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Nov. 14, 2012

Save the date!

SCWA 2013 Convention & Expo The countdown has begun to "Celebrate SCWA 25!"
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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Winterizing your vehicle in Arkansas and Oklahoma
The City Wire
Winterizing your vehicle in Arkansas and Oklahoma can be different from your average "winterizing" simply because it just doesn't snow that much. We have to do some of the things they do in other parts of the country, but some of them we can get away without. Snow tires and chains, for example, are good to have, but it may be years in between use. Other things, though, are a must when it comes to winterizing your vehicle.More

Drought restrictions vs. water conservation
Odessa American
During the last two years of drought there has been much said about drought restrictions and water conservation. Yet, these concepts, while easily confused, are not one and the same. Drought restrictions refer to short-term measures enacted to reduce water demand in response to a temporary or recurring water shortage. Water conservation, on the other hand, is about the everyday, efficient use of water. Water conservation asks: Can we accomplish the same end with less water?More

Chrysler recalls 920,000 Jeeps for unintended airbag deployments
The Detroit News
Chrysler Group LLC recently said it is recalling 920,000 Jeep SUVs to fix a faulty electrical part after more than 100 reports of unintended airbag deployments. The Auburn Hills automaker said it is recalling 744,922 SUVs in the United States — including the 2002-04 Jeep Grand Cherokee and 2002-03 Jeep Liberty. "A design change to a supplied component was linked to a small number of inadvertent air bag deployments, and in keeping with the best interests of our customers, we initiated a recall campaign," said David Dillon, Chrysler's head of product investigations and campaigns.More

Write an effective business plan
The Dallas Morning News
A local expert provides five recommendations on a topic useful to small business owners. Tom Pryor, director of the University of Texas at Arlington's Small Business Development Center, talked to staff writer Hanah Cho about five tips to write an effective business plan.More

Governor Perry highlights importance of fair legal climate in Texas
Equities
Recently, Gov. Rick Perry issued the text of the following speech: It's always a pleasure to be among those who understand the real danger lawsuit abuse can present to an economy, how it can derail employers of all sizes, and prematurely end the hopes and dreams of small business owners. That's why, with your help, we've taken aggressive action over the past several legislative sessions, to limit unscrupulous individuals and fortune-seeking lawyers from playing the system and taking advantage of the courts to achieve their own, self-serving ends. More

Texas lawmakers keep pressing for urgent water action
The Texas Tribune
House Speaker Joe Straus, R-San Antonio, has developed a stump speech about water that he's giving frequently these days. "Water policy and planning in this next session is absolutely critical," he told the Texas Tribune's water-focused festival on Oct. 29. Given the rapid growth of the state — Texas' population is projected to increase by about 80 percent by 2060 — the Legislature has an "obligation" to think beyond the next few years, and to make sure that cities — he named as examples Austin, Midland and Wichita Falls — have enough water.More

7 tips for spotting a flood-damaged car
WCSC-TV
Although reports of hundreds of thousands of flood-damaged cars inundating the used-car market appear to be overblown, water-marred vehicles still can be a big problem for buyers. Flooded cars that are declared total losses by insurance companies must have new titles branding them as damaged. But unscrupulous sellers might not tell buyers, and some can even get cars re-titled in other states to wash the title of any warnings. The following are a few ways to avoid buying a damaged car or truck.More

A revolution is stirring in health benefits
The Dallas Morning News
Health exchanges are coming to Texas, whether Gov. Rick Perry approves or not. Perry says the state won't implement a public exchange for individuals and small businesses to buy health insurance, as permitted under the Affordable Care Act. If that position holds (a Perry spokeswoman said there had been no change), the feds will step forward and create one for Texas by 2014. Well, the marketplace isn't waiting that long. Some private exchanges are debuting early next year, organized by companies, rather than the government. These exchanges could revolutionize the way most people get health insurance, similar to how 401(k)s supplanted private pensions and changed retirement planning almost 25 years ago. More

4 smartphone apps to increasing customer loyalty
Entrepreneur
If one thing is true about loyalty marketing campaigns, it's that they're constantly growing. According to Cincinnati-based analytics firm Colloquy, there are more than two billion loyalty program memberships in the U.S., double the total in 2000. With so many reward cards in peoples' wallets, it can be difficult for yours to stand out. One way is to ditch the traditional card and take your program mobile — especially with the smartphone becoming the go-to device for people all over the world. More