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NEFA, Peuster team up for April webinar
 Basic strategies for pickup and delivery route development will be the topic for an April 7 webinar offered by the North Eastern Fabricare Association.
 Presenting the program will be James Peuster, a.k.a. The Route Pro. It is ideally suited for owners, managers and sales staff who wish to increase their drycleaning route sales.
 The program is slated to begin at 3 p.m. and run for about 90 minutes.
 It will cover the following topics: how to get and keep staff motivated; how to hold your team accountable; effective marketing materials and tools; and ten things to increase sales.
 The cost for the webinar is $45 per connection for NEFA/DLI members or $75 per connection for non-members.
For more information or to register, contact the NEFA office at (800) 842-6848, send email to peteblke@aol.com or visit online at www.nefabricare.com.
Spotting, finishing on NCA schedule
 Just about every drycleaning-related topic will be on the itinerary of the National Cleaners Association this year, including a busy April that will feature courses on wetcleaning, counter training and advanced stain removal.
 On Sunday, April 7, the association will host “Wetcleaning” in the Bronx and “Technical Training II: Interactive Training for CSRs” in Nanuet. Both classes will begin at 8:30 a.m.
 Tuition is $250 for members and $350 for non-members.
 In fact, that cost is the same for all of NCA’s one-day classes, unless otherwise noted.
 Later in the month, cleaners can attend an eight-hour “Advanced Stain Removal and Intensive Bleaching” course on Sunday, April 21 in the Bronx that will run from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
 The course on wetcleaning will be repeated later in the year in the Bronx on Oct. 27; Advanced Stain Removal and Intensive Bleaching will also be offered again in the Bronx on Aug. 25.
 Also in April, NCA will host its two-day, 16-hour Department of Environmental Conservation certification course for cleaners to obtain or update the credentials necessary to legally operate in New York. Class begins at 9 a.m. and culminates at 6 p.m. on consecutive Sundays.
 Upcoming outings in Nanuet include: April 7 and 14; July 14 and 21; and Oct. 27 and Nov. 3. There will also be two offerings taught in Korean in May and September, the location of which will be announced at a later date.
 The cost is $795 for members and $1,295 for non-members.
 Beyond April, there will be plenty of additional educational offerings from the association including a one-day course on “Pressing and Finishing” on Sunday, May 19 that will be held in Miami, FL.
 On June 9, NCA will be back in the Bronx for a “Basic Spotting 101” class that will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
 On the following Sunday, NCA has scheduled a program in Korean covering “Intermediate Stain Removal and Bleaching” from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The location has yet to be determined, which is also the case for another offering of the class in Korean on Oct. 27. The class will be offered in English on July 28 in the Bronx.
 A month later, the association will be in Miami to present an eight-hour course on “Extreme Stain Removal” on July 14. It will start at 8:30 a.m. and conclude around 4 p.m.
 In late summer, NCA will present its comprehensive course on “Radical Drycleaning/Stain Removal” that meets for five consecutive days and lasts about 40 hours altogether.
 Meeting from Monday through Friday, August 5 to 9,  the class will be held in Northvale, NJ. It begins at 8:30 daily.
 Tuition is $750 for members and $995 for non-members.
 Another in-depth class will be hosted in the Bronx during the following month on Sept. 21 and 22. NCA’s “Basic Pressing and Finishing” class meets for eight hours each day and costs $455 for association xzxmembers and $595 for non-members.
 Also that month will be “Avoiding Claims: What You Need to Know About Fabrics and Stain Removal” on Sunday, Sept. 8 in Nanuet.
 In November, the association will explore the topic of “Technical Training at the Counter for CSRs” on the 24th, also in Nanuet. It will meet from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.
 In addition to the multitude of class offerings throughout the year, NCA will also be hosting its Texcare Trade Show and Exhibit on the weekend of Oct. 19 and 20. It will be held at the Meadowlands Expo Center in New Jersey.
For more information on any of the association’s upcoming events, call (212) 967-3002 or visit www.nca-i.com.
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