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Meet the Recreational Boating Leadership Council

The various subcommittees of the Recreational Boating Leadership Council have been toiling away to grow the boating lifestyle, and with a few new developments it’s high time to check in with the organization. In the next few weeks Boating Industry will be exploring the various subcommittees, examining their successes and getting the details about current projects and future plans. But ...

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Making sense of the Magnuson-Stevens Act

Much has been made of the pending reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA), which manages commercial and recreational saltwater fisheries in the United States. It’s a contentious bill that, recreational marine interests suggest, is too heavily weighted toward the commercial fishing industry while giving short shrift to the nation’s recreational fishing and boating interests. Similarly, much ...

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Friday Economic Snapshot: Things are looking rosy

While a big jobs report comes out tomorrow, expectations are that the U.S. economy will produce approximately 220,000 jobs, the fourth straight month that job creation has exceeded 200,000. We were still talking about Monica Lewinsky the last time the job market was this rosy — never mind that she’s still in the news. In other, more consequential news, the stock ...

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Texas Marine sets curve for dealerships online

So you finally hit 500 Facebook likes and you’re feeling pretty proud of yourself – as you should! Just a few years ago, you’d be far ahead of the curve. But leave it to Ryan Hebert and his team at Texas Marine to raise the bar for the rest of the industry. Sitting at just over 11,100 likes at press time, Texas ...

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YouTubing for dollars, Part 2

This is Part 2 of a two-part article on using YouTube videos to boost your boating business. Click here to read Part 1.   PRODUCTION TIPS… Audio is key. Seems funny, but audio is almost more important than video when it comes to producing good YouTube content. If you’re doing something funny, the video may speak for itself, but it ...

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Friday Economic Snapshot: Still slow going

This week’s economic indicators arrived under a cloak of normalcy, with a shocker hidden inside — the American economy actually shrunk during the previous quarter. While most economists aren’t panicking over the figure, and expect that positive growth has already resumed, it’s a concrete sign that the lingering recovery remains a few steps short of full steam ahead. Let’s take a ...

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From the Archives: Do you have a solid succession plan?

Do you have a succession plan yet? According to a 2012 study, just 35 percent of small businesses with more than two employees have a plan in place. With Brunswick publicly detailing its long, thought-out succession plan, it's high time to think about your own plan or reexamine that plan to see if it still makes sense.  Is your plan updated for ...

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YouTubing for dollars

Digital, on-line video has become a virtual necessity in today’s online marketing world. You want top search engine rankings? Better have video. You want people to open your emails? More will, if they contain video. You want more visitors to your Facebook and other social media venues? How ‘bout more likes and more shares and more comments? Video will help ...

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Gibbs continues to add Quadski dealers

In just over a year of production, Gibbs Quadski has amassed 16 dealerships that combine for 21 U.S. locations, but Gibbs looks to increase that number significantly in 2014, with a goal of having 50 dealerships under its belt by the end of the year. The company sees 50 as the appropriate number of marine and powersports dealerships to be ...

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Friday Economic Snapshot: Watching the clock

Just as many economists and business prognosticators thought the economy would really start heating up, a raft of economic indicators continues to suggest we’ll be stuck on hold a while longer. As the winter of 2013-14 fades from memory and ceases impacting economic indicators, the strong growth many thought was set to begin remains holed up in the dugout. This ...

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