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North East Fabricare Association
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July 8, 2011
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Thank you for your membership!  We here at NEFA are dedicated to helping you to improve your business.  Whether it is through programs like Fall Fest or our endorsed vendor services, we strive to provide you the best. You are important to us, and we appreciate your comments, suggestions and any concerns.  Please feel free to contact us at anytime for all your industry needs: 800-442-6848.
Brad Friel Memorial Clean Classic set for August 3rd!

NEFA's 16th Annual Brad Friel Memorial Clean Classic will be held August 3rd at Quarry Ridge Golf Course in Portland, CT.  This is NEFA's second year at Quarry Ridge and those who played last year are excited to return.  The course offers a unique field of play complete with terrific scenery, high elevated tees, and a great staff to help everyone enjoy a terrific day of fellowship and fun!


The cost to play is still only $125 per person and includes prizes, lunch at the turn (complete with beer and soda), and a full dinner at the end of the event.  Due to the potential for travel for some players, we have been able to have a later than usual shotgun start at 9:45! 


To register or to find out how you can sponsor the event, go to NEFA's website to download a registration form:


This is truly a great event for those who love golf or those who just want to come out and enjoy the sun with good friends.  It is a scramble format, so even those less experienced golfers can still have a great time.  If you don't already have a group you are going to play with, register anyway, and we will match you up!  Directions to the course can be found here:

SAVE THE DATE -- Fall Fest 2011 set for November 11, 12, and 13!
NEFA's popular Fall Fest Educational Conference and Allied Trade exhibits is back!  We are now putting the finishing touches on what will prove to be the best educational opportunity of the year for drycleaners.  Fall Fest has a history of ground-breaking education sessions and offers a unique blend of social interaction and allied trade participation.  There is something for everyone!
Past participants have kept coming back each of the last 4 years because each and every year they have taken back something to their plants that have helped them save money, work more efficiently, and do a better job running their business.  You do not want to miss out so mark your calendars and watch you mail for the full details! 
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How do you inform customers of possible difficulties?
E-Mail Newsletters Work!
How do you communicate with your customers?  How do you alert them to your specials or events?  How good are you at keeping in touch with your customers and demonstrating your professionalism? 
These are all tough questions and ones that NEFA is looking help you answer the challenges.  NEFA has established an e-mail newsletter program designed to meet your every need.  You provide the e-mail addresses and we can do the rest.  One of the greatest challenges we here from the membership is "how can we attract more customers?" NEFA's new CleanLine program is a way to help keep your current customers, and is a proven way to help those loyal customers bring in a greater volume of cleaning.  Call Peter Blake (800-442-6848) today to find out how you can take advantage of this unique and proven program!  Start increasing your business today!
Have an idea?  A helpful Suggestion?  Send them to us and we may publish them in an upcoming Headlines & More: Online or on our website.  This is a new regular feature of both this e-mail update and  The idea was first published in a DLI publication of the same title.

me I will be in Southern Massachusetts next week, and then will be traveling to the North Shore of Boston the week after.  We are currently putting together a new educational schedule, and as always we are looking for input.  Call or e-mail us and let us know your ideas!  We are now interviewing a new technical training person and hope to have a new set of spotting and finishing classes coming to an area near you!  NEFA is also putting together a new "NEFA Temp" person to help management fill in when the need arises.  There are some new exciting opportunities ahead! 
All members are encouraged to call and set up an appointment, it would be great to visit!  We are always looking for ways to better serve our members and the industry as a whole, so please let us know if there are areas you feel we could assist you in.  Please either call us at 800-442-6848 or e-mail me at


Peter Blake,
NEFA Executive Vice President