This week, we cover an Autobell area cleanup event, a new book, charity events, an award and a grand opening.

Maryland Autobell® Car Wash employees conduct Kent Island cleanup

KENT ISLAND, Md. — Autobell Car Wash employees from the company’s Maryland stores conducted a beach cleanup of Kent Island’s Terrapin Nature Park on Oct. 27th, braving the nor’easter that unfortunately caused the cancellation of the day’s official event planned by the Kent Island Beach Cleanups organization, according to a press release.

The volunteers were paid by Autobell for their time and treated to breakfast and lunch by the company, the release continued.

The dozen employees from the Bel Air, Annapolis and soon-to-open Chester, Maryland, Autobell locations came armed with company-provided cleanup supplies, including boots, gloves, grabbers and trash bags, the release noted.

They collected an estimated 200 pounds of trash consisting primarily of glass bottles, along with other items such as a broken crab pot, boat buoy, coffee thermos, fishing net and broken flip-flops, the release added.

“Best practices for environmental protection are integral to the Autobell operation and are instilled in our company culture,” stated Autobell District Manager Joseph Noel. “Everyone enjoyed the chance to serve the community that day in the company of their co-workers.”

Autobell participates in numerous waterway cleanups within the company’s five-state area as part of its ongoing commitment to environmental preservation, the release stated.

Additionally, all Autobell locations treat 100 percent of wash water used and recycle 80 to 100 percent depending on the location, as well as practice other on-site water conservation procedures, the release concluded.

Terry Monroe publishes new book, ‘Selling with Certainty’

EFFINGHAM, Ill. — Terry Monroe, president and founder of American Business Brokers & Advisors, has published a new book titled, “Selling with Certainty,” according to a press release.

Smart people can and do make dumb decisions when selling their businesses, the release continued.

In ”Selling with Certainty,” Monroe provides friendly, appealing, no-nonsense advice to business owners about how to avoid the common pitfalls of selling their businesses — while ensuring they get full value from the years of hard work they’ve put in, the release noted.

Featuring real-life stories of owners who ventured blindly into the sale of their businesses and honest insights from his own mistakes, this book is the definitive guide on what to do and not do when it’s time to sell, the release added.

Monroe shares a lifetime of experience to help business owners decide if they are really ready to sell, and if so, come out of the process with the money they deserve in their pockets, the release stated.

Monroe is also the author of “The Art of Buying and Selling a Convenience Store,” and is a professional intermediary, a market maker for privately held companies and has been involved in the sale of more than 500 businesses, the release stated.

He also serves an advisor, consultant and speaker, and he assists in market valuations, the release noted.

In his 30-plus years of service, he has owned and operated more than 40 different businesses, the release concluded.

Learn more about “Selling with Certainty” or purchase it here.

7 Flags Car Wash holds fundraisers for breast cancer awareness and veterans

VALLEJO, Calif. — 7 Flags Car Wash and the Susan G. Komen foundation teamed up again for the month of October to help raise awareness about checking for breast cancer as well as to raise money to find a cure, according to a press release.

The Susan G. Komen foundation donated “race for the cure” banners, pink ribbon buttons, pink pencils and literature about how to prevent breast cancer, the release continued.

The 7 Flags team promoted awareness by having all staff wear pink shirts, bracelets and breast cancer buttons, the release noted.

7 Flags Car Wash donated $1 for every full-service carwash and $1 for every Fast Pass sold for the month of October and also accepted donations from its loyal customers, the release stated.

As a result, 7 Flags Car Wash was able to raise over $7,766 to donate to the Susan G. Komen foundation to help find a cure for this month, the release noted.

7 Flags has raised $37,836 over the past five years and is looking forward to continuing its partnership with the Susan G. Komen foundation, the release added.

Vice President of 7 Flags, Jason Anthony said, “This is a special event for the 7 Flags family. It is amazing to see the employees get behind such an incredible cause. We hope this partnership can continue for the foreseeable future.”

According to a separate press release, 7 Flags Car Wash partnered with Grace for Vets to offer a very special thank you to all that have served the country.

On Sunday, Nov. 11th, 7 Flags Car Wash will be thanking active duty military and veterans by offering a free $7 express exterior carwash or a $7 credit for any upgrade, the release continued.

7 Flags will also be offering a 40 percent discount on any detail services and 40 percent off any extra services from its express lube for any active military personnel or veteran that day, the release added.

For more information about 7 Flags Car Wash please visit www.7flagscarwash.com.

For more information about Grace for Vets please visit www.graceforvets.org.

AMSOIL SEVERE GEAR® Easy Pack wins SEMA Global Media Award

LAS VEGAS — AMSOIL was awarded a SEMA Global Media Award for the SEVERE GEAR Easy Packs at the 2018 SEMA Show after being chosen by Caleb Thompson of New Zealand’s ”Off-road Addiction” TV series, according to a press release.

The SEMA Global Media Award recognizes international product appeal and potential, with winners being selected by a prestigious group of international journalists, the release continued.

From thousands of entries in the 2018 New Product Showcase, AMSOIL SEVERE GEAR Easy Packs caught the eye of Thompson, who stated, “I need this product in my life.”

AMSOIL SEVERE GEAR Easy Packs were launched in July 2018 and allow for quicker and easier changing of gear oil, the release noted.

Now in its 15th year, the SEMA Global Media Awards have given a global platform to the best new products launched within the industry, the release concluded.

Country Car Wash and Pet Wash opens in Perham

PERHAM, Minn. — According to www.dl-online.com, Lakes Area Cooperative’s Country Car Wash and Pet Wash opened on Oct. 12th.

Ben Lindquist, the co-op’s feed department manager, oversees the carwash and reported that the public reception has been positive, the article continued.

“There’s been a lot of excitement about it around town,” Lindquist said. “The public has been really good and really accepting of it.”

The carwash has a distinctive look with barn-red siding and what appears to be a grain bin in the center, the article noted; the “grain bin” houses the pet wash and is flanked by both a soft-touch and touchless wash.

The building’s agricultural style is meant to be a reflection of the co-op as a whole, which was established as a creamery in 1912 and has since grown to include various other farm supply and retail businesses, the article noted.

The Country Car Wash and Pet Wash is the co-op’s first carwash business, the article added.

“It was something none of us really knew anything about, so it’s been a learning curve for us,” said Lindquist. “This is the pilot [carwash business]. There are many other locations around north central Minnesota, so if this one goes good, you never know, they could end up in other places, too.”

According to Lindquist, the carwash is unique in town because it features the latest technology and offers a soft-touch brush, the article noted.

“It’s brand new, it’s state-of-the-art, and we hope it operates like that for a long time into the future,” Lindquist said. “We hope people use it and continue to use it, and we value feedback on it. It’s a good, valuable service that we hope to provide in town for many, many years to come.”