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.

In Memoriam: Philip J. McLaughlin, CR#045


ICS columnist Doug Heiferman shares his thoughts and feelings on the passing of Phil McLaughlin and the impact he had on the cleaning and restoration industries.
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That Will Be $49 for Parts and $99 for Fuel

Fuel prices are adding to the pressure on construction pros.
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I've Got the Bailout Blues

Bailout or keep bailing?

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The Sky's Not Falling Quite Yet

When it comes to pronouncing the arrival of doomsday, the bandwagon is open for business 24-7.  But don’t feel bad; with the sledgehammer-to-the-skull approach the headlines are taking these days, it’s not much of a stretch to find yourself buying into the program lock, sinking stock and $700 billion bailout. 
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Houston, We Have Big Problems

Many in Texas are returning to homes that look like this tornado-ravaged home in Florida.

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No Time to Play Possum

Don't be wild-eyed from this week's wild ride on Wall Street.
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Business Cycles

In my 40-plus years of affiliation with the cleaning Industry I have watched closely the ebb and flow of our business in relation to the ups and downs of the general economy. Unlike direct retail, our service business seems to weather the storms of economic downturn and recession fairly well.
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Celebrating Sept. 12; The Future of Trade Shows

September 11 was a somber day for me. From the moment I turned on my car radio in the morning until I went to sleep, words and images kept flooding my mind.
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Adventures In Construction: Trends From The Trenches

See what readers said about their 2008 losses and their 2009 forecasts.
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Trends From The Trenches

In just a few months we’ve gone from feast to famine…from too much business to “where is the business?”…from fat and happy to hungry and stunned.
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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.

Podcasts

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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ICS Cleaning Specialist Magazine

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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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Janitorial Work

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THE ICS STORE

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Get Paid! (ebook)
Over 30 authors – over 40 articles…from attorneys, contractors, consultants, instructors and others, both inside and outside the restoration industry. R & R, C & R and Cleanfax, opened their archives and gave us the best they had, other chapters were created just for the “Get Paid!” book and its readers. And every one of them has ideas for how to get paid what you are owed.

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ICS DIRECTORY AND BUYING GUIDE

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TRUCKMOUNT EQUIPMENT AND ACCESSORIES GUIDE

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