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NMMA, ICAST collaboration lauded as win-win

New Marine Accessories Pavilion at world’s largest fishing show lauded by aftermarket accessory manufacturers A new collaboration between the National Marine Manufacturers Association and the American Sportfishing Association to host the first-ever Marine Accessories Pavilion at the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades trade show had met with overwhelming support from exhibitors. The new-for-2016 Marine Accessories Pavilion presented a wide ...

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Economic Snapshot: Unemployment rises, job openings fall

This month’s jobs report is less positive than past months, with the number of unemployed persons increasing in June and the number of job openings decreasing on the last business day of May. Employment situation Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 287,000 jobs and the unemployment rate rose by 0.2 percentage points to 4.9 percent in June. The number of ...

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Freedom Boat Club makes major donation to Big Brothers Big Sisters of America

Freedom Boat Club recently concluded its first-ever cause-marketing campaign to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. Total donations raised by Freedom Boat Clubs nationwide totaled $61,594.00. Freedom Boat Club President and CEO John Giglio presented the check to Big Brothers Big Sisters of America President and CEO Pam Iorio at the organization’s national headquarters in Tampa on July 12. ...

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Weekly 5: New crowdfunding effort for Miami Marine Stadium

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 crowdfunding effort for Miami Marine Stadium (Video) The city of Miami has launched a new crowdfunding campaign in partnership with Heineken in another attempt to restore and ...

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NMMA urges EPA to lower proposed RFS ethanol volume

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), along with American Petroleum Institute (API) and the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA), held a conference call on Monday to discuss The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed increase for the Renewable Fuel Standard in 2017. The proposal calls for renewable fuel volumes of 18.8 billion gallons in 2017, a 3.8 percent increase from 2016 and ...

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Economic Snapshot: Private sector employment increases by 172,000 jobs

While private sector employment has been increasing each month since April, those numbers are weighed down by continued losses in the manufacturing sector. ADP employment report Private sector employment increased by 172,000 jobs from May to June, up from the downwardly revised 168,000 jobs last month. Small businesses contributed most heavily to the increase, adding 95,000 jobs in June, up ...

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From the Archives: 18 solutions to boost sales

For most dealers, the market continues to be strong, but that doesn't mean it can't get better. After all, who can't use more sales? This article, originally published in 2014, offers 18 dealer-proven ways to boost sales. We gathered information from dealers across North America about how they’re increasing sales of boats, engines and more. We’ve organized the tips by ...

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Economic Snapshot: Consumer confidence up after two-month decline

Consumer confidence, which has decreased in May for the second consecutive month, jumped from 92.4 to 98.0 in June. The Present Situation Index increased from 113.2 to 118.3 and the Expectations Index rose from 78.5 to 84.5 in June. Consumers who stated business conditions are “good” increased slightly from 26.1 to 26.9 percent and those saying business conditions are “bad” decreased ...

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Evinrude rolls out new engines, technology

Evinrude unveiled an expansion of its G2 line, as well as a new virtual dashboard at its Evinrude Club event this past weekend. The next generation of Evinrude E-TEC G2 includes the E-TEC G2 150, 150 H.O., 175 and 200. This follows the introduction of 200 to 300-hp versions in 2014. According to the company, the new Evinrude E-TEC G2 ...

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