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Speedy Green Car Wash Gives Away Tree Seedlings on Earth Day

Speedy Green Car Wash in Manassas Park, Va. is honoring Earth Day, Fri., April 22, by giving away 100 tree seedlings to the first 100 customers who would like to have a tree. Committed to recycling 100 percent of their car wash water, Speedy Green Car Wash is dedicated to being environmentally conscious and encourages their customers to find ways to give back to the environment. For more information, call 703-257-0737 or view www.speedygreencarwash.com.

 

In Search of Funding—East vs. West

Local entrepreneurs got the skinny on what it takes to get funded at Seed Stage Capital Outlook 2011, yesterday morning’s Potomac Techwire breakfast roundtable. Two panels—one with funders and one with entrepreneurs—generously shared their time and expertise with those of us engaged in the hunt for money.

The panels provided invaluable (and sometimes contradictory) insight. There’s too much to share in one posting, so we’ll focus on the top 10 tips from each group starting with the entrepreneurs today. They advised:

Security Advantages of Cloud Computing

Security Advantages of Cloud Computing

One of the hottest debates in the information technology community today centers around cloud computing. Proponents suggest the flexibility, scalability and economics of the cloud make it a logical choice, while opponents point to security and privacy concerns as reasons not to move to the cloud. From the perspective of a company focused on providing secure information technology solutions to large, very security-conscious customers, we believe it is possible for small to mid-sized organizations to have the best of both worlds: the benefits of the cloud can be affordably attained in a way that does not jeopardize an organization’s security.

Security is the big argument against cloud computing these days. However, one might argue that cloud computing can actually be more secure than locally managed systems, particularly for small to mid-sized companies. Here are a few specific examples:

Five Things to Tell Your First Time Startup Employees

Five Things to Tell Your First Time Startup Employees

The differences between larger companies and smaller ones are many and varied. In a large company, the fundamental truths are well known. The established company knows things like who the customers are, how much they will pay for the product, what they like about the product, etc. In a start up company, not so much. Discovery is key. Communication is vital. In a start up company, the potential customers and price are unanswered questions. And not only are things unknown, there is usually a limited time to determine the answers. All this mystery can be quite confusing to employees new to the start up environment. These formerly large company employees can enter a small business ill-prepared to succeed even though they’re fully capable of doing so. To change that, here are 5 things you should tell them.

 

Effective Negotiating

Effective Negotiating

If you have ever negotiated a project or a deal, you know part of the battle isn’t just working with the other side. It’s winning over your own side as well. In every deal I negotiate, I work with my clients so that the legal team is an asset to the deal, the business team and the company in general. In this article, I’ll provide suggestions on how lawyers and their business partners can join forces to get the best deal for the company.

Business partners, these 3 ways of approaching a deal can help you leverage your legal team and close deals faster:

Get Detailing at Speedy Green Car Wash - Donate 50 Percent to Austism Center

 

GET DETAILING at SPEEDY GREEN CAR WASH - DONATE 50 PERCENT to AUTISM CENTER
April 28 and 29, 50 Percent of Full-Service Car Detailing Donated to Manassas Matthew’s Center

In honor of National Autism Month and National Car Care Month, Speedy Green Car Wash in Manassas Park is donating 50 percent of their full-service car detailing for appointments made on Thurs., April 28 and Fri., April 29. All donations go directly to the Matthew’s Center, a Manassas, Va.-facility that helps children with autism. Customers can make appointments for Thurs., Apr. 28 and Fri., Apr. 29 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m., and reference the Matthew’s Center for the Meguiar’s Ultimate or Meguiar’s Traditional full-service detailing. Call Speedy Green Car Wash at 703.257.0737.

Consumers paying credit cards first, mortgages second

The recession has forced many struggling families across the country to confront a difficult choice: pay off credit card bills or make mortgage payments.

Before the downturn, consumers overwhelmingly opted to stay current on their mortgages before tackling other nagging debts. This pattern, however, has changed. More consumers are choosing to pay credit card bills and let mortage payments run delinquent, according to TransUnion, a credit management company.

In the fourth quarter of 2010, 7.24 percent of homeowners were mortgage-delinquent and credit-card current. While that's down from 7.40 percent in the third quarter, it remains 72 percent higher than it was at the beginning of the Great Recession. Only 3.03 percent of consumers in TransUnion's report fell behind on credit card payments in favor of making mortgage payments in the last quarter of 2010, the lowest percentage on record.