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GHS — new chemical label standards
Auto Laundry News
Last spring the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration adopted updates to the Hazard Communication Standard (HAZCOM 2012), which included the adoption of the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals. HAZCOM 2012 impacts industrial and institutional chemical manufacturers, distributors and businesses like yours. GHS is an international approach to hazard communication, which provides a standardized approach to label elements and safety data sheets. As the name implies, the GHS system is global in scope, with more than 40 countries using this labeling system for a number of years.
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5 credit card security risks small businesses need to know about
BusinessNewsDaily
As a small business owner, you know that accepting credit card payments is pretty much a necessity. It's probably a routine daily activity you don't think much about. However, overlooking some simple security risks could be a costly mistake leading to stolen customer information, lost revenue, fines, and even having your credit card acceptance privileges revoked. In fact, when it comes to processing credit card transactions, small businesses must follow The Payment Card Industry Security Standards. These rules make sure that all companies that process, store or transmit credit card information maintain a secure environment to protect customer credit information.
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Mister Car Wash completes acquisition of Bubbles Car Wash
Houston Business Journal
After being acquired by Mister Car Wash, a national car wash and lube center chain, in June, Houston's Bubbles Car Wash is about to be folded into the Mister Car Wash model. The deal closed recently and combines the two largest car wash chains in Houston, bringing the total number of Mister Car Wash operations in the Houston metro area to 29. Bubbles Car Wash has 13 Houston locations.
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Mission or vision — which drives your strategy?
By Michael J. Berens
Ideally, an association's mission and vision should be in alignment. Often in reality they are not. Over time as leadership changes hands and founding members become less involved, an association may experience mission drift or vision creep, and the two begin to diverge.

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After lawsuits with UT and contractor, car wash seeks bankruptcy protection
Austin Business Journal
In the wake of court battles with a contractor and the University of Texas at Austin, Cedar Park's Tower Car Wash Inc. has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The car wash reported $4.4 million in assets and $3.8 million in debts, according to court documents.

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Car wash still booming despite water contingency plan
KJTV-TV
The words drought and car wash don't often compliment of each other, but you'd be surprised how efficient using a car wash is, even with the current water restrictions. "We use less water than hotels, we use less water than a lot of restaurants and here we are, just because we have the word 'washing' and we're using water, people are throwing rocks at us.

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Car wash shows how business can operate with most of its employees on autism spectrum
WPTV-TV
VideoBriefA ride through the Rising Tide Car Wash in Parkland offers a view of what some of those on the autism spectrum can accomplish. Of its 43 employees, 35 have autism. "I would never work with another group of people in a car wash, never employ another group, simply because they are the best," said Tom D'Eri, the co-founder of the family business that includes his brother, who is on the autism spectrum. To improve the chances of their workers succeeding they developed a 46-step training procedure, with routines suited for those with autism.
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Water reclamation and regulation
Auto Laundry News
If you've ever built anything that required getting a permit from a government entity, you have been exposed to a multiplicity of sometimes contradictory and always confusing regulations. These regulations control everything from how the exterior of your building will look, to how your restrooms will be configured, to how many lights you need in your parking lot, to how those lights are capped to prevent "light pollution" in the night sky. Car washes are no different.
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Share your expertise with others
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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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Local car wash: 'There's one other system like this in the country'
KIFI-TV
An Idaho car wash is undergoing some major renovations and owners say that when it's completed, it will be truly one of a kind. The New Image Car Wash on 1st Street in Idaho Falls was recently purchased from Cardon's Car Wash. The new owners are extending the car wash by 25 feet, decking the walls with PVC paneling and even replacing the types of material they use to wash cars. "It's a state-of-the-art product. It's called lamb's cloth and it'll be considerably gentler. A lot more scratch-resistant on your vehicle," said New Image General Manager Brian Birch.
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Beyond customer loyalty programs: 7 ways to build lasting relationships
Fast Company
Businesses talk a lot about customer loyalty. It makes sense: A person you can count on to buy from you again and again is more valuable than one who disappears after the first transaction. But for many businesses, building customer loyalty means creating loyalty programs that reward repeat behavior. But are your customers loyal because they want that reward, or are they loyal because they truly enjoy your product and their interactions with you?
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Drought-proofing the water supply: Conservation alone not enough
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal
About 85 percent of Texas is shriveling in a protracted drought with shrinking water supplies. One doesn't have to drive 200 miles to Wichita Falls, which went into a Stage 4 ban on outdoor watering in November, to feel the effects. With the community's reservoirs at roughly 25 percent capacity, city leaders in Wichita Falls are scrambling to draft Stage 5 restrictions to implement on May 1. Lubbock is under Stage 1 restrictions and has been since 2006. But that doesn't mean all is well there. For long-term sustainability, the city will need to curb use as well as embrace unconventional sources because the new drought is threatening to swallow up towns throughout the Lone Star state.
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