The BI Weekly 5 is a collection of news, tips and data affecting the boating industry this week. Be sure to look for the BI Weekly 5 every Tuesday on BoatingIndustry.com.
1. Derelict boats piling up in Washington
A 65-foot wood boat that recently ran aground near Everett, Wash., is highlighting what is becoming a major problem around Puget Sound, local officials say: abandoned vessels being left in the water by their owners.
In many cases, the owners don’t have insurance or can’t be found, so the clean up costs fall to taxpayers. The vessels also create a hazard for both commercial and recreational users, according to officials from the Port of Everett, site of the second-largest public marina on the West Coast.
2. Small business optimism drops
Small business owners were less optimistic last month as harsh winter weather impacted business across the country, the National Federation of Independent Businesses reported.
The index fell almost three points from 94.1 in January to 91.4 in February. NFIB Chief Economist Bill Dunkelberg said uncertainty in Washington also played a role in the decline.
3. Take your leadership from good to great
Focusing on a few core competencies can help you elevate your company, writes “Managing for Dummies” author Peter Economy.
4. Top apps, platforms show need for mobile, social strategy
Google and social apps are the most used on smartphones, a new study from comScore shows.
That highlights the need to have a good mobile strategy that reaches across multiple platforms, with 77.6 percent of users using the Facebook app and nearly 50 using the YouTube app, to name just two popular apps.
5. Why you need a blog and a website
Having both a blog and a website are a necessity to serve different purposes for your business, writes social media consultant Jeff Korhan.