The BI Weekly 5 is a collection of tips, news and data affecting the boating industry this week. Be sure to look for the BI Weekly 5 every Tuesday on BoatingIndustry.com.
1. Sales 'way up' at FLIBS
While attendance was down about 2 percent for this year's Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, sales were "way up" from 2014, the Sun-Sentinel reported.
A weak economy in Europe and slowdown in China helped boost sales, show organizers said. More people from overseas who had boats to sell came to the show this year seeking buyers, lured by an improving U.S. economy and strong dollar.
2. Free webinar on effective sales techniques at boat shows
The National Marine Manufacturers Association is offering a free 46-minute webinar on improving your selling at boat shows.
The sales techniques and examples presented will introduce your team to a boat show approach that can be utilized immediately for raising your effectiveness at boat shows as well as in the showroom, according to NMMA.
3. Boating Industry Association of NSW & SA names new CEO
The Boating Industry Association of NSW & SA (BIA) has appointed Howard Glenn as its new national CEO. Glenn has been tasked with helping the group transition to a national organization representing all of Australia's marine industry.
4. NFIB hosting series of small business candidate forums
The National Federation of Independent Businesses will be running teleforums with several of the presidential candidates. The most recent was held last week with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. The next will be with Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, on December 2.
5. Google reshapes Google+
Google is once again rethinking its social media network. Here's a look at some of the latest wave of changes.