As the professional carwashing and detailing industry settles into Atlantic City, New Jersey, this month for the 2016 Northeast Regional Carwash Convention (NRCC), which is taking place September 19-21 at the Atlantic City Convention Center, it is a nice reminder that all businesses operating in this space are part of a larger carwash community.

And, the carwash community continues to grow. Last year, at the 26th NRCC show, the move to the Atlantic City Convention Center successfully attracted 301 exhibits, which was up by 31 exhibitors from the previous year, setting a new record for the convention.

With a show theme of “Driving A Brighter Future,” this year’s educational seminars at NRCC 2016 are diverse and there is something for everyone and every interest. Among the topics for discussion planned for this year’s event include preparing your business for the busy season, understanding and taking advantage of social media opportunities, creating loyalty in the customer base and so much more.

Celebrating the 27th annual NRCC show, five regional carwash associations — the New England Carwash Association (NECA), the New York State Car Wash Association (NYSCWA), the Connecticut Carwash Association (CCA), the Car Wash Operators of New Jersey (CWONJ) and the Mid-Atlantic Carwash Association (MCA) — collaborate and come together each year to make this a special, unique event.

In July the Professional Carwashing & Detailing team was also treated to another event, which received less fanfare, but had a major impact in so many ways. On July 18th and 19th, Motor City Wash Works hosted its special annual charity event for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

The company’s 8th annual open house for the nonprofit organization, industry professionals gathered in Detroit for the two-day event, which included a carwash tour, a Welcome Reception, a factory tour and BBQ lunch, a charity auction and a major league baseball game at Comerica Park.

While competition is high, with no sign of slowing down any time soon, it is great to see industry professionals come together and contribute to the larger carwash community. Many business owners enter this industry to make money, but the carwashes that stick are usually the ones that give back to the industry and participate at events throughout the year instead of just focusing on short-term gains only.