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Give (boating) and you shall receive

I've never been to Seattle, but it's pretty high up on my list of places to visit. My favorite cities are those where you can be in the thick of what makes them so appealing - the museums, restaurants, shops and marketplaces - and you can look up and see the evidence of the natural world, the water and the ...

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What can we learn from the auto debacle?

Gerard Broshart is one of hundreds of dealers with a glum outlook this morning. He, according to an interview with CNN, was one of the nearly 800 dealers who received a letter from Chrysler yesterday, notifying him that his business must be shuttered by June 9. Today, GM is expected to follow suit by notifying 1,100 "underperforming dealers" that it ...

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Why it’s good to be small

Small businesses have an advantage in this economy. So wrote Harvard Business blogger Peter Bergman in a recent article . "The gap of confidence between small companies and big ones is growing," he stated. "We used to rely on the security of big companies. That's why we worked for them. And hired them. And put our money in them. But ...

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A Dealer Directory how-to

Boating Industry's 2009 Dealer Directory was published last week and, since its mailing, several dealerships that were not included have contacted us to find out why. So I wanted to briefly outline how we put together our directory each year in the hopes that the explanation will help ensure the process goes more smoothly for everyone in the future. In ...

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Rethinking recruiting

As a graduate of the public school system, I think I've done all right. But if I have one complaint, it's that my teachers and guidance counselors didn't spent any time helping me understand what school is supposed to prepare you for: work. Sure, they taught me the basics: reading, writing and arithmetic. But they didn't help me imagine all ...

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A Public-Private Partnership — Safety of Life at Sea and Boat Dealers

VINCENT PICA, Division Commander, Division-18 (1SR), United States Coast Guard Auxiliary There is a lot of talk these days out of Washington regarding "public-private" partnerships in solving the economic difficulties our economy is in. And it makes a lot of sense for government and business to work together to maximize the effect of programs and policies. There is another public-private ...

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Technology’s evil offspring

I had the unfortunate need to take my wife to the doctor the other day. The unfortunate part wasn’t necessarily that she had to go to the doctor; rather, it was the doctor’s decision to thrust technology into the center of the doctor-patient relationship. Maybe you’ve experienced this. You visit the doctor, she essentially interviews you regarding the symptoms and ...

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News you can use

There's a dinner tomorrow night for the Sea Ray Owners Club at a restaurant on a lake near Austin, Texas. No RSVP is necessary. Members just need to show up and a seat will be waiting for them, courtesy of Sail & Ski Center - a dealership based in Austin - and each table of Sea Ray owners will receive ...

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When will it end?

Of all the talk about this recession, there's one question, of course, that no one can really answer: When will it end? But the most important question to our businesses right now may be: Has it already ended? The answer to that, according to a news report I read last night, might surprise you. Some experts believe that our economy ...

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Plugging the leadership gap

In my last blog, I wrote about why it is particularly important that our industry's small businesses develop strong and effective succession plans. But the industry as a whole has its own succession problems, which become more urgent as the recession continues. As the boating business shrinks, the need for a new generation of leaders to point the way to ...

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