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As the ice melts, some DFW businesses heat up
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Many of the roads may still be a little slippery in spots, covered in a filthy layer of sand and salt. But Mark Hand, manager of the Red Carpet car wash in west Fort Worth, knows what's coming. "It will be ridiculous," said Hand. "We're going to get slammed." As the sun broke out and temperatures climbed above freezing, a steady stream of vehicles at car washes will be another sign that life is returning to normal after a few days of an ice-induced stranglehold on North Texas.
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Small businesses get creative to cut health cost
USA Today
Many small businesses have come up with creative ways to encourage their employees to become healthier. The Affordable Care Act creates new incentives to promote employer wellness programs and encourage employers to take more opportunities to support healthier workplaces.
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Texas mayor says eminent domain letter was a mistake
Professional Carwashing & Detailing
The mayor has now commented on the story involving Freddy and Dale Davenport, who own a car wash here. As Professional Carwashing & Detailing previously reported, the owners said they received an eminent domain letter from the city, stating that their wash was in the way of a city project and they would have to sell the business. Dale presented the letter as proof and it showed it was signed by Lou Jones, a city real estate manager. Now, according to a Dec. 12 Dallas Observer story, Mayor Mike Rawlings is stating that the letter was a mistake due to "a failure in communications at city hall."
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Morgan Stanley predicts autonomous vehicles on the road by 2020
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Financial services firm, Morgan Stanley, has released a report that says driverless cars will be available in as little as seven years.

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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.

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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, breaking into coin boxes and even stealing wands and brushes from the car wash bays.

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Winter water conservation needed
Longview News-Journal
Texans understand the dire consequences the lack of water is having on our economy. That is why voters on Nov. 5 overwhelmingly approved Proposition 6 to authorize the creation of a new water fund that will help finance water projects across our state. While the passage of Proposition 6 is a big step toward obtaining water security for the state, the projects it will help fund are still years and even decades away from completion. Until the water projects funded by Proposition 6 are complete, year-round water conservation efforts remain the first line of defense against dwindling water supplies.
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iShine Express Car Wash & Detail™ set to expand
Professional Carwashing & Detailing
Service Franchising, Inc. announced it is expanding its iShine Express Car Wash & Detail™ brand, a press release reported, adding locations in Houston, San Antonio, Dallas/Forth Worth, as well as South Florida, Atlanta, and Chicago. Dan Bertoni, chief executive officer for Service Franchising/iShine™, stated in the press release, "We established the iShine™ concept on the basic premise that consumers want a clean, dry, shiny car when they exit the tunnel, and that they expect better value at all service levels, from basic wash through 'show-room new' detailing."
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States look to alternative fuel vehicles for efficiencies
The Washington Post
States interested in squeezing every last efficiency out of their budgets are increasingly turning to vehicles that run on alternative fuels or use less gas, initiatives officials say could end up saving millions of dollars over the long run — while helping to spur an emerging industry.
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2014 tax law changes and your business
Fox Small Business
Uncle Sam may not collect taxes until next year, but there are things small business owners can do now to prepare. After all, wait until tax time and you'll be scrambling not only to get your paper work in order, but potentially even to find the funds to pay your bill. The New Year will undoubtedly bring a lot of tax changes, some of which kicked off in 2013. Because of that, some tax professionals argue it's a good idea for small business owners to do a tax projection now so they will know how much they will be on tap for come 2014.
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The writing's on the sign
Professional Carwashing & Detailing
Signs today can be built from a virtually unbreakable material that is made by Bayer called Makrolon. This material is 30 times stronger than the acrylic faces that many companies still use today. On the sign cabinet and support structure the use of powder coat instead of wet paint creates a strength barrier to flying projectiles like rocks fired from a lawn mower. Along with that, both the Makrolon faces and the powder coated structures are graffiti resistant. If a mischievous individual "tags" a sign, the sign owner can just wipe the graffiti off with a rag and certain solvent. This is a huge plus for unmanned car washes.
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