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Over the 'Fiscal Cliff' for tax savings
Auto Laundry News
For the owners and operators of small- and medium-sized car wash operations and businesses there is good news and bad news contained in the fiscal cliff tax laws. First, the good news: greater certainty in taxes. The owners of many car wash businesses have grown used to a number of long-standing tax breaks but they have also had to get used to the uncertainty of whether they will be renewed each year. While many tax breaks were allowed to expire at the end of 2011, the new tax law renews a large number of them retroactively allowing car wash operators to claim them on both their 2012 and 2013 tax returns.
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Lending crucial for small businesses
San Antonio Express-News
This is National Small Business Week, and there are many reasons to celebrate small businesses in Texas. Businesses with fewer than 100 workers employ 97 percent of all employees in Texas. When we celebrate small businesses, we celebrate the hardworking entrepreneurs who keep our economy moving forward.
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Making a difference one detail at a time
WJAR-TV
VideoBriefThere's a bargain car-wash and detailing business that opened at two locations this year in Providence, R.I., started by a man who used to be in trouble with the law. He's trying to make a difference by helping out and hiring others who had gone down the same road as he had before.
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Customers willing to pay for a smile
Fox Business
It may seem simple, but a smile may be the secret to small business success. A recently released study from London's Kingston University found that a smile and a friendly greeting were the most common reason why shoppers felt loyalty toward independent businesses.

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Health exchange options for small businesses will be limited until 2015
The Washington Post
The Obama administration recently confirmed that a piece of the 2010 health-care law aimed at helping small businesses provide insurance to their workers will be delayed by a year.

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Successful chain gives its menu a 'punch'
Professional Carwashing & Detailing
Boomerang Carwash, an express tunnel chain consisting of 29 locations, is adding the "Joey Punch Power Shine" to the menu at its seven locations in Oklahoma City, a recent press release reported.

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Perry signs legislation that supports water conservation
San Antonio Business Journal
Environmentalists are applauding Gov. Rick Perry's decision to sign several water bills designed to help conserve water during one of the state's worst droughts.
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Firefighters extinguish burning car wash behind gas station in Louisiana
WWL-TV
Firefighters responded to a recent car wash fire located behind a gas station, according to Public Information Officer Chad Duffaut, a St. Tammany Fire District No.1 spokesman. Duffant said firefighters arrived within three minutes to find flames and smoke coming from an 800-square-foot car wash behind the Texaco Station located at 601 Robert Boulevard.
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Honda recalls S2000 sports car, Acura RSX to fix brake problem
Los Angeles Times
Honda is recalling about 18,000 vehicles including the Acura RSX sedan and the Honda S2000 sports car sold in the U.S. because of a brake problem. The automaker said a manufacturing error in the power brake system components may cause it to decrease the assistance it provides in braking, a factor that increases the risk of a crash.
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For Ohio car wash owner, storm packed heavy punch
Columbus Business Journal
Steve Ozment owns property at Brice Road and East Main Street in Reynoldsburg, Ohio, that includes a car wash and Flowerama store. A recent storm destroyed cement block at the structure and completely tore off the roof on one of the car bays, tossing it into another building on the site. Unfortunately, Ozment doesn't have the property insured for storm damage.
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Health reform can help small businesses, but many questions persist
AsianWeek
As we celebrate National Small Business Week, many discussions will happen around entrepreneurship, innovation and best practices. But with the enrollment date for the health reform insurance marketplaces quickly approaching, the focus should be on one of the biggest challenges that small business owner's face: finding affordable health insurance coverage.
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