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HR in the Age of COVID-19

An Interview with Human Resources Expert Claudia St. John Claudia St. John is the founder and president of Affinity HR Group Inc., a national human resources and management consulting firm specializing in hiring, recruiting, HR compliance and employee engagement....

Laundromats Are Essential

CLA Releases New Video Highlighting Industry’s Response to the Challenge of COVID-19 The laundromat industry, led by owners and their employees, has stepped up to the challenge of the COVID-19 crisis by increasing disinfecting procedures and applying new approaches...

Opening New Doors of Opportunity

Here’s What You Need to Know Before Adding Automatic Doors to Your Laundromat In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, many laundromat owners are currently reevaluating every aspect of their stores’ operations. For many operators, this includes the potential addition of...

Are You Covered?

What Laundry Owners Need to Know About Their Business Insurance During These Difficult Times According to the Small Business Administration, small businesses in the U.S. “are facing an unprecedented economic disruption due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.”...

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CLA COVID-19 Update

The Coin Laundry Association closely monitors updates regarding the coronavirus pandeminc. Click here to learn more and access resources.

Building Your Dream Laundromat

Building Your Dream Laundromat

What to Consider When Constructing Your First Laundry Business The key to getting through the buildout or construction phase of your vended laundry project can be quite simple. Just hire an experienced, licensed general contractor who already has a couple of...

Before Signing Your Laundry Lease…

Before Signing Your Laundry Lease…

Sitting Down to the Negotiation Table for the First Time? Here’s What You Need to Know First things first… with respect to your laundry lease, the best advice I can offer is be sure you have an experienced commercial real estate attorney by your side to help navigate...

Buyer Beware

Buyer Beware

Eight Best Practices to Follow When Buying a Property As the old saying goes, "Let the buyer beware." And never are those words more accurate then when purchasing a property to be used for a vended laundry business – whether you're looking to buy an existing store or...

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Go Beyond Basic Website Maintenance

Three Tips to Help ‘Future-Proof’ Your Business’ Site One of the biggest draws of the vended laundry industry is that it’s “future-proof.” In other words, unless there’s some type of apocalypse that none of us see coming, people are going to need to do their laundry....

LaundryCares Announces Free Laundry Day in New Orleans

On June 19 – the day prior to the start of Clean Show 2019 – the LaundryCares Foundation will hold a free laundry day in the show’s host city of New Orleans. This event, which will run from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., will take place at two locations simultaneously within...

Clean ’19 Sells Out Exhibit Space

With less than one month until Clean 2019 kicks off at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, exhibit space is officially sold out. The textile care industry’s premier exhibition will be held June 20-23. The 2019 edition of this event follows in the...

CG West, Elite Business Investments Host Successful Open House

Continental Girbau West and Elite Business Investments recently co-hosted the Pre-Clean Preview Open House at CG West headquarters in Santa Fe Springs, Calif. The event drew Southern California vended laundry owners and investors, who took advantage of equipment...

Making the Most of Mobile Billboards

Eight Tips for Creating a Successful Transit Advertising Program One of my favorite ways to market vended laundries is via the mobile billboard. Mobile billboards – on buses, trucks, delivery vans, taxis and light rail trains – can advertise in places where stationary...

Wash-Dry-Fold: Neutralizing pH Levels

I do a lot of drop-off laundry at my store. In the past, you’ve suggested using a built detergent for heavily stained and/or oily items. I took your advice, and the wash-dry-fold garments are definitely getting clean – but some of them are coming out stiff and...

Good for the Community, Good for Business

For two days this past March, the somewhat esoteric worlds of early-childhood education and library science intersected with the pragmatic, bottom-line business of laundromat ownership. Strange bedfellows, indeed. It’s a partnership that, at first glance, maybe...

The Perfect Complement?

Here’s How Linen Rental Can Be a Profitable Addition to Your Full-Service Laundry Business One of the easier and more profitable opportunities for vended laundry owners who service commercial accounts – which a number of operators, including myself, have ventured into...

BCC Payments Names VP of Route Sales, Distributor Relations

BCC Payments, a provider of laundry payment systems, has hired Mark Sperry as vice president of route sales and distributor relations. Sperry has been brought on board to further empower the company’s customer relationships and to provide efficient solutions to their...

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Untouchable ROI from Speed Queen®

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Webinar: Why Choose the Laundry Business

Are you an entrepreneur looking for a new business venture? Join CLA for this panel discussion with expert laundry owners if you are considering opening a laundromat.

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This Month's Issue

  • Let the Buyer Beware: What You Should Never Do When Looking to Purchase an Existing Laundromat
  • Guest Feature: Looking Ahead to the Future of Laundromats
  • Up Close: HR in the Age of COVID-19
  • Insurance: What Owners Need to Know About Their Business Coverage
  • The Laundry Doctor: Planning for the New Normal
  • And more…

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Western State Design to Host Fall Service Seminars

Western State Design, headquartered in Hayward, Calif., will host free service seminars for vended laundry operators. Attendees will learn best practices for optimal operation and maintenance of Dexter Laundry equipment. The training sessions – scheduled for 9 a.m. to...

Textile-Care Industries Mourn David Cotter

Textile Care Allied Trades Association CEO David Cotter passed away on August 9 in Polk County, Fla. Since April 1993, Cotter, 64, served as the chief executive officer of TCATA, which is an international trade association representing the manufacturers and...

WASH Partners with Hercules Corp.

WASH Multifamily Laundry Systems, headquartered in El Segundo, Calif., has partnered with Hercules Corp., a third-generation laundry distributor, based in Hicksville, N.Y. According to WASH, the partnership will reinforce the company’s market presence throughout the...

CLA Connect LIVE Hosts Midwest Events

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...

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A Profitable Partnership

A Profitable Partnership

Teaming Up with Your Local Drycleaner May Be the Ideal Way to Grow Your Laundry Business. Find Out How at Clean 2017! The Clean Show is just around the corner. And the 2017 event – which will be held June 5-8 at the Las Vegas Convention Center – marks the first time...

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The Business Mind

Pulling the ‘Trigger’

Seven Psychological Triggers Sure to Boost Your Customer Acquisition MarketingWould you like to know how to attract more customers by understanding what piques their interest in your laundry business?For several years, I have written that the key to successfully...

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Let’s Build on the Many Successes of 2015

As we head into 2016, I'd like to reflect on some of the successes of 2015. In my mind, the greatest accomplishment of 2015 was the Coin Laundry Association's revitalization of its LaundryCares Foundation. As many of you know, LaundryCares has been around since 2006,...

Get Involved… Stay Involved

The year is quickly coming to an end. The time seems to go faster and faster each year. As you reflect back on the goals you set out to accomplish this year, did you meet or exceed them? Did you do what you said you were going to do? It's never too late to set goals...

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