Current laundry owners and potential investors – along with distributors and manufacturers – gathered in Burbank, Calif., on February 20, in Seattle on February 21, and in Raleigh, N.C., on February 27 to network, enjoy a nice meal and sharpen their business knowledge at the recent CLA Connect LIVE events held in these cities.

The Burbank event featured speaker Beverly Blank, a former laundry owner and the founder of Fluff and Fold 101, who presented “Fluff-and-Fold Secrets to Boost Profits.” At the Seattle meeting, Coin Laundry Association President and CEO Brian Wallace presented, “The Latest Trends in Laundromat Design.” And, in Raleigh, Luke Williford, owner of more than 30 Wash House locations, presented “Laundry Solutions: Keys to Successful Laundromat Management.”

After the presentations, attendees had the opportunity to share ideas and connect with their peers. In addition, the CLA provided updates on some of its new initiatives, including new member benefits, LaundryCares programs and The Clean Show.

“Coming from out of state, I enjoy talking with other owners at these events,” shared Jacob Witham, owner of Montana-based Spin Fresh Laundry, who attended the Seattle event.

“CLA Connect LIVE brings together seasoned operators, industry insiders and potential investors to create relationships that continue to shape our industry and propel us forward into a prosperous future,” noted Raleigh meeting attendee Lee Williford, who owns The Wash House Laundromats chain, with locations throughout North Carolina.

In all, the CLA has 51 events planned across the country in 2019. The March CLA Connect LIVE events will be held in North Bethesda, Md., on March 5 and in King of Prussia, Pa., on March 6. Other meetings scheduled for later in the month include: March 13 in Milwaukee; March 14 in Chicago; March 19 in Flushing, N.Y.; March 20 in Cherry Hill, N.J.; and March 26 in West Des Moines, Iowa. Visit for a full list of dates and locations.

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