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EXPERIENCE SCWA 2014 ... 'First Big Car Wash Show of the Year'
SCWA
The largest convention and EXPO of car wash owners and vendors in the Southwest recently gathered at the Arlington Convention Center for the annual Southwest Car Wash Association event.

EXPERIENCE SCWA, the 2014 edition of Southwest Car Wash Association Convention & EXPO, included three strong days highlighting Industry Innovations – Business Solutions – Operational Strategy and Unparalleled Hospitality.

"The SCWA EXPO with more than 60,000 square feet of exhibitors - the premier education plus networking with all the successful car wash operators is really a great way to start the year," according to Charlie Gates, Octopus Car Wash, Albuquerque.

SCWA President Clayton Clark, Houston, Texas said, "As we brought the car wash, lube and detailing community together from around the Southwest, the SCWA 2014 Convention & EXPO focused on the 'changing game in car washing, lube and detailing.' This was the largest attended SCWA EXPO and Convention yet and we will continue to build on the successes and continue to raise the bar even higher. As a member-driven organization, 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."

To view photos from the 2014 EXPO, got to SCWA's Facebook page. More photos will be on the SCWA website later this week.

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It takes a team
Auto Laundry News
Reclaim water is a product like any other. Operators across the country take great pride in being a part of the car wash industry. The business model shows that, if you make good decisions when planning and building your car wash and you control your costs, you can be very successful. Therefore, a great deal of time is put into developing a pro forma based on the best and most current data available at the time. Projecting the cost of consumables, wages, utilities, etc. has typically proven to be pretty cut and dry. Until now.
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US small businesses notch year-on-year increase in borrowing
Reuters
U.S. small businesses borrowed more money in January than they did a year earlier, signaling continued growth in the economy despite a spate of cold weather that has been blamed for weakness in many other indicators of activity. The Thomson Reuters/PayNet Small Business Lending Index, which measures the volume of financing to small companies, rose to 117.2 in January, up 4 percent from a year earlier. A rise in the index is historically correlated with stronger U.S. economic growth a quarter or two in the future.
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Car wash teller machine stolen from Corpus Christi store
KIII-TV
A car wash teller machine recently stolen from a Stripes convenience store in Flour Bluff was found submerged in the water near the 100 block of Jester. According to Lt. John Hooper of the Corpus Christi Police Department, the machine was taken from the car wash associated with the Stripes store in the 10000 block of SPID, at the corner of Waldron. It was the kind of machine used to select and pay for a car wash of your choice.
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Valuable resources for minority business owners
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Small-business owners know that the road to success is often a bumpy one, especially if you're seeking specialized advice or financial assistance as a minority business owner. It turns out there are a surprising number of opportunities for minority business owners to seek financing assistance and helpful advice.

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A preventative maintenance schedule for in-bay automatics
Professional Carwashing & Detailing
If a car wash owner or operator is planning on maintaining their own equipment, it is suggested to keep good records of all the part numbers with the date when it was replaced along with any special notes on how it was done.

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Oklahoma City Police seek car wash burglary suspect
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Oklahoma City Police are searching for a man who stole cash from Red Carpet Car Wash, at 6405 N. May Ave., on Feb. 16. Police said the man pried open a drawer at the car wash and took the money.

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What is rail dust?
Professional Carwashing & Detailing
Rail dust is exactly that, when cars are transported by train (rail) from the factory to a city, the metal wheels of the train cars running on metal rails create small particles of metal that fly into the air and land on the horizontal surfaces of the car. They are hot and will adhere to the paint. Then when they get wet from rain snow or just dew, they rust and create tiny little rust spots which are quite visible on white, yellow, beige or light colored cars.
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How The Tax Reform Act of 2014 will affect your business
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Lawmakers on Capitol Hill have been talking about sweeping tax reform for decades, and there's a new proposal on the table. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich., recently offered up the discussion draft of what lawmakers hope to be The Tax Reform Act of 2014. The bill would bring a level of reform to our complex tax code not seen since 1986. You may be holding your breath and wondering how tax reform will affect your small business.
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Using car wash a better option for conserving water
The Desert Sun
It's not easy keeping your car clean while living in a desert. We either need to worry about sand blowing against our paint jobs or the hot sun frying dead insects or bird feces on our windshields. A lot of you likely opt to wash it in your driveways to save a few dollars. But in times of a drought, experts actually encourage people to visit your local car wash.
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Suppliers — your best untapped resource
By Michael J. Berens
One of the biggest challenges any manager has is not knowing what you don't know. It's demanding enough to keep up with all the things you need to address without contemplating what other forces may be at work "out there" that could affect your members or your association. Wouldn't it be great if you had a network of knowledgeable industry insiders who could keep you apprised of any new opportunities or threats developing in your industry? Good news! You already have such a network — your suppliers.
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Selling to auto dealers: 4 steps to finding other clientele, revenue sources
Professional Carwashing & Detailing
To build retail business, most detail shops depend on a combination of word-of-mouth referrals and a little advertising. But, ask them what they do to get more business from auto dealers, body shops, or repair garages and they tell you it is all about price; nothing else matters. That may have been true in the past, but things are different today. Personal selling — calling on dealers and others in person and giving them solid reasons to let you do their detail work — can be highly successful if you do it right and follow a few simple steps.
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US Supreme Court declines immigration cases
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The U.S. Supreme Court recently rejected attempts by towns in Texas and Pennsylvania to revive local laws that cracked down on illegal immigration. The court decided against hearing appeals filed by the towns of Farmers Branch, Texas, and Hazleton, Pennsylvania, which were seeking to overturn appeals court rulings that said the ordinances were trumped by federal immigration law. In doing so, the court left intact the appeals court rulings and avoided wading into the divisive issue of immigration at a time in which reform efforts have stalled in the U.S. Congress.
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