offers like dollars off, a complimentary upgrade, or a free weekend day. With a complimentary membership in Avis Preferred®, you’ll travel better, save time and gain access to exclusive offers. Skip the counter and paperwork at many locations and go straight to your car. Visit avis.com/bcnys or call 1-800-331-1212 to make a reservation.

Avis Car Rental operates one of the world's best-known car rental brands with approximately 5,450 locations in more than 165 countries. Avis has a long history of innovation in the car rental industry and is one of the world's top brands for customer loyalty.

Budget Car RentalBudget Car Rental

Adventure awaits.
Save up to 25% off Budget base rates plus get other sweet deals.

When you rent a car, you shouldn’t need a handbook. Why not choose simple, smart and easy on the wallet? Then you can focus on getting there and having fun doing it.

BCNYS members always save up to 25% off Budget base rates with offer code BCD# D836606, plus get other great offers like dollars off, a complimentary upgrade, or a free weekend day. Plus with a complimentary membership in Budget Fastbreak, enjoy our fastest, easiest rental experience! Visit budget.com/bcnys or call 1-800-527-0700 to make a reservation.

Budget Car Rental is one of the world's best-known car rental brands with approximately 3,350 locations in more than 120 countries. Budget is an industry leader in providing vehicle rental services to value-conscious travelers and also operates the second-largest truck rental business in the United States, through a network of approximately 1,650 locations.

Bestpass, Inc.Bestpass

Single-source payment and streamlined toll management services for commercial fleets

Bestpass is in the business of saving commercial fleets and drivers time and money. Founded in 2001 by the New York State Motor Truck Association, Bestpass provides nationwide streamlined toll management services, including consolidated billing, volume discounts, violation processing and a single service compatible with more than 40 tolling groups and all weigh station bypass networks. With more than $30 million in toll processed each month, Bestpass is a trusted partner both on the road and in the back office.

To learn more, visit www.bestpass.com or call (518) 458-1579. Business Council members qualify for a 25 percent reduction in Bestpass account activation fees and a five percent reduction on any Bestpass monthly service fees!

Capital EAPCapital EAP

Assistance for Work & Life™
Capital EAP is a premier Employee Assistance Program (EAP) available to businesses and their employees. Whether at home or at work, we help people to solve problems, realize their potential, improve their productivity, and discover greater happiness and quality of their life through professional counseling, support, guidance, and education.

What we do for you, your employees and your business:

  • Improve productivity, retention, and morale by proving 24/7 help to employees struggling with emotional and behavioral health issues
  • Lower sick time-off and cost of health care services by address problems that result in lost worker time, improving health and well-being
  • Deploy and manage health and wellness programs
  • Provide 24/7 employee crisis support following traumatic events like workplace violence, natural disasters, injuries, sickness and death
  • Access free lifestyle and work-life balance resources including support for individuals with special needs, aging parents, legal advice, financial planning, and smoking cessation programs
  • Provide onsite and web-based (virtual classroom) professional development, compliance training, education programs and personal skills workshops

Business Case
The financial impact of mental and behavioral issues health in the workplace is well researched and documented. So too are the positive impact of an EAP on your bottom line. Click here to read more about ROI.

Discount for Business Council Members
Your membership with The Business Council includes a 10% discount on all Capital EAP service agreements.

More about Capital EAP is available on our website at www.capitaleap.org. Please call Mr. Jayme McRee at (800) 777-6531 Ext 109 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

BlueRock EnergyBlueRock Energy

The Power to Choose

BlueRock Energy is a premier provider of electricity and natural gas products and services. Our company was founded on the idea that offering superior energy related products with outstanding service should be the industry norm, not the exception. BlueRock Energy is proud to be the official energy partner of The Business Council.

Why BlueRock Energy?

  • We take a consultative approach to determine the most appropriate energy products based on energy consumption, current market conditions, and specific business needs
  • Expertly trained regional Energy Advisors with a comprehensive energy background
  • A dedicated multi-cultural Customer Experience team with bi-lingual members to assist customers’ needs
  • BlueRock Energy maintains a local presence in your community. We partner with our customers and give back to the community by working with, and contributing to, several not-for-profit organizations

Choose the BlueRock option that's right for you:

  • Electricity - Fixed, Variable, Blended, Indexed, and Renewable/Green
  • Natural Gas - Fixed, Variable, Blended, and Indexed

For more information visit our website at www.bluerockenergy.com. Click here for a free quote or call us today at 877.280.4909.

Go Solar and Save!
BlueRock Solar is the newest division of BlueRock Energy! Our goal is to provide customers the ability to produce their own electricity at their home or business. Whether through solar panels or participation in one of our Community Shared solar projects throughout New York State, we can help you save money on your energy bill. Check out our website at http://www.bluerocksolar.com or give us a call to speak with a sales representative at 315.418.4400 or toll free at 800.836.4923.

BlueRock Energy Services is our sister company specializing in energy efficient lighting and power systems. These programs are designed to help businesses reduce energy consumption and make them more energy efficient. BRES offers free energy audits that compliment our customized approach to energy management. Please call 877.452.4236 to find out how BlueRock Energy Services can help reduce your energy consumption.

BlueRock Energy wants to be your trusted Energy Advisor from providing electricity and natural gas, to energy efficiency programs (BlueRock Energy Services) to producing green energy through BlueRock Solar. The world of energy consumption is changing rapidly. Let us help you change with it.

HR SimpleNew York Human Resources Compliance Library

The New York Human Resources Manual and Model Policies and Forms for New York Employers are two tools that can help your business by giving you access to quick HR advice, in layman’s terms. With these HR compliance guides, you will save time, money and headaches when managing your workplace.

New York Human Resources Manual
  • The complete guide to employment law, in laymen’s terms.
  • Written in plain English - no complicated legal jargon.
  • Have advice from top labor lawyers right at your fingertips.
Model Policies and Forms for New York Employers
  • Download and customize over 300 policies and forms.
  • Maintain proper employee personnel files.
  • Create or bolster your employee handbook.

Your digital publications on hrsimple.com include:

  • HR Update, a weekly HR newsletter
  • email alerts when changes are made
  • monthly hrsimple.com webinars worth credit towards SHRM-CP/SCP and HRCI certifications.

BCNYS members save 20% off any product on hrsimple.com.
Read more and order at hrsimple.com/NY. Place your order online or by calling (855)477-4675, and be sure to use the member discount code BCNYSweb16 to save 20%. Additional topic-specific publications are also available.

Updated Federal Compliance Posters Now Available!

New Labor Law Postings Released by the DOL July 2016 (includes the new EPPA and Federal Minimum Wage postings)
Federal Labor Law 6-in-1 Paper Poster - 25" x 26"
Price: $15, No additional fees, includes S & H.
Order your poster at hrsimple.com/federal-posters or call (866)439-2227 for ordering and purchasing discounts for 2 or more posters.

MYHotelRewards.netMyHotelRewards.net

Hotel rooms seem to account for the largest portion of your travel budget. A few days stay in a hotel can easily cost over $500. So, what can you do to get the guaranteed lowest price on hotels?

Business Council members, and their families and friends, can now access exclusive savings of up to 60% off what's currently available on the web each time you book your reservation - with no blackout dates or restrictions! Select from over 300,000 hotels & resorts worldwide, including such brands as Hilton, Marriott, Ritz Carlton, Holiday Inn and many more. Book with confidence with our Best Price Guarantee! Reduce your travel expenses. Give your employees a valuable savings benefit by sharing this site with them.

Enroll now for free at www.MyHotelRewards.net/BCNYS and use Group Code BCNYS.

Travel Smarter. Making a Difference.

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OfficeMax, Partner AdvantagePut OfficeMax to work for you.

The Business Council and OfficeMax® have teamed up to offer you big savings on your office essentials.
As a member, you’ll receive significant cost savings on thousands of products as well as savings on digital print services, furniture, technology and paper.

The OfficeMax Advantage® Program offers Business Council members:

  • Reduced pricing on more than 25,000 in-stock products and 5,000 environmentally preferable products and services
  • Flexible purchase options—Online, via catalog, our dedicated customer service team or at any of nearly 1,000 OfficeMax stores using our Retail ConnectSM program
  • OfficeMax Print & Document Services—customized print solutions designed to fit your budget and streamline your business requirements
  • Free delivery on in-stock orders over $50
  • No-hassle returns
  • Dedicated customer service with a personal touch

It only takes a moment to sign up and put the buying power of OfficeMax to work for you.

For easy Online product selection and to order, visit www.officemaxworkplace.com
Username: 258645reguser631
Password: cJEUES

Members with 40 or more employees call 800.636.2377 to request more information on setting up your business account.

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Heartland Ovation Payroll, Guaranteed savings on Payroll Full Service Payroll Processing

Payroll can be complicated and time-consuming— taking your focus away from growing your business.

Ovation Payroll from Heartland provides employee payroll services to entrepreneurs ranging in size from small to large. Whether you are looking for a turnkey payroll service for your expanding employee base or offering a 401(k) for the first time, our full-service employee payroll services offer reliable solutions you can trust.

  • Single Point of Contact
    No phone trees. We provide you with a relationship that goes beyond average customer support. A dedicated payroll consultant who knows you and is familiar with your business is critical to your success. Our single-point-of-contact approach gives you the confidence of easy payroll management supported by simple payroll software.
  • Secure and Flexible
    Ovation provides processing anytime, anywhere—with instant online access to all of your payroll data and employee information. Plus, we use the latest encryption technology to ensure your business and employee data stays safe.
  • Competitive Pricing and the Industry’s Only Three Year Price Lock
    We value transparency. That’s why we offer all-inclusive pricing with no extra fees and no hidden costs. In addition, we lock in your rate for three years so there are no surprises down the road.

Business Council members enjoy these Included Services, all at no additional cost:

  • Complete Tax Service, including 941 (federal withholding and FICA), 940 (FUTA), state and local withholding, unemployment and disability
  • Employee Self-Service for viewing pay stubs, W2s, and PTO balances
  • Direct deposit to employee’s checking, savings or prepaid card accounts
  • Complete payroll reporting, including dozens of ready-to-use payroll reports, plus our report writer for custom reports
  • And much more! For more information on Ovation Payroll’s services, click here.

Affordable Care Act (ACA)
Meeting the requirements of the Affordable Care Act can be a daunting task. ACA enforcement for companies with 100+ full-time employees and/or equivalents (FTEs) began on January 1, 2015. Did you know that companies with 50-99 FTEs will need to be compliant as of January 1, 2016? Heartland now offers a solution for its Ovation payroll customers to help you understand the complexities, avoid noncompliance fines and reduce administrative work. Learn more about how we can help you navigate the Affordable Care Act here.

Contact Steve Ruffino at 585.303.1332 or steven.ruffino@e-hps.com, or click here for a complimentary quote (be sure to choose BCNYS from the ‘How Did You Hear About Us’ dropdown.)

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Shipping Solutions

UPSUPS - Shipping Solutions

The Business Council of New York State is pleased to announce that our members can now save up to 36% through the UPS® Savings Program! Whether you need your documents or packages to arrive the next day or are looking for the most affordable shipping option, UPS understands the importance of reliability, speed and cost.

Save on a broad portfolio of shipping services, including:

  • Up to 36% on UPS Air letters including UPS Next Day Air®*
  • Up to 32% on UPS Air packages (1 lb.+)*
  • Up to 34% on UPS International imports and exports
  • Up to 24% on UPS Ground shipments

You can receive these discounts even if you already have a UPS account. Plus, the more you ship, the more you can save with UPS. To enroll and start saving, visit savewithups.com/bcnys or call 1-800-MEMBERS (1-800-636-2377), M-F, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Save at least 70% on Less-than-Truckload shipments over 150 lbs.

The Business Council has partnered with YRC Freight® and UPS Freight® to bring you a shipping program specifically designed to lower your company’s shipping costs! As a Business Council member, you are eligible to receive competitive discounts on select services for LTL (less-than-truckload) freight shipments over 150 lbs. with the best carriers in the industry.

Below is an overview of some of the products and services you can take advantage of through the BCNYS shipping program. It’s free to enroll and there are no minimum shipping requirements to take advantage of your member discounts.

YRC FreightYRC Freight®

  • YRC connects key North American markets with reliable three-day and coast-to-coast shipping services Seamless LTL transportation is provided throughout the US, Canada and Mexico.
  • Expedited Precision™ offers you expedited, time-definite, air and ground service backed by our industry-leading customer satisfaction guarantee.
  • Guaranteed Precision™ will get your goods to their destination with a guarantee, ensuring delivery, on or before the standard service date by noon, 5 p.m., or within a customer-defined window, or you don’t pay.
  • Exhibit is a single source to satisfy your shipping needs to, from and between trade shows – including air and ground, expedited and guaranteed. Enjoy the lowest trade-show shipping fees in the industry.

UPS - Shipping DiscountUPS Freight® LTL Urgent:

  • Time-definite LTL solutions ensure that your shipments arrive on-time based on your specific needs, guaranteed.
  • Experienced Urgent associates are available around the clock to provide support and proactively monitor your shipments. This means added visibility, individual attention and peace of mind.
  • Pickup of Urgent LTL shipments with your regular LTL shipments increases the efficiency of your loading dock.

UPS Freight® LTL:

  • Standard LTL service backed by an on-time guarantee for shipments rated on the current UPS Freight tariff. Guarantee is available on shipments moving between all directs points in the continental U.S. or between the U.S. and Canada.
  • Service features more than 20,000 one-and two-day lanes.
  • Cross-continent three- and four-day service.
  • Regional, interregional and long-haul services, all with one pickup.

If you would like to enroll in the BCNYS Shipping Program or you would like additional information, please call 1-800-MEMBERS (636-2377) or visit www.1800members.com/bcnys.

If you would like a quote on a pending shipment please email all pertinent information to saveonfreight@1800members.com and a dedicated freight representative will follow up with you the same day.

*Applies to FXF 1000 Rate Base customers only. Subject to terms and conditions provided in the FXF 100 Series Rules Tariff.

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Steiner SportsSteiner Sports

Steiner Sports has partnered with The Business Council to offer our members an exclusive 15 percent discount on all Steiner Sports merchandise, special events and speaking engagements. With relationships with over 2,000 athletes, major sports leagues and the best teams in sports, Steiner collectibles come with an authenticity guarantee. In addition to discounts on autographs and game used uniforms and equipment, Business Council members can receive discounted tickets to VIP Steiner events or booking speakers and athletes for your own event.

To access the exclusive members-only discount when placing an order, go to www.steinersports.com and use code BCNY86.