Attract Young People with the New Auto Careers Website

The Auto Care Association has launched a new auto care careers website,, to educate young people about, and attract them to, careers in the auto care industry. The website has resources and information highlighting the variety of professional positions, fast growth potential and dynamic career paths available in the auto care industry. Highlights of […]

EMV vs. Chargeback

Chargeback [chahrj-bak] noun: Ugly debits to the business bank account that come out of nowhere, and eat up profit that could be used to pad the coffers; buy more advertising, or better yet, more inventory; maybe pad the employee bonus fund for the upcoming holidays. If you’ve been in business longer than two years, and […]

Credit Card Fraud Liability Shifts to Merchants

In the coming months, most new credit and debit cards will come embedded with a microchip that helps prevent counterfeit fraud. Next year, some fraud liability will shift from issuers to merchants who haven’t upgraded their terminals. Why are EMV chip cards the best option for businesses today? Businesses that do upgrade their terminals are […]

Have You Looked At Your Credit Card Rates Lately?

Each year, as you sit down to review your books and see how this year matches up to the year before, add in a review of your credit card processing merchant account. Take the December statements for 2013 and 2012, and do an apples-to-apples comparison on your rates, miscellaneous fees, and total sales reported for […]

Better Brakes Rule Workshops

The Department of Ecology (Ecology) is hosting two free, public workshops on the draft rules to carry out Washington’s Better Brakes Law. The law restricts the use of heavy metals and asbestos, and phases out the use of copper in brake pads and shoes. One workshop will be in-person and one will be hosted online. […]

“Free” posters that cost $295? Businesses are confused

Below is a news release from Washington Department of Labor & Industries Tumwater – Scores of businesses are contacting the Department of Labor & Industries to report they have received an official-looking letter that implies they must buy required workplace posters or face fines. L&I did not send the letters, but wants to remind companies that […]

Sources of Reliable Health Care Reform Information

WAIA wants to help you keep connected to various sources of reliable information that will help you keep your business up to date with Health Reform in general and specifically in the state of Washington. Here are a number of Web site links to trusted organizations with up-to-date information on the implications of Healthcare Reform. […]

Health Insurance and Medical Expenses: What Can You Deduct?

If you are like most people, you find yourself paying more for out-of-pocket healthcare costs. You may wonder what benefit you can get on your tax return for all the expenses. Unfortunately, the answer for many people is … nothing. But you may be one of the fortunate ones who is able to claim healthcare-related […]

NRF website sorts through health care reform requirements

A National Retail Federation website is a good resource for companies, large and small, working to plan and comply with expected national health care reforms.

What the Automotive Aftermarket Throughout the Country Needs to Know About New Regulatory Requirements for Brake Pads

The states of California and Washington have enacted new laws that will require major changes to the composition of brakes, including a reduction in the use of copper. While these new laws impose extensive requirements on brake manufacturers, both original equipment and aftermarket,  firms that distribute, sell and install brake pads also will be saddled […]