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February 17, 2011's Certified Female Friendly® Blog Carnival - February Edition

CFFSealGeneric Recognition, nominations, awards, interviews, and superlatives are the theme for this month's carnival, as reports of merits and accolades flooded in this month from the nationwide network of Certified Female Friendly® automotive locations.  Congratulations are in order to everyone who was featured, nominated, selected, recognized, and interviewed.  You're doing things right, and your communities are taking notice!


Victtoryautoservice At Victory Auto Service & Glass of Minnesota, Owner Jeff Matt has been honored as one of the "Eleven Who Cares" in recognition of outstanding volunteers that serve the community.  Each year hundreds of volunteers are nominated for the award and the Eleven Who Care Board of Governors select the eleven to be honored. Created 27 years ago, the honorees represent the variety of opportunities available in the community, and truly exemplify the belief that one person can make a difference.  Jeff Matt has been recognized as a Key supporter of Free to Be, Inc. in Anoka County.  The shop supports this worthy cause throughout the year by providing assistance with Car Repair, Car Donations, Vehicle maintenance,  and Resource management.  Follow them on FaceBook:

HometownGarage Business is booming at Hometown Garage in Burlington, Maine.  Even in the middle of the snowiest winter season, Herb Farnsworth says business has been improving year after year.  They are doing everything right for their location: Free Shuttle Service, Text Messaging Updates, a very generous Referral Gift sent with a Thank you card, and more.  Their website is full of helpful information, and they are a Green Shop, with a full recycling program in place.  Check them out on the web:

Larrysautoworks Larry Moore, owner of Larry's Autoworks in Mountain View, California, was recemty interviewed on the consumer benefits of more environmentally friendly choices in auto maintenance and repair.  As an example, he said most consumers don't know much about "re-refined oil" and copper free brake pads. These options do not cost any more but can have a significant impact on the environment.  A Certified Green Business of Santa Clara County, Larry knows how to make a business successful and environmentally friendly.  Follow the link for  more of Larry's interview:

Okanagan At Okanagan Car Care of Kelowna, BC, Canada, SunFM morning show Host Susan Knight (The Breakfast Club), hangs out with Okanagan's Bruce Stranaghan,  to do her feature called "52 New".  How many new things can you learn in 52 weeks?   This week thanks to Okanagan Car Care, Susan learned how to change a tire!  Really how hard can it be? Go to Susan's YouTube channel to see how she did, or follow the Okanagan Car Care Blog posts:



Islandhonda Island Honda on Maui, HI - Special Olympics Hawaii Receives $20,000 from the Hawaii Honda Dealers Association, including our own Certified Female Friendly® Island Honda.  The winner of its "The Power of Your Gift" holiday campaign: Special Olympics Hawaii. In addition to the cash donation, the local non-profit will also receive free 30-second public service announcements, which the Hawaii Honda Dealers will run from March through April, 2011.  Visit Island Honda online:

I70auto Congratulations to I-70 Auto Service of Kansas City, MO; they have been awarded the NAPA AutoCare Metro Select shop of the year.  Follow them on FaceBook to congratulate their hard working staff and schedule your next appointment.



Victrans Victoria Transmission & Auto Care of Victoria, BC, Canada, has been nominated as a finalist to receive the "Outstanding Customer Service Award" for all of Victoria, not just automotive service, by the Victoria Chamber of Commerce.  They have also been honored with a nomination for "Automotive Business of the Year" from the Business News Group of Vancouver Island.  From their sustainable business practices to their top-notch customer service, Victoria Transmission exceeds customer expectations.

At Larson's Service
of Peabody, MA, Diane Larson and her Certified Female Friendly® shop was written up as "The Daily Item" at


Jonlancaster Jon Lancaster Toyota Scion of Madison, WI is planning a Ladies Day event for early March!  On Thursday, March 3, 2011, 6:30 PM you can learn about Oil, Filters, Fluids, Belts, Hoses, Tires, Check Engine Lights, Fuel Economy and Appearance of Your Vehicle.


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