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Mom-and-pop franchise tax bill moves out of Texas House
Austin Business Journal
One of this session's major franchise tax-related bills, authored by a lawmaker who said it will help Texas' mom-and-pop businesses, recently passed off the House floor. The original House Bill 500 cut roughly $400 million from the state's franchise tax and extends the exemption for businesses with revenue of less than $1 million, among other provisions, KUT News reports. During debate, millions of dollars in additional tax cuts were added by lawmakers focusing on key industries in their districts.
Immigration has produced great benefits, costs in Texas
The Dallas Morning News
In America, especially Texas, immigration powers the economy. It's been a core strength for decades and a key argument for a comprehensive immigration overhaul: More high-skilled workers would come here and more would come out of the shadows.
Fans aren't just for sports teams
Professional Carwashing & Detailing
The amount of car washes that have a Facebook page continues to grow every day. Many of these Facebook pages have a lot of "Posts" back and forth between the wash and its "fans". The two-way communication is fun, spontaneous and the washes make a lot of effort to draw their fans into communication and, most importantly, to the car wash property. Videos of Extra Services being applied, contests for free washes and limited time offers create excitement and a sense of urgency to get to the wash.
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Small businesses shift into growth gear
After years of just trying to survive the down economy, small business owners are once again focused on growing, a new study finds. Research from Dell and Intel revealed that nearly half of all small business owners are planning to grow their companies in the near future, while 38 percent are focused on long-term growth.
Lovebugs arrive, keep car washes busy
Jordan Bublick was recently driving home from his son's graduation in Tallahassee, Fla., when he noticed his car had weird markings. "I remember the first one hit the car, I thought it was a bird but they kept coming and so I figured they were lovebugs," said Bublick. Hundreds of lovebugs smashed all over his 2010 Lexus. While the bugs are annoying for drivers, they're good for business at car washes.
Chrysler recalls 469,000 SUVs worldwide over gearshift issue
Reuters via Automotive News
Chrysler Group is recalling about 469,000 SUVs worldwide to update software after some vehicles' circuit boards were found to be transmitting signals that trigger inadvertent gearshifts to neutral, the automaker recently said.
High-volume services: Express detailing and car washing
Auto Laundry News
With the growing popularity and success of express detailing at car wash operations across the United States and Canada, it is surprising that so many operators miss its most obvious aspect: It is a high-volume service. Car wash operators, more than any other business people, know what it takes to deliver a high-volume service in a short period of time.
Worst-case scenario: OKC officials roll out a possible water conservation plan
If drought conditions worsen in Oklahoma City, homeowners won't be mowing thick, lush lawns this summer. Already, the city has implemented mandatory odd-even lawn watering, but even that could get more restrictive depending on the amount of rainfall received by OKC and its other water resources in southeastern and northwestern Oklahoma. Commercial car washes would also be permitted to operate if they have water recycling system.
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