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2013 SCWA Wade Welch Memorial Golf Classic
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Presenting the 5 factors of clean: Water quality
Professional Car Washing & Detailing
There are many factors that affect the quality of your car wash. With water quality, the two main concerns are water hardness and the TDS (total dissolved solids). Hard water has direct and negative effects on both foam and cleaning by destroying surfactants contained in most car wash detergents. Spot free water is often the last product applied to the vehicle and is primarily applied to provide a spotless finish. Good water quality is critical to meeting the car wash consumer's high expectations and in building customer loyalty.
Cost-cutting ideas for small business owners
"Business as usual" is taking on new meaning as businesses small and large prepare for change. For instance, if you employ at least 50 people, you may be considering layoffs or reducing staff hours to avoid taxes resulting from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. But even very small businesses remain nervous about the economic climate and whether measures such as Obamacare will hurt their bottom line. As a business owner, it's prudent to streamline your operation by trimming the fat wherever possible, realizing that a series of small yet regular savings can mean the difference between making it in the new business climate or not.
Bipartisan House group to roll out immigration reform plan this week
The Christian Post
A bipartisan group of congressmen in the House, many of whom have been working on immigration reform for four years, are planning to roll out a plan as early as this week that will include an "indirect" path to citizenship from guest worker status. "Our bill does not grant any fast track to citizenship for anyone who has broken the law," said Rep. John Carter, R-Texas, who told The Christian Post that although he cannot disclose any of the details, he would confirm that E-Verify would be a big part of their plan. On March 1, Carter said the group is "very, very close to having a finished product next week."
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Water summit urges legislature to fund Texas State Water Plan now
Dallas Business Journal
Water advocates recently made a strong push for the Texas Legislature to set aside funding from the so-called Rainy Day Fund for water infrastructure projects. Not doing anything could be detrimental to the state's economic development, said Heather Harward, executive director of H2O4Texas.org, a group that advocates for the state to implement the Texas State Water Plan. "Without water, as you all know, the ability to do business in this state today and the ability to attract new businesses to the state in the future will absolutely be crippled," Harward told the hundreds of city officials and others gathered at the Dallas/Fort Worth Airport Marriot in Irving. "Not to mention that it's the most basic fundamental component of human life, public health."
More than 700 pages of health care rules released
The Obama administration recently released more than 700 pages of new regulations to implement portions of the Affordable Care Act. The four rules, which are scheduled for publication in mid-March, finalize both major and minor parts of the healthcare reform law that Congress passed in 2010. On of the rules is a proposal to implement the Small Business Health Options Program, making it effective on Jan. 1, 2015. The program is designed to make it easier for small businesses to offer employees a range of coverage choices.
In-bay conversion the quest for increased throughput
Auto Laundry News
It inevitably happens to every business. The product selection no longer appeals to consumers; the plant cannot keep up with demand; equipment has become outdated or just worn out; or existing facilities can no longer accommodate all the clamoring customers. Businesses respond by tweaking their operations. They might introduce new product lines, expand, refurbish, or move to larger premises. Car wash operators will find this scenario familiar. With the continuing introduction of innovative equipment and new wash formats and business models, car washers are hard pressed to maintain an edge in competitive markets.
7 habits of great small business owners
When looking at the players in any industry, there are usually a handful of businesses that stand out ahead of the pack. So what exactly goes into making some more successful than others? More often than not, it comes down to the kind of leadership they have steering their efforts. Being a strong small business owner is an elusive enterprise, there is no one secret recipe to achieve. If there was a sure-fire way to be a dynamite small business leader, it would undoubtedly include the following seven components.
US gas price spike: Blame the long road from well to pump
National Geographic Daily News
The usual reaction to such a rapid increase in gas prices has been an irritated glance in the direction of foreign oil producers. This time, however, analysis reveals that the primary pumper-uppers of pump prices reside much closer to home. They are the nation's oil refiners, the crucial middlemen who "crack" crude oil into gasoline, heating oil, and other derivative products.
Porsche and Lotus issue recalls for Carrera, Elise and Exige
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration recently announced recalls of small quantities of four high end sports cars from Porsche and Lotus. This recall covers both coupes and convertibles totaling 2,263 vehicles. The defect is with the rear mufflers of the standard exhaust system where the tail pipe may crack and break away from the vehicle becoming a hazard on the roadway and possibly leading to an accident involving another vehicle.
Texas and Arizona eligible for low-interest federal disaster loans
El Paso Inc.
Small, non-farm businesses in 23 New Mexico counties and neighboring counties in Texas and Arizona are now eligible to apply for low-interest federal disaster loans from the U. S. Small Business Administration, intended to offset economic losses because of reduced revenues caused by the drought that began on Jan. 1. The deadline to apply is Oct. 28.
Colby Horton, Vice President of Publishing, 469.420.2601
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