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See You on the Green — Golf Tournament Two Weeks Away
Canadian Carwash Association
The annual Canadian Carwash Association (CCA) golf tournament is quickly approaching with CCA members teeing off on Tuesday, September 15th! That's just two weeks away! If you're a member of the CCA and haven't signed up for the golf tournament being held at the Glendale Golf and Country Club in Hamilton, Ontario, then sign up online today at canadiancarwash.ca/golf.

The golf tournament includes lunch, a round of golf, a networking dinner and prize draws. Join the CCA in Hamilton and spend one of the last days of summer hitting the greens with your fellow CCA members and industry peers.

For sponsorship opportunities, contact Kiki Cloutier at the National Office at 416-239-0339 or kcloutier@canadiancarwash.ca.
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Mark Your Calendar: CARWACS Calgary November 17-18
Canadian Carwash Association
Your membership with the Canadian Carwash Association (CCA) includes free registration to the leading Canadian convenience and carwash trade show. With the combination of the latest carwash products being displayed on the exhibitor floor and a series of industry education seminars, the CARWACS trade show is a must-attend event for carwash professionals. The Calgary show is set for November 17-18, 2015 and the Toronto show will be held March 8-9, 2016.
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Carwash Insurance: Thoughts for Owners and Operators to Consider
Canadian Carwash Association
• Ensure that you have sound policies and procedures in place. Everything from dealing with cash handling and inventory to external operations (like adjacent site detailing), or record keeping for general maintenance and snow removal.
• It is important and helpful that you and your staff know how to deal with unforeseen events before they occur. For example, spills (which could be something as simple as water to clean up so clients or staff don't fall and hurt themselves, or, as complex as a chemical spill, which may have environmental ramifications).
• Does your staff know what procedures to follow in the event of a mechanical failure?
• Would they know what to do in the event of a ruptured pipe?
• Are there incident reporting forms available which could be required for a variety of situations?

Visit the CCA website for more information on Erb and Erb Insurance Broker's Car Wash and Gas Bar Operators Insurance Program.

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 Industry News


6 smart budgeting tips for small business owners
Business News Daily
If you run a small business, it's likely that you're operating on a relatively limited budget. Whether you bootstrapped your business or are trying to pay back loans you took out to cover your startup costs, it's in your best interest to conserve money wherever you can.
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How Metro Vancouver water restrictions affect local businesses
Global News
Drought conditions are having an impact on many Metro Vancouver businesses with some struggling under Stage 3 water restrictions and others finding a way to thrive. Landscapers are having a tough go. Simon Davies of Vancouver’s English Lawns says summer is not normally their busiest time of year, but this year has been particularly slow since they can’t install new lawns due to current water restrictions that forbid lawn watering.
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The chemistry connection
Carwash.com
Having the right chemistry is important for most things in life, whether figuratively or literally. For carwashes, chemistry is an essential component in the equation for optimum productivity. To ensure high-quality results, owners and operators must keep in mind an array of important considerations, including the chemical type and amount needed, impacts from outside sources on performance as well as proper safety procedures and employee training.
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Profit centres: If it's not making money, it's a loss centre
Auto Laundry
Articles on car wash profit center analysis usually start by suggesting that if profits are running stagnate or stale, it may be time to add a new revenue generator. This is typically followed by summaries of profit centers in terms of the initial start-up expense, potential returns, technical and maintenance requirements, and tips for success.
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Survey shows work ethic of new hires has deteriorated for small business owners
Calgary Herald
A survey released recently by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business says about three-quarters of small business owners say the work ethic of new hires has deteriorated in recent years.
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PayPal moves into fast-growing casual peer-to-peer payments industry
Globe and Mail
PayPal Inc. is jumping into the fast-growing casual peer-to-peer payments industry under its own name, with a new service called PayPal.Me. The move is a recognition that the boom in e-commerce on mobile has trickled down and changed how users want to pay back friends, family or co-workers for everything from movie tickets, split cab fares, shared gifts or that sandwich from the food truck.
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3 ways to protect your business in turbulent times
Globe and Mail
A series of economic, financial and technological shocks are currently battering the global economy, creating waves of uncertainty, fear and disruption. The price of crude oil (WTI) has dropped 60 per cent in the last two years to about $45 (U.S.) per barrel; real GDP in Canada decreased 0.1 per cent in Q1 of 2015, and we may now be in a recession, while China inflamed the currency wars a few weeks ago when it devalued the yuan, further accelerating the flight of capital to the U.S. dollar.
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Car wash cameras: The problem, and the remedy
Auto Laundry
Anyone who works with vehicles in any capacity (detail, full-serve, flex-serve, express-exterior washes) must have the ability to inspect each and every vehicle as it enters the facility plus as it exits. Let's discuss why you need both before we move on. Vehicle inspection to ascertain the condition of the vehicle is only half of what you need.
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