Editor's Blog

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.

Can't Drive It, Wear It Or Show It Off To My Friends

By Al Levi
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I grew up in a family business. And the lines between family time and work time were very blurred at best.
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Helping Construction Pros Navigate In a Digital World

By Tim Fausch
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Not long ago, most professionals belonged to their national, state or local association. Or they belonged to a peer group, civic club, or some organization that exposed them to new ideas, skills, and tools, all while networking with other pros.
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3 Deal Breakers When It Comes to Employees

By Al Levi
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“You can’t see everything”
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Is it a Business or a Hobby?

By Al Levi
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That’s the question I ask contractors that I speak to at workshops, webinars or in teleseminars. I even ask my clients that when we begin our one-to-one work together.
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World Cup Stadium Construction Is Breathtaking, But What's Hiding in South Africa's Shadows?

By Tim Fausch
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Apparently, there’s a little soccer tournament starting today called the “2010 FIFA World Cup”. I understand it will attract hundreds of millions of viewers from around the globe.
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Here's a New Trade Show Everyone Can Attend

By Tim Fausch
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I’ve always been baffled by the low turnout for many construction-related trade shows. Even when the number of attendees reaches record levels, the total represents a fraction of the universe of contractors, engineers, architects, wholesalers, and maintenance pros who should be attending. 
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What's the Value of Remembering the Past?

By Al Levi
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Not much! That is unless you’ve learned something from it.
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Gulf Coast Oil Leak: Environmental Catastrophe vs. U.S. Independence

By Tim Fausch
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I’m an ardent fan of the great outdoors. I run and bike on nature trails. I’m the family recycling nut. My favorite vacation destinations are Zion National Park, The Grand Canyon, Glacier National Park, and Bryce Canyon. I love lakes, rivers and the ocean. 
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Loaves of Bread Not Slices

By Al Levi
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I’ll admit it. I’m not a giant fan of reading financials and management reporting.
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Safety Gone Wrong

By Tim Fausch
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Last week I received an email with the headline, “Have a Safe Work Week” from blogger extraordinaire John Sonnehalter. John was promoting North American Occupational Safety & Health Week, which ran May 2-8. I had great intentions of blogging on this topic during the designated week. 
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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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