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NMMA issues call for Miami Innovation Awards entries

The Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show Innovation Awards program is now accepting submissions. The program provides the opportunity for eligible exhibitors to enter new products into twenty-six product categories. The 2020 Innovation Award winners will be announced and honored during the Miami Boat Show's Innovation Breakfast on Feb. 14, 2020. Entrants to the 2020 program will not only have a chance to win ...

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Registration opens for American Boating Congress 2020

Registration for the 2020 American Boating Congress (ABC) is now open. NMMA said it is encouraging all stakeholders to reserve their spot today. ABC 2020 – the recreational boating industry’s annual advocacy summit in Washington, D.C. – will be held on Tuesday, May 12 through Thursday, May 14. For the first time the event moves to the InterContinental located at ...

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NMMA: Industry priorities included in Senate spending

Last week, the U.S. Senate passed a spending measure called a “minibus” – a legislative package that contains multiple appropriations bills – which includes several of the recreational boating industry’s top funding priorities. NMMA outlined these measures in a letter to Congress earlier this year, calling the programs vital to promoting and protecting boating access and local economies that depend ...

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NMMA launches new workforce reference guide

Many industries today, including the recreational boating industry, are facing a critical shortfall of qualified workers. NMMA has developed the Best Practices Reference Guide, Tips and Tools to Retain and Grow Your Workforce, to help navigate proven hiring and retention practices successfully used within the recreational boating industry. "As you evaluate your strategy to recruit and retain employees, it’s important to ...

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Entries for 2020 Minneapolis Boat Show Innovation Awards now open

The Progressive Insurance Minneapolis Boat Show Innovation Awards program is now accepting submissions. The program provides the opportunity for eligible exhibitors to enter new products into three product categories: aluminum fishing boats, fiberglass fishing boats and pontoon boats. Entrants to the 2020 program will not only have a chance to win a coveted Innovation Award, but will also boost their product’s visibility through editorial ...

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Life jacket use hits record highs at NMMA boat shows

More than 34,000 attendees at the NMMA-hosted 2019 Tampa and Norwalk Boat Shows left with a better understanding of the importance of life jacket use, thanks to loaner stations set up by the Sea Tow Foundation. Through partnerships with NMMA and Onyx, the Sea Tow Foundation set up two stations at each of the shows to ensure that life jackets ...

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House passes legislation for harbor investment

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2440 – the Full Utilization of the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund Act – by a 296-109 margin. The legislation would invest $34 billion in Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund (HMTF) revenues towards critical port and harbor maintenance activities over the next decade without raising a dime in new taxes. NMMA applauded House ...

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Industry representative talks small business with Congress

John Wooden, founder and owner of Minnesota-based River Valley Power and Sport recently testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Small Business. The hearing – titled “Force of Nature: The Power of Small Businesses in America’s Recreational Infrastructure” – served as a platform to examine the economic impact of outdoor recreational infrastructure, how small businesses contribute to the ...

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Nominations sought for 2020 Freedman Award

Nominations are being accepted for the 2020 Alan J. Freedman Memorial Leadership Award. Recipients of the NMMA Freedman Award are individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the marine accessories industry through leadership, creativity, and personal motivation.  The following are categories for consideration: Marine aftermarket or OEM manufacturerMarine representativeMember of marine-focused mediaBoat dealerMarine distributorMarine trade association staff person To nominate an ...

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Tampa Boat Show reports increased sales, attendance

The 2019 Progressive Insurance Tampa Boat Show presented by West Marine officially wrapped on Sunday after a three-day run with a total attendance of 21,556. With beautiful temperatures all weekend, and despite a last-minute change in show dates from inclement weather earlier in September, organizers said the show saw a 6% increase in attendance and exhibitors are reporting strong sales and quality buyers ...

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