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Lustra/Cleaning Systems, Inc
 
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Have an employee you would like to reward? Work with a colleague who shows leadership, excellence, and integrity? Or do you think you fit the bill? This year, five deserving recipients will win a Premium Pass to The Car Wash Show and three-night accommodations at a host hotel in Nashville – a package valued up to $1,000!
 
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Work for the Spring issue of CAR WASH Magazine is underway with a focus on business strategy. We'd love to hear your stories and perspectives on any of the following topics. Specifically:
 
- Companies that have outsourced marketing or PR or who have a rockstar inhouse team! 
- Companies that have dealt with crisis management as it relates to a crisis affecting its business -- bad publicity, natural disaster, etc.
- Companies with a formalized strategic plan for the years ahead, or those in the middle of a planning process, or those who think there's no benefit to having a plan ... 
- The power of networking and relationship-building. If you've benefited from peers and relationship-building we'd love to talk to you.
- Differentiation in your market ... how are you standing out in the crowd?
 
Email managing editor Jennifer Lipner at jlipner@naylor.com for consideration.
 
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A.V.W. Equipment Co., Inc.
Industry News
Source: Wall Street Journal
Small-business owners’ confidence in the U.S. economy fell for the fourth consecutive month in December, and their outlook on business conditions fell to the lowest level since late 2016, according to the National Federation of Independent Business.
 
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Source: NPR
Gas-powered pickups and SUVs now make up two-thirds of U.S. auto sales. But, until recently, truck buyers looking for an American-made electric-powered pickup would be out of luck. That's where a new startup automaker saw an opening, as Rivian reveals plans to make battery-powered trucks and SUVs in a former auto plant in central Illinois. 
 
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Zep Vehicle Care, Inc.
 
   
Mark Curtis, CEO of Splash Car Wash, today announced the opening of Splash’s second location in China. This will be Splash’s first “Splash Express”, an in-bay automatic which will utilize an app-based payment system and customer recognition through license plate reader technology.
 
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Source: GlobeSt.com
Investors are finding a lot of benefits in car wash properties, but financing can be difficult to secure for those that don’t understand the asset.
 
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Ascentium Capital , LLC WEG Electric Corp.
Mike and Rachel Wiersema purchased the Fulton Super Wash in Fulton, Ill., in November and have been upgrading the facility since then in order to give customers the best possible car washing experience.
 
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Brothers Kyle and Travis Benson opened their new Pony Express Car Wash in Chubbuck, Idaho, with an eye on developing a water-saving approach to cleaning cars.
 
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The owners of a Hermiston, Ore., car wash have started a second one on the opposite side of town. The new location, in a developing area of town, has amenities that aren’t available at their other location, such as dryers for the self-wash and “triple-shine” conditioner.
 
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Coleman Hanna Carwash Systems LLC Elektrim Motors
Leadership
 
   
Source: Forbes
The reality is you’re probably not as effective of a leader as you think you are. The only way to know is to gather feedback from others about your performance — and then analyze that data. 
 
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We all have blind spots that adversely affect our leadership effectiveness. In "What Are Your Blind Spots?" Jim Haudan and Rich Berens help leaders uncover five common leadership blind spots by exposing the underlying assumptions behind the consequences we see played out over and over again in all types of organizations. 
 
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Hydra-Flex Inc. OPW Vehicle Wash Solutions (PDQ & Belanger)
Marketing
 
   
Source: Entrepreneur
Many entrepreneurs will recognize this scenario: You slowly build a company, and then something happens that opens a floodgate of new sales and customers. Success seems to have come overnight but actually has been built on a foundation of skill, experience and hard work. 
 
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Creating a website from scratch can be intimidating for people who’ve never done it. The fear of tech should not stop you because there are so many tools and how-to tutorials out there on how to build a site. The first big decision you need to make is what platform to use.
 
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Chemquest/Hobo Inc. Transchem Inc.
 
 

 

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