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Crossroads Car Wash: When Family and Finances Collide
Company Background
Thirty years ago, Ron Christian and his wife, Eva, established Crossroads Car Wash Inc. on 20 acres of worthless land on the outskirts of El Paso, Texas. They would have never imagined the urban sprawl that now engulfed their business. For years, the Christians worked 12 hours a day, seven days a week to support their family, almost losing the business several times. All that changed when developers, lured by inexpensive land prices began to build large subdivisions all around Crossroads Car Wash. With each new subdivision, sales at Crossroads, the only local car wash, increased significantly allowing the Christians to hire their children who lacked other career prospects or the desire to advance their education after graduating from high school. They were each paid a modest salary with the expectation they would learn and eventually take over the day-to-day operation of the family business. Jessie, the oldest, was responsible for maintaining their aging equipment and Alma, his little sister, oversaw marketing despite not being qualified. After employing their children for nearly ten years, Ron and Eva realized their children lacked the desire and/or ability to take full responsibility for their given positions and the Christians’ were not going to realize their dream of transitioning day-to-day operations of Crossroads to Jessie and Alma.
The Christians would never get rich, but Crossroads provided enough income to support their family and generated employment for their children and the disadvantaged in their community. Long ago, Ron and Eva decided to hire graduates from Hope Ministries, a local drug and alcohol rehabilitation program. While most stayed at Crossroads for only a year or two, a few graduates continued to work with the Christians for several years. Ron and Eva considered them family.
Ron and Eva, now in their late 50’s began to envision a retirement where they would slow down. With only the cash remaining in the corporation’s bank account after Ron’s recent battle with cancer, Crossroads was their only hope for a comfortable retirement. For years, commercial real estate developers have been buying the land all around Crossroads to build fast food and quick service restaurants, convenience stores and even a dollar store, but no one expressed interest in Crossroads – until now.
While Eva was out of the office, a representative from a major big box retailer, Mega, approached Ron and offered to buy Crossroads. The offer included all 20 acres with the intention of tearing down the business in order to build a massive 180,000 square foot hypermarket to sell groceries and general merchandise. While Ron was excited to share the good news with Eva, he decided to wait and discuss the offer with her in person at home.
Sharing the Good News
After another long day, Ron was again stuck in traffic on his drive home. He couldn’t help but contemplate what life would be like without Crossroads. When he finally got home, Ron started, “I had an interesting meeting today. A representative from Mega stopped by the office.”
With surprise in her voice Eva replied, “What did he want?”
“Mega is interested in purchasing our land,” Ron replied matter-of-factly.
“I figured eventually somebody would want to buy us out, but I had no idea it would be Mega. What was their offer?” she asked.
Ron wrote the offer amount on a scrap of paper and passed it to Eva, “They offered this much for all twenty acres.”
“Wow!! That is a lot of money. I remember when Raul sold his 5-acre tract; Burger Barn only paid him $250,000. Why are they offering so much?” Eva pondered.
“Well, there is a catch. The reason they offered us so much more is because they are including Crossroads in their offer.”
“What will they do with Crossroads?” Eva asked not really wanting to know his reply.
“Their plan is to tear down Crossroads and build a new Mega store.”
“So, if we sell to Mega, we won’t have a car wash anymore. Right?” Eva questioned.
“That’s right, but we should be set for retirement. Isn’t that great?”
“I don’t know. What happens if we don’t accept their offer?”
“From what I understand, they approached several businesses with comparable offers, but our location by far is their preferred location. Eva, this is our opportunity to retire comfortably. I doubt we will get this opportunity again. What do you think?”
“Ron, I agree with you, but what will happen to Jessie and Alma and the others who have been with us for so many years if we sell? We would not be able to support any of them going forward. I’m worried with their limited education, experience and ambition that they won’t be able to find jobs with comparable pay and benefits.”
“I am worried about them too. I’m also worried about us. What would we do in retirement? Are we ready for retirement? The car wash has been our lives for 20 years,” Ron replied with concern in his voice. “Well, we only have a few days to decide before Mega moves on to other locations. Let’s discuss with Maria, our accountant, first thing Monday morning.”
“Sounds good. Let’s get some sleep. Tomorrow will be another long day,” Eva answered.
Meeting with the Accountant
“Hi Maria. Thanks for meeting with me on such short notice,” Eva commented. “I’m sorry Ron can’t be here. The main pump went down again late yesterday. Jessie couldn’t be bothered, so Ron worked alone all night to get it fixed, just so we could open on time this morning. We can’t afford to lose all of those sales.”
“Eva, I completely understand. Tell me what is so urgent?”
Passing Ron’s scrap paper to Maria, Eva explained, “On Friday, Mega made us a great offer to buy Crossroads and all of our land. While we are excited about their offer, Ron and I are also very nervous. We are not sure if Mega’s offer is what is best for us and we need your help to analyze our options.”
“That sounds like a great offer. Tell me more,” said Maria.
A confident Eva continued, “Crossroads is profitable now and we fully expect our profitability to only increase in the future. We had planned to upgrade the equipment and run Crossroads for another 10 years before we sell out. If upgraded, our equipment would be more efficient and reliable, reducing our variable maintenance cost per car wash and Ron could spend more time with me and less time maintaining the equipment.”
“This is a tough decision,” Maria replied.
“On the other hand, if we don’t accept their offer, Mega will move on to another location and we could be passing up a golden opportunity to retire. Please, we really need your input.”
“I would be happy to help. What financial information do you have?” Maria asked.
Eva handed Maria a paper with handwritten figures, “Yes. While Ron was working last night, I put together forecast and financial data for the future.”
“Thanks. I will have something for you tomorrow morning.”
“Thank you. Ron and I look forward to hearing your recommendation.” Eva said as the meeting ended.

Case Requirements

1. Calculate the net present value of after-tax cash flows if the Christians upgrade their equipment and sell after 10 years. Calculate the after-tax net cash flows if they sold today.
Recommend if the Christians should accept Mega’s offer or continue to operate Crossroads. Provide a detailed explanation of your recommendation to ensure the Christians understand your assessment.
List and discuss in detail three nonfinancial pros and three nonfinancial cons of your recommendation from the owners’ perspective.
Do the nonfinancial considerations impact your recommendation? Discuss why or why not?
2. Reflect on your calculations from Requirements 2, 3 and 4 and the amount of information provided in each requirement. Discuss how the calculations impacted your recommendation. Did the degree of confidence in your recommendation increase after performing more complex calculations? Which requirement, if any, do you believe is the most informative and why?

professional ethics and responsibilities

professional ethics and responsibilities

Discussion Board Post

Please write a response to the following question:

The U.S. Department of Labor (n.d.) describes affirmative action as shown below:

For federal contractors and subcontractors, affirmative action must be taken by covered employers to recruit and advance qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans. Affirmative actions include training programs, outreach efforts, and other positive steps. These procedures should be incorporated into the company’s written personnel policies. Employers with written affirmative action programs must implement them, keep them on file and update them annually. (para. 1)

Do you believe affirmative action is in and of itself discriminatory, that is to say, discriminates against qualified non-minorities in favor of minorities? Why, or why not?

Reference

U.S. Department of Labor. (n.d.). Affirmative action. Retrieved from http://www.dol.gov/dol/topic/hiring/affirmativeact.htm

PowerPoint Assignment:

Instructions

Create a 5- to 6-slide PowerPoint presentation that explores professional ethics and responsibilities. You can use information from the CSU Online Library or other reliable sources. (Note: Websites such as Wikipedia are not acceptable academic sources.) You must use the slide notes function to explain slide contents as necessary. In your presentation, address the following topics:

Note

In addition to the information on professional ethics and responsibilities, provide at least one example of each topic above. Cite your sources, and create a reference slide using proper APA formatting. The title and reference slides are not included in the slide coun

 

Negotiation methods

  1. Negotiation

Discussion Board Post

Please write a response to the following question:

Negotiation can be very time consuming; however, most organizations will typically have a certain procedures in place in order to move through the negotiation process. A Model for Negotiating Sessions—Figure 5-1, which can be used by organizations, is located at the bottom of page 162 and goes through page 163. Looking at this information, identify one tactic you agree with and one tactic you disagree with. Explain why you agree and disagree with each of these tactics.

PART I

QUESTION 1

Generally why do both management and the union favor no-strike, no-lockout provisions? Discuss commonly used methods for peacefully resolving a negotiation impasse, and explain the advantages and disadvantages of each.
Your response must be at least 400 words in length.

QUESTION 2

Discuss how negotiators prepare for negotiations. Explain the distributive and integrative bargaining approaches. How do these methods differ? When would a negotiator likely choose each?

Note

Your response must be at least 400 words in length.

PART I

Instructions

Using the Online Library, locate an article from a scholarly journal or industry magazine about a specific arbitration case, involving a union or non-union, related to the topics introduced in Chapter 5 of your textbook. Some topics to consider, but not limited to, bargaining, negotiations, norms, and zone of possible agreement. The article must have been published in the past five years. The format for the article critique is as follows:

  • Article Title
  • Journal Name and Date
  • Key Points: (Five to seven key ideas from the article)
  • Summary: (Two to three paragraphs summarizing the article in your own words)
  • Personal Evaluation: (Two to three paragraphs highlighting the relevance of this article to your position or occupation, your agreement or disagreement with the author and/or findings, and any additional insights you may have.)

Note:

The arbitration does not need to be one specifically related to your occupation. It can involve any job field.

Your response must be a minimum of two pages. All sources used, including the textbook, must be referenced; paraphrased and quoted material must have accompanying citations in APA format.

 

 

 

reflections about the sources

reflections about the sources

paper should be 1300-1500-words (approx. 6 pages), double spaced, in 12-point Times New Roman font. You will begin the paper with an introduction, review four academic/scholarly sources, and end with a well written conclusion. The paper should summarize 4 articles. So, you should summarize each of them. you should draw relationships between them. So, compare and contrast the arguments made by different articles. Talk about them, like, what does it tell you about technology in general? or what does it tell you about the social impacts of technology things like that? So, even though the content is basically like an annotated bibliography. You should still write this like a paper, so you should have an introduction and a conclusion. The citations should all be APA style, both your end citations, and any in-text parenthetical citations should all be APA.

An introduction paragraph that introduces the sources being reviewed and lays out the common themes that connect these sources.

(approx. 200-300 words)
A Concluding paragraph that summarizes the overall discussion, including your reflections about the sources.

Note

(200 words)

Body – Review 1 (approx. 300 words)

Review 1
1pt –Summary of what the source is about, including key concepts and theories.
1pt – Summary and synthesis of key arguments and their significance in the context of the course.
1pt – Key evidence and examples the authors bring in to support their claims.
1pt – Overall usefulness, strengths, and weaknesses of the source.
1pt – How the source connects to other readings and phenomena occurring in the world today.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gap Analysis

Gap Analysis

To begin, media, or other scholarly sources to identify and select a contemporary article that describes an organization with a performance issue. You may also use an organization with which you are personally familiar.

Prepare a gap analysis that includes a description of your findings and recommendations, along with the following components/sections:

1.Define a gap analysis and discuss how it is utilized related to Human Resources.

2.Define the current and desired state of the organization you identified.

3.Identify the existing resources, organizational capabilities, and performance deficiencies within the chosen organization.

4.Identify the alternatives that are available to close/eliminate the gap between the desired state and the current state.

5. Assess 2–3 performance management strategies available to the organization in working toward its desired state.

6.Formulate a solution, i.e., select 1 strategy and provide a brief rationale, including 4–6 action steps for implementing the strategy; and identify a post-implementation metric that can be used to track the performance of the strategy once implemented.

Qualitative questionnaires

Qualitative questionnaires

Questionnaire Questions Assignment Instructions

Overview

Qualitative questionnaires function as a means of collecting data about everyday life. For the Applied Research Report, questionnaire research is information gathered to determine the opinions, beliefs, or practices within a given population at a specific site to solve a problem or improve a practice. For this assignment, you will compose three to five demographic questions and ten qualitative questions. The ten questions must be open-ended and must require a detailed response. Do not ask a question that requires a yes/no response.

Instructions

For this assignment, you will use the information from the textbook reading this week to develop 10 effective qualitative questionnaire questions that will help to answer the central research question for your study. This is a 3-4-page assignment.

  • The first page should be a correctly formatted (APA style) title page that includes the title of your study.
  • The second page should include:
    • First line should say “Appendix C”
    • Second line should say, “Qualitative Questionnaire”
    • Third line should include the title of your study.
  • Following the title of your study should be three demographic questions related to your study. You may use ones from the example or create your own.
  • Following the demographic questions should be 10 open-ended content questions related to your central research question. You may not use any of the questions from the example. Do not include support from the literature. This is the actual questionnaire that you could send to participants (you will not be required to).
  • No citations or reference should be included since this is included in the Appendices of your Applied Research Report.
  • See the example.

Note

You must apply the information from the textbook reading this week to be successful on this assignment.

 

 

Leadership And Management

Leadership And Management

    • What does it mean to “owe a duty of care”? What are the common clinical practice areas that give rise to allegations of malpractice? What are the most common acts of negligence by nurses?

For what activities can health care organizations be held liable? What can nurse managers do to help avoid corporate liability?

    Note

 following the APA style guideline 

 500 words  

Site two resources  to complete assignment

Nursing Informatics

Nursing Informatics

Informatics have changed dramatically in the last ten years. The changes in health care alone have forced organizations to do things far differently than they imagined. The massive amounts of data available grow every day. The purpose of this assignment is to use data and trends to forecast the future of the fields of informatics.
Research resent trends to forecast what the coming years may bring for the field of informatics. Informatics have changed dramatically in the last ten years. The changes in health care alone have forced organizations to do things far differently than they imagined. The massive amounts of data available grow every day.

The purpose of this assignment is to use data and trends to forecast the future of the fields of informatics.

Note

  • Research resent trends to forecast what the coming years may bring for the field of informatics.
  • Use data to support your predictions

APA guidelines
650-800 word

Pharmacology Patient Teaching And Education

Pharmacology Patient Teaching And Education

1.Describe the nurse’s role in fostering patient responsibility for maintaining well-being and adhering to the therapeutic regimen.

2. Identify the types of information that should be discussed with the patient or significant others to establish reasonable expectations for the prescribed therapy.

3.  Discuss specific techniques used in the practice setting to facilitate patient education.

Note

APA format  700 words