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Economic Snapshot: Deficit thins, job openings at 13-year high

As the U.S. budget deficit continues to decrease, we are also seeing strength return to the labor market with record-breaking job openings this month. Deficit narrows, revenue rises  The U.S. budget deficit is running 24 percent narrower than last year, at $460.5 billion compared to $697.4 billion during the same period. The government posted a $94.6 billion deficit last month, ...

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ChooseBoating brings the magic of boating to children

The sound of the waves crashing against the hull. The wind in your hair and the mist in your face. Your parent or sibling nestled beside you. These are the pleasant senses that come to mind when remembering your earliest boat rides. For families who do not have regular boat access, one organization is providing an opportunity to experience these ...

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Nautique Cares creates a culture of community engagement

If it is true that we make a living by what we get and a life by what we give, Nautique and its employees are building much more than boats. Nautique employees recently traveled to El Salvador for a service trip as a part of the Nautique Cares initiative. Two four-day trips of 22 and 20 employees respectively did construction ...

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Economic Snapshot: ISM index for manufacturing, non-manufacturing at record highs

Readings this week from the Institute for Supply Management suggest a strong outlook for the economy. The ISM manufacturing index was at 57.1 percent in July, a 1.8 percent increase from June and the 14th consecutive month of expansion. This report was well above economists’ expectations of 55.9 percent and the highest reading since April 2011. Out of 18 manufacturing ...

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Freedom Boat Club expands growth, gains Wanda Kenton Smith

Freedom Boat Club will embark on a new venture next month, bringing all of their marketing efforts in-house for the first time. As a part of this new strategy, CEO John Giglio has tapped Wanda Kenton Smith as their new Chief Marketing Officer – a brand new position within the company. While the industry has been in slow recovery mode, ...

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Is it the right time to hire?

A recent email from Neal Harrell over at Brooks Marine Group, a recruiting firm for the boating industry, got us thinking again about the ways the job market has changed. Here’s some of what Neal had to say: We're happy to report that hiring is way, way up across the recreational marine industry. Boatbuilding OEM's, dealerships, yacht brokerage firms, suppliers, ...

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Strong international presence at Chris-Craft dealer meeting

Dealers from 23 different countries gathered in Sarasota, Fla., in mid-July to see the latest offerings from Chris-Craft as the company celebrates its 140th anniversary. More than 120 dealer principals and senior staff attended Chris-Craft’s annual dealer meeting, representing dealerships from the U.S., Canada, Russia, the UK, China, Mexico, Spain, Italy, the Dominican Republic, Norway, Singapore, Turkey, Guatemala, Cyprus, the ...

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Email marketing best practices update

My mantra for email marketing has always focused on sending the right message to the right audience at the right time. With new rules regarding email marketing being thrown at you from Canada, I need to add another guideline to the list: only send your emails to those who consent to receive them! (Want to learn more about the specifics ...

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