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Don't Miss Out! Register TODAY for the Denver Car Wash Tour!
SCWA On the Road Again:
Join us Aug. 19 in Denver, Colorado, at the Sheraton Denver West for a full day of car wash touring - round table discussions and reception.


Group rate deadline: July 31

Make your hotel reservation here!

Waterway Car Wash; Ocean Express; Car Wash Express; Octopus Car Wash and Eco Express are just a few of the car washes on the tour!

Questions? Contact the SCWA Headquarters at 800-440-0644

Thanks to our Sponsors!

Diamond Tour Sponsor: SWYPIT
Bus Sponsor: Big Man Car Washes/Development
Reception Sponsor: Blendco-Auto Auto Wash
Lunch Sponsor: ICS
Event Sponsors: CarWashTVNetwork
DRB Systems
Midlothian Insurance
Motor City Wash Works
Stinger Chemicals

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Rotary Community Corps earns over $500 at car wash fundraiser
Kwik Car Wash
On Saturday, July 12, the Rotary Community Corps (RCC) of Parker, Colorado, was able to raise $548 at their car wash fundraiser held at Kwik Car Wash. In addition to earning 50 percent of Kwik Car Wash's wash sales from the fundraiser's duration, RCC members and volunteers were able to raise additional funds by vacuuming and cleaning windows. The RCC of Parker is designed for Special Needs adults ages 18+ to become active in their community, learn leadership skills, feel like a vital part of their community, become socially active and give back to their community through service projects and fundraisers.
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Do you recognize these car wash thieves?
Local law enforcement needs your help solving this week’s Crime of the Week involving an attempted theft at a car wash. On July 6, 2014, at 5:55 a.m., two men arrived at the Kwik Kleen Karwash on Highway 37 South next to Mt. Vernon Tire in a red GMC/Chevy extended cab truck. The duo tried to pry open the automatic car wash pay box. After failing to get cash from the machine, they broke into several vacuum cash boxes.
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5 tricks to lower credit card processing fees
Business News Daily
Credit card processing fees don't seem like a lot at first. But those few cents here and there and the small percentage cuts processors take for every transaction quickly add up. Combine those costs with minimum, statement, gateway and other monthly fees, and the next thing you know, you're staring at your monthly credit card processing bill in utter sticker shock. Sound familiar? The bad news is that these credit card processing expenses are unavoidable. The good news is that there are several things merchants can do to take control and save up to hundreds of dollars every month.
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Car wash suddenly closes — customers owed refund
A car wash in Highland Village on prime real estate sits empty and fenced in weeks after it suddenly shut down. One Houston man said the owners walked away with his money in hand. "You just don't treat people that way," said Ron Logan. Logan has the receipt for a six-month plan paid to Dream's And Brothers Hand Car Wash. The name of the business may ring a bell. One of the car wash owners, Afis Olajuwan, is the brother of Rockets legend Hakeem "The Dream" Olajuwan.
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The forgotten power of handwritten notes
American Express OPEN Forum
The next time you consider sending an email or a text message to a client, customer or employee, take a moment to think about composing a handwritten note instead. "The tradition of writing notes and letters has been compromised by the information age, and we seldom find time for it," says Dawn Bryan, founder of The Qualipedia. "This paucity, however, imparts even more value to the rare handwritten note because it makes the recipient feel special."

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Loyalty without points
For every brand a consumer is truly passionate about, that same person is probably equally dispassionate about 20, 30 or more brands that have fleeting, transactional, impersonal roles in that consumer's life. A brand's perception of loyalty must take into account both ends of that spectrum, both the passionate fans and the transactional consumers. Too often, branded loyalty programs focus on incentives like points, membership tiers and discounts that might motivate transactional consumers but are likely wasted on passionate fans.

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Texas Water Development Board releases proposed rulemaking
Odessa American
The recent rains in the Permian Basin may have many thinking the water resources are fine, but the details of water conservation efforts approved by voters last November have started to trickle out. The Texas Water Development Board has released proposed rulemaking for the State Water Implementation Fund for Texas (SWIFT) and the State Water Implementation Revenue Fund for Texas (SWIRFT); which will both be used for future water projects in the state.

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Finding ways to use big data to help small shops
The New York Times
A wealth of information that some call big data is becoming increasingly available to small businesses. Such information was once available only to big corporations with vast computing power and deep information technology departments — and more recently to online start-up companies with data-mining capabilities. In 2010, just 1.7 percent of small businesses were using business intelligence software, according to a survey of companies with fewer than 100 employees conducted by IDC. By last year, 9.2 percent had adopted such tools. Tools that help small businesses address customer feedback — not just by pooling and parsing emails to customer service reps but also by monitoring Facebook feeds, Twitter comments and Yelp posts to help quell brush fires promptly.
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City enters mild drought conditions
The Jacksboro Gazette-News
Jacksboro is currently under stage one drought conditions. For the city of Jacksboro, the three levels of drought condition are mild, moderate and severe. The drought contingency plans are placed to help conserve water. Stage one's expected reduction of water use is 10 percent where stage five is a 30 percent reduction expectation. Fines and surcharges can be placed in the more severe stages if water is used in excess of the designated contingency plan.
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Coalition rallies to dump the state franchise tax in 2015 legislative session
Texas Public Radio
A group of Republican lawmakers, business alliances and tea party activists are hoping to gather enough support ahead of the 2015 legislative session in order to do away with the Texas franchise tax. The state's franchise tax, also known as a margins tax, is accessed as a privilege to do business in the state, similar to a fee. The Texas franchise tax has existed in some form since the early 1800s. In 2006 the state faced with a potential shutdown so lawmakers revamped the franchise tax along with a handful of other tax reforms hoping to glean additional revenue. Since that year, reforming it has been one of the most talked about tax reforms.
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Fallout damage: Airborne pollutants affect paint finishes
Auto Laundry
With today's clear-coat paint finishes, fallout damage has become the number one challenge for detailers. No matter how creative the automotive paint manufacturers have become in developing paint finishes that are more durable, maintain their shine and luster longer, and require less maintenance, none of them has developed a paint finish that is resistant to the harmful effects of airborne pollutants. While this is good news for detailers, it is bad news for the motorist. For the detail industry, it means on-going business. But for the motorist, it means a big expense to have the damage repaired at a detail shop or worse, having the vehicle repainted at a body shop.
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