Articles by Jeffrey Stouffer

Put a Price on Your Future

December 1, 2006
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

November 11, 2006
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

November 11, 2006
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

September 1, 2006
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

August 1, 2006
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

August 1, 2006
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

July 12, 2006
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

June 1, 2006
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

June 1, 2006
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

May 18, 2006
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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