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I have reached the 1,000th article in this series. It has been a great ride and hopefully there is more to cover in future articles. I have to give true credit to my readers and clients who have generated many of the topics that we have covered.

My goal has always been to try to make this series practical by listening to you, the reader, and giving guidance (albeit my opinion) on custodial related topics ranging from floor care to sales to public relations to bidding to workloading to safety and beyond. I have avoided endorsing any specific product line since that should be your decision based on your circumstances. The intent was to be able to read the article in a minute or less.

I admit to being a generalist and oftentimes defer to your real world responses to give clarification or bring out a point that I may have missed. I have oftentimes had to stand corrected when I either was not clear or simply wrong in my comments.

I readily admit to learning so much from you all as we continue this journey of learning and growing. Thanks to everyone who has taken the time to respond in a positive manner since it helps all our readers to better understand this exciting industry which is in a constant state of flux due to the changes occurring every day.

I have a few articles that I consider favorites due to the theme or focus. Many of my articles could certainly stand updating or revising today, since I have learned more over time. I have really benefitted from attending trade shows, reading this and other publications and interacting with some of the giants in the industry. I encourage you to do the same as you invest in your knowledge base.

In celebrating this milestone, I have a request of you the reader. Could you share any feedback on the benefit of these articles and identify one or more that you liked the best and why? It may have been an "aha" moment for you or for some reason, inspired you to go on to the next level.

Your comments and questions are important. I hope to hear from you soon. Until then, keep it clean...

Mickey Crowe has been involved in the industry for over 35 years. He is a trainer, speaker and consultant. You can reach Mickey at 678-314-2171 or