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For the past year or so, Ive been traveling the country giving presentations on how to become a better, more successful laundry operator. Ive been talking to store owners, distributors basically, anyone who will listen. Ive gone to Coin Laundry Association events, distributor open houses and manufacturer ...
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Im 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 and anecdotes. ...
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Welcome to 2017! Im 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 important ...
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As 2016 comes to an end, Id like to extend my thanks to everyone involved with the Coin Laundry Association for the hard work they do every day and the contributions theyve made and continue to make to strengthen and improve our industry. Please allow me to share my thoughts on this years accomplishments ...
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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 will help most companies ...
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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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During their initial investigation of the laundry business, many potential investors worry about the common myth of whether they are “mechanically inclined” enough to join this industry. The truth of the matter is that they should be much more concerned with whether or not they are business savvy ...
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CLA Hosts Third Excellence in Laundry Conference in Southern California In 2012, the Coin Laundry Association hosted the first-ever Excellence in Laundry Conference . It was a unique event that brought some of the self-service laundry industry’s most successful businesspeople together for two ...
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In advance of this year’s Excellence in Laundry Conference , PlanetLaundry has interviewed all three of the event’s business presenters. Here are a few excerpts from those past interviews, as well as perhaps a look at what the future may hold for today’s self-service laundry owners: Dr. Alan ...
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The 2016 Excellence in Laundry Conference , to be held at the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa in southern California, will feature a silent auction from 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on May 18. This auction will serve to benefit the Coin Laundry Association’s LaundryCares Foundation . Among the many items available ...
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Here’s a look at the complete Excellence in Laundry Conference schedule, including times and locations: Tuesday, May 17, 2016 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.: Welcome Cocktail Reception (Casa Elar, Ojai Valley Inn & Spa) Wednesday, May 18, 2016 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.: Breakfast ...
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As we wind down the selection process for the Coin Laundry Association’s 2017 Board of Directors, I’m reminded of the many directors who have donated their time and talents to this organization over the years. Our Board does so much more than just oversee the association. Each Board member is asked ...
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Perhaps one of the best books ever written about being an entrepreneur is “The E-Myth,” by Michael Gerber. In it, Gerber shares the myths and truths about starting your own business. One way he gets his message across is by telling the story of a woman named “Sarah” who started a pie shop because ...
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Laundry owners got an early Christmas present this past December, when the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 was signed into law. This new law permanently (until further notice, at least) expanded the Section 179 deduction limit to $500,000. Additionally, the Section 179 cap will be ...
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“The customer is always right.” – Marshall Field When I cite the quote above about the customer always being right, you might be quick to caution “you haven’t been to my laundromat!” Well, I see this well-worn adage as aspirational, if not requiring some suspension of disbelief at times. At ...
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As we head into 2016, I’d like to reflect on some of the successes of 2015. In my mind, the greatest accomplishment of 2015 was the Coin Laundry Association’s revitalization of its LaundryCares Foundation. As many of you know, LaundryCares has been around since 2006, just months after Hurricane ...
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The year is quickly coming to an end. The time seems to go faster and faster each year. As you reflect back on the goals you set out to accomplish this year, did you meet or exceed them? Did you do what you said you were going to do? It’s never too late to set goals and put a plan together to see them ...
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Sometimes, it’s about being in the right place at the right time. I grew up in Foster City, Calif. And my favorite restaurant was in a local shopping center there, which was located adjacent to a rundown laundromat. In 1996, through the grapevine, I discovered that the current operators were looking ...
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