Washington minimum wage for 2023 to be $15.74 per hour

The Washington State minimum wage for 2023 will increase to $15.74 an hour in January. That’s up $1.25 from what it is now. The 8.66 percent rise is directly tied to the cost of common goods such as housing, food, and medical care, as reflected in the Consumer Price Index. The state minimum wage applies to […]

Coronavirus Information

The following is a series of links to various forms, notices and resources for small businesses in Washington State. There are many sources for the same information, so many of these links will be found elsewhere in different communications you have probably received from other organizations. There doesn’t seem to be a lack of information […]

Automotive Aftermarket Charitable Foundation

Over five decades of caring. One Mission. The AACF, or Automotive Aftermarket Charitable Foundation, was founded in 1959 to assist automotive aftermarket members and their families who, due to catastrophic illness or terrible accident, have exhausted all other available resources in maintaining a reasonable existence. Our Mission – to provide sustainable solutions for those in […]

High-Tech Bay Shortage

“The closing of approximately 50,000 Dealer bays since 2008 has created an unprecedented opportunity for Independent (non-Dealer) repair outlets to fill this high-tech vehicle repair gap.” “The technical complexity of vehicles is increasing exponentially with each model year. Combined with the loss of Dealer bays, this has created a high-tech repair gap. The ability of […]

What Does the Paid Family Leave Act Mean for Your Small Business?

What Does the Paid Family Leave Act Mean for Your Small Business? The Washington Legislature approved the paid family leave program on June 30, 2017 – but now what? What does the Paid Family Leave Act mean for your small business? Full Article    


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IRS increases mileage rate for 2023

The IRS announced an increase in the optional standard mileage rate for 2023. Taxpayers may use the optional standard rates to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business and certain other purposes. For 2023 the standard rates are: Business travel is 65.5 cents per mile. Medical or moving expenses it is .22 […]

Yang (Young Auto Care Network Group)

The auto care industry’s dynamic and vibrant under-40 set finds its home with the Young Auto Care Network Group (YANG). YANG provides young auto care professionals in their twenties and thirties the opportunity to network with industry peers, enhance knowledge and improve leadership capabilities. Read more.

Babcox Media and Auto Care Association Partner on Industry Job Board

The Auto Care Association and Babcox Media announce a new partnership to support a single industry-wide job board, www.autocarecareers.org, recently created by the association as part of its Job and Career Development Program. “The auto care industry employs 4.2 million people and is constantly seeking qualified individuals to join the more than 500,000 businesses throughout the […]

WAIA Announces New Partnership – Effective October 1, 2015

Washington Automotive Industry Association (WAIA) is excited to announce a new partnership with Premera Blue Cross as its exclusive medical carrier. All groups requesting a quote will receive a renewal offer guaranteed for 12-months from October 1, 2015 – September 30, 2016. This new partnership will offer current and future WAIA groups competitively priced medical […]