Current and potential store owners, along with distributors and manufacturers, gathered in Beachwood, Ohio, on July 30 and in Bloomington, Minn., on July 31 to network, enjoy a nice meal and sharpen their business knowledge at two recent CLA Connect LIVE events.

The Ohio meeting featured speaker Steve Marcionetti, president of Card Concepts Inc., who presented, “Payment Options: 8 Things You Need to Know.” At the Minnesota event, multi-store owner Bob Frandsen presented, “Small Markets, Big Success.”

After each presentation, attendees had the opportunity to share ideas and connect with their peers. In addition, the CLA provided updates on some of its latest initiatives – including new demographic reports, LaundryCares programs and the upcoming Excellence in Laundry conference.

“I have been in the industry since 1984 and came away with some great ideas and changes to improve my business,” said Scott Vlahos of Advantage Equipment Inc., based in Akron, Ohio, who attended the Ohio meeting.

“I learned a lot and met some great contacts,” noted Minnesota event attendee Daniel Eggermont of Rain & Shine Laundromat in Marshall, Minn.

The CLA has nearly 20 Connect LIVE events planned for the remainder of the year. They include meetings on September 10 in Santa Monica, Calif.; September 11 in Seattle; September 24 in Tinley Park, Ill.; and September 25 in Milwaukee. For a complete listing of all CLA Connect LIVE event dates and locations, visit www.coinlaundry.org/claconnectlive.

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