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SDA, Fabriclean program to help cleaners build sales
The Southwest Drycleaning Association and Fabriclean Supply have tapped experts in the fields of customer service, marketing, web design, social media and delivery routes for a “Build Your Sales” showcase slated for March 15 and 16.
The event will be held at Fabriclean Supply’s Dallas facility located at 8301 Ambassador Row.
Saturday’s programs will include customer service and marketing by Michael Nesbit, president of MW Cleaners, website development by Marc Nathan, director of business development at Forthea and social media by Chad Barton, marketing director for the Rumbline Media Group.
On Sunday, Route Pro James Peuster, one of the industry’s leading consultants who specializes in developing Million Dollar Routes through coaching and cost analysis, will be on hand for a two-hour program from 4 to 6 p.m.
He will divulge some of his secrets for creating profitable routes. Tickets to attend cost $50 per person.
Also during the weekend, there will be an opportunity to tour Fabriclean’s Dallas facilities and enjoy complimentary lunch and beverages.
There will be plenty of time for social networking, as there will be a Saturday morning breakfast and dinner at Medieval Times. The cost is $20 per person for breakfast and $42 per person for the dinner and entertainment.
Hotel accommodations are available at the nearby Wyndham Dallas Love Field, located at 3300 W. Mockingbird Lane. Attendees are encouraged to make reservations as soon as possible by calling (214) 357-8500.
For more information call the SDA office at (512) 873-8195 or visit the association’s web site online at www.sda-dryclean.com. Registration for the event is available to visitors on the site’s homepage.
Five Star helps job-seekers get back to work
Five Star Cleaners recently reported cleaning a record number of garments for the 2012 Dress for Success San Antonio.
“We collected, cleaned and delivered 7,275 business-attire donations to Dress for Success San Antonio. That is up 3,000 pieces over our 2011 totals,” noted Sharlene Thum, vice president and co-founder of Five Star Cleaners.
Dress for Success San Antonio seeks to help low-income women by promoting economic security and self-sufficiency through employment retention, career development and job preparation programs, including making sure they look professional for job interviews.
According to Pamela Taylor, co-founder and CEO of Dress for Success San Antonio, having help from Five Star has raised the level of professionalism for women in the program.
“Before we established a relationship with Five Star Cleaners in 2010, donors oftentimes did not have an opportunity to clean or press items before they were donated to us,” she said. “There has been a significant increase in the amount of quality and donations because of the efforts of Five Star Cleaners.”
Five Star, owned by Richard and Sharlene Thum and Bryan Newbold, currently has 18 locations serving San Antonio. The company also hosts the “Cold Days, Warm Hearts Winter Coat Project” and has collected over 100,000 coats in 30 years.

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