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SCWA 2013 Convention & Expo
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Come celebrate the 25th Annual SCWA Convention at the 2013 SCWA Convention & Car Wash Expo. It will be a special time of looking back as well as looking ahead.
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Texas business optimism slips in Q3
Houston Business Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Texas businesses in the third quarter were less optimistic about economic conditions than in the previous quarter, a bank-sponsored survey shows. Capital One Bank's quarterly Market Pulse survey found that 52 percent of large businesses and 35 percent of small businesses reported that economic conditions are improving. From the previous quarter, that's a decrease of five percentage points for large businesses and 12 points for small businesses. More

US motorists on pace to spend a record sum on gasoline in 2012
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The average price of a gallon of regular gasoline in the U.S. this year never reached the highs seen in 2008, when the all-time record of $4.114 was reached. The 2012 average never even climbed as high as it was last year, when it hit $3.965, according to the Energy Department. But fuel prices have been so consistently high in 2012 that American motorists are on pace to spend more on gasoline this year — $483 billion, or $1.32 billion a day — than they ever have before, according to the Oil Price Information Service in New Jersey. More

Dewhurst: Take $1 billion from rainy day fund for water
The Associated Press via Seattle Post Intelligencer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst recently suggested that lawmakers consider using $1 billion from the state's rainy day fund to help pay for reservoirs and other new sources of drinking water in an effort to deal with Texas' spiraling population growth. Bill Hammond, president of the Texas Association of Business, said he welcomed Dewhurst's announcement as a "down payment." "Water is essential for economic development, and right now we're headed toward significant shortages in the future, which will harm the economic development of Texas," said Hammond. More

Are your prices right? Setting rates and conveying value is a science and a skill
Professional Carwashing & Detailing    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Owning a carwash business and setting prices for services offered can be compared to being a contestant on the popular American game show, "The Price is Right." After you, "come on down" to Contestant's Row, what type of player are you? When you set your prices compared to the local competition do you bid aggressively based on information and research? Do you wait until the competition set their prices and bid one dollar over? Or, perhaps, did you set the lowest price, also known as "Bob, I'll bid one dollar," in hopes that the competitors were too aggressive and beat themselves? Fortunately, unlike a game show contestant, you have had more than a few chances and an hour to win customers with the right price over the years. More

AAA warns E15 gasoline could cause car damage
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E15, a higher blend of ethanol and gasoline, has rolled out in a handful of states. But its use in older vehicles is generating warnings from AAA, which says E15 could be harmful to pre-2012 vehicles. More

2013 Ford Escape, Fusion recalled for fire risk
The Detroit News via The Car Connection    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Ford will recall about 89,000 2013 Ford Escape SUVs and 2013 Ford Fusion cars equipped with 1.6-liter four-cylinder engines over concerns about a fire risk. According to a report in The Detroit News, the recall affects some 73,320 Escape SUVs and 15,833 Fusion models. Drivers are urged to get in touch immediately with dealers to arrange loaner vehicles. But Ford did not warn drivers to stop driving the vehicles in the interim. Ford spokesman Said Deep told The Detroit News that engine overheating can lead to fluid leaks, which could then result in contact with the vehicle's hot exhaust system and subsequently trigger a fire. More

House passes bill to increase visas for highly educated immigrants
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A bill to increase the number of visas available to highly educated immigrants and allow their families to stay in the United States while their visas are processed recently won House approval by a vote of 245-139. The STEM Jobs Act, sponsored by Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, would increase the number of visas available for students who graduated from American universities with advanced degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics degrees by up to 55,000 a year. "In a global economy, we cannot afford to educate these foreign graduates in the United States and then send them back home to work for our competitors," said Smith. "This legislation will help us create jobs, increase our competitiveness, and spur our innovation." More

54.5 MPG and beyond: Fueling energy-efficient vehicles
U.S. Department of Energy    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
For many, refueling their vehicle can be disappointing. It's the only activity where consumers watch the cost add up, dollar by dollar, quickly eating up disposable income. And much of that money goes right out the tail pipe — only 14-26 percent of the energy from fuel is used to move a vehicle down the road. Fortunately, the Obama administration's new national fuel economy standards for passenger vehicles will improve vehicle efficiency and save Americans money at the pump, all while reducing our dependence on foreign oil and growing the U.S. economy. More

Small businesses weigh offering health insurance
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Like many franchisees, Robert Mayfield, who owns five Dairy Queens in and around Austin, Texas, is always eager to expand and — no surprise — has had his eyes on opening a sixth DQ. But he said concerns about the new federal health care law have persuaded him to hold off. "I'm scared to death of it," he said. "I'm one of the ones sitting on the sidelines to see what's really going to happen." Ever since the law was enacted in 2010, opponents have argued that employers who were forced to offer health insurance would lay off workers or shift more people to part-time status to compensate for the additional cost. Those claims have drawn considerable attention — and considerable anger in response — in recent weeks. More

Winterizing your car in Texas
Longview News-Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Although it is iffy at this point as to whether or not we will even have any kind of winter here in Texas, it is still a good idea to be prepared, because as we all know, Texas weather is very contrary and it could be below freezing tomorrow after a chance of showers tonight. The following is a list of tips that are important for Texas drivers to keep in mind as we approach the cooler season. More


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