TTDA Today
Mar. 6, 2013


Click here to download registration forms for the 2013 Convention & 2013 Golf Classic, or you may register online!

QUESTIONS? Call the TTDA State Headquarters at 800-844-8748.

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Hotel info

Call Westin La Cantera at 800 937-8461 or click here to make reservations.

The TTDA special rate is $169 single/double (includes three days prior and three days following convention dates). Special rate available for reservations made by March 6.

A resort fee of $20 per night may be quoted at the time of your hotel reservation. HOWEVER, for those registering under the TTDA block prior to the March 6 deadline, the fee will be waived.

Westin La Cantera is located at:
16641 La Cantera Parkway
San Antonio, TexasMore

Experience TTDA 2013!

Industry insights; a legislative forecast; business solutions along with the unparalleled hospitality of The Westin La Cantera Resort, The Shops at La Cantera and an unforgettable golf experience all await you at this year's TTDA Convention!

Click here for a schedule of events.

Cost-cutting ideas for small business owners
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Where's tire labeling? ... late
Tire Business
The issuing of tire labeling regulations is following a familiar path in rulemaking: They're late. On March 25, 2010, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued a 195-page final rule mandating that U.S. tire makers implement a tire fuel-efficiency labeling program to help consumers select those tires with the least rolling resistance and highest fuel savings. However, the standard lacked a few things.More

Texas and Arizona eligible for low-interest federal disaster loans
El Paso Inc.
Small, nonfarm businesses in 23 New Mexico counties and neighboring counties in Texas and Arizona are now eligible to apply for low-interest federal disaster loans from the U. S. Small Business Administration, intended to offset economic losses because of reduced revenues caused by the drought that began on Jan. 1. The deadline to apply is Oct. 28.More

7 habits of great small business owners
When looking at the players in any industry, there are usually a handful of businesses that stand out ahead of the pack. So what exactly goes into making some more successful than others? More often than not, it comes down to the kind of leadership they have steering their efforts. Being a strong small business owner is an elusive enterprise, there is no one secret recipe to achieve. If there was a sure-fire way to be a dynamite small business leader, it would undoubtedly include the following seven components.More

Accurately inflate 5 tires at a time
Modern Tire Dealer
The Mobile Tire Pressure Equalizer is a high-flow, dual regulator tire inflation system engineered to accurately read tire pressure and inflate/deflate up to five tires at once. Manufactured by Innovative Products of America, the new product is a "fast and efficient method to accurately read and inflate tire pressure on multiple tires — up to five — at the same time," according to the company.More

Consumer sentiment rises in February
Tire Review
Consumer sentiment rose in February to its highest level in three months on an improving stock market and hopes for continued job gains, according to the University of Michigan-Thomson Reuters consumer sentiment gauge. According to survey results, conflicting forces worked on consumers in February: gasoline prices increased, but claims for jobless benefits fell. Additionally, higher payroll taxes kicked in this year and consumers face continuing uncertainty about how federal spending cuts will impact their personal finances.More

More than 700 pages of health care rules released
The Hill
The Obama administration recently released more than 700 pages of new regulations to implement portions of the Affordable Care Act. The four rules, which are scheduled for publication in mid-March, finalize both major and minor parts of the healthcare reform law that Congress passed in 2010. On of the rules is a proposal to implement the Small Business Health Options Program, making it effective on Jan. 1, 2015. The program is designed to make it easier for small businesses to offer employees a range of coverage choices.More

Are tire repair laws really needed?
Tire Business
There doesn't seem to be a groundswell movement nationwide for the establishment of tire repair legislation, which makes us wonder why the Rubber Manufacturers Association and the Tire Industry Association continue to push for such action. Even in Maryland, where the legislature is debating model tire repair legislation co-written by the two organizations, there is concern by some legislators who are asking, "Why do you need to do this?" according to TIA Executive Vice President Roy Littlefield. He testified on the subject Feb. 6 before the Maryland House Committee on Economic Matters. "They are nervous about putting new regulations on consumers," said Littlefield. They should be, because legislating tire repair would not only require enforcement but would likely cost taxpayers money.More