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Editor's Blog
ICS editor Eric Fish sounds off on events, news and all the latest hot topics surrounding the carpet cleaning and restoration industries.

7 Tips on Surviving Returning From Vacation

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How much do you dread going on vacation just because you know what you’ll have to face when you return to work?
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Floods of Opportunity for Construction Pros

By Tim Fausch
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Last week I drove to Nashville for the birth of my first grandchild. While there I visited an area next to the Cumberland River, which flooded on May 2, killing 30 people and causing at $1 billion in damage
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Positive vs. Negative

By Al Levi
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In my multiple contacts with all types of contractors, I hear how pessimistic they are. They have adopted a vision of the world where they see the glass as half full.
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Virtual Green Expo Promises Expert Sustainable Building Tips (Free Sign up Ends Aug. 5)

By Tim Fausch
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Here’s your chance to be part of something groundbreaking - the first all-green virtual conference and expo designed for readers of our print magazines, Web sites, eNewsletters and digital editions.
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Training to Become a Better Trainer

By Al Levi
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I never wanted to become a great trainer and builder of staff at my own company.
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Mastering the Master Project List

By Al Levi
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Why is it that your staff isn’t quite as excited as you are when you discuss a new project, a new process, a new policy or a habit you want to change?
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Nailed and Jailed for DUI

By Tim Fausch
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If I don’t change my life-endangering behavior quickly, I will be pulled over, ticketed, fined, and possibly jailed if I repeatedly drive under the influence. 
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Why Bulleted Job Descriptions Don't Work

By Al Levi
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Whenever I take on a new one-to-one consulting client, I ask them to send me a series of forms, templates and documents to review before I arrive onsite.
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Flooring Producer Supports Haiti Rebuilding Using 'Hands-on' Approach

By Tim Fausch
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You got to love a charitable program that requires a “hands-on” involvement among the participants.
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"Cash for Caulkers": Potentially Good News for Construction Pros

By Tim Fausch
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The Home Star Energy Retrofit Act of 2010, often referred to as the "Cash for Caulkers" rebate program, was approved by the House in May. If passed by the Senate, construction pros will benefit from a new round of tax-reducing incentives for their customers. 
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Have a limited marketing budget but realize the importance of neighborhood marketing? Try doorknob hangers, a low-cost, yet highly effective way to drum up more business. In this episode, John Braun discusses the value of this tactic as well as what you should include on the materials you're hanging.
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2014 September

The September issue of ICS features stories on moisture detection, disinfectant services, neighborhood marketing, then we discuss the last level of being phenomenal, and cool products.

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