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

Vote for Someone on Tuesday; Submit Your Company's Story

By Tim Fausch
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In the last two weeks, I’ve traveled to Las Vegas twice for construction trade shows. While there, I had to turn off the TV in my hotel room to escape the tidal wave of negative political ads.
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End Game: What's Yours?

By Al Levi
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We get so busy running our business that we forget why we got into business and we’ve never thought about what the End Game should and could be.
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The Five Ds to Plan For

By Al Levi
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Putting together a buy-sell for our family business.
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Moving On...It's Time to Share Your Story

By Tim Fausch
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I don’t know about you, but I’m getting really ticked off by the overreaction to every shift in the economy, especially those that relate to the A/E/C and maintenance fields.
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The First Step in Formalizing Recruiting and Hiring

By Al Levi
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The First Step in formalizing your recruiting and hiring process is to realize that recruiting of staff is just like trying to market your company to prospective customers.
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An Open Letter to Werner Braun

By Jeff Bishop
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Some 15 years ago, IICRC officers and volunteers began working with the CRI to foster an understanding that consumer perceptions about their ability to maintain and clean carpet were an important part of the “carpet value chain.”
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Moonlighting...and I'm not talking about the Moon: Part 2

By Al Levi
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Last week, I wrote about a contractor who was having a problem with a Tech who is Moonlighting - a Tech with his own side business.
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Moonlighting...and I'm not talking about the Moon: Part 1

By Al Levi
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I recently had a series of emails from a reader regarding an all too common employer-employee issue called Moonlighting.
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Power of Riding Along

By Al Levi
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If you want to think your team is performing the right way, don’t check on them because you may not like what you see and hear.
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Pushing the Rock

By Al Levi
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It’s easy to get fired up and take control of your company. Well, it is for a day!
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