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Small Business Saturday® is a day in which people are encouraged to visit small businesses, as opposed to the big box stores which gain a lot of attention and sales on Black Friday. This year, Small Business Saturday®, which was thought up by American Express, falls on Nov. 30, the Saturday after Black Friday.
Mixed workplace: Managing across generations
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Businesses today face many obstacles. Whether it's an uncertain economy, rising taxes, increased regulations, or the looming changes in health care, managing a business is not for the faint of heart. The different generations represented in the workforce today provide additional challenges and complexity for managers everywhere. While managers and human resource leaders have spent decades focused on gender or racial diversity, today's challenge comes from the different needs, expectations, and age span present, and developing in the modern workplace. If not properly managed, it will impact productivity, create conflict and result in unnecessary employee turnover.
Benny's files zoning application for 7th area car wash
Benny's Carwash is making plans for a new Benny's Express on Siegen Lane just north of Perkins Road and across from Winn Dixie in Baton Rouge, La. Benny's has not yet closed on the property, which it has under contract, and Justin Alford, whose family has owned Benny's since 1951, says it is still early to discuss plans for the new site. "We have a little ways to go before this is a done deal," said Alford. "But this is an area we have been looking at for a long, long time and we would like to be there."
Water conservation promoted at car washes
As part of Charlottesville, Va., and Albemarle County Service Authority's ongoing efforts to promote water conservation in the community, a new car wash certification program has been developed. The program is voluntary for any area car washes. To achieve certification, each car wash facility must meet certain criteria. Each car wash must use only a certain amount of water for each of its car wash options. Also, the facilities must repair leaks right away and use low-flow toilets.
IRS to take a closer look at small business filings
Speaking at the American Institute of CPAs, IRS Small Business/Self-Employed division head Faris Fink said the agency will be shifting its auditing focus from corporations to small-business partnerships, which have grown significantly in number over the last six years. From 2007 to 2011, the increase was more than 15 percent, according to the IRS.
Automaker group says E15 ethanol damages cars, EPA approval was rushed
Green Car Reports
Automakers have fired the latest salvo in the ongoing battle against ethanol blends in gasoline, saying it can damage engine components. That's despite several manufacturers approving it for use in their newest vehicles adding to the confusion over ethanol in pump gasoline.
Talking duck gave car wash its unusual name
ThisWeek Community News
Clintonville residents may be wondering how a successful car-wash franchise ended up with such an infantile name. What's up with that name, anyway? What is today a 31-store operation in seven states dates back to 1945, when R.D. Beck purchased a service station in Guntersville, Ala., and began washing cars on the side.
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With Prop 6 approved, plans remain uncertain
The Texas Tribune
Now that Texas voters have agreed to spend $2 billion from the Rainy Day Fund to finance water supply projects, legislators say the state finally has some money to carry out its longstanding water plan. But the plan is full of contradictions and questions — challenges that can't be solved by money alone.
Share your expertise with others
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.
OSHA proposes new rule to improve tracking of workplace injuries
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently issued a proposed rule to improve workplace safety and health through improved tracking of workplace injuries and illnesses. The announcement follows the Bureau of Labor Statistics' release of its annual Occupational Injuries and Illnesses report, which estimates that three million workers were injured on the job in 2012.
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