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How of Business podcast offers useful tips, advice for owners

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A relatively new podcast for small business owners and entrepreneurs is worth checking out if you're struggling with the challenges of running your business. The How of Business launched in April and now boasts more than 30 episodes in its archives, with topics ranging from customer service to blogging to hiring and more. I discovered it in June and have ...

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2016 Top 100 shaping up to be best in years

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You know what I wish? I wish I could read one Top 100 application where someone had a lousy year. (Not really, of course. I'm not wishing that on anyone.) But I've said a variation of those words to several members of our team and not a few dealers since we started reviewing applications in June. We're deep into the ...

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Have some fun (?) with the election

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I've had plenty of discussions with business leaders in our industry over the last few months about the election. Not surprisingly, many are concerned about either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump (or both) winning and the impact it will have on their business. That's fairly typical -- this is the fifth presidential election cycle where I've been covering businesses and ...

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Have you updated your employee handbook?

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In case you haven't noticed, employee handbooks have been getting plenty of attention from regulators, such as the National Labor Relations Board and others. So if you haven't looked at yours lately, it's probably a good time to consult with an attorney and make sure it's up to snuff. Here's just a few areas you need to worry about: Social ...

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Hitting the road

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One of the best parts of this job is getting a chance to visit dealers and others in the industry to see their operations and get an up-close look at their businesses. This week I'll be in Maine and Massachusetts, visiting several of our Top 100 dealers and others. The best way to keep up on what we're seeing is ...

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Get your voice heard at GOP, Democratic conventions

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This summer will give the boating industry another opportunity to have its voice heard by elected officials of both parties, with the quadrennial political conventions coming up next month. In case you missed the news when we reported it on Tuesday, NMMA and others in the industry will be hosting a "Day on the Water" at both political conventions and ...

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You’re probably wrong about your coaching skills

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A lot of business leaders like to think of themselves as coaches versus managers. You're a skilled tactician leading a team to victory! But the reality, according to a new Harvard Business Review study, is that most people are not accurately gauging their own coaching skills. Study authors Jack Zenger and Joseph Folkman used data from 360 reviews to examine ...

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Share your opinions in our annual dealer survey, win big

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OK, well maybe not big. I mean, we're not giving away a boat or anything, but if you answer our annual dealer survey, you could have a chance to win an Amazon gift card, waterproof Bluetooth speaker or other prizes. At least 10 respondents will win and if we get a bigger than expected response, we'll probably boost that a ...

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Three weeks left to apply for Top 100

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If you're one of the best boat dealers in North America, you deserve to be honored for your success. Top 100 dealers will be recognized in the January issue of Boating Industry, on BoatingIndustry.com and at a gala on December 8, the final evening of the Marine Dealer Conference & Expo in Orlando. Why apply for the Top 100? Beyond ...

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Slow improvement for middle class

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Those in the industry like to describe boating as a middle class activity and the struggles of that group have hindered a full recovery for the boating industry. (I would make the argument that while boating remains a middle class activity, boat buying has increasingly become an upper class activity -- but that's a subject for another blog.) With that ...

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