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SCWA 2013 Convention & EXPO Successful!
The 2013 edition of Experience SCWA — Convention & Car Wash EXPO concluded this week in Arlington as the largest convention and EXPO of car wash owners and vendors in the Southwest. This year, the event marked the 25th SCWA Convention & Expo.

EXPERIENCE SCWA 2013 included three strong days of Industry Innovations — Business Solutions and Unparalleled Hospitality. The success of the event was described by a long time exhibitor "SCWA always starts my year in a big way ... very positive and this year was the best yet."

"As we brought the car wash, detail and lube community together from around the Southwest, the SCWA 2013 Convention & EXPO focused on the challenges and forces impacting business in general and the car wash industry in particular. SCWA wants to be on the leading edge of what is happening in the car wash industry and to provide our members with the most relevant information and resources available," according to SCWA President Barry Farris, QwikWash America! Frisco, Texas. Farris was elected 2013-2014 SCWA President during the Convention proceedings.

Farris continued, "I am excited to be a part of this dynamic organization. This was the largest SCWA EXPO and Convention yet and we will continue to build on the successes of the past as well as establish new goals that benefit our car wash members. As a member-driven organization, we will focus on new ideas to help our members achieve greater success in their day to day car wash operations."

Pictures and details of the event will be on the SCWA website and Facebook in the next few days.

Mark your calendars now for SCWA 2014 Convention & EXPO, Feb. 23-25, 2014, in Arlington.

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INDUSTRY NEWS


I-9? What's that?
By Richard A. Berman
Our government has required since 1986 that each employer prepare and keep available form I-9 on every employee. Basically, it is the document that proves an individual is a citizen or has legal residency. In most cases citizen employees will provide their driver's license and social security card. Noncitizens will provide their proof of legal residency. Here is some advice to help you avoid an expensive lesson.
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A powerful car wash brain
Professional Car Washing & Detailing
From creation to fabrication, a myriad of processes have morphed and benefited from the addition of new technology. One technology that has proven important to owners on a number of levels is a point-of-sale system. In fact, a functional POS system can accurately be described as the business brain of an operating carwash. These systems link security, cash management, reportage and monitoring to increase automation and improve ease of use.
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Senate starts work on $2 billion water plan
The Dallas Morning News
A $2 billion loan account and new oversight of the state's water plans are needed if Texas is going to recover from years of severe drought and plan for its growth, a leading senator recently said. "This is a big piece of legislation" that's "very, very important" to the state's future, Sen. Troy Fraser, R-Horseshoe Bay, said of his bill before the Senate Natural Resources Committee. Water utility and river authority leaders along with the Texas Nature Conservancy all gave a thumbs-up to its proposed water projects fund, which would be infused with money from emergency reserves, the state's Rainy Day Fund.
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White House: Obama immigration plan offered as backup
The Associated Press via The Huffington Post
The White House is downplaying its draft immigration proposal as merely a backup plan if lawmakers don't come up with an overhaul of their own. It won't be necessary, Republican and Democratic lawmakers alike are telling the Obama administration. White House chief of staff Denis McDonough recently said that President Barack Obama wants to "be prepared" in case the small bipartisan group of senators fails to devise a plan for the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States.
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BMW recalls nearly 570,000 cars to fix cables
Detroit Free Press
BMW is recalling almost 570,000 cars in the U.S. and Canada because a battery cable connector can fail and cause the engines to stall. The cable connectors and a fuse box terminal in the cars can degrade over time, and that can break the electrical connection between the trunk-mounted battery and the fuse box at the front. If that happens, the cars could lose electrical power, causing the engines to stall unexpectedly, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently said in documents posted on its website.
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Krueger: Consumption to remain restrained
The Wall Street Journal
Consumer spending could remain modest as the economy recovers from the recession, even with steady improvement in the housing market, the White House's top economist said. "The economy is going through a lot of healing," Alan Krueger, chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, said in an interview with Wall Street Journal reporters and editors.
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Houston, we have a problem — keeping customers happy when computers fail
Auto Laundry News
Anthony Analetto writes, "Every time some computer hiccup threatens to wreak havoc on my day, the famous quote from the aborted 1970 Apollo 13 lunar landing mission pops into my head: 'Houston, we have a problem.' If it's related to my car wash, that thought is immediately followed by a deep breath and a reminder to myself that no matter what happens, don't annoy the customer. Unfortunately, this simple logic is tragically forgotten by Fortune 500 corporations and small independent business owners alike, whenever a problem hits the proverbial fan."
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Gasoline to cost more than expected in 2013
Fox News
First it was a tax hike. Now consumers are looking at a higher than expected gasoline bill for 2013. The government recently boosted its forecast for gasoline prices this year by 11 cents to an average of $3.55 a gallon. That would be the second-highest annual average ever, behind last year's $3.63 a gallon.
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Corporate tax tips for small businesses
Business 2 Community
Corporate tax day is fast approaching, so NerdWallet asked expert tax advisors for their ideas. What should small business owners know about filing corporate taxes? How can they save money and avoid penalties? How has the Affordable Care Act changed the tax filing process? Read on for answers to these questions and more.
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