Hello everyone, I am suggesting we have a thread with comments that only relate to information regarding help for businesses or communities affected by recent events.
I will start the thread by listing relevant links I have at this time:
the U.S. Treasury Department has released a draft application for the Paycheck Protection Program (the
new forgivable loan program) created by the CARES Act. The Paycheck Protection Plan application process starts
Friday, April 3, 2020 and those eligible and interested in applying should begin that process as soon as possible:
- For a top-line overview of the program:
https://home.treasury.gov/system/files/136/PPP -- Overview.pdf
- If you’re a borrower, more information and links to SBA lenders http://www.sba.gov/ can be found here:
- The application for borrowers can be found here:
Importantly as well, we have included links to Small Business Administration (SBA) resources that will help navigate
the government subsidies, loans and programs available:
- The SBA’s Local Assistance Page, https://www.sba.gov/local-assistance which provides local resources and
information on offices and other resources around the country;
- Lender-Match, https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans the SBA’s tool to find local banks and lenders
based on your needs and;
- SBA’s Coronavirus Resource Page:
Greg Buckley is the CEO of the 50 + year young Buckley Personalized Auto Care in Wilmington, DE. He’s a member of ASA, an ATI Coach, a member of the Delaware Automotive Service Professionals, past member of the NAPA advisory board council, is vice-president of NAPA business development groups, and is involved as an advisory board member of Kukui, along with AutoVitals. Hear Greg’s previous episodes HERE.
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Get involved with associationsNetworking, training, being heard in your community and in the industry Getting inspired National Geographic- learning the root of how thought is generated Nature produces- we translate and learn Communication- being relatable and understanding how to communicate with the person across from you Open yourself up and look from different perspectives Everything you do is negotiable- have upper hand by knowing what other person is thinking and understand each other Body language- observe customer body language as they get out of the car , walk in, and express themselves initially. Be able to control the conversation. People speak more than they listen- we have two eyes and two ears for a reason. Listen to learn, not to reply. OctopusEach tentacle is almost independent of itself Neurological makeup is similar to a network Tentacle will regenerate itself Resources:
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Mike Davidson is from Parkway Automotive in Little Rock, Arkansas, been in the industry for more than 30 years and a business owner for over 18. Mike is an AMI graduate, an ASE Master Technician, he belongs and contributes to Elite Worldwide and was recognized as the Arkansas NAPA/ASE tech of the year seven years in a row. He’s been doing radio and TV over the last fifteen years talking ‘service’ in Little Rock. Mike helped start the Little Rock chapter of ASA and is currently an officer. Look for Mike’s other episode HERE.
Corey Evaldi grew up in Buffalo, NY (Lackawanna). His dad had his own auto repair shop before Corey was even born. In 1988, he built the shop that is still in business today. He started to enjoy the electronics and troubleshooting of vehicles really young. During his junior and senior year of high school, He went to Potter Road Career and Technical Center and took the Automotive programs. His senior year had an automotive competition at ECC, local community college.
In 2015 he returned and was overwhelmed with the responsibilities of running a shop. he was a technician, service writer, accountant, clean up person, the fireman that extinguished fires all over. He could not keep doing what he was doing. He produced 40% of the billed hours out of 4 techs. He looked for help. Found a coaching firm that really showed him what a business owner looks like. After implementing the changes, there was extreme push back from the existing crew. After standing firm on most things, change over was inevitable. Listen to Corey’s Episodes HERE.
Steve Wootton is the technical manager of Ultimate Automotive. Listen to Steve’s Episodes HERE.
Andrew Minkler is here from Bavarian Motor Repairs, a specialty BMW, MINI, and RR shop outside of DC. He made the transition from a master BMW technician to owner years ago and owe all of his success in the transition so far from watching the giants of the industry and taking what they say to heart. Andrew spent many years thinking that fixing cars was the way to run a successful shop with NO owner experience or knowledge. Rick White was his most recent coach, paired with the Worldpac smart groups and constantly networking with other shop owners, he thinks he has come a long way very recently. Listen to Andrew’s Episodes HERE.
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Listen and observe Strong communication disciplines will create and improve great work flow Watch behaviors. Sit on a stool and watch.Discover the how The frontend and communication with the customer is where it startsGet as much information Time every step in the processDiscover the rhythm Make less mistakes by measuring and slowing down or speeding up Mistakes will happen When parts arrive they are assigned to the technician and the job Anyone standing around is no good Managing work flow can be hybrid, computer/paper. Some that have switched to all digital learn to adapt without any paper Workflow screens are used from Shop Management Systems to manage expectationsPhone, tablets, big screens It must work for your shop Less work and more efficiency can be Keep in mind your people need to follow your processes. If that is done, then you can find the fixes necessary to improve your processes. Always keep in mind that you need to ask, “how can we make it better” Your team needs to be bought into the system so you can measure productivity and efficiency so you can find the positive and negative impacts You can never find the perfect plan, always be improving Repetitive tasks need to be put under a process Work as a collective group to create and improve. Then the collective group owns it Andrew uses photosync on samsung phones with each tech so they can pull photos into their DVI software Many things the front office can do to support the shop A big point if the vehicle gets in by 10:30 AM, inspection must be done by noon The best time to sell is in the morning Advisors set the table for the technician. Let them fix cars, what they do best When speaking to your customer always express the value you provide
Mike Davidson has ONE QUESTION TO ASK TO THE TEAM: Ask each technician ‘What Makes You Stop?’
Take notes and see what you can improve or make better When a technician stops it stops production Look at your efficiencies to find an area of improvementAvailable, actual, billed time Discover if you need to hire more people or better tooling or training Look for duplicated work Always refine your processes. We don’t spend enough time to tackle improvements to our systems and processes. It takes a lot of time to improve and revamp The people with the answers are on your front lines, your staff.They now the problems and the answers You do not need to be the one with the answer Resources:
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Loma Solutions represents a 0% credit card fee solution. We have 1000's of customers in the US and our solution makes auto shop owners thousands of extra dollars every year.
How does 0% processing work?
When your customer decides to pay with a card, they have 2 options. If they use a credit card, a small percentage of the transaction will be charged to their card. If they use a debit card, there will be no fee to the customer. Our software does all the work and explains to the customer of their choice prior to the card being authorized.
What exactly are the costs to the merchant and to the customer?
For credit cards: Merchant pays zero credit card fees, the customer pays 3.5% of the transaction
For debit cards: Merchant pays 1% + $0.25/authorization, the customer pays 0 fees
- A card swiper is not needed: credit card information can be typed in a phone, computer or over the phone. There is a 'brick' card swiper if needed*
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By Joe Marconi
There’s an old Japanese proverb that says, “The footsteps of the farmer are his best fertilizer.” In translation, this means that the closer you are to your crops and animals, the easier it is to observe and respond to their needs. Business owners, just as farmers, have a sixth sense about what’s happening within their company. And, for the most part, business owners are the driving force behind the success of their companies. And it’s not always because of any particular training. Many times, the mere fact that the buck stops with you gives you the mental fortitude to push forward and find solutions to daily problems. Your gut evolves into a very valuable management and survival tool.
The majority of business owners created their business with a dream and the passion to make a difference in their lives and in the automotive industry. They clearly understand the sacrifices that are needed to get a new business off the ground, and also the years of dedication it takes to reach a point where the business becomes financially stable. But, running a business takes its toll on even the toughest person, and time away from business becomes equally important. So, the question becomes, can you build your business to the point where your presence still remains when you’re away?
Before I go on, I want you to consider something—and that’s your future. I know that many of you have a young company and plan on working for decades to come. But life goes by quickly and it can also throw you a curveball. Please take my advice with this; if you’re a business owner and you are not planning for your future, you are making a big mistake. I know too many shop owners that were forced to walk away from their businesses after decades of work with nothing more than memories. Their dreams turned into nightmares due to lack of planning. Sit down and write out what your future looks like. You will probably need help with this, but you need to think about a continuity plan and an exit strategy.
OK, I got that out of the way; now back to the article. Here’s the bottom line. Taking time off and having your business run smoothly without you there should be one of your key goals. But the truth is, many shop owners can’t let go. They find it hard to take any time off, let alone leaving their baby in the hands of a manager or another key person. They even feel guilty when they’re away. And there are others who realize that in order to have a fulfilling life, the only way to continue the business is to step aside and stay away.
I don’t know what type of person you are. But what I do know with certainty after nearly 40 years in business is that, for the sake of your health and for the well-being of your family, you need to create a business that allows you the freedom to take time off. And that starts with hiring and keeping the right people; people that share your culture and work ethic. Free time away from the business also requires that you understand your numbers, can generate a consistent profit and establish strategies to continually grow the business.
Achieving your goal of taking more time off is more dependent on what you create than the actual work you do. Create a culture where people come to work because they want to. Create a management style that allows you to reach out to your employees and help them achieve the things they want out of life. Create a work environment where the people you employ feel they are part of a unified vision where everyone will enjoy the fruits of their labor. Lastly, create strong relationships with all your employees from the very first day they are hired. Building this culture will help to ensure that your employees will perform the same each day, whether you are there or not.
I know for many it will be hard to let go. After all, your business is your baby, right? You founded it; you worked hard for years and dedicated your life to it. But, every baby grows up and becomes an adult. And adults should become self-sufficient. If you build the right team with the right culture, you will gain the confidence that the people you employ can do an amazing job in your absence.
This story was originally published by Joe Marconi in Ratchet+Wrench on September 5th, 2019
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RepairPal released the results of the second Car Care Survey, which surveyed over 2,500 consumers to learn their views on getting their cars serviced and repaired.
Surveys are subjective in nature and I am not endorsing the survey or RepairPal. I just thought it would interesting to review and would like to share thoughts and comments.
We are living in s new age of marketing and advertising. We are seeing an evolution take place before our eyes.
Take a look at the survey, here is the link.