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All-day seminar to precede Texcare
In addition to featuring a full slate of educational seminars during its weekend Texcare show this October, the National Cleaners Association will also host an exclusive pre-show seminar event featuring Claude Whitacre and Jason Loeb.
NCA’s biennial show will take place on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 19 and 20, at the Meadowlands Expo Center in New Jersey. The pre-show event will run all day at the same location on Friday, Oct. 18.
The pre-show cost is $395 or $245 for NCA members. Platinum members may attend for free.
The itinerary will kick off at 9 a.m. with a seminar on how to “Train the Trainer” for compliance with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s new mandatory training requirements for the revised HAZCOM standards.
Business owners are legally required to train employees with the revised standards prior to Dec. 1 of this year. The seminar, which will last 2 1/2 hours, is specifically developed for the drycleaning industry.
Later in the afternoon, the topic of discussion will shift toward how to become more profitable.
Best-selling author and small retail business entrepreneur Claude Whitacre will share his number-one secret for attracting new customers.
Also in the afternoon, Jason Loeb of will tell attendees how he built a couture cleaning service from scratch and how it has translated into a big bottom line. He will also divulge how he doubled the spending of his top-spending customers.
On Saturday, NCA’s Texcare show begins. The free event will feature hundreds of exhibits with all the latest equipment, services and other offerings for the drycleaning industry.
There will also be live demonstrations on the show floor, which will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
NCA also has planned two full mornings of free seminars.
Saturday will begin at 8 a.m. with a program on “What to Do About Obamacare” by human resources expert Michelle Stoebly.
She will emphasize some of the basic things business owners will need to know and how to comply with deadlines of the new law.
Also on Saturday morning, NCA Director of Technical Services Alan Spielvogel will share his knowledge on problem garments that are currently cropping up on the market and how to handle them properly.
The final seminar on Saturday morning will focus on “How to Comply with the 12/1/2013 Deadline for OSHA’s Revised Hazardous Communications Standards Training for Employees.”
Educational sessions will resume the following morning, including a program at 8 a.m. that will discuss the state’s Department of Environmental Protection and its plans regarding a General Air Permit, enforcement of the federal clean-air standards, plans for dealing with alternative solvents and other things that could affect cleaners in the future.
At 9 a.m., Albert Lee of DC Center will present a seminar in Korean that will include his story on how he grew his own mom-and-pop business into a substantial revenue generator.
At the same time will be another seminar by Claude Whitacre who will share some of his ideas, tips and techniques on creating bigger profits for your business.
For more information on Texcare, visit or call NCA, (212) 967-3002.
NY Mayor honors cleaner with Helping Hand award
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg recently recognized Wash Club NYC owner Rick Rome with a Helping Hand award for his volunteering efforts during the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in 2012.
Rome’s business offered its services to wash and deliver linens belonging to Brooklyn hospitals, the National Guard and Breezy Point storm victims in the wake of Sandy.
The Category 3 storm overall took at least 286 lives in seven countries and was considered to be the second costliest hurricane in United States history with damages assessed around the $65 billion mark.
Rome’s decision to offers his company’s services voluntarily allowed a variety of organizations and hurricane victims to focus on rebuilding efforts during a difficult time.
“Giving back to the people and city I love in a time of need was just a natural reaction,” Rome explained. “I am truly fortunate to live in such an incredible city as New York — the city so nice they named it twice.”