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$10,000 Grand Prize giveaway contest ends on April 25th
Canadian Carwash Association
Are you planning on attending The Car Wash Show 2015 in Las Vegas, April 23-25? If so, make sure that you enter the International Carwash Association's (ICA) Car Wash Show Europe contest! Carwash owners and operators have until 10 a.m. PST Saturday, April 25 to enter their raffle tickets into contest. The contest giveaway, valued at $10,000, offers round-trip tickets and accommodations for two to Amsterdam for the Car Wash Show Europe, October 5-7.
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What you need to know in charity car wash season
Canadian Carwash Association
Soon it will be the time of year when charities and other community groups look to raise awareness for their cause through the time-honoured tradition of a charity carwash. With a better understanding about the environmental impact of car washing outside of a professional carwash, more and more municipalities and charity groups are combining their efforts with professional carwashes. The CCA has put together a series of flowcharts and background information to help educate carwash owners and operators on what they need to know when it comes to the charity carwash season.
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First annual CCA Carwash Tour two months away
Canadian Carwash Association
On Thursday, June 11, the first annual CCA Carwash Tour will take place in Ontario. The tour will visit a number of CCA member carwash sites across southern Ontario as CCA members enjoy a day of networking, lunch and interactive site tours. Please contact the CCA National Office (office@canadiancarwash.ca) if you are interested in attending this free event for CCA members.
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U.S. study links road salt with brake failure and urges drivers to wash cars
Canadian Carwash Association
According to a recent article in the National Post, the results of a four-year study by the National Highway Traffic & Safety Administration (NHTSA) prompted the U.S. agency to issue a public warning to American motorists advising them to "thoroughly wash the underside of their vehicles." The study was conducted after thousands of unexpected break failures were occurring in U.S. vehicles across the country. The findings in this study certainly resonate with Canadian drivers, especially after a long winter season. Canadian motorists should take note and proactively wash their vehicle throughout the winter season.
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Another acquisition for Mister Car Wash
CarWash.com
Mister Car Wash has purchased Four Seasons Car Wash & Lube in Abilene, Texas, according to a press release. With the newly acquired property, Mister Car Wash operates 151 carwashes and 32 lube centers across 16 states, noted the release.

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10 ways small business can use social media to generate leads
The Globe and Mail
According to research conducted by LinkedIn, 94 per cent of small businesses who use social media use it for marketing, and three out of five small- to medium-sized businesses say they've gained new customers by using social media.

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Square POS Sales launches app marketplace in Canada
Android Headlines
Square handles all types of businesses such as Food and Beverage, Retail, Beauty Professionals, Professional Services and Home and Repair Services. Customers can pay you on the spot with their credit card just by swiping it through the portable reader.

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Halifax Water's stormwater charge upsets some customers
CBC News
Some residents are receiving bills from Halifax Water to pay for the cost of treating runoff from roads and streets, but many are not pleased about new stormwater fee. Lori Day lives in Hammonds Plains and receives no water or sewer service from Halifax Water. But she recently got a bill in the mail for the HRM right-of-way charge, often called the ditch tax.
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Car wash marketing ideas: Our 6 favourites from the past year
Car Wash Business Blog
Next time you find yourself short on ideas for a new car wash marketing initiative, here's a bag of ideas from our archives. They're all free. You can thank us later.
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WashTec AG reports growth
CarWashMag.com
WashTec AG of Germany, the parent company of Mark VII Equipment Inc. in Arvada, CO, posted revenues of EUR 302.6m in 2014 (prior year: EUR 299.7m). The company achieved earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) of EUR 28.6m (prior year: EUR 27.0). Earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) were at EUR 18.4m (prior year: EUR 17.1).
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Want to grow your small biz? It's all about the work environment
Huffington Post
Running a small business is difficult, but growing one is even more challenging. You can't do it alone; you need the help of talented employees who are invested in the long-term success of your business.
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Self-serve add-ons: ncreased value, increased revenue
AutoLaundry
Self-service car wash owners/operators are continually looking for ways to provide increased value for their customers. The addition of services or offerings at the car wash accomplishes this while also generating new income streams. With these new investments come inherent challenges, such as up front capital investment, installation time, and the payback time of the investment. Answers to these challenges come by studying customer preferences, local demographics, traffic patterns, and competition.
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How the CRA has made life easier for small businesses
Financial Post
Very few departments or agencies stir as much consternation among entrepreneurs as the Canada Revenue Agency. While some of this is to be expected given CRA's enforcement mandate, a great deal of angst comes from fixable issues such as bad or confusing advice, poor customer service and a lack of understanding of the realities of running a small business. In the past few years, I've witnessed a heartening evolution in the relationship between small businesses and the CRA.
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Car Wash & Auto Detailing in Canada: Market Research Report
IBIS World
IBISWorld’s Car Wash & Auto Detailing market research report is a comprehensive guide to market size and growth prospects. Our industry reports offer strategic industry analysis of the factors influencing companies, including new product developments, economic, lifestyle and demographic influences, distribution and supply chain factors and pricing issues. Full analysis accompanies our data forecasts to illustrate how the market responds to emerging industry trends.
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Elevating the customer experience
CarWash.com
Jim and Teri Rooney founded National Detailers Inc. (NDI) in 1997. The company specializes in automotive detailing and fleet management at special events across the country. The Rooneys had several successful years, but they eventually wanted to spend less time on the road.
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