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    Wealth Strategies Webinar for Shop Owners Presented by Kukui – How to Grow Your Money and Use It Along the Way

    On January 16, the Kukui Corporation hosted a webinar for shop owners entitled “How to Grow Your Money and Use It Along the Way – Just Like Banks,” featuring wealth strategist and owner of Big Life Financial, Derick Van Ness, who addressed a common entrepreneurial dilemma: “Do I invest my money, or keep it available to grow my businesses?” During the webinar, Van Ness explained how to do both by building a personal banking system that allows collision and automotive repair shop owners to use their money to prospect with almost no extra effort. He described “how to create financial certainty to allow business owners to compound profits by coercing…

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    Most Insurers Reimbursing for COVID Clean Up Most of the Time

    Printed in Autobody News In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, auto body shops have been forced to step up their vehicle sanitization efforts. Sanitization to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is particularly important in collision repair shops because the disease can live up to several days on certain types of metals, according to the National Institutes of Health, which conducted research in collaboration with the CDC, UCLA and Princeton University. The research found “severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) was detectable in aerosols for up to three hours, up to four hours on copper, up to 24 hours on cardboard and up to two to three days on plastic and stainless steel.”…

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    COVID-19 Introduces New Cyber Risks to Collision and Automotive Repair Shops

    Printed in Autobody News In addition to the risk COVID-19 poses to people’s individual health, shop owners and personnel should also be aware that the global pandemic poses increased risks for cybercrime. “The increase in cyber risk during COVID-19 is very real. Many cyber criminals were starting to focus on attacking phones and PDAs, which tend to have less cyber protection thus make for easier targets. The exponential growth in use of social apps has provided new rich targets for their devious actions,” said David Willett, underwriting value creation executive at ProSight Specialty Insurance. By the middle of April, cyber-risk specialists had identified more than 70,000 malicious COVID-19 domains, and these cyber…

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    Local Associations Discuss Impact of COVID-19 on Members and Organizations

    Printed in Autobody News Collision repair industry associations around the country may take different stances on various matters, but one shared commonality is the intent of improving the businesses of their members. The global pandemic is impacting various communities and even individual businesses in different ways. Several association leaders graciously agreed to discuss some of the challenges they’ve seen, as well as some of the solutions they’ve presented, while helping member shops navigate the current situation to the best of their ability. Addressing the impact COVID-19 has had on shops so far, the consensus appears to be that there is no consensus. Some shops are experiencing significant reductions in workload,…

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    NY Shop Owner Opts to Close Shop During COVID-19 to Protect Employees

    Printed in Autobody News New York has been one of the areas hit hardest by the coronavirus pandemic, with more than 15,000 deaths from COVID-19. When the governor closed schools March 16, Anthony DeMieri, owner of Frog Hollow Collision in Bethpage, NY, made the business decision to close his shop doors, even though collision repair shops were deemed essential. “It was a health decision,” he said. “I’m in the middle of New York. It’s a war zone, and these guys just don’t get it. They think it’s a joke, but it’s not a joke.” Frog Hollow Collision is located just outside New York City, but the shop’s employees live in Brooklyn and Queens.…

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    5th Annual Texas Trade Show Breaks Records, ABAT Announces Merger with HABA

    Printed in Autobody News The Auto Body Association of Texas (ABAT) hosted its 5th Annual Texas Auto Body Trade Show at the Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, Texas, on Sept. 20 and 21. Attracting hundreds of collision repair industry professionals from Texas and around the country, the show broke every previous year’s attendance record, with attendees excited to network with peers, engage in invaluable educational seminars, and learn about exhibitors’ latest products and services. ABAT also used the opportunity to publicly announce its decision to merge with the Houston Auto Body Association (HABA) to create a larger united front and better serve the industry at-large. ABAT and HABA have had a close relationship…

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    Riding the Emotional Roller Coaster of COVID-19 as a Shop Owner

    Printed in Autobody News Business ownership always has its ups and downs, but the current economic climate has added loops and twists leaving many folks feeling nauseated. Dan Taylor, of Transformers Institute, addressed “Riding the Emotional Roller Coaster as an Owner,” during a recent installment of a collaborative series of technical and management classes focused on necessary topics for navigating business operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. The series is hosted by the Carquest Technical Institute and Worldpac Training Institute (CTI+WTI.) “It has been an unbelievable six weeks—we’ve never seen anything like this,” Taylor began, recalling his first roller coaster ride when he was 10 years old. “As we started the ascent, I was pretty relaxed,…

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    Tips for SEO and Taking Great Photos from Shop Marketing Pros

    Printed in Autobody News As a result of the economic issues related to COVID-19, many shops are experiencing reduced volume. Industry experts recommend shops take advantage of the downtime by working ON their business, instead of IN their business. Shop Marketing Pros released two videos to provide tips for Search Engine Optimized (SEO) writing and taking great photos. Sharing a template he uses when writing SEO content for clients’ blog posts, Brian Walker, who co-owns Shop Marketing Pros with his wife, Kim, said he’s a “big proponent of teaching the how.” “This is something you can learn to do, instead of having someone else do it for you,” Walker said. “This template is…

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    Shops Using Downtime Advantageously During COVID-19 Crisis

    Printed in Autobody News As the U.S. strives to prevent the spread of COVID-19, most states have instituted some version of a shelter-in-place order. Many businesses are experiencing a decrease in workload, including collision repair shops and related businesses. While furloughs are happening, experts advise against it, especially in light of aid offered by the U.S. government, including the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which provides small businesses with forgivable loans to keep employees paid. Most shop owners are doing everything they can to maintain their employees, including pursuing less traditional schedules and duties. Industry leaders agree that looking for the opportunities within the current situation will help collision repair professionals…

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    Special Edition April CIECAst Focuses on How Collision Industry is Addressing Challenges Created by the Coronavirus

    Printed in Autobody News CIECA on April 6 hosted a special edition of its monthly CIECAst webinar, “How Our Industry is Addressing Challenges Created by the Coronavirus.” The webinar featured leaders from a variety of segments in the collision repair industry, including Mike Anderson of Collision Advice, Mitchell International’s Debbie Day, Shan McMillon of Cocoa Auto Salvage, Don Porter from United Recyclers Group (URG) and Dan Risley from CCC. The CIECAst webinar scheduled for April 21, “The Importance of OEM Certifications,” featuring CARSTAR’s Connor Smith, has been postponed until August. “CIECA constantly looks for ways to help the collision repair industry approach evolving issues, increase efficiency and meet the needs of its customers,” said Ed Weidmann, CIECA’s executive director. “This broadcast is aimed at addressing the many issues created…