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Entrepreneur -- Disagreements come in more ways than just saying "no." And if you are disagreeing with someone, you'll never close the sale.

Agreement is vital and is the single most important and violated rule of selling! I’m not saying you should mislead the customer. There’s an art to telling the customer, “I’d love to make that happen to you,” rather than, “I can’t,” “I won’t” or “That’s not my job.”

Here are seven things not to say in sales or business:

1. "That’s not my department."

You must take responsibility for everything, whether it’s in sales or your personal life. Don’t blame the economy, don’t blame other people, and don’t blame any external conditions, because blaming is something you do to become a slave.

Related: Avoid the Dead Zone By Adopting 'Recruit Daily or Perish'

The greats gave up the blame game long ago. They are big on accountability and responsibility to get the job done. If you are willing to take the credit when you win, be willing to take the credit when you lose.

2. "You can trust me."

Have you ever noticed when a buyer isn’t fully listening to you? This occurs because the prospect assumes that since you are a salesperson they cannot trust you. The media constantly runs broadcasts of scams and cons that make consumers skeptical of salespeople. Losing credibility will add time and this lack of trust from the prospect will cost you sales.

Saying “trust me” to a prospect isn’t going to build trust and may even have the opposite effect. To properly handle your buyers trust you must understand that people believe what they see, not what they hear.

Always, always show written material to support your presentation or proposal. Make sure to use third-party materials when collecting facts for your customer that support what you’re saying -- this adds external credibility to your claims. And you must write down everything you have said, offered, proposed, promised, suggested and implied during the proposal.

Read the rest of the story here: http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/244982

Mediapost -- In the world of in-car entertainment and connectivity, a buck’s worth of research and education is worth $100 of advertising. You can talk about your app suites forever, but if people don't know what you’re talking about, and if you yourself don't know which technology the people actually use (and why), you may be spending money to talk to a wall. 

It isn't an engineering and design talking point, either. Connected-car technology is climbing the feature consideration ladder, and when consumers use infotainment features, they are more loyal to the car brand. 

Automotive market research firm SBD and Nielsen delve into this in a new white paper based on data mined from Nielsen's AutoTechCast survey, which polled some 14,000 U.S. car buyers. One of the things the firms say right off the bat is that more and more people are specifically looking at how they can stay connected, and that is becoming the basis of their car choice. And while it sounds like a small piece of the buyer pie, 14% of respondents who said they would now place in-car telematics within their top three shopping criteria is a lot of people. Especially since a few years ago a connected car was one that had just hit another car in the rear. 

The study offers this idea of the virtuous cycle: “familiarity, interest, usage, satisfaction and loyalty.” Loyalty is driven by satisfaction; satisfaction by actual usage; which, of course, is spurred by interest in using the technology; which depends on how familiar a consumer is with it. One argument the firms make is that a marketer who only listens to what consumers say they want is doing negative reinforcement because they are making assumptions about what consumers are familiar with. They are going with what they know.

CV & DA Holdings, Inc. (CVDA), owner of the Diamond Audio, Cerwin-Vega Mobile, and Caché brands has announced that industry-veteran Jeff Peters has joined the company as brand manager for Diamond Audio. Peters will manage and oversee all aspects of sales, marketing, and new product development for the brand for the Domestic U.S market.
Peters brings extensive years of experience throughout his career in the mobile electronics industry. When asked about the future of the Diamond Audio brand, Peters states, “Diamond Audio has over 20 years of history producing premium speakers, woofers and electronics for the automotive, marine, and power-sports categories and we intend to build upon this legacy. We make great sounding and reliable products, with attainable profit margins for our dealers. With our limited distribution philosophy already in-place, any future changes will be more evolutionary then revolutionary. I look forward to traveling and meeting existing and new Diamond Audio dealers and share with them the endless opportunities that Diamond Audio has to offer.”
“We are very excited to have Jeff join the CVDA organization. Diamond Audio will always be an audiophile brand with a loyal following," said Bob Chanthavongsa, VP of Sales. "We expect the brand to achieve even greater heights with the vision and strategy that Jeff has forthcoming in order for us to grow our market share and to further help increase business for our retail partners.”

DD Audio, manufacturer of high end consumer audio products announced today the relocation of its corporate headquarters. This will be the third relocation for the company since its initial move to Oklahoma from California in 1991. Each successive move has been prompted by the need for a larger facility to accommodate the company’s continued growth.

Its growth has been fueled by strong partnerships forged with their suppliers and loyal customers, both domestically and internationally. With this move it will more than double its current square footage. The expansion will give it the additional room needed to better accommodate a growing workforce and customer base. With the increased square footage it is looking forward to dedicated areas for on-site dealer training, expansion of their R&D functions, more custom fabrication capabilities, more streamlined shipping and receiving areas and lastly a larger warehouse. The new building will also house all of their domestic manufacturing, distribution, customer service and business support.

From its beginnings in the late 80s as a small manufacturer of mobile audio plate speakers and studio playback equipment, DD Audio has grown into an international manufacturer and distributor of mobile, home and personal audio. Along the way it has garnished a reputation of hand building some of the most reliable high performance car audio subwoofers in the world. In its journey, DD has proven itself to be much more than just a subwoofer manufacturer. It now offers a full selection of mobile audio component speakers, amplifiers, signal processors, and installation accessories. DD’s business model concentrates solely on brick and mortar retailers that can provide a high level of customer attention.

DD Audio looks forward to the expanded capabilities this relocation will allow.

Its new address is 4025 NW36th Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73112.

Dual Electronics Corporation has entered into a definitive agreement with Voxx International Corporation to acquire the Jensen branded aftermarket car audio business. Upon completion of the transaction, which is expected on August 1, 2015, Dual will add the Jensen multimedia, head units, speakers and amplifier products to its car audio lineup. The acquisition complements the current assortment of Dual- and Axxera-branded car audio products, and allows the company to meet the needs of a broader range of customers in the 12-volt market.

“We are excited to make this significant acquisition, as I know first hand that Jensen is one of the most well-known and powerful brands in the 12-volt industry,” said Jim Braun, President and CEO, Dual Electronics. “We look forward to advancing Jensen’s long standing and proud heritage for many years to come. We are also looking forward to continuing to work with Jensen’s suppliers and customers for a seamless transition and continued mutual success,” added Braun.

"VOXX has placed the Jensen brand in very capable hands," said Tom Malone, President Voxx Electronics Corp " and this change will allow Voxx Electronics to focus its sales, marketing and product development efforts on what have been our core categories for many years. Rear seat entertainment, remote start and security, safety and convenience accessories and our telematics initiatives will all benefit from this increased focus. We remain committed to the 12-volt market, to our loyal retail and expeditor customers and to the advancement of new and emerging technologies within this space. We would also like to wish Jim and the entire Dual team nothing but success.”

Dual Electronics will continue to manage the aftermarket car audio business from its headquarters in Heathrow, Florida.

WNCN -- Ever since Henry Ford strapped on four wheels to the base of the Model T back in 1908, society has fostered a growing question: When will we be able to get behind the wheel of a self-driving car?

Cartoons as far back as the 1950’s predicted we would be zipping around in futuristic self-driving cars by the year 2000. Unfortunately, it’s taking us a little longer than that.

But the future of transportation may be closer than you think. A new research project at the University of North Carolina’s Computer Science Department is looking to bridge the gap between fantasy and reality.

“Folks may look back at us today and wonder, ‘Why did these people ever try to drive these cars themselves?’” said Dr. Jim Anderson, a professor at UNC and the principal investigator on the project.

Anderson and his team have partnered with General Motors to create data for a more reliable, safer and cheaper autonomous car.

“General Motors gave us some funding and then together we went and got some additional funding from the National Science Foundation. As a result of these two things, this grew into a fairly large project,” said Anderson

The team was able to secure $300,000 in funding from General Motors and $1 million from the National Science Foundation.

Anderson and his team of four faculty members and four graduate students began breaking down the code; trying to figure out how to fit more computing power in a car in a realistic setting.

“It sucks up a lot of size, weight and power which are important concerns,” Anderson said. “This gets very expensive, very fast.”

The team’s goal is to give an autonomous car the reliability of a human’s split-second thinking.

“If you think about the amount of information that comes to the human brain, the vast majority of it is visual information and a big chunk of our brain is dedicated to this,” said Dr. Alexander Berg, a professor at UNC also working on the project. “These are indications that this is a challenging task.”

Google has also been experimenting with self-driving cars since 2009. Since then, the cars have driven 1.8 million miles and have been involved in several accidents.

However, Google says all of those accidents were a result of human error, but more research is needed.

“I’ve seen estimates on the cost of the hardware of Google self-driving cars being $150,000 and that’s significantly more expensive than most of the cars I’d ever think about buying anyway,” said Berg.

Read the rest of the story here: http://wncn.com/2015/07/08/unc-explores-future-of-transportation/

InstallerNet has announced a new partnership with Zubie,www.zubie.com, a leader in the emerging connected car space.

Zubie have sourced the OBD port locator solution to support their client’s by providing a turnkey solution for the end-user customers.

By entering the make, model and year into the OBD Locator available on mobile devices or desktop computers, connected car customers will have access to information related to the location of their OBD port. To quickly identify the port, customers will receive a text description of the port, a graphic display of the general location and a photo of the port location. InstallerNet’s comprehensive automotive database includes vehicles sold in North America and Europe.

“By helping with useful solution across a wide range of vehicle makes and models, InstallerNet is contributing to the delivery of a superior experience for Zubie, its partners and customers,”said Tim Kelly, CEO Zubie Inc.

"We are excited to have collaborated with Zubie to deliver a comprehensive OBD Locator solution in support of their client’s customers in Germany," said Bill Ali, SVP – Sales and Marketing. “We look forward to complementing the Zubie experience through our solutions in other markets.”

Stillwater Designs, the manufacturer of KICKER Audio products, has named Lori Boyer and Matt Matheson as Regional Sales Managers, effective July 7.  Boyer and Matheson will split duties in what was previously KICKER’s East Region, with Boyer managing the southern and central portions and Matheson managing the northeastern section.

“One of the best parts of my job is promoting deserving talent from within,” said Rob Limbaugh, KICKER Vice President of Business Development. “Lori and Matt will prove to be powerful additions to the KICKER Sales department.”

Boyer will manage a region which will include KICKER Sales-Representative firms Tree and Associates (Chicago, Ill.), TR Sales (Ind., Ky.), Tech Marketing (Tenn., N.C., S.C., Ga., Ala.), and Dynamic Sales and Marketing (Fla.). Matheson will manage a region which includes North Peak Sales (Mich., Ohio), Innovative Marketing (upstate N.Y.), Trent Partners and Associates (metro N.Y., New England), and Opus Marketing (Mid-Atlantic).

Boyer and Matheson have each been integral parts of their respective departments at Stillwater Designs. Boyer has worked in several roles in her 27 years at the company, which includes experience in payroll and auditing, sales and marketing, technical support, and most recently managing Customer Service, Tech Support and Claims for the past 16 years.

“I am excited to take all the knowledge and experience I’ve gained (in 27 years), and use it to make a difference on the KICKER Sales staff,” Boyer said.

In his seven years with Stillwater Designs, Matheson has been vital to the development and marketing of KICKER’s integration products and resulting relationships, including hands-on work with the Vehicle-Specific Solutions (VSS™) line.

“There is already a great team in place, and I look forward to being a part of it,” Matheson said.

 

Multichannel News -- Comcast Ventures, the V.C. arm of Comcast, was one of the companies that participated in a $24 million “B” round in Automatic Labs, a startup that has developed a connected car platform.

 

Comcast Ventures did not specify its investment. Automatic Labs, which has raised about $32 million so far, said the B round also included participation from an investment subsidiary of USAA (a top insurance and financial services provider for military families), CDK Global, along with existing investors Y Combinator, RPM Ventures, Anthemis Group, Amicus Capital, as well as several angel investors.

 

San Francisco-based Automatic Labs pairs an app with an in-car device that can help drivers diagnose engine trouble, detect accidents and send emergency responses.  According to the company, its adapter plugs into the standard diagnostics port hidden under the dash in most cars since 1996. When paired with that device, Automatic Labs’ app displays useful information about the user’s car and driving habits.

 

Automatic Labs sells its device for $99.95 via its own site, as well as at retailers such as Apple.com, Best Buy, Target, and Amazon.com. Automatic Labs was founded in 2011.

 

- See more at: http://www.multichannel.com/news/technology/comcast-ventures-backs-connected-car-startup/391946#sthash.P7p7N35w.dpuf

 

 

 

Comcast Ventures, the V.C. arm of Comcast, was one of the companies that participated in a $24 million “B” round in Automatic Labs, a startup that has developed a connected car platform.

 

Comcast Ventures did not specify its investment. Automatic Labs, which has raised about $32 million so far, said the B round also included participation from an investment subsidiary of USAA (a top insurance and financial services provider for military families), CDK Global, along with existing investors Y Combinator, RPM Ventures, Anthemis Group, Amicus Capital, as well as several angel investors.

 

San Francisco-based Automatic Labs pairs an app with an in-car device that can help drivers diagnose engine trouble, detect accidents and send emergency responses.  According to the company, its adapter plugs into the standard diagnostics port hidden under the dash in most cars since 1996. When paired with that device, Automatic Labs’ app displays useful information about the user’s car and driving habits.

 

Automatic Labs sells its device for $99.95 via its own site, as well as at retailers such as Apple.com, Best Buy, Target, and Amazon.com. Automatic Labs was founded in 2011.

- See more at: http://www.multichannel.com/news/technology/comcast-ventures-backs-connected-car-startup/391946#sthash.P7p7N35w.dpuf

Comcast Ventures, the V.C. arm of Comcast, was one of the companies that participated in a $24 million “B” round in Automatic Labs, a startup that has developed a connected car platform.

 

Comcast Ventures did not specify its investment. Automatic Labs, which has raised about $32 million so far, said the B round also included participation from an investment subsidiary of USAA (a top insurance and financial services provider for military families), CDK Global, along with existing investors Y Combinator, RPM Ventures, Anthemis Group, Amicus Capital, as well as several angel investors.

 

San Francisco-based Automatic Labs pairs an app with an in-car device that can help drivers diagnose engine trouble, detect accidents and send emergency responses.  According to the company, its adapter plugs into the standard diagnostics port hidden under the dash in most cars since 1996. When paired with that device, Automatic Labs’ app displays useful information about the user’s car and driving habits.

- See more at: http://www.multichannel.com/news/technology/comcast-ventures-backs-connected-car-startup/391946#sthash.P7p7N35w.dpuf

Comcast Ventures, the V.C. arm of Comcast, was one of the companies that participated in a $24 million “B” round in Automatic Labs, a startup that has developed a connected car platform.

Comcast Ventures did not specify its investment. Automatic Labs, which has raised about $32 million so far, said the B round also included participation from an investment subsidiary of USAA (a top insurance and financial services provider for military families), CDK Global, along with existing investors Y Combinator, RPM Ventures, Anthemis Group, Amicus Capital, as well as several angel investors.

San Francisco-based Automatic Labs pairs an app with an in-car device that can help drivers diagnose engine trouble, detect accidents and send emergency responses.  According to the company, its adapter plugs into the standard diagnostics port hidden under the dash in most cars since 1996. When paired with that device, Automatic Labs’ app displays useful information about the user’s car and driving habits.

- See more at: http://www.multichannel.com/news/technology/comcast-ventures-backs-connected-car-startup/391946#sthash.P7p7N35w.dpuf

Comcast Ventures, the V.C. arm of Comcast, was one of the companies that participated in a $24 million “B” round in Automatic Labs, a startup that has developed a connected car platform.

Comcast Ventures did not specify its investment. Automatic Labs, which has raised about $32 million so far, said the B round also included participation from an investment subsidiary of USAA (a top insurance and financial services provider for military families), CDK Global, along with existing investors Y Combinator, RPM Ventures, Anthemis Group, Amicus Capital, as well as several angel investors.

San Francisco-based Automatic Labs pairs an app with an in-car device that can help drivers diagnose engine trouble, detect accidents and send emergency responses.  According to the company, its adapter plugs into the standard diagnostics port hidden under the dash in most cars since 1996. When paired with that device, Automatic Labs’ app displays useful information about the user’s car and driving habits.

- See more at: http://www.multichannel.com/news/technology/comcast-ventures-backs-connected-car-startup/391946#sthash.P7p7N35w.dpuf

USA Today -- There are plenty of reasons to rent a car, from leaving an unreliable car behind on a vacation to getting around on a business trip. But there's a real hidden danger when doing so that you may not even realize — one that potentially puts you and your family at substantial risk.

Rental companies continually upgrade their fleets with newer-model cars, which means many now have the latest infotainment systems, which let you connect, or "pair," your smartphone via Bluetooth with the car. This lets you take calls over the car's audio system, dial from the center console, get directions or stream your music. Others include a USB connection so you can do all that and charge your phone.

When you connect your gadget to a car with Bluetooth, the car stores your phone number to make it easier to connect later. It also stores your call logs, including any contacts you dialed. Just one problem: All that information is saved inside the system and just sitting around for the next renter to find.

First, we all know that returning a rental car usually happens at the last moment. You're in a hurry and the flight won't wait for you. But give yourself an extra 10 minutes to remove your personal data from the car.

Simply go into the car's settings (it will vary for every car make and model) and locate your smartphone from the list of previously paired Bluetooth gadgets. There should be an option to delete your phone. That should wipe the call logs and saved contacts. Better yet, look for an option to clear all user data or do a complete factory reset. Talk to the employees at the car rental place if you can't find these options.

Read the rest of the story here: http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/columnist/komando/2015/07/03/komando-car-rental-mistakes/29614165/

Christopher Meduna, a graduate of Century High School, is a first-place National SkillsUSA winner in the Mobile Electronics Competition held June 22-26 in Louisville, Ky. He is the son of Gregory Meduna.

Five students from the Bismarck Public School District's Career Academy and Technical Center participated in the National SkillsUSA competition. The programs and names of the other students are Brian Kalvoda, computer programming; Tanner Pennington, automotive refinishing; Alex Thill, electronics technology; and Madison Woehl, welding.

Mobile Electronics® announced that it has added six new Vendor Partners: ADS, Compustar and Harman International (its Infinity and JBL brands) have become Diamond Vendor Partners; and, AudioControl, JVC and Kenwood have become Platinum Vendor Partners.

“These are vendors who have been long-time supporters of KnowledgeFest®, Mobile Electronics® group (formerly MERA) and the specialist channel,” said Kerry Moyer, vice president, strategic partnerships, Mobile Electronics. “We’re happy they’ve taken the decision to grow our relationship beyond membership. We welcome them onboard as partners and look forward to doing good things together.”

Diamond, Platinum and Gold Vendor Partnership is by invitation. These five new partners join Diamond Partners: Alpine, HD Radio™, Metra Electronics, SiriusXM, Sony, and Orca Design and Manufacturing (which includes brands Focal, Auditor, Gladen Audio / Mosconi, Blackhole, and Illusion Audio). Other Platinum Partners include DD Audio, Memphis Car Audio and Scosche. Vendor Partners support Mobile Electronics’ Mission: To support the specialist channel to deliver exceptional customer experiences. Partners also support Mobile Electronics’ efforts to educate retailers, improve their businesses, and support their marketing campaigns.

Mobile Electronics® Partnership includes participation in its Marketing Program; and, partners receive additional savings on their KnowledgeFest exhibit space and their advertising in Mobile Electronics® magazine, Hotwire newsletter and on ME-Mag.com

Mobile Electronics® Vendor Partners and what they’re showing at the upcoming KnowledgeFest® Dallas will be highlighted in the July issue of Mobile Electronics® magazine and partners will receive special recognition as sponsors onsite. KnowledgeFest® Dallas takes place August 15-17 at the Hilton Anatole. This year’s event is setting-up to be Mobile Electronics’ biggest and best show and conference to date with 50 exhibitors and 1,000 attendees expected. For more information, go to KnowledgeFest.org.

InstallerNet, a Boston-based company that provides Automotive fit and compatibility data for consumer electronics products serving manufacturers, retailers and insurance companies, announced today a new relationship with Boss Audio Systems, www.bossaudio.com, a leading global supplier of audio and video electronics products for automotive, marine and power sports vehicles.

The Fit Guide solution will provide Boss Audio Systems customers with an option to enter their vehicle make, model and year to help them identify the specific car audio and video products that fits their ride. This solution will provide information to allow the Boss Audio Systems customers to make informed purchase decisions and to improve the overall buying path experience. InstallerNet’s comprehensive Automobile database provides information for just about any car on the road today.

“As we see more people researching and shopping for our products online, we understood the need to be able to assist our customers with their #1 question; “What fits my vehicle”? said Doug Kern, VP of Sales and Marketing for BOSS Audio Systems. “Partnering with InstallerNet was an easy choice for us. Their extensive vehicle fit data base simplifies and improves our customers’ online shopping experience”.

"As a leading supplier of audio and video electronics products we are very pleased to have partnered with Boss Audio to provide the Fit Guide solution", said Bill Ali, SVP – Sales and Marketing. “We look forward to further collaborating with the Boss Audio team”.

01 Jul

Rebooting the Automobile

Wednesday, 01 July 2015

Technology Review -- “Where would you like to go?” Siri asked.

It was a sunny, slightly dreamy morning in the heart of Silicon Valley, and I was sitting in the passenger seat of what seemed like a perfectly ordinary new car. There was something strangely Apple-like about it, though. There was no mistaking the apps arranged across the console screen, nor the deadpan voice of Apple’s virtual assistant, who, as backseat drivers go, was pretty helpful. Summoned via a button on the steering wheel and asked to find sushi nearby, Siri read off the names of a few restaurants in the area, waited for me to pick one, and then showed the way on a map that appeared on the screen.

The vehicle was, in fact, a Hyundai Sonata. The Apple-like interface was coming from an iPhone connected by a cable. Most carmakers have agreed to support software from Apple called CarPlay, as well as a competing product from Google, called Android Auto, in part to address a troubling trend: according to research from the National Safety Council, a nonprofit group, more than 25 percent of road accidents are a result of a driver’s fiddling with a phone. Hyundai’s car, which goes on sale this summer, will be one of the first to support CarPlay, and the carmaker had made the Sonata available so I could see how the software works.

CarPlay certainly seemed more intuitive and less distracting than fiddling with a smartphone behind the wheel. Siri felt like a better way to send texts, place calls, or find directions. The system has obvious limitations: if a phone loses the signal or its battery dies, for example, it will stop working fully. And Siri can’t always be relied upon to hear you correctly. Still, I would’ve gladly used CarPlay in the rental car I’d picked up at the San Francisco airport: a 2013 Volkswagen Jetta. There was little inside besides an air-conditioning unit and a radio. The one technological luxury, ironically, was a 30-pin cable for an outdated iPhone. To use my smartphone for navigation, I needed a suction mount, an adapter for charging through the cigarette lighter, and good eyesight. More than once as I drove around, my iPhone came unstuck from the windshield and bounced under the passenger seat.

Android Auto also seemed like a huge improvement. When a Google product manager, Daniel Holle, took me for a ride in another Hyundai Sonata, he plugged his Nexus smartphone into the car and the touch screen was immediately taken over by Google Now, a kind of super-app that provides recommendations based on your location, your Web searches, your Gmail messages, and so on. In our case it was showing directions to a Starbucks because Holle had searched for coffee just before leaving his office. Had a ticket for an upcoming flight been in his in-box, Holle explained, Google Now would’ve automatically shown directions to the airport. “A big part of why we’re doing it is driver safety,” he said. “But there’s also this huge opportunity for digital experience in the car. This is a smart driving assistant.”

CarPlay and Android Auto not only give Apple and Google a foothold in the automobile but may signal the start of a more significant effort by these companies to reinvent the car. If they could tap into the many different computers that control car systems, they could use their software expertise to reimagine functions such as steering or collision avoidance. They could create operating systems for cars.

Google has already built its own self-driving cars, using a combination of advanced sensors, mapping data, and clever navigation and control software. There are indications that Apple is now working on a car too: though the company won’t comment on what it terms “rumors and speculation,” it is hiring dozens of people with expertise in automotive design, engineering, and strategy. Vans that belong to Apple, fitted with sensors that might be useful for automated driving, have been spotted cruising around California.

Read the rest of the story here:

http://www.technologyreview.com/featuredstory/538446/rebooting-the-automobile/

Tint World, a leading auto accessory and window tinting franchise, has announced an official partnership with automotive spoiler and hood scoop manufacturer, DAR Spoilers. With the agreement, DAR’s high quality, American-made products can be purchased and installed at Tint World Automotive Styling Centers nationwide.

“DAR Spoilers are the perfect complement to Tint World’s offerings,” said Charles J. Bonfiglio, CEO of Tint World. “DAR’s products are not only built to the highest standards in the automotive industry, the varieties they offer are expansive enough that virtually any customer can come into a Tint World location and get the spoiler of their dreams, allowing our customers yet another option to build their ideal car, truck or SUV.”

Providing factory and custom-style spoilers for more than 700 models of automobiles, DAR Spoilers builds, paints and ships all products from their north Texas headquarters. Each spoiler and hood scoop is made to order and the PPG paint can be matched according to a manufacturer’s paint code. As an approved Tint World vendor, DAR Spoilers’ products – including several no-drill spoilers – will be available on Tint World’s e-commerce site as well as in-store. All products can be installed by Tint World technicians who will have constant access to installation support from DAR Spoilers.

“Aftermarket spoilers, especially ones built overseas, can have a bad reputation, but our products are American-made and tested for durability, ensuring the perfect fit each and every time,” said Jordan Imhoff, product manager at DAR Spoilers. “From our partnership with Tint World, customers can purchase our spoilers and have them installed professionally for hundreds of dollars less than what a comparable spoiler would cost at a dealership.”

Tint World Automotive Styling Centers are leading providers of automotive, marine, residential and commercial window tinting and also offer sales and installation of mobile electronics, audio/video equipment, security systems, auto accessories, detailing services and more. Stores are located throughout the U.S. and abroad, with franchise opportunities available worldwide.

To find out more, please visit www.tintworld.comand tintworldfranchise.com.

CNBC -- With adventure-seeking foodies flocking to his mushroom-foraging tours of the woods in Asheville, North Carolina, Alan Muskat's business, No Taste Like Home, is thriving. Often, he arranges for participants to head to a local restaurant afterward, where a gourmet chef will prepare their harvest.

It's not just the farm-to-table trend that's keeping him busy. It's also North Carolina's business-friendly climate. "The tourism efforts for North Carolina are tremendous," said Muskat, who claims his business has five-figure revenues. Locally, for instance, the Asheville Convention and Visitors Bureau sends a steady stream of tourists to the one-man business he has operated for two decades. "They are my No. 1 source of business," he said.

North Carolina is one of many states that are vying to lure businesses of all sizes—and make them want to stay. For many, the reason is to create jobs and economic growth, given the nation's uneven recovery from the Great Recession.

Auto Connected Car News -- Lexus is working with experts in super conductive technology to develop its own branded Lexus Hoverboard.

The Lexus Hoverboard uses magnetic levitation for frictionless movement. Liquid nitrogen cooled superconductors and permanent magnets combine to allow Lexus to create what seems impossible except for in the movies like “Back to the Future II.”

This hoverboard has a design that is pure Lexus. It has an iconic Lexus spindle grille signature shape and uses materials found in the luxury car brand, from the high tech to natural bamboo.

The Lexus Hoverboard is part of the fourth project in the Lexus ‘Amazing in Motion’ campaign that showcases the creativity and innovation.

Read the rest here: http://www.autoconnectedcar.com/2015/06/lexus-goes-back-to-the-future-too-with-hoverboard-development/

Entrepreneur -- How much easier would it be to scale your business if your employees were your number-one ambassadors? Imagine employees that love you and your business so much, they never leave. Not only that, they love you so much, they will do whatever it takes to deliver extreme value to your customers.

I recently sat down with Steve DiFillippo, the entrepreneur and restaurateur behind Davio's Northern Italian Steakhouse, with restaurants throughout Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, New York, Atlanta and soon expanding into California. You can typically find DiFillippo cooking it up on popular morning TV shows or demonstrating his 12 minutes to ready spring rolls on QVC.

Related: How a No-Tipping Policy Helped This Restaurant Triple Profits in 2 Months

He's a culinary artist, celebrity business tycoon, author and a fanatical purveyor of unforgettable dining experiences. How can one man do it all? Easy. He's built an army of employees who are passionate about the brand and who are devoted to exceeding the expectations of their guests.

Here are DiFillippo's four savory strategies to building an army of loyal employees:

1. Know your guests.

DiFillippo recently authored a book, It's All About the Guest. In it, he shares an important secret about building an awesome business. Serving up high quality, artistically crafted meals is important, of course. However, DiFillippo says that the guests most restaurants forget about are the ones that come and go from the back door: the employees.

DiFillippo's mission is to go above and beyond to take care of all guests, including the ones who work for him, because they are the front-line army taking care of the guests who come to eat. When your employees feel valued, appreciated and loved, they will create an environment where the dining guests feel that way too.

2. Celebrate birthdays.

DiFillippo never misses an employee's birthday. He always reaches out to each person on his or her special day with a call or text message, which is remarkable considering he has more than 850 people working for his organization. Each employee also receives a card and cash gift on their birthday. It's DiFillippo's way of making sure his people know that their company loves them.

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The KICKER Country Stampede Music Festival has again filled its roster with award winners, chart toppers, and music legends to entertain the nearly 170,000 fans that attend the four-day event. This will be the third consecutive year KICKER has sponsored the country-music and camping festival that rocks Tuttle Creek State Park and Manhattan, Kan., June 25-28.

KICKER is the title sponsor of the festival, and just as in previous years, the performers will be presented with a collection of KICKER products during the show to fill their tour buses with great sound. The artists will receive their giveaways in front of everyone on the massive Starscreen, displaying to the crowd at five times larger than life.

“This event is a great way to have some of our sales reps and dealers observe and connect with music-loving consumers,” said Kevin Campbell, KICKER Director of Global Marketing. “If they aren’t already, these are our future customers.”

The KICKER XRV (Xtreme Recreational Vehicle) tractor-trailer will be in attendance, fully loaded with product, vehicles and prizes to give away to lucky concert-goers. The XRV will also be engaging music fans with its unrelenting “Boom Room” filled with subwoofers that will knock them off their feet.

Blake Shelton, winner of the CMA’s Male Vocalist-of-the-Year and coach on TV’s “The Voice,” will be headlining Saturday night following a performance by country powerhouse Sara Evans, who is touring for her new album Slow Me Down. Mega-star country duo Florida Georgia Line will bring its creative musical blend to headline on Friday night. Returning to the Stampede will be rising-star Thomas Rhett, who has performed two straight years at the festival. Travis Tritt is no stranger to the stage and is a welcomed addition to round out an already impressive lineup.

For more information on the KICKER Country Stampede, fans can follow KICKER at facebook.com/kickeraudio, twitter.com/kickeraudio, or Instagram.com/kickeraudio. They can also visit countrystampede.com.

KICKER Performance Audio products, a division of Stillwater Designs and Audio, Inc.®, are available for the mobile and home audio aftermarket at authorized retailers worldwide, and also as Original Equipment for automobile manufacturers. Consumers seeking more information on KICKER or Livin’ Loud® may call the Consumer Information Line at 1-800-256-5425 or visit the brand website at www.kicker.com. Follow KICKER socially at Facebook.com/kickeraudio, Twitter.com/kickeraudio, Instagram.com/kickeraudio, or Pinterest.com/kickeraudio.

Tint World, a leading auto accessory and window tinting franchise, has expanded its Roswell, Georgia location with the addition of 12-volt industry veteran Calvin Thomas. A past finalist for Mobile Electronics Magazine’s Installer of the Year award, Thomas brings decades of car audio, fabrication and integration experience to the Automotive Styling Centers location.

“Calvin’s can-do attitude coupled with his more than 20 years of experience allow him to tackle virtually any car audio project our customers can roll in,” said Amish Patel, Tint World® Roswell franchise owner. “The 12 volt industry isn’t as simple as it used to be 10 or 15 years ago and now, you have to be able to integrate aftermarket systems in a fashion that makes them appear OEM. Calvin’s custom fabrication experience will allow this service for our customers.”

Thomas comes to Tint World® with a reputation for award-winning projects and skills. A two-time nominee for the prestigious Installer of the Year award, he has also been named one of the Top 100 Installers by Mobile Electronics Magazine. His past experience includes work as a master fabricator, having built a number of International Auto Sound Challenge Association World Champion winning vehicles. As a Tint World® installer, Thomas hopes to leverage his 12 volt and fabrication experience as a benefit to the entire franchise system.

“Tint World® has a lot of things down pat and I want to expand on that and share my experiences and ideas with the entire business,” said Thomas. “There are a lot of opportunities to grow in the custom installation and fabrication sector and the more Tint World® learns as a business allows us to offer higher quality projects for our customers.”

Tint World® Automotive Styling Centers™ are leading providers of automotive, marine, residential and commercial window tinting and also offer sales and installation of mobile electronics, audio/video equipment, security systems, auto accessories, detailing services and more. Stores are located throughout the U.S. and abroad, with franchise opportunities available worldwide.

To find out more, please visit www.tintworld.comand tintworldfranchise.com.

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