Editor’s Note—December 2018

Editor’s Note—December 2018

by Michael Hamline, Editor / Published December 2018

By the time you peruse your December issue of Cleaner Times, the year 2018 will almost be completely in your rearview mirror. As you and your company move into 2019, there is much to look forward to according to the Diane Calabrese article “Optimistic About the Future” on page 12.

Jeffrey Burros with Alkota Cleaning Systems comments, “I am very optimistic going forward for 2019, with our top priorities being growing sales, cutting costs, addressing a workforce shortage, and seeking new markets.”

“I am very optimistic about the future because of the growth of small distributors, manufacturers, and internet companies, and the desire of all these folks to be successful in spite of the obstacles placed in front of them,” says Dave Hildebrand, vice president for Barens Inc.

Roy Chappell with Chappell Supply and Equipment provides some important advice that will serve your business well in 2019 or any year. He points out, “Here in the Midwest, we see a four to six percent drop in business in August and September. By having a line of credit with the banker, we have the opportunity to buy equipment and build up inventory for the increase in sales starting in October.”

You can read more about the value in forming a good banking relationship by turning to page 22 and reading the article, “Priceless—The Value of a Good Banking Relationship.”

In addition, take time to read “Who Is Responsible? Liability Reduction” on page 28, “Recalibrating the Scales: Work/Life Balance” on page 32, and “Contracts: What Could Possibly Go Wrong” on page 38. These articles provide items to consider as you operate your business and to help you view your business with a right perspective.

From everyone at Cleaner Times, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Michael Hamline
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