When Competition Moves In…

How to Respond When a New Laundry Business Enters Your Market Bill Gates has carved into his desk a quote by Andy Grove, one of the founders of Intel. It states: “Success breeds complacency… complacency breeds failure.” This may sound strange or surprising, but there...

Eastern Funding Hosts Women’s Business Leadership Conference

Eastern Funding recently hosted its inaugural Women’s Business Leadership Conference in New York City. The event, with a theme of “Empowered Leadership,” brought together academics, entrepreneurs and other business professionals with the goal of shining the spotlight...

Huebsch Names Store Owners of the Quarter

Huebsch recently named Glenn Catlin and Rowena Garcia its Store Owners of the Quarter. The couple saved thousands of dollars revitalizing their Texas laundromat with energy-efficient washers and dryers. Catlin and Garcia own and operate Las Lavanderia, a...

Speed Queen Unveils Laundromat Franchise Program

Alliance Laundry Systems has announced that its subsidiary – Speed Queen Laundry Franchise, LLC – is now offering Speed Queen-branded laundromat franchises in nearly every state in the U.S. This opportunity is currently being offered through select distributors, as...
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Less is More: The Greening of an Industry

Originally posted - Jun 26, 2014 Morgan Gary recently received an MBA in sustainable business. Not coincidentally, she also just opened her very own sustainable business – Spin Laundry Lounge, which is described as an eco-friendly laundromat within a "retro-mod" café...

The New Normal?

Originally - Sep 16, 2014 Technically, the Great Recession lasted from December 2007 to June 2009. That's what the economists and history books will tell you. However, some laundry professionals might have a slightly different timeline. It began with the bursting of...

Taking a New Route

Originally posted - May 28, 2014 Each year, billions of dollars go through apartment laundry rooms, which provide basically the same service your laundromat offers. And, although the target demographics for self-service laundries and apartment laundry rooms are...


Take Notes – And Then Take Action

Originally posted - Aug 15, 2012 Each year, one of the most valuable things a self-service laundry owner can do is attend distributor shows. And please notice that I didn't just say "your distributor show." The reason for this is because I personally go to several...

Open for Business

Originally posted - Jan issue/2012 You've searched far and wide for that perfect laundry location or undervalued existing laundromat. You've met with every distributor and examined each manufacturer's spec sheets with a fine-toothed comb before selecting your new...

A Time to Reflect A Time to Move Forward

Originally posted - Dec issue/2012 As I write this column in late October, it seems to be more of a time of positive activity than a time of reflection. I just recently returned from the Coin Laundry Association's Excellence in Laundry Conference in Palm Springs. And,...

‘Face’ the Facts

Originally posted - Mar 25, 2013 If you are like me, a small-business owner, you most likely have heard of Facebook. You may even have a Facebook page for your business, but you may be wondering how to use Facebook practically to promote your business. I say...

A Plan Comes Together

Originally posted - Jun 11, 2013 In past columns, I've discussed the value of networking and the ideas I've picked up at industry events – ideas that have helped me save and make more money at my stores. A perfect example of this occurred last October, when I was in...

Be Aware, Be Prepared, Be Safe

Originally posted - Feb 14, 2012 How far do we need to go to protect our businesses, our customers, our property and, most importantly, our lives? As a former law enforcement officer and now a commercial laundry equipment distributor, I have combined my past...

Don’t Be the ‘Fall Guy’

Orignially posted - Oct 23, 2013 Slips, trips and falls can cost you much more than money. They can rob you of public trust and damage your brand. And, according the National Safety Council, more than 9 million disabling slips and falls occur each year, costing an...

Now Trending…

Originally posted Dec.issue/2012 Eight Trends and Issues Sure to Impact Your Business Life in 2013 "I don't set trends. I just find out what they are and exploit them." – Dick Clark Yes, your small-business world can change quickly. And, yes, outside forces and new...

Is the Price Right?

Originally posted - March issue/2012 Accurately Calculating What Your Vend Prices Should Be Goes Well Beyond Figuring Out the Cost of a Wash and Dry It's not uncommon for newcomers to the industry to ask how to accurately calculate the cost of a wash and a dry to help...

Can You Accept EBT Cards at Your Store?

Originally posted - Dec 28, 2012 The subject of EBT, or Electronic Benefit Transfer, acceptance has been a topic of discussion that is increasing in frequency among today's self-service laundry owners. The question of whether this new form of benefits payment can be...

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  • When Competition Moves In…: How to Respond When a New Laundry Business Enters Your Market
  • Legislation: State Lawmakers Intensify Focus on Service Taxes
  • Technology: Three Types of Apps Any Business Can Use – Even Yours
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Industry News

Darling’s Sales & Service Celebrates 50th Anniversary

This year marks the 50th anniversary for Darling's Sales & Service Co., a full-service vended and on-premise laundry equipment distributor in Blaine, Minn. "I started the business by doing service work out of my garage," said company founder Ralph Darling. "I...

PWS Hosts Free Service Schools

More Than 250 Laundry Owners Attended the Educational Events PWS recently held service schools at all three of its California offices, which are based in Los Angeles, Redwood City and San Diego. More than 250 laundry owners attended these educational events, which...

Laundry Owners Warehouse Expands Parts Division

Laundry Owners Warehouse, headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., recently expanded its facility to accommodate an inventory of more than 10,000 new and used parts. "Our new showroom and warehouse represent our commitment to providing store owners coast-to-coast the...

Iowa Governor Signs Historic Bill

New Legislation Repeals Sales Tax on Coin Laundry Service Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad has signed a bill - sponsored by the Iowa Self-Service Laundry Association - which repeals the sales tax on self-service laundries in that state. Before the passage of this bill, Iowa...



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