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Water conservation a priority for local businesses
KFDX-TV
VideoBrief As potential Stage Five water restrictions loom over Wichita Falls, local businesses are being proactive in their efforts to conserve the precious resource. All American Car Wash General Manager Jim Cadotte says his business is leading the way when it comes to conserving water in this ongoing drought. "We are looking constantly for ways to improve our business," said Cadotte. "We believe in being good stewards of the rescue of water in our community."
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Expansion — are you ready for it?
Auto Laundry News
Bobby Willis writes, "Are you a successful single-site car wash operator who is ready to expand? Have you been thinking, 'It can't be that difficult, I know what I am doing?' Guess what — it is not that simple, but with careful planning you can make it happen. Opening my second car wash was very much like having my second child. I remember thinking, 'I've got this car wash thing all figured out. This is going to be a piece of cake.' Boy, was I wrong. Fortunately I had put a well-thought-out action plan in place and was able to manage my way around the most common pitfalls. As with my children, I loved the second one so much I kept on expanding."
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Car wash owned by veteran robbed
KIII-TV
VideoBrief Thieves were caught on security camera break-in to a Corpus Christi car wash owned by a local veteran. That veteran is now asking for the public's help in catching the crooks responsible.
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Volkswagen to triple battery capacity with lithium-air technology?
Green Car Reports
Scientists have struggled to find batteries for electric cars that match the huge amounts of energy stored in a gallon of gasoline or diesel. Volkswagen thinks it may have found a way to triple that storage capacity though, with the latest generation of lithium-air battery technology.

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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.

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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. The good news is that there has been an uptick in small business lending recently.

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5 unforced ways to build and strengthen your network
Inc.
Want to connect with people without seeming self-serving? Want to keep in touch with your customers without seeming obvious or gratuitous? It's easy. The key is to have a reason: an unselfish reason. The key is to get or stay in touch in a meaningful and memorable way — unforced, natural, and with a purpose that benefits the other person, not you.
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Growth in mass-transit usage outpaces increase in miles driven in US
Green Car Reports
A straightforward way to save fuel is to ditch a car for mass transit, and that's what many U.S. drivers are doing. According to recently-published data from the American Public Transportation Association, in 2013 U.S. public transit use was at its highest in 57 years. U.S. riders took 10.7 billion trips on public transit last year, the eighth year in a row that the total has surpassed 10 billion. It also represents growth of 37.2 percent since 1995, which means transit use is outpacing vehicle miles driven — which grew by 22.7 percent in the same period — and population, which expanded by 20.3 percent. This is the latest indication that Americans are driving less.
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Skip the home wash: Car washes better during drought
KOLO-TV
VideoBrief As the water pours down on each car at the Metro Car Wash in Reno, N.V., it's a reminder that Washoe County is in the middle of a drought. Businesses and residents alike should be looking for ways to conserve. One way several counties in states affected by drought will try and save water is by restricting home car washing. But why restrict people from washing their cars at home? Experts say that's because people who wash their cars at home tend to use, and waste, more water.
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4 proven tricks to get Facebook likes on your business posts
By Emma Fitzpatrick
Getting likes on your business's Facebook posts may seem like throwing spaghetti against the wall. You know some sticks and performs really well, while others just flop. As far as the why, it's a mystery. Thanks to a recent study, part of the mystery has been cracked. Trust us, using these scientifically supported tips and tricks will help you get more bang for the same amount of time spent. Learn the top four data-proven tricks to help your posts on your business's Facebook page get more likes, comments and impressions below.
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