Trade Associations

Boating industry priorities in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill

With a final Senate vote expected on the bipartisan infrastructure package in the coming days, NMMA applauds the decision to include funding for essential water and recreation infrastructure needs, many of which have been priorities in the association’s advocacy efforts over the past year. The infrastructure package is nearly $1 trillion, distributed over eight years, with roughly $550 billion in ...

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Making local waterways safer and cleaner for boaters with BoatUS Foundation Grant

Do you have an idea that could improve boating safety or the environmental health of your local waters? The BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water Grassroots Grant program provides local groups up to $10,000 each to help educate boaters on safe and clean boating topics. A 365-day rolling grant application process allows applicants to apply at any time throughout the ...

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New Paycheck Protection Program forgiveness portal goes live

In efforts to streamline Paycheck Protection Program loan forgiveness, the Small Business Administration (SBA) has created a new portal allowing borrowers to apply for forgiveness directly through the SBA. The new forgiveness platform, which will go live on August 4, was created to help small businesses get relief as fast as possible. The portal can be used by any business ...

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IBEX announces details of 2021 Education Conference

The 30th International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference (IBEX) announced the details of its IBEX Education Conference, offering world-class technical information to attendees and ranging from in-depth pre-conference sessions and its renowned seminar series and tech talks, to new online workshops.  The Conference begins with Pre-Conference Sessions on Sunday, September 26 and Monday, September 27. Pre-Conference Sessions offer in-depth subject matter ...

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Final call for 2021 Boating Industry Top 100 applications

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Yesterday, July 26, was the last "official" day to apply for the 2021 Boating Industry Top 100 Dealers program, recognizing the best boat dealers in North America. However, because of the extraordinary operating environment that still exists, extensions may be granted on a case-by-case basis for dealers still interested in applying or needing some additional time to complete their 2021 ...

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NMMA joins business groups in support of bipartisan infrastructure framework

NMMA and more than 120 manufacturing organizations representing businesses across the nation recently sent a letter urging members of Congress to pass President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Proposal. In addition to NMMA, the letter was signed by National Association of Manufacturers, National Association of Trailer Manufacturers, and the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute. “A comprehensive and inclusive infrastructure package is critical to ...

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National Marine Lenders Association releases Annual Statistical Report

The National Marine Lenders Association (NMLA) just released the 41st consecutive Annual Statistical Report.  This is the only comprehensive report of recreational marine financing data in the U.S. and provides lenders with trends and data to understand, build and maintain quality marine lending portfolios. The survey produces two distinct business line reports: 1) for banks, credit unions, thrifts and private lenders ...

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MRAA reminds dealers to apply for PPP loan forgiveness if eligible

PPP loans provided a major relief to small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic, giving businesses additional funds for payroll and other expenses. To further reduce the burden on small businesses, the loans, if used correctly, may be forgiven altogether. “We want to remind our members and others in the marine industry to, if eligible, apply for PPP Loan forgiveness,” said ...

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RBFF and DICK’s Sporting Goods host female anglers to encourage participation

Women continue to hit the water in droves with female angler participation at 19.7 million in 2020 – an all-time high. To continue evolving the fishing and boating community into a more inclusive space, the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF)’s Take Me Fishing campaign partnered with DICK’S Sporting Goods to host a group of influencers on a two-day outdoor excursion prior to ICAST ...

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Massachusetts Marine Trades Association workforce solutions amendment passes

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed the 2022 state budget, which included $150,000 in funding for workforce development and career technical education initiatives within the recreational boating industry. This funding will continue the progress the Massachusetts Marine Trades Association (MMTA) has made to meet the workforce challenges within the industry. The funds were introduced via Budget Amendments sponsored in the House by ...

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