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SCWA 2013 Convention & Expo
JOIN THE CELEBRATION! 2013 marks the 25th Annual SCWA Convention & Car Wash EXPO. It will be a special time to look back at the growth and success — and look to the future of SCWA and the car wash industry. Hear from legends in the industry — share with future legends and Celebrate SCWA 25. Click here for more info and to register.

House passes fiscal cliff deal, tamps down GOP revolt
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The House of Representatives recently approved emergency bipartisan legislation sparing all but a sliver of America's richest from sharp income tax hikes — while setting up another "fiscal cliff" confrontation in a matter of weeks. More

Complete the clean with vacuums
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People take great pride in the appearance of their automobiles. Whether they are personal vehicles or fleet cars, vans and trucks, looks most certainly matter. Individuals value clean, polished paint and shiny rims and tires, but there is more to cleanliness than a vehicle's exterior. More

Water supply will be hot topic for Legislature
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For Texas House Speaker Joe Straus funding an ambitious state water plan is a no-brainer. By 2030 Texas is projected to have 33 million residents — 7 million more than now — and the state must have the infrastructure to meet the demands of its rapidly growing population, Straus has told civic and business groups across the state. More

Despite deal, taxes to rise for most Americans
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While the tax package that Congress passed New Year's Day will protect 99 percent of Americans from an income tax increase, most of them will still end up paying more federal taxes in 2013. More

Drought continues in region — condition improving
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The Texas Panhandle is still in the grip of severe drought conditions, but this year's temperatures and precipitation rates suggest that conditions are improving, meteorologists said. About 60 percent of the continental United States is experiencing drought, but the Texas Panhandle is no stranger to hot, dry weather after going through the worst drought in state history during 2011. Although this year's weather has been less extreme, temperatures were still above average and precipitation was below average, National Weather Service meteorologist Andrew Moulton said. More

Turtle Wax will sell Professional Products wing
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Turtle Wax Inc. announced it will sell its Professional Products business to a partner company, Transchem Inc., according to a press release. The Dec. 19 release stated that Turtle Wax worked with Transchem for three years and utilized the company's technology and manufacturing facilities to produce the Professional Product line. More

Hyundai recalls 2012 Veloster for sunroof, parking-brake flaws
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The 2012 Hyundai Veloster is the subject of two separate voluntary safety recalls recently announced: One for sunroofs that could shatter and cause injury, and the other for a parking brake flaw that may allow vehicles to roll away. More

What to do when banks won't lend to your small business
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Unfortunately, this happens all too often: Business owners with solid business opportunities that have no chance of getting a loan from a bank. Even with the backing of an SBA guarantee, banks do not want to fund any loan that has unwarranted risk. Instead, they'd prefer to focus on a pristine deal with a long track record, superior personal credit score and solid financials. You can't blame them. Banks are highly regulated and have learned some painful lessons over the years. Those that are open are watching as their more aggressive brothers and sisters are getting shut-down left and right. It is not worth the effort to offer a creative loan product for the underserved business community because they have been snake-bitten so many times in the past. Enter the alternative lender. More

Georgia car wash fire ruled an arson
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Rubble and charred debris are all that remain of the Ultimate Car Wash along Augusta Road, and fire officials say an investigation revealed that it was no random accident. Garden City Fire responded to a call just before 8 p.m. on Dec. 27. Firefighters arrived to find the building fully engulfed in flames, but they were able to quickly control and extinguish the fire. More

Small businesses offered free tax help
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Officials from Texas' comptroller's office will host 18 free taxpayer seminars across the state for small business owners. Texas business owners can get advice on filling out tax forms plus learn how to file and pay taxes electronically. Comptroller representatives will be on hand to answer questions and provide assistance to attendees. More


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