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Caution urged with ceramic disc work
Tire Business
Rotary Lift is cautioning auto repair shops working on vehicles with ceramic composite disc brakes requires extra care because they're susceptible to accidental cracking. Ceramic disk brakes are becoming an increasingly popular option on performance vehicles because they are lighter, can withstand higher temperatures and offer other benefits. These same properties, however, make ceramic disc brakes susceptible to accidental chipping and cracking during service.
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Bootstrapping tips for the resourceful small business
Mashable
Small businesses must be resourceful to stay afloat. With smaller budgets, big ideas need to be as proactive as they are cost-efficient, taking into account everything from consistent industry changes, cash flow, customer needs and the unexpected challenges you never saw coming. Multitasking to keep up with the big guys on a fraction of the budget is why small businesses have become notorious for bootstrapping, and being creative about their approach to staying competitive.
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Safety organization introduces system for TPMS certification
Rubber News
NSF International has introduced the first-ever safety and quality certification program for tire pressure monitoring systems for the auto aftermarket industry. Unveiled at the Specialty Equipment Market Association's annual trade show in Las Vegas, the program requires independent TPMS review and testing against original equipment service parts to ensure the highest level of performance from NSF Certified sensors, NSF said. In addition, NSF audits the manufacturing facilities and quality systems for TPMS sensors to ensure they meet or exceed the stringent protocol requirements of the standard.
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EPA trims 2014 renewable fuel mandate to 15.21 billion gallons
Bloomberg BNA
The Environmental Protection Agency proposed Nov. 15 to use its waiver authority for the first time to reduce the overall renewable fuel blending requirement for 2014. The proposed rule for the 2014 renewable fuel standard would require petroleum refiners and importers to blend 15.21 billion gallons of renewable fuels into their products. That is down from the 18.15 billion gallons required by the Energy Independence and Security Act (Pub. L. No. 110-140) as the agency takes steps to address the ethanol blend wall.
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IRS to take a closer look at small business filings
Entrepreneur
IRS Small Business/Self-Employed division head Faris Fink says 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.

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What comes 1st: Employee engagement or great work?
O.C. Tanner
If you're managing a team you might wonder what comes first: engaged and personally invested employees or productive, great work? Is an employee doing great work because they're engaged, or will they become more engaged after doing great work?

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New TIA statement regarding tire storage impact on service life
Tire Review
TIA, through its Environmental Advisory Council, issued a new best management practice concerning proper tire storage. The statement "outlines the steps that dealers should take to store tires properly to ensure that the condition of the tire is maintained to help maximize its service life." The information also covers guidelines for outdoor storage and long-term storage on vehicles.
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Study: US drivers have fewer cars, drive them less, use less gas
Green Car Reports
The best way to save fuel is to drive less — and Americans are doing just that, according to a new study. U.S. drivers have fewer cars, are driving them less, and are getting better fuel economy when they do drive them.
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Consumer demographics
Modern Tire Dealer
The domestic ultra-high performance replacement market has grown 900 percent since 1994, according to Modern Tire Dealer research. In addition, the number of UHP tire units shipped has increased every year. Those are nationwide figures. Are tire dealers, especially the one-store operators, experiencing the same growth in their stores?
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