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Baird Brothers Express Car Wash selected for beautification award
Brownwood Bulletin
The City of Early Beautification Commission selected Baird Brothers Express Car Wash for the Business Beautification Award for October 2013. Baird Brothers Express Car Wash is not your average car wash — they prefer to do things differently. Baird Brothers utilizes both water and energy saving systems with every wash. This allows Baird Brothers to recycle H2O while reducing their carbon footprint.
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Small businesses can save with health care tax credit
USA Today
Small businesses can claim a larger tax benefit for providing health care to employees, beginning with the 2014 tax year. Included in the 2010 Affordable Care Act, the tax credit is aimed at helping small employers pay for employee health insurance and to encourage more of them to offer it.
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Police searching for Haltom City car wash thieves
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Police are searching for two men who cleaned up at separate Haltom City car washes early Nov. 24, breaking into coin boxes and even stealing wands and brushes from the car wash bays. The thieves struck between 7-7:50 a.m. in the 4600 and 4900 blocks of Western Center Boulevard. Surveillance cameras caught the men first trying unsuccessfully to break into vending machines.
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Assume you're wrong: Always seek the opinion of others
Auto Laundry News
The fact that we see our businesses through our own eyes often wreaks havoc on our potential growth. Sometimes we waste valuable resources fixing problems that don't exist. Other times we are defensive about complaints we hear. Too often, we fail to see issues through the customer's eyes. So, instead of pretending immunity to this natural tendency, it's more productive to develop habits and processes to keep it from harming your business. A good, simple habit to form is always seeking the opinion of others before making assumptions.
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Stage-two plans for a $4 million Mr. Car Wash were recently green-lighted by the City Council. The wash is also looking for an eight-year property tax reprieve.

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Water recycling a big part of new car wash
Hays Free Press
Despite recent rains, Central Texas remains in a drought. So, how do car washes deal with the drought restrictions, with all the water they use?

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Delivering holiday bonuses? Remember these rules
Workforce Management
As the year draws to a close and the holiday spirit abounds, employers can anticipate reviewing year-end figures to determine who goes on the naughty or nice list.

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Woman grows with auto detailing business
The StarPhoenix
Kristy Kleen Automotive Detailing is busy on a chilly morning. Staff hustling about, the phone is ringing and both bays are filled with vehicles. The north industrial shop works on company vehicles and industrial equipment, both on-site and through a mobile service. Small signs are visible on the doors, and a desk sits in the corner of one of the bays. Bright pink shelving and mat hooks hang on the walls. "It's been a good year," owner Kristy Lang says. But it wasn't always this way.
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Hyundai, BMW, McLaren, Dodge and Mercedes-Benz issue recalls
The New York Times
Hyundai will recall about 15,500 Entourage minivans from the 2007-2008 model years for a corrosion-related steering problem, according to a report the automaker posted on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website. Other, smaller recalls were issued by BMW, McLaren, Dodge and Mercedes-Benz for an assortment of safety problems.
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Car wash owner, 71, doesn't take vacations
Professional Carwashing & Detailing
Larry Atchley, owner of Larry's Inman Street Car Wash, is now 71 and still comes into work every day and has no vacation plans in the near future. The Cleveland Daily Banner reported Atchley likes to set a good example for his employees, which is why he shows up to work every day. "I have to be here every day, and don't take vacations," said Atchley. "You have to be here and show [your employees] you're willing to work, just like them. I'll be 72 next month. I plan on working another four or five years. Then I plan to turn this over to my son."
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5 tips to getting ready for year end
Fox Small Business
The holidays are a busy season for small business owners — and that's a good thing — but they still need to take the time to do some tax planning so they are ready to meet the tax man in the spring. The following are five tips to help you close out your small business for the year.
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