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U.S. Fish and Wildlife expands recreation opportunities on managed lands and waters

The Department of the Interior announced that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) has opened new or expanded hunting, boating and sport fishing opportunities across 2.1 million acres, the largest expansion of outdoor recreation opportunities in recent history. The increased recreational access, which covers 88 National Wildlife Refuges and one National Fish Hatchery, is consistent with the Biden-Harris administration’s America ...

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Washington State Marine Excise Tax reflects industry input

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Last week, the Washington State Department of Revenue held a hearing to finalize the watercraft excise tax depreciation schedule. The Department of Revenue proposed a final rule which reflected input from stakeholders in the marine industry and placed less of a financial burden on boat owners than the originally proposed excise tax schedule. In June, MRAA joined regional and national ...

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MRAA, Dealer Profit Services release ‘Guide to Creating a Compliance Process’

The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas, in partnership with Dealer Profit Services, recently launched a new resource for dealers looking to create a compliance process. The “Guide to Creating a Compliance Process” is a 30-plus page publication to ensure that marine retailers have the information, tools and processes in place to protect their businesses, team and customers. “While we ...

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Dealer Week announces opening keynote

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Several key themes for this year’s Dealer Week, the annual MRAA conference and expo, will be explored during the opening keynote titled “Build Resilience in Uncertain Times: Strategies to Help Your Team Overcome Anxiety, Recover from Burnout and Get Stuff Done.” The session, scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 7, in Austin, Texas, will be presented by leadership coaches Adrian Gostick and ...

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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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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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MRAA: Delaware ‘Right to Repair’ Bill to exempt marine equipment

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The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas and the Coalition Opposed to Illegal Tampering have made progress in Delaware after meeting with state legislators to inform them of the potential harms right to repair legislation could have on marine and related industries. An amendment to the bill, filed by Rep. Valerie Longhurst, will exempt marine equpment from potentilaly hazardous right ...

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Get On Board Campaign kicks off during National Fishing and Boating Week

The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF), the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), and the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas (MRAA) announced the Get On Board consumer marketing campaign will launch during National Fishing & Boating Week, June 5-13. After a historic year with record sales and participation in boating and fishing, the 2021 industry-wide campaign will focus on retaining the recent surge of newcomers, ...

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MRAA reports success of MICD marketing campaign

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The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas announces that its recent MRAA Marine Industry Certified Dealership program campaign as part of its partnership with Bonnier Corporation was an overwhelming success, capturing nearly 800,000 total impressions. “Our campaign partnership with Bonnier focused on informing consumers, especially the hundreds of thousands of new boaters out there, about Certified Dealers and how they ...

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Profiles in leadership: Natalie Briggs Carlson

By Wanda Kenton Smith From her earliest years playing on boats at Wayzata Marine in Wayzata, Minn., to dusting, stocking shelves and handling administrative duties as a teen, to moving into key roles managing inventory and selling parts and accessories, Natalie Briggs Carlson was always immersed in her family’s boating business. After marriage, she relocated with her husband to Austin, ...

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