More than 150 scheduled to attend MBIA conference

LIVONIA, Mich. - Michigan Boating Industries Association's (MBIA) annual Recreational Boating Educational Conference (RBEC) has attracted more than 150 registrants, the association reported in a recent statement. That compares to the 158 registrants reported last year.

The three-day educational conference, scheduled for December 7-9 at the Kalamazoo Radisson Plaza Hotel & Suites, attracts marine business representatives from around the state as well as Indiana, Ohio and Canada, according to MBIA.

The MBIA annual meeting is held during the conference, which includes election results for the year 2005 Michigan Boating Industries Association Board of Directors and appointment of year 2006 officers.

The conference is sponsored by MBIA, a statewide trade association representing more than 385 marine businesses.

The conference agenda is designed to address many of the critical business and marine related issues facing marine businesses today, organizers stated. In addition to industry specific issues, the conference will focus on the basics of sound business practices. Professional speakers fill the agenda and will feature workshops dealing with the state of the industry, economic forecasts, public access, legal issues, marina management, dealer certification, boating's challenges and future direction.

"Survival in this industry, as well as any other, requires business people to work smart,” said Van W. Snider, MBIA president. “Education and networking is the key to business stability and growth."

A copy of the conference agenda is available at

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