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LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER - SCWA 2014 IS THIS WEEKEND!
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Don't Miss Out: 60,000-square-feet of Exhibitors; Premier Education; Round Table Discussions; Idea Exchange Sessions Plus a visit to Dallas Cowboy Stadium!
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
www.DallasArlington.HGI.com

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Competition lowers interest rates for small business loans
Fox Small Business
The laws of supply and demand are working in favor of small business owners looking for capital in 2014. Increasingly, banks — both large and small — and non-bank lenders are looking to fund deals. Banks sat on their assets (so to speak) during the credit crunch and over the past few years gradually returned to small business lending. Dodd Frank provisions and the slow rebound of mortgages caused them to rethink why they would not lend to entrepreneurs. Fortunately, the purse strings are opening up.
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Police arrest suspect in car wash stabbing
KWTV-TV
Police arrested a man who is accused of stabbing his boss at a car wash this past week in Mustang, Okla. According to Mustang police, at about 6:30 p.m. Thursday, 20-year-old Jonathan Diep Tran was taken into custody by Edmond police officers. Police say Tran stabbed his manager in the lower abdomen during a dispute at the Okie Car Wash. At the time of the report, the manager was listed in good condition at OU Medical Center.
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Deadline pushed back for some businesses to provide health care
The Washington Post
The Obama administration recently released the final regulations concerning what is commonly known as the employer mandate provision of the health care law, giving some mid-sized businesses an additional year before they are required to provide sufficient coverage to their workers. Originally, the rules were slated to take effect last month; however, late last year, the administration announced it would delay enforcement until January 2015.
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Preventive maintenance then & now: What's different?
Automotive Fleet
Led by new technology, both vehicles and the means by which they're managed today would not be recognizable 30 years ago.

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Thieves attempt to steal ATM
KETV-TV
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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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.

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Back to the future with Ford bioplastics
By Don Rosato
Sustainability is a megatrend driving innovations in automotive plastics with bio-based plastics gaining increased acceptance in the automotive industry. The Ford Motor Company is at the forefront of this trend, touting numerous renewable products in its vehicles. In fact, Ford's interest in bioplastics goes all the way back to the company's early days. In the 1930s, Henry Ford used approximately 60 pounds of soybeans in his Model T. Ford had a considerable interest in soybeans, and he even established a soy lab in Dearborn, Mich., in 1929.
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Toyota recalls 1.9 million Prius cars worldwide
Chico Enterprise Record
Toyota recently announced a global recall of 1.9 million of its signature Prius hybrid cars, dealing a blow to a brand favored by the eco-conscious including Hollywood celebrities. The company said it decided on the call-back — its biggest-ever for the vehicle — after the discovery of problems with software used to control a power converter that posed a risk to drivers. No accidents have been reported as a result of the defect, the world's biggest automaker said.
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Obtaining germ-free carpets
Professional Carwashing & Detailing
How do you keep carpeting germ-free? In the past three or four years, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved carpet-cleaning chemicals that will kill up to 90 percent of bacteria. Anyone who takes the time to clean and shampoo carpets ought to be killing the bacteria at the same time. There are no EPA-registered germicidal carpet cleaners (those that kill all the germs and bacteria) because varying carpet pile depths make it impossible to guarantee a 100-percent kill. Another aspect of the problem is dust mites and other insects.
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Social media and customer service
Business 2 Community
It's 2014. No matter what size your business or what product you are selling, there's no doubt that social and digital media is playing some kind of role in your marketing efforts. However, if there are a handful of you not yet on the social media wagon, there are three simple strategies any business or organization can use to let social media improve your customer service.
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Car wash employee chases off robbery suspect
WECT-TV
VideoBrief One car wash employee might be deserving of a raise after chasing off a robbery suspect this past weekend. It all started when an employee at Auto Tracks Car Wash in Wilmington, N.C., noticed someone coming out the office through the back. The employee approached the suspect and began questioning him. The suspect then ran away to his van with the employee following him.
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Mister Car Wash acquires 2 locations (Professional Carwashing & Detailing)
Creating and maintaining a program (Auto Laundry News)

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