Articles by Jeffrey Stouffer

Put a Price on Your Future

When it comes to planning for retirement, many people simply glance at their employer’s 401(k) plan, check off a box here, fill in a percentage there, send it off to HR and viola, they’re done. For the small-business owner, however, the game is not so simple.
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A Time for Giving Thanks

The countdown has begun. Three weeks until the carver pierces that succulent golden turkey. Or ham. Or turducken. Or tofurkey. Or whatever other tasty delight happens to be your entrée of choice for this most belt-busting of holidays.
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Connections Continues to Raise the Bar

There comes a time in the life of every trade show, convention, exhibition, educational conference and distributor meeting when expectations carried forward from the prior year run head-on into the brick wall of unrealized potential and unfulfilled promise.

That wasn't the case at this year's Connections Convention and Trade Show.
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Bargains, Bargains Everywhere

What with the last year's worth of interest rate hikes, stagnant wage growth and the home-equity coffers running dry, the time has come for that most reliable of consumers to lead the shopping charge: Enter the bargain hunter.
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2006 Truckmount Carpet Cleaning Equipment Market Study

The purpose of the 2006 Truckmount Carpet Cleaning Equipment Market Study is to identify current and emerging trends in the carpet cleaning industry based on the opinions, preferences and purchasing behavior of carpet cleaning professionals and restoration specialists.
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Editorial Comment: A Refreshing Take on Restoration

The inaugural Carpet & FabriCare Institute Restoration Symposium & Showcase held at the Torrance Marriott in Torrance, Calif., July 15, was a success by any measure, shining a spotlight on some of the issues the industry is facing today.
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Putting a Price on Value

Smell that? The scent of economic slowdown is on the wind, and you know what that means. You can hardly pick up a magazine or turn on the television without someone trumpeting the latest ways to "Save When You Spend," "Cut Your Costs," and how to "Do Unto Others As They Do Unto You - For Less!"
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The Good, Not-So-Old Days

It's always fun when a cutting diatribe you once unleashed upon the faceless monolith of Industry can now be viewed as quaint. Cute, even. It would be even more fun if sarcasm translated better to the page.
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Connections 2006: Holding Court in Clearwater

The 2006 Connections Conference and Exhibition made waves in Clearwater, Fla., at the Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort, May 4-6. The warm weather and ocean breezes provided the perfect backdrop for the hundreds of cleaning and restoration professionals who made their way to the Gulf Coast.
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A Reaffirmation of Responsibility

Back in March I was invited to join the Los Angeles Chapter of the Carpet & FabriCare Institute on a tour of the Hyperion Treatment Plant in Playa del Rey, one of the most technologically advanced wastewater treatment plants in the world. Serving 2.7 million people, the plant processes an average of 360 millions gallons per day, with a capacity of 450 MGD (at peak wet weather periods, flows up to 1 billion gallons per day can be handled for short periods).
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The 2014 Experience Conference and Exhibition

A look in photos at the 2014 Experience Conference and Exhibition, which was held from April 24-26 at the Embassy Suites Convention Center and Spa in Frisco, Texas.

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Arguably, sending out a client newsletter is the No. 1 key to a reliable cleaning business. In this episode of The Hitman Advertising Show, John Braun covers the true value of mail newsletters, how to send them, how often to send them and more.
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2014 October

The October issue of ICS features stories on the 2015 ICE Expo, differentiation, deodorizing, upholstery cleaning, facebook advertising, up-selling, rug cleaning, the rug tour, and cool products.

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