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Featured Blogs

“Necessity is the mother of taking chances.” – Mark Twain A recent visit to a laundromat in the Lower Price Hill enclave in Cincinnati got me thinking about our business and the nature of necessity. The aforementioned laundry is Washing Well community laundromat, a social venture established by ...
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Happy New Year, and welcome to 2018! I consider it an honor and a privilege to be serving as the Chairman of the Board for the Coin Laundry Association this year. Last year was historic for the CLA, as last year’s chairman, Jim Whitmore, oversaw the introduction of new ideas from strategic consultancy ...
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If you’re reading this, you are – simply by virtue of doing so – among the cream of the crop. You are someone who is willing to dig deep to find every little nugget that can further reinforce your commitment to your chosen place in our industry. More importantly, it illuminates that you are someone ...
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As any store owner will tell you, one of the toughest parts of running a vended laundry business is hiring – and then hanging onto – quality attendants. However, one of the ways some laundromat operators are overcoming this hurdle is by providing performance incentives in the form of bonuses for their ...
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“Social responsibility.” For some, the term may evoke a roll of the eyes, conjuring up images of a slightly hollow nod in the direction of feel-good displays by businesses eager to be seen in a good light. The practice is sometimes cynically viewed as either a heavy-handed public relations move or the ...
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Wi-Fi? Why Not?

As soon as the technology became available, we began offering Wi-Fi access in all of our laundry locations. And, as pricing within the marketplace has become more attractive, we have proportionally increased the speed of our Wi-Fi to accommodate the greatly increased number of wireless devices in our ...
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Everything changes… always . No trend or tactic will be around forever. Yes, it may adapt, but you can’t count on stagnancy. You must embrace innovation. Successful small-business owners in all industries typically are the first (or second) to purchase the latest technology or try out new marketing ...
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Your lease can make or break your business, and that is especially true in the case of a laundromat. This is because, in most cases, a laundry business will last only as long as its lease. Leases are complicated, legalese-laden documents – typically at least 10 or more pages in length. In some cases, ...
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Thank you for the continuing privilege of serving you as the chair of the Coin Laundry Association’s Board of Directors. Here we are at mid-year – our financial results for the first two quarters are in… and summer is upon us. The reports are in from Minding Your Business, the consultants hired late ...
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"Let’s go invent tomorrow instead of worrying about what happened yesterday." – Steve Jobs Of course, the industry’s largest biennial gathering is coming to Las Vegas next month. But, you would be forgiven for mistaking the acres of new equipment, products and services for a mini Silicon Valley ...
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The Dollar Coin issue is always a hot topic so I thought I would talk with one of the pioneers (maybe THE Pioneer) of dollar coins in Laundromats  Larry Adamski , owner of  Muskegon Laundromat in Muskegon, Michigan.               Larry has over 45 years experience as a Laundromat owner/operator. ...
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“The ‘American Dream’ has long lured immigrants, who have always used the opportunities of our capitalist system to start their own small businesses. Immigrants own more than 50 percent of all laundromats and drycleaners, more than a third of all restaurants and about 20 percent of ...
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For the past year or so, I’ve been traveling the country giving presentations on how to become a better, more successful laundry operator. I’ve been talking to store owners, distributors… basically, anyone who will listen. I’ve gone to Coin Laundry Association events, distributor ...
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I’m endlessly fascinated by the inaccuracies many people tend to believe about starting and running a self-service laundry or, for that matter, any small-business operation. Somehow, over the years, entrepreneurship has built up its own mythology, which is founded upon nothing more than legend ...
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Welcome to 2017! I’m honored to be serving as your Chairman of the Board for what I envision will be a historic year for the Coin Laundry Association. For the first time, we are embarking on a comprehensive process to reimagine the future potential of our trade association. To assist us in this ...
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As 2016 comes to an end, I’d like to extend my thanks to everyone involved with the Coin Laundry Association for the hard work they do every day and the contributions they’ve made – and continue to make – to strengthen and improve our industry. Please allow me to share my thoughts ...
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“Tradition is a guide and not a jailer.” – W. Somerset Maugham, British novelist and playwright Not all businesses are created equal – nor are all successful businesses run the same way. Although following a traditional business plan and adhering to certain industry guidelines ...
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Five years ago, the Coin Laundry Association launched its Excellence in Laundry Conference. This year marked the third biennial event, and plans are already in place for the 2018 event. Given that, I want to share a few of my own takeaways from this year’s Excellence in Laundry event – and the impact ...
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“People don’t buy what you do, they buy who you are.” – Bruce Turkel, TURKEL Brands Not so many years ago, the notion of a “well-branded laundromat” would either be drowned out by laughter or quickly filed away as an oxymoron. Today, I am inspired by the progress made by innovative laundry owners ...
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At my store, roughly 40 percent of my overall laundry business comes from homeowners who actually own their own washers and dryers? In fact, I would argue that, in many markets across the country, this demographic is gradually becoming more of a mainstream self-service laundry customer, rather than a ...
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