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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.

A costly oversight
Professional Carwashing & Detailing    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Excellent operators, and those who aspire to be excellent, display two important and praiseworthy traits. First, these operators always are concerned about the wash quality of their washes. Next, excellent operators are also concerned about the operational and mechanical performance of their equipment. Minor service issues might be temporarily overlooked, but as experienced operators know and fully appreciate, to maximize their revenues, they must be sure their washes are serviced regularly and exceptionally well maintained. More

Texas a model state for dynamic job and economic growth
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The American economy has had little to cheer about since the 2008 financial meltdown and the resulting recession. Recovery has been feeble, and many states continue to struggle. One bright spot in the general gloom, however, is Texas, which began shining long before 2008. Not only has Texas created jobs at a stunning rate; it has also created lots of good jobs. Indeed, the rest of the nation could turn to the Lone Star State as a model for dynamic growth. More

At Vintage Car Wash in Dallas, a shoeshine is a work of art
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Clare Miers writes, "I've been watching shoeshine expert Jim Edwards, 74, hard at work at the Vintage Car Wash on Preston Road for a long while now. He leases a spot in the corner and runs his own show. He's been shining shoes since the early 1980s, mainly in Texas and California, and he likes his autonomy. "I know no other way," he says." More

New regulations shed light on looming health-care reform costs for businesses
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The ramifications of health care reform for business owners are coming into focus as regulators float new rules to govern employer-sponsored coverage. Lost in the political fervor over the fiscal cliff, the Internal Revenue Service recently proposed new regulations to govern what has been dubbed the "employer mandate" section of the Affordable Care Act. The provision, which takes effect next year, requires companies with 50 or more employees to either provide adequate and affordable coverage to their workers or pay tax penalties. But just how are those 50 to be counted? More

GM recalling certain Savana and Express vans with key problems
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General Motors and the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration recently announced a recall of certain 2013 Chevrolet Express and 2013 GMC Savana vans. The problem is with the ignition key assembly modules in the vehicles that, due to a manufacturing defect in the lock cylinders, can allow the ignition key to be removed from the vehicle when in any ignition position (including when it is running) and/or while the transmission is in any position other than the OFF position. The result is that the vehicle could be stolen or may roll away with the unintended movement resulting in a crash that causes damage to property or injury to persons. More

Franchising trends for 2013
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The overall attitude of the franchise world for 2013 might be best described as cautious optimism. On the plus side, 2012 saw the first positive growth in the number of franchise establishments since 2008, according to the IFA's annual Franchise Business Economic Outlook report. And that growth is expected to continue in 2013 at about the same rate (1.4 percent) and even to outpace the rest of the private sector. More

An attitude of gratitude — a little thing that makes a big difference
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Face it, most of us seem to understate our appreciation of people or events at least some of the time. It's just easier to say, "It wasn't that bad," or "It was OK," rather than commit ourselves to "It was fantastic" or "I loved it." Our ability to project an attitude of gratitude to our customers will increasingly stand out from what they expect. It will have an increasingly dramatic impact on the success of our businesses. Winston Churchill once said, "Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference." Projecting the right attitude and delivering exceptional customer service may make a bigger difference than ever. More

Small businesses optimistic about hiring in 2013
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Even though financing pressures are one of the top areas of stress for small-business owners, 60 percent of those surveyed said they will not be looking for any financing in 2013. Small-business owners reported nearly unanimously that they are expecting to grow in 2013, and along with that growth will come additional hiring needs, according to a survey of more than 600 small-business owners released by Ontraport, a provider of a business and marketing automation platform. More

Obama expected to act fast on immigration reform
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White House administration sources told The New York Times that President Barack Obama is already moving on one of his top second-term legislative goals: Immigration reform. Top White House officials, the New York Times reports, are starting to hammer out a proposal to forward to Congress, pushing for a comprehensive bill in the early months of the president's second term — an attempt to strike while the iron is hot. More

Video: Vintage carwash toy
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VideoBriefDid anyone have this Mr. Kelly's Toy Car-Wash and Wax (circa 1964), showing a full-serve conveyor, when they were a child? More


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