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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.

Division or Divisive

By Al Levi
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I work with companies that do commercial work only, commercial and residential work only and residential work only.
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Building Your Green Team

By Al Levi
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It’s always been advantageous to move what your company sells and does from a commodity to a niche.
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Hope for the Best...Prepare for the Worst

By Al Levi
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But, here’s what I know no matter where you operate your business…it’s far better to “Hope for the Best…all the while….preparing for the worst.”
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To Happy Call or Not...That is the Question

By Al Levi
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First, we must define what “Happy Calls” are. They are calls made to your customers right after you’ve been there to do service or install work.
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Want the Same Old Results? Use the Same Old Approach

By Bill Corridan
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An area that is often overlooked is that we need to be as profitable as we can in order to be able to re-invest in our company as well as provide for our families and plan our retirement.
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The Most Important Thing

By Bill Corridan
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The most important aspect to being a successful service company is a positive, can-do attitude. With the recession that all of us have faced, this has never been more important.
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Family, Friends and House of Worship

By Al Levi
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It’s as inevitable as death and taxes. Be a contractor long enough and you’re going to end up selling stuff to your family, friend or house of worship.
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Selling...Dos...and Don'ts

By Al Levi
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Having grown up in the plumbing, heating and cooling business in New York, I knew that I couldn’t push my cooling equipment too long out here in Arizona.
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Dirty Jobs' Mike Rowe Offers Help to the Trades; Finding and Filling Jobs in Your Market, Part 2

By Tim Fausch
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In my last blog, I introduced a partnership BNP Media forged with BirdDog Jobs, a career center specializing in the skilled trades. Today, we’re pleased to announce another partnership.
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Life Is Short

By Evan Kessler
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Our industry has lost a friend as well as an outstanding businessman.  Paul Thompson, owner of Town & Country Services in Greenland, NH, died last week after collapsing suddenly over the weekend.
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