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Articles by Robert Roman

Rescuing the SBA

Robert Roman
Last month, Professional Car Care Online reported proposed cuts to the Small Business Administration (SBA) that could hurt new car-care businesses. The basis for this report was a February
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It's no turkey: Three strikes and you're out

Robert Roman
On Thanksgiving, I went to a local carwash for a quick clean up. My choice was a free-standing, dual in-bay automatic carwash. I chose this carwash because it was
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Self-service: Greener grass, wetter water

Robert Roman
Most self-service carwashes are open 24-hours a day, 7 days per week. Unlike an employee, a self-service carwash will not call off sick, take a personal day, show up
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Finding the barn burner

Robert Roman
While reading through an old magazine, I came across an article where the author discussed the merits of using intuitive reasoning rather than conventional location theory to select a
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Full-service, please

Robert Roman
Some folks in the industry believe that the carwash business’s flagship, the traditional full-service, needs to be re-made so that it can compete effectively in today’s marketplace. Does full-service
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Would you like fries with that carwash?

Robert Roman
Several weeks ago, I was stopped dead in my tracks during a conversation with an investor about the potential impact to the carwash industry from the presence of a
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Carwashing's New Year revelation

Robert Roman
The end of the calendar year is the time when most firms evaluate financial and operational performance and set course for the next year. For most carwash operators, the
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Charity carwash competition

Robert Roman
It never ceases to amaze me when I read about carwash operators that ask others for advice on what they can do to help discourage or prohibit charity carwashes
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The real full-serve problem

Robert Roman
Changing the placement of vacuums from the starting line to the finishing line and adding more carwash equipment and supervision can help improve employee productivity at a full-service carwash.
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Study your wash before you invest

Robert Roman
There are a number of activities that must occur before an investor can submit a loan application for a carwash project. Some of these are: Researching the industry; Searching
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