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After Friday, on-site registration may be required. Due to our increased registration some of the individual event tickets may be sold out after Friday.


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The past few years brought many changes to the car wash world. Changing business models; consolidation; changing customer buying habits; increased government regulations; new economic extremes. The 2014 SCWA Convention & Car Wash EXPO will explore information, strategy and solutions for a world in which the game is changing for car wash owners and suppliers. You can't predict the future BUT you can prepare for it.
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In the event that rooms are no longer available at the Sheraton, here is the the "overflow" info:
SCWA 2014 Convention Overflow Hotel Rooms
Group Code: SWCW14
Room rate: $129.00

Hilton Garden Inn - Arlington
2190 E. Lamar Blvd.
Arlington, TX 76006
Hotel: 817-274-6644
Direct: 817-807-4215

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What is a crushed foot worth?
Carwash Safety 101
July 16, 2013, a car wash worker's foot was crushed by a conveyor. This can happen at any conveyor car wash. Does your facility have the detailed safety and training policies ready? Developing a system to identify hazards in the workplace along with corrective actions is paramount to keeping your employees safe. Early recognition will help to avoid employee injuries and damage to equipment.
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What small business owners should know about the new Obamacare report
The Washington Post
Congressional budget analysts recently released revised estimates concerning the economic footprint of the health care law, spawning another round of headlines declaring that Obamacare will take a massive bite out of workers’ hours and eliminate millions of jobs. Thing is, that's not what the report said at all. Still, there are some other areas of the law that the group says may indeed have unwanted side effects for companies. So, before skimming the headlines and sounding the alarm, here's what business owners should know about the report and what it does (and does not) say about Obamacare.
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Mister Car Wash acquires 2 locations
Professional Carwashing & Detailing
Mister Car Wash has acquired two locations. One location is in Tucson, Ariz., and the other in Rochester, Minn., according to a recent press release. Mister now has eight locations in the Tucson area, and three locations in the Rochester market. "We are excited about providing additional locations in Tucson and Minnesota further expanding our footprint in these key markets," said Mister Wash chairman, Ron Peterson.
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Study: Car-sharing a growing threat to auto sales
Car sharing companies, which started gaining traction in cities about a decade ago, are increasingly becoming a threat to new vehicle sales according to a new study. Alix Partners, a consulting and business advisory firm, says a half million vehicle purchases in the U.S. have been avoided due to the growing popularity of car sharing programs like Zipcar and Relay Rides. Furthermore, the study forecasts that by 2021 car sharing could replace an additional 1.2 million purchases of new vehicles.
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Thieves attempt to steal ATM
Three burglars recently attempted to steal an ATM from a car wash overnight. Luckily for the owner, the chain attached to the ATM snapped, so the burglars never got away with cash.

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Officials want car washes shutdown to conserve water
The Independent via Professional Carwashing & Detailing
Pleas to conserve water in Ashland, Ky., were recently overlooked by some, who used the sunny afternoon as a chance to wash their cars, The Independent reported.

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The state of the minimum wage
President Barack Obama recently called on Congress, business owners and local representatives to take action to raise the wage floor across the country.

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Creating and maintaining a program
Auto Laundry News
What would you say the secret to the success of your car wash business is? Obvious answers include having a good location, an attractive wash, a well-designed marketing program, providing a good customer experience, etc. While all these elements are extremely important, it seems that all too often the importance of a good, comprehensive employee-training program is overlooked.
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Texans' water conservation reward: Higher rates
The Texas Tribune
The drought-stricken city of Wichita Falls could soon give its residents more bad news. Even though the 100,000 residents of this northwest Texas city have substantially cut their water use, their dry lawns may no longer continue to save them money on their water bills. Instead, they will be asked to pay more; the city lost $4.5 million in water sales last year because of the conservation efforts. Several Texas cities have collectively lost tens of millions of dollars by restricting outdoor water use, which has been a main source of revenue. At the same time, most of their expenses, like paying off debt and infrastructure maintenance, have increased, forcing utilities to raise rates for everyone, regardless of their water use.
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1 year for car wash embezzler
Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman
For stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from Mudbusters Car Wash in Wasilla, Ak., Steven D. Berry will serve a year in prison, a judge recently ruled. "I just would like to say that I feel badly that the case has taken so long and other than that my attorney, James Wendt, has spoken for me," said Berry in a brief statement at the hearing. Superior Court Judge Kari Kristiansen said she believed that deterring Berry and others from these kinds of crimes and displaying society's condemnation of them were stronger factors in crafting a sentence than was Berry's rehabilitation.
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