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February 2010 Blog Posts (10)

What's In store for 2010 Webinar recap

As a sponsor, I was glad to be able to help facilitate the forum used. I realize that many attendees did not get their questions answered. If you had a comment or question, we can use this blog to get it answered and posted for everyone to share.

Glenn Hartshorn,

www.upgrademyscoring.com

Added by Glenn Harshorn on February 18, 2010 at 11:05am — 3 Comments

Defining Ourselves

Click on 'View Fred Kaplowitz's Blog' to see all my posts.


Every now and then I like to go back and look at old advertising posters. It's what I do when I can't/won't sleep and what I find makes me happy. It's a way of getting my head into simpler times and a…
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Added by fred kaplowitz on February 17, 2010 at 6:25am — 1 Comment

A Bowling Holiday

35% of all people go to dinner on Valentine's Day. What a home run for the restaurant industry, the flower industry and the chocolate industry. Oh, did I forget the greeting card industry?



Now if we can just go about finding a holiday for the bowling industry. I nominate the NFL Super Bowl as the bowling industry's holiday. We could celebrate it by placing a…
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Added by fred kaplowitz on February 15, 2010 at 7:00am — No Comments

Recessions and Tuxedos

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Added by fred kaplowitz on February 11, 2010 at 5:15am — No Comments

New Center Financing

I am new to the Bowling Center Industry, however, I am completing my Business Plan and searching for possible locations in the SW Riverside County area ( Temecula, CA). My structure is a limited Partnership for the 20-25% down payment. I have projected that a new center will cost in the neighborhood of $5mil for a 40 lane at $95,000 per lane, construction and improvements of an 50,000 plus sq. ft. former retail building. I welcome your ideas for financing and business climate as I move forward… Continue

Added by Rob Owens on February 8, 2010 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

Valentine's Day

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Added by fred kaplowitz on February 5, 2010 at 5:22am — No Comments

If it can, it probably did.

I was doing my daily ritual of moving through IBI's website and my eye caught the section "Top Bowling Center News from Around the World". There was listed a handful of the kinds of activities we spend our evenings watching on television to relax: a stabbing, arson perpetrated by a rival center operator, a brawl and a look back at a massacre in New Mexico in 1990. Wow! And that's not counting the mundane things such as weddings, wakes, community meetings, birthdays and on and on and on.

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Added by Patty Heath on February 4, 2010 at 10:30am — No Comments

Ordinary to Glamorous

Click on 'View Fred Kaplowitz's Blog' above to see all my posts.



I had an opportunity on Feb. 3 to speak before a group of New Jersey bowling proprietors; a savvy group of proprietors that are withstanding the economic woes of the Northeast corridor. With NYC unemployment approaching 11% and parts of New Jersey facing similar woes, these proprietors are finding ways, as a group, to meet these challenges head on.



In fact their Associations won the BPAA… Continue

Added by fred kaplowitz on February 4, 2010 at 5:14am — No Comments

One Bowling Centers Online Success OR "Being in front of the wave and not behind it!"

I recently wrote a newsletter article about Poway Fun Bowl in guess where, Poway California! They have been offering online party reservations since January 2009. No, this is not a simple "fill out the form and wait for an answer, we'll get back to you" process common on many websites, this is a real "show us the dates, times so we can book right now and move on with our day" type of process that you have come to expect from hotels and airlines...they've been doing this for years. Now, pioneers… Continue

Added by Larry McLean on February 3, 2010 at 2:44pm — No Comments

The Reset Button

Click on 'View Fred Kaplowitz's Blog' above to see all my posts.



Maybe its time to hit the reset button.



All the scurrying around and around for the newest promotion or the newest techno marketing tactic makes me dizzy. For what? Because we have been brainwashed into thinking that we can be better if we do the latest and the greatest; sort of like the flavor of the week; It's "Moreitis" the thought that we have been trained to hear - work hard and… Continue

Added by fred kaplowitz on February 1, 2010 at 6:11am — No Comments

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