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2013 SCWA Wade Welch Memorial Golf Classic
May 15
La Cantera Resort Golf Course
Westin @ La Cantera
San Antonio, Texas

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Repeat customers — 5 steps to keep them coming back
Auto Laundry News
Ask any car wash operator, or any business owner for that matter, what their top three priorities are, and customer retention is sure to make the list. Unfortunately, like dieting, and other intentions that often appear as perennial New Year Resolutions, effective customer retention strategies are rarely implemented. It's a little surprising when you think about it.
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Small-business optimism in US climbs for 3rd straight month
Bloomberg Businessweek
Confidence among U.S. small businesses rose in February for a third month as more company leaders said they will invest in equipment and stockpiles. The National Federation of Independent Business's optimism index improved 1.9 points to 90.8 last month from 88.9 in January. Eight of the measure's 10 components increased, the Washington-based group said.
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Honda recalls 250,000 vehicles for braking problems
Automotive News
Honda Motor Co. is recalling nearly 250,000 vehicles globally, including some Acura MDX crossover SUVs, due to braking problems, the automaker said. The stability assist system in the vehicles being recalled may malfunction and the brake could operate even when the driver is not pressing the pedal, said spokeswoman Tomoko Takemori.
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Texas House committee approves $2 billion water fund
The Dallas Morning News
Lawmakers recently took the first step to setting up a $2 billion fund to finance water projects across the state. Members of the House Natural Resources Committee approved a plan that would take the money from the state’s Rainy Day Fund and create the State Water Infrastructure Fund of Texas, intended to leverage bond financing for new reservoirs, pipelines, desalination plants and conservation projects. Texas needs to spend about $53 billion over the next 50 years to meet the water needs of the growing population, according to the State Water Development Board. About half of that needs to come from the state.
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For Obamacare to work, small employers must embrace exchanges
Bloomberg Businessweek
In the three years since President Obama signed his health-care overhaul into law, the Affordable Care Act has survived virulent opposition, multiple repeal attempts, and a U.S. Supreme Court challenge led by influential lobbying groups, including the National Federation for Independent Business. Many conservative lawmakers remain firmly opposed: Recently, Rep. Charles Boustany, R-La., held a hearing in Washington on Obamacare, saying it threatens "to stifle small business growth across all industries" and "provides economic incentives to reduce employee hours and drop health insurance coverage altogether." To help deliver on his promise to offer quality, affordable health care to the nation's 48.6 million uninsured, Obama needs to get a lot more of the nation's small businesses to offer coverage to their employees.
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2013 report on the $5 billion US car cleaning services industry
Fort Mill Times
Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Car Washes" report to their offering. Companies in this industry provide car cleaning services. Major US companies include Wash Depot, Oasis Car Wash and Autobell Car Wash. The U.S. car wash industry includes about 15,000 establishments (single-location companies and branches of multi-location companies) with combined annual revenue of more than $5 billion. The output of U.S. car washes is expected to grow at a medium rate in the next two years. Key industry drivers include consumer spending habits and new car sales.
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Manager who stole $60,000 says she's sorry
Professhional Carwashing & Detailing
Betsy Bollenbacher, the former general manager of Westwood Car Wash, has been sentenced in court on the charges she stole more than $60,000 over a two-and-a-half year period from May 2010 to November 2012, The Van Wert Independent reported.
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