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Car wash of the future — build on assets and overcome challenges
Auto Laundry News
It is a known fact that new car washes are a propelling force for industry growth. Today, however, the climate is less conducive to sourcing and executing successful bank loans by family-owned businesses seeking growth and has hindered the execution of new projects. Moreover, financial experts are commenting today that a high level of debt does not seem to work for many retailers as it once did. To produce a better risk/reward profile, car wash investors should consider rationalizing the fragmented market. This can be accomplished with an integrated approach that allows for a wider range of opportunities.
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Health law provision for small business is delayed
The New York Times
Unable to meet tight deadlines in the new health care law, the Obama administration is delaying parts of a program intended to provide affordable health insurance to small businesses and their employees — a major selling point for the health care legislation. The law calls for a new insurance marketplace specifically for small businesses, starting next year. But in most states, employers will not be able to get what Congress intended: the option to provide workers with a choice of health plans. They will instead be limited to a single plan.
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Looking to share your expertise?
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In an effort to enhance the overall content of SCWA Today, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of SCWA, your knowledge and experience in the industry can be of great help to your fellow members. And we're hoping you'll share this expertise with your peers through well-written commentary. Because of the digital format, there's no word or graphical limit, and our group of talented editors can help with final edits. The only true stipulation we have is that you don't promote a specific product or service. It's not to say that you can't mention new technology or a new procedure associated with a specific company, but the article can't be an advertorial. If you're interested in participating, please contact Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics.
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Signs of springtime growth in business
Fox Business
There has been a steady climb in small business loan approvals in 2013. As the economy slowly ticks up, banks both large and small are jumping back into the small business credit markets. The latest Biz2Credit Small Business Lending Index, which tracks loan approval rates at banks and other lenders on a monthly basis, reported that big banks are approving loans as the highest rates in over two years. Meanwhile, small banks are now granting more than half the small business funding requests they receive. This is good news for aspiring entrepreneurs and growing companies.
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Ask business owners today why they aren't using social media as a tool to grow their companies, and the majority of them will respond, "I just don’t have the time." These owners will give the same response when asked about a variety of topics. Are they really that pressed for time, or is it a fallacy? The following are eight steps you can take that will open more time tomorrow to achieve your goals.

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Upgrade smartly
Professional Carwashing & Detailing
How much thought have you given to replacing your old car wash? As the economy improves, and consumer confidence continues to grow, smart operators will want to get ahead of the crowd in their three- to five-mile local market. Many consumers, we know, are always attracted to the "latest and greatest" in any retail business, and car washes are no different.

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Financing for a car wash
Professional Carwashing & Detailing
Car wash buyers applying for a loan to close their ESCROW and existing car wash owners applying for a loan for refinancing, all have the same challenge: How do we get the money? This loan dilemma is the same challenge for existing wash owners who choose to convert antiquated full-service washes into today's popular express or flex operations.

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50 years of Blue Jay Car Wash: it's more than just a job, it's about family
The Ledger Independent
For Jay Barbour, working at his father's car wash, Blue Jay Car Wash, has been something he's done for 50 of his 57 years. Now, on Friday, April 5, Blue Jay Car Wash celebrates its 50th year in business. The anniversary for Jay is more than just a milestone, it's about fulfilling his father's dream.
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House group nears immigration deal
Politico
A small, bipartisan House group is nearly finished with its immigration reform plan, which it hopes to announce the week of April 8 when Congress returns from recess. But lawmakers and leadership are carefully eying several significant lingering technical issues to bring it across the finish line.
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Embracing the unexpected
Professional Carwashing & Detailing
Sometimes, the sky is clear, winds are low and the waters are calm; the conditions are optimal for smooth car wash sailing. Other times, clouds gather, waves crash and storms bluster. Frequently, the difference depends on navigation. When surrounded by building storms and choppy seas, many owners appear all-too content to stay the course and inevitably go down with the ship. Yet, others stand ready to take a risk and steer their businesses into clear, safe waters.
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20 signs that you're a success in your industry
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Running a small business can be confusing and the path forward is often unclear. Many small business owners are hanging on the brink of being just successful enough to not go out of business. In other words, many are just getting by. If that's the case, should you keep the business open in hopes of future success or just close up shop? And on the flip side, what if your business is doing well and profiting? What is that moment of truth that tells you, as a small business owner, that your company is a success in your industry?
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Robust auto industry sales predicted for US
Detroit Free Press
Finbar O'Neill, president of J.D. Power and Associates, painted a picture of a U.S. automotive industry that is healthy and getting stronger, while the global outlook is bright except for Europe. In the U.S., new vehicles sales have already rebounded by more than 10 percent annually since 2010. This year, U.S. industry sales of new cars and trucks should exceed 15.3 million, up from 14.4 million in 2012. By 2015, O'Neill said, sales of new cars and trucks should exceed 16.4 million. The forecasts depends on the continued recovery of the U.S. economy, no unexpected oil and gas price spikes and no major national security issues.
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