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Racer Classic Car Wash opens new location, wins award
KCBD-TV
The owners of Racer Classic Car Wash are pleased to announce the grand opening of their new full-service, complete detail facility location at 4th & Frankford on Friday, March 14. This is the 4th location in the expanding franchise, adding to their original 50th & Detroit full-service facility, 74th & University and their Overton location at 1710 Mac Davis Lane. And to top it off, Racer Classic Car Wash was recently named the SCWA 2014 Conveyor/Express of the Year. The award was presented at ceremonies during the 2014 SCWA Convention & Car Wash EXPO held in Arlington, Texas.
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5 steps to a successful small business loan application
Forbes
Let's face it, for most small businesses, the loan process ranks right up there with root canals, bee stings and paper cuts. In other words: It's painful. It doesn't have to be. It's no secret that the past few years have been hard on small businesses in a number of ways, and the struggle to access sufficient credit has only accentuated these difficulties. The good news is that there has been an uptick in small business lending recently, and while securing funds is easier than it was a few years ago, it is still a very demanding process.
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Water planners to set bar for conservation funding
The Texas Tribune
When voters approved using $2 billion from the state's Rainy Day Fund for water financing last November, they were also supporting a measure that reserves 20 percent of that money for "water conservation and reuse projects." Now, state and local water planning officials have to decide what "water conservation and reuse" actually means.
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Zips Car Wash expands Wichita presence to east side
Wichita Business Journal
Jonesboro, Ark.-based Zips Car Wash has expanded its Wichita, Kan., reach with the recent acquisition of two Legends Express Car Wash locations on the east side. That gives it five locations in Wichita, and "pretty much wraps the market up for us as far as express tunnels," said Zips President Jon Gray. But that doesn't mean expansion in Kansas is done, he says. Zips — which has 15 locations between Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas and Florida — will continue to consider opportunities that arise, says Gray.
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Sulfur in gasoline to fall by two-thirds in 2017 to cut emissions
Green Car Reports
While automakers work to lower vehicle emissions, the Environmental Protection Agency is turning its attention to the fuel that powers those cars. The EPA will introduce a new rule to reduce sulfur in gasoline by two-thirds starting in 2017, according to The Detroit News.

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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.

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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. It was the kind of machine used to select and pay for a car wash of your choice.

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4 incentives Obamacare provides small businesses
The Huffington Post
One of the most prevailing misconceptions about the Affordable Care Act (i.e., "Obamacare") is that it doesn't really impact "small" businesses. While it is true that the dominant provisions of the Affordable Care Act (particularly, the Employer Mandate) apply only to "large" employers with more than 50 employees, there are still several provisions that affect all employers, including small businesses with 50 employees or fewer. It's important that owners are aware of the various ways that the Affordable Act can help their small business reduce their health care expenses.
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High-end customers
Auto Laundry News
Ever notice the best restaurants in your town tend to have the most customers? In fact, the more exclusive and expensive the restaurant is, the longer the wait. Some of the top restaurants in the world have months-long waiting lists. But, there are not many high-end restaurants. It is not as simple as putting high prices on your menu items, then sitting back, and waiting for the money to pour in. This is also true of high-end professional detail services.
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Businesses brace for new credit card technology
Tech Page One
Small and medium-sized businesses in the U.S. will soon have to replace their credit-card payment terminals in order to process microchip-based cards rather than those with magnetic strips. The switch, which is due to be completed by next year, means that all so-called point-of-sale devices will no longer accept cards with magnetic strips, which most Americans currently use. Instead, merchants will only be allowed to accept credit cards with microchips, which are known as EMV cards. The transition, which has already happened in Europe and other parts of the world, is being made because credit card companies feel that EMV card transactions are more secure.
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New towel trends and innovations
Professional Carwashing & Detailing
Towels might seem to be simple and universal, however not all towels are created equal and not all perform the same. The two different types of towels are terry cloth and microfiber. According to Danielle Harsip and Valerie Sweeney of ERC Wiping Products, Inc., microfiber towels continue to gain in popularity in the car care industry and are best for drying the windows, while terry towels are still great for drying the body of a car (assuming the towel is not too old and has been cared for properly). Both Harsip and Sweeney also offered the following advice.
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