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Volvo Penta intros new 6.2L V8 engines, inboard joysticks

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Volvo Penta showcased two new V8 engines and its new Joystick for Inboard system Thursday at the Miami International Boat Show. The innovations are part of Volvo Penta's continuing "Easy Boating" strategy, designed to make boating more enjoyable and accessible to consumers, said Ron Huibers, president of Volvo Penta of the Americas. Volvo Penta's new aluminum 6.2L V8 380 and ...

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Economic Snapshot: Small business optimism remains at decade high

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Small business optimism rose again in January, now at its highest level since December 2004, according to the National Federation of Independent Business Index of Small Optimism. January’s increase suggests the post-election surge has staying power. NFIB small business optimism The NFIB Small Business Optimism Index reached 105.9 in January, an increase of 0.1 points. Five of the index components ...

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Mercury launches inboard joystick control, new engines at Miami event

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Mercury Marine introduced a bevy of new innovations from joystick control for inboard engines to new racing engines at a media event Wednesday night ahead of the Miami International Boat Show. The growth in popularity of water sports, particularly wake surfing, makes the technology an important addition to the Mercury lineup, Brunswick Corp. Chief Technology Officer David Foulkes said Wednesday. ...

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Weekly 5: New chairs for Congressional Boating Caucus

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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. New chairs for Congressional Boating Caucus NMMA has announced two new House of Representative co-chairs of the Congressional Boating Caucus, Rep. Lois Frankel, D-Florida, and Rep.  Tom MacArthur, ...

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Why companies can’t keep their marketing on track

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Marketing rarely fails because of a lack of interest, ideas, or even adequate resources. However, it always fails when it doesn’t turn prospective buyers into believers. Marketing derails when it's little more than a series of loosely strung together and uncoordinated “tactics”— email campaigns, promotions, presentations, blogs, social media engagements, charitable support, newsletters, collateral pieces, webinars, events, and all the ...

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Economic Snapshot: Unemployment and job openings remain unchanged

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The unemployment rate and the number of job openings were both little changed this month. The report reflects the last month of data under former President Barack Obama. Employment situation The number of unemployed persons and the unemployment rate were little changed in January, at 7.6 million persons and 4.8 percent, respectively. The number of long-term unemployed was essentially unchanged ...

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Economic Snapshot: Private sector employment soars in January

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The ADP Employment Report showed private sector employment was up significantly in January than in the past seven months. Construction and manufacturing jobs rose this month, in contrast to regular losses throughout 2016. ADP employment report Private sector employment increased by 246,000 jobs in January 2017. This is a nearly 100,000-job jump from the 151,000 jobs added in December 2016 ...

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Weekly 5: NMMA urges industry to sign Trump ethanol petition

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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. NMMA urges industry to sign Trump ethanol petition The deadline is Tuesday to sign a Boating United petition to be delivered to President Trump, urging him to take ...

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