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16 people that will throw you off course

Most of us work at finding ways to do a better job, advance in a career, and become more successful. That’s commendable, but we may differ on how to go about getting there. While most are straightforward, tackling one challenge after another, others do it differently and their actions leave marks that affect our success. Most of us can’t choose ...

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Labor laws changing under Trump

Whether you think the impact of the Trump administration has been good or bad, what we can't deny is that it's a very different administration when it comes to labor laws and business regulations. As a business owner, it's important to keep up with all of these changes. Here are some of the key revisions to various rules and regulations ...

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Top 100 applications due in two weeks

There are just two weeks left to apply for the 2017 Boating Industry Top 100, recognizing the best boat dealers in North America. Applications are due June 26. Find more information about the program on the Top 100 page or apply using the online application. For more than a decade, the Top 100 has celebrated the best of the best ...

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14 ways to sabotage your sales career

Sales managers scratch their heads. “Right from the start, I was so sure Carl would be a top performer. I would have put money on it. But before I knew it, he crashed and burned.” It’s an old story, one that often ends with the same words: “I wasn’t cut out for sales.” Maybe. But probably not. Poor training, inadequate ...

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Weekly 5: Trump budget would cut programs that benefit boating

The BI Weekly 5 is a collection of tips, news and data affecting the boating industry this week. Be sure to look for the BI Weekly 5 every week on BoatingIndustry.com. 1. Trump budget would cut programs that benefit boating Several programs that benefit the boating industry are targeted for cuts under the Trump administration's proposed budget, according to analysis ...

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RBFF wins award for first-time buyers retention program

The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation announced its First-Time Buyers Retention Email Campaign Toolkit has won an ASAE Gold Circle Award. The toolkit won the award as a pilot program for 2016 and is now available to all state agencies to assist in keeping first-time anglers hooked on the sport. "First-timers are a critical group for the entire industry," said ...

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NMMA predicts 6 percent gain in boat sales for 2017

The $36 billion U.S boating industry is seeing some of its highest sales in nearly a decade, NMMA said this week. Unit sales of new powerboats increased 6 percent in 2016, reaching 247,800 boats sold, and NMMA expects sales to increase an additional 6 percent in 2017 – a trajectory the group anticipates to continue through 2018. “Economic factors, including ...

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Registration open for IBEX education

Registration is now open for the education program at IBEX 2017, according to show organizers. The program will kick off with a series of industry sponsored Super Sessions on Sept. 18 with the IBEX Seminar Series and Tech Talk Workshops to be held during the show from Sept. 19 through Sept. 21 at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa. The ...

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Sterndrive sales down in April, growth slows in other categories

While boat sales grew again in April, the rate of growth declined, according to the latest Info-Link Bellwether report. According to Info-Link, the Bellwether report tracks sales of powerboats across the country based on new U.S. boat registrations on a rolling 12-month basis. Bellwether states are geographically dispersed states representing roughly half of the US boat market (varies by market ...

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2017 IBEX Innovation Awards entries open

The 2017 Innovation Awards program is open for entry, show organizers announced Monday.  Winners will be announced during the Industry Breakfast on the opening morning of the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference on September 19 in Tampa. Products can be submitted for the IBEX Innovation Awards through August 4.  All products entered will be reviewed by leading industry journalists and ...

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