By B.J. Johnson
ASA Chapter Assists Hurricane Survivors
Larry and Jeannette Ray are the first couple to receive a vehicle from the Whatcom County ASA group and the local chapter of the American Red Cross. Pictured from left to right are ASA officer Steve Hazel of The Panacea Auto Repair; Larry and Jeanette Ray, formerly from Louisiana and now from Bellingham, Wash.; Maureen Enegren of the Whatcom County American Red Cross and ASA officer John Beebe of Bellingham Automotive. The Rays were extremely appreciative of the 1996 Ford Contour and they want to thank all who participated in making this possible. The Whatcom County ASA unit has committed to giving away 10 vehicles to 10 displaced families in need.
ASA-Michigan Nominated for 2006 National Small Business Recognition Awards
ASA-Michigan has been nominated for one of the Department of Environmental Quality's (DEQ) 2006 National Small Business Recognition Awards. The awards are given by the Small Business Ombudsman and Small Business Assistance Programs nationwide and the National Compliance Advisory Panel, along with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Small Business Ombudsman. ASA-Michigan was nominated for the Small Business Trade Association Environmental Leadership Award.
ASA-Michigan has been a leader in the education of its membership regarding environmental stewardship, and has recently partnered with the DEQ to develop a comprehensive multimedia resource for its members titled, "Auto Body - Michigan Environmental Compliance Assistance Self-Audit Guidebook and Checklist." "This is an outstanding achievement for ASA-Michigan," said B.J. Johnson, ASA's director of membership development and affiliate relations. "The commitment of the volunteer leaders, members and staff of ASA-Michigan to further professionalism in our industry, as well as protecting the environment, is commendable."
Ron Meyer, president of ASA-Michigan, said, "We are proud and honored to be nominated for the Small Business Trade Association Environmental Leadership Award. This recognition highlights the cooperative effort between ASA and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, and is a great example of business and government working together for the greater good."
ASA Members Receive Hertz Rental Discounts
The Hertz Corporation is now offering a discount savings program to ASA members. The discounts will be available at all participating Hertz locations and will apply to various car classes. In addition to year-round discounts on rental costs, ASA members are also eligible to save on car class upgrades and other money-saving offers.
"We are very pleased to partner with the Hertz Corporation and offer our members a money-saving option for vehicle rentals," said B.J. Johnson, ASA's director of membership development and affiliate relations. "As a member-first organization, we strive to increase the membership value of ASA through programs such as this, and will continue to seek out programs."
ASA Signs Agreement with Thomson Delmar Learning
ASA members now receive a discount on Thomson Delmar Learning's Chilton Labor Guide Manuals. The Chilton 2006 Import and Domestic Manual Set has been updated to include hundreds of labor times for earlier models, including maintenance services and electronic system diagnosis. The editions reflect up-to-date AAIA industry standards, accepted by most insurance and extended warranty companies, and are based on technical hotline output, OEM warranty times and technical editor evaluations.
In addition, Thomson Delmar Learning offers ASE Test Preparation Manuals. Technicians seeking certification from any ASE exam will benefit from the up-to-date ASE task list available at a discounted rate. Get prepared with the ASE-styled exam that is scored and includes an overview and reference point of help for the difficult ASE questions.
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