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The Southwest Car Wash Association is 'On the Road Again - August 13'
SCWA
Join SCWA on Aug. 13 in Lubbock for the next Regional Meeting & Car Wash Tour. Click here to register for a day filled with round table discussions on subjects like water restrictions and marketing your car wash; along with a tour of several Lubbock car washes that will highlight the different business and operational models.
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Environmentally-friendly car washes can save money
KUSA-TV
VideoBriefWhether it's that summer road trip or just a drive around town, the warmer weather months encourage many to spiff up their cars at a neighborhood car wash. Experts say professional car washes are more environmentally friendly than washing at home, and it may end up saving you money in the long run. "Professional car washes all conserve water," Eco Express Wash owner Shane Wells explained. "We recycle about 70 percent of our water here."
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5 reasons for the return of SMB lending
Fox Small Business
On a macro level, the volume of small business loans increased from 21.3 million to 23.5 million from June 2011 to June 2012, according to the SBA Office of Advocacy's Small Business Lending in the United States 2012 study. Before the Great Recession, SBA small-business loans grew steadily throughout the 2000s and hit a peak in 2008 when the total reached $711.5 billion in loans outstanding. As the U.S. economy improved in the past year, banks opened the spigots again, and according to the SBA report, small business lending is beginning to approach the 2008 record, missing the pre-recession peak by $124 billion.
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5 ways leaders earn respect from their employees
Forbes
As the workplace evolves to become more trustworthy, transparent, ethical, collaborative and mindful of its employee needs — leaders must be equally diligent to earn respect from their colleagues.

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Competitive edge: Keeping it requires more than producing a clean car
Auto Laundry News
Remember when washing cars was mainly about washing cars? In the good old days, putting out a clean car and treating customers well was enough. Today's technology however is raising that bar fast.

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The most important employment documents
By D. Albert Brannen
Employment litigation can be expensive and time-consuming. An employer's success or failure in defending itself can turn on the law or the facts.

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3 basic concepts for increasing auto shop profitability
By Ryan Clark
Keeping your auto shop running like a well-oiled machine can be a challenge. For an auto service shop to consistently grow profits, it's not only important that it maintain a constant flow of customers, but it should also be capable of bringing old business back. To achieve this goal, there are three basic ideas around which all auto service shops may wish to build their business plans.
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Why companies need to consider hiring a health care advocate
Yahoo News
If you own a business and offer health care to your employees, you may also want to consider also offering a health care advocate. Such an expert, also known as a patient advocate, could be a good employee benefit at your workplace.
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Kleen Car offers financing programs
Professional Carwashing & Detailing
Kleen Car is now offering a financing program to its customers. The program offers zero percent financing and lease to own programs. "Lenders have become more willing to fund lower dollar amounts to small companies than ever before. It used to be a lender was only willing to lend $10,000 or more and fund large purchase to fully established commercial businesses,” said Kleen Car Owner Kevin Farrell.
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7 qualities of a truly loyal employee
LinkedIn
First things first: Where employees are concerned, loyalty has nothing to do with blind obedience, or unthinking devotion, or length of tenure. Surprised? Think of it this way. Which employee displays greater loyalty?
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New Mexico car wash uses steam instead of water
KOB-TV
VideoBrief Albuquerque's newest car wash could set a new standard for water conservation – how about one gallon for each wash? Employees at Good Wash Car Wash & Detailing on Chelwood just north of Menaul are using steam to get the job done. Good old steam, served up from a diesel-driven steamer at about 210 degrees.
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Social media can build brand loyalty
The Commercial Appeal
All of your current — and future — customers are using social media, so why aren't you? Social media is a good way for your company to be represented to the masses. It's also a great way to build your brand loyalty.
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Sensors and switches: Use the correct ones to avoid problems
Auto Laundry News
According to a report by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Climatic Data Center, the 2012-2013 winter season in the United States, for most states east of the Rocky Mountains, delivered above-average temperatures as well as above-average precipitation for many regions. Increased winter precipitation — including snow, ice, and sleet — creates more dirty cars which means more business for local car washes, but it also introduces challenges to those washes, where equipment is regularly exposed to extreme conditions. In addition, preventative measures taken by local transportation departments to make driving conditions better through application of sodium chloride, sand, and various deicing chemicals adds more contaminates for car washes to contend with.
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