Annual RBEC scheduled for December

LIVONIA, Mich. – The Michigan Boating Industries Association (MBIA) annual Recreational Boating Educational Conference (RBEC) is scheduled for December 3-5 at the Soaring Eagle Resort in Mt. Pleasant, Mich., the association reported in a statement yesterday.

The three-day educational and social conference attracts more than 180 marine business representatives from around the state as well as Indiana, Ohio and Canada. The MBIA annual meeting is held during the conference, which includes election results for the 2004 board of directors and appointment of 2004 officers, according to the association.

The conference is sponsored by the MBIA, a state-wide trade association representing more than 370 marine businesses. Michigan State University, Michigan Sea Grant, Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality are also important partners in the production of the events programming.

The conference agenda is designed to address many of the critical business and marine related issues facing marine businesses today, the association said. In addition to industry specific issues, the conference will focus on the basics of good business practices. Industry speakers will feature workshops including: dealing with the state of the industry as it relates to the economy, trends in marine financing, legal issues, clean marinas, boating’s challenges and future direction, the association stated.

“Our members value this time together to enjoy the company of other marine business men and women as well as the opportunity to share important information,” said Van W. Snider, MBIA president. “Survival in this industry, as well as any other, requires business people to work smart. Education and networking is the key to business stability and growth.”

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