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In This Issue March 11, 2015  
ICA News  Industry News  Leadership  Marketing  Supplier News 
 
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ICA News
 
   
Stay connected with the latest from International Carwash Association by downloading our new app on your Apple or Android device by searching for "International Carwash Association". The new app features news updates as well as a robust events feature set that enables users to use the app for managing their The Car Wash Show 2015 experience and Car Wash Show Europe experience.
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To encourage the pursuit of a college education, the International Carwash Association will present a $1,000 Larry Harrell Scholarship to a deserving recipient in 2015. Please share this scholarship information with your employees and encourage those eligible to apply.
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ICA continues to evolve the Wash Count benchmarking program. With a new partnership with ITR Economics, the quarterly Wash Count reports will provide economic analysis and forecasting in addition to the reports outlining ticket averages, wash counts, and revenues.
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The North Carolina Hugh Hammond Bennett Chapter of the Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS) recently recognized Charlotte-based Autobell Car Wash, Inc., as its 2015 Conservation Business of the Year.
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Upper Michigan Source Drivers around Marquette were seizing the opportunity to visit the nearest wash to finally rid their cars salt and grime. A maintenance worker at Cupcake's Car Wash says their three locations had a steady stream of business throughout the day.
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Black Hills FOX When the weather starts to warm up like it did Saturday, that usually means it's a busy day for the car wash, and Rapid City residents were getting some spring cleaning done on their cars as the freezing temperatures were no where in the forecast.
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WHNT News Salt is used to melt ice on roadways and sidewalks because it lowers the freezing point of water– meaning that even below 32 degrees, the treated surface still has a chance to melt. Salt bouncing off the road and up into the undercarriage of your vehicle threatens to corrode important parts over time, if ignored. Ronnie Brown with Lee’s Magic Tunnel says getting the underbody of the vehicle cleaned is the number one thing people ask for when they come in after a winter storm.
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Leadership
 
   
CNN Money Tax time can be stressful for most, especially for time-crunched small business owners. However, successful entrepreneurs know that being prepared and informed can help alleviate some of the pressures of tax season. With a little planning, business owners can benefit from some tax savings strategies while also eliminating the last minute scramble. Ultimately, saving them time and money as well as providing them with some peace of mind.
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Huffington Post The IRS gives us until April 15 to turn in personal tax information, however for businesses, March 15 is the date they are due to be filed. It's time to get moving. If you want to make this year's tax season easier, start getting organized. There are many things you can prepare ahead of time to get yourself, and your business ready to file and prepared for tax season.
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USA TODAY According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were some 815,000 self-employed Americans at the end of 2014. One of the biggest perks of the job is the self-determination that comes from being your own boss. But one of the biggest downsides for many is that, in addition to doing what you love, you have to do a lot of other stuff that goes into running a business — including playing the role of tax accountant.
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IT Business Edge As April 15 quickly approaches, small business owners can avoid a lot of stress and a potential visit from tax auditors if they follow some simple advice.
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Forbes While it’s true that marketing’s main efforts have always been focused on gaining customers, in the past few years we’ve seen a shift where marketing has become more about "bragging" and less about value creation. However, with the Internet, social media, and mobile access there is more power than ever in the hands of today’s consumers. Influence no longer lies with the suave, silver-tongued marketer and glossy marketing brochures. Consumers need to be marketed to in the way they want to be marketed to.
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Business 2 Community Business owners understand the value of having excellent service, but what else goes into making the perfect customer experience? Companies are beginning to realize that customer experience management is a real thing that needs careful attention, as it will bring in and maintain new leads and recurring revenue. Great customer service is an extension of any firm’s marketing platform. Businesses can promote their benefits and services, but when you have clients that are willing to do it, that’s the key. Build your brand through loyalty and excellent service.
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Supplier News
 
   
Highfield Manufacturing Company, a leading global producer of high-quality security products and manufacturers of the new "e-lectroloc" smart, programmable locking system is pleased to announce that they have partnered with Van Lock Company to bring the "e-lectroloc" product line to the vending and bottling industry.
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