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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.

Eliminating business tax on the agenda?
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Can Texas afford to eliminate its state business tax? As the federal tax bite grows, there is a nascent movement at the Texas Legislature to phase out the tax, commonly called the margins tax, without replacing it. Business leaders and some conservative lawmakers say the tax, which taxes gross receipts as opposed to profits, is complicated and not applied evenly. Other critics of the tax say dropping it would make the state's business climate even more attractive. More

Krystal Kleen Car Washes removes water softners after scalewatcher installation
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Krystal Kleen Car Washes in Hoover, Alabama has removed the water softeners from its three self-service car washes following the installation of the computerized, electronic, water-conditioner Scalewatcher® from Scalewatcher North America. This has not only saved the company thousands of dollars a year in salt but also provided a short-term payback on the units. More

Why immigration reform may happen this year
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A long-awaited overhaul of U.S. immigration law has a good chance of happening this year, bringing major changes to the millions of people living here illegally — and perhaps giving the economy a boost. While details are sketchy right now, the Obama administration recently announced it is launching a major effort to push reforms through Congress soon. More

Subaru recalls vehicles in US for lighting issue
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Subaru is recalling as many as 634,000 vehicles in the United States for potential lighting problems that could lead to smoke or fire, according to U.S. safety regulators. The 633,842 vehicles potentially affected by the recall may be equipped with accessory puddle lights that when lit brighten the areas under the doors, according to NHTSA documents. More

Drought likely to continue in Central Texas
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Now that the wintry weather passed through, we're not expected to see a lot of moisture. The National Weather Service recently updated its 3-month drought outlook. It shows the drought will likely continue in Central Texas and the Hill Country ... at least through March. More

Car wash owner sees payback from solar technology
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A Vermilion County business owner is adding solar technology to the Super Wash car washes in Tilton, Catlin and Georgetown, Ill. Richard Nevels, the Super Wash franchisee for those locations, is adding a solar voltaic system to the Tilton car wash and installing solar voltaic and solar thermal systems to the Catlin and Georgetown locations. When completed, the solar thermal systems will heat the floors, heat the soap and polish and keep the overhead hose and rail from freezing up, said Nevels. More

Government-backed small business loans in DFW increase at the end of the year
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Small businesses in North Texas saw an uptick in government-back lending activity during the last three months of 2012, according to the U.S Small Business Administration's Dallas-Fort Worth district office. Contrary to assumptions that uncertainties over the so-called fiscal cliff would possibly stifle lending activity, banks appear to be increasing small business lending, said Herbert Austin, director of the SBA's Dallas-Fort Worth district office. More

Why 2013 will be another huge year for car sales
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In 2012, U.S. consumers purchased over one million more new cars than the year before. This year, we're expected to buy nearly one million more than in 2012. And in 2014? Yep, auto sales are projected to increase by another million or so over 2013. What explains the steady rise in car sales? The answer probably has less to do with new cars drivers are being tempted to buy than it does with the older cars consumers still have parked in their driveways. More


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