How to handle your credit, investment and maybe even your retirement

Here is a great podcast you can listen to about your money:

Chris Hutchins (ex-Google) is the go-to personal finance hacker for many executives in Silicon Valley. In this episode, we discuss how to select the best credit card for points, earning extra income with your house, how and when to retire (the 4% rule), budgeting tools, and his new startup, Grove.

Bullen Wildwood 2016 Selfie Contest

Below are the entries to the first Selfie contest at Bullen's Wildwood Company Outing!

2016 Medical Plan Update

Effective May 1st we will be renewing our medical insurance coverage with IBC. We arenot changing plans or anything that would require you to change doctors or any dramatic coverage differences. There is a change in the deductibles that you are responsible for that will take place May 1st.

Primary doctor visits are going from $25 to $30

Secondary or specialist’s visits are going from $50 to $60

These changes were required to keep the increased coverage cost to you and Bullen at a minimum. There will be a minor change in your weekly personal contribution but Bullen is going to cover that for the month of May so we can have a more comprehensive meeting later to give you all of the options on additional coverages and choices available. I will be traveling for business and trade shows and we also hope that Michelle Gaul who normally handles the medical will be back for a company meeting at the end of next month. Bullen will cover the additional cost associated with the plan for the month of May.

We also plan to have Jamie Arnold here for the same meeting to go over the 401K plan and new investment options.

ISSA Scholarship Application open for submissions

The ISSA (International Sanitary Supply Association) has scholarships available for employees of member companies. You can click on this link for the pdf application.

Candidates should be entering or continuing studies at a fully accredited four‐year college or university in the fall of 2016 to major in whatever they desire. Scholarship awards will be made on the basis of merit, individual accomplishments, and evidence of leadership. Financial need and other special circumstances may also be considered. 

To be considered for this award, submit all items of the application in one envelope, to the indicated address postmarked by March 1, 2016. Applications received that are not postmarked by March 1, 2016 will not be considered for the 2016‐15 scholarship awards. 

Please note that ISSA Foundation awards cover the cost of books and tuition only. Other school related expenses such as room and board, materials such as laptops, etc. are not covered under these awards. 
Materials to be furnished by the Candidate: 

1. Personal Information
2. Essay
3. Academic Activity and Leadership record
4. Most recent official high school or college/university transcript. Printed copies from the Internet will not be accepted.
5. Official SAT, ACT, GRE, GMAT, or LSAT test scores. You may send a copy of the original document received from the testing agency. These scores do not have to be submitted if they appear on your high school transcript, or if you are already in college.
6. Two evaluations from current or past professors or teaching assistants. If you are unable to obtain two educational evaluations, you may have the forms completed by an employer, supervisor, pastor or coach. Evaluation and selection will be based on the abovementioned criteria. Award Value and Presentation
All Applicants will be notified by mid‐June 2016. ISSA Foundation Scholarship awards will be sent directly to the cashier of each recipient's chosen university based on the school's calendar semester or quarter basis . The awards are not renewable; however candidates may reapply in successive years. If you have any questions, contact the ISSA Foundation Manager at, 800‐225‐4772, or 847‐982‐0800.


Click here to download the application

4th of July Holiday Closure

Holiday Closure


In observance of the Independence Day holiday on July 4th, The Bullen Companies will be closed according to the following schedule:

Friday, July 3rd - Plant and Office Closed
Monday, July 6th - Plant Holiday, Office Open

Please remember that you must work the scheduled work day before and after the holiday in order to receive holiday pay. See your supervisor if you have any questions.

Have a safe and Happy Holiday!