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By Christopher Gerber, Digital Editor
November 22, 2013

Coming from a young guy, there’s something to be said for doing things the old-fashioned way, but increasingly that’s not an option. The NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey announced last month that it would no longer be printing out traditional paper nautical charts beginning in April of 2014.... Read more »

Collins talks candidly about Dockmaster sale

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By Christopher Gerber, Associate Digital Editor
November 12, 2013

Cam Collins, now president and COO of My-Villages, talked recently with entrepreneur blog TropicalMBA.com about the process of selling his company, Exuma Technologies and Dockmaster, to My-Villages in a strategic sale. You can listen to the podcast here: TropicalMBA.com. The whole podcast is about 45... Read more »

Small data, big payoff for hiring

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By Christopher Gerber, Associate Digital Editor
September 3, 2013

Talent: the ability and aptitude to complete athletic, academic and artistic tasks. The explosion of data available from every device, website, nook, and cranny of life has allowed organizations to plow through mountains of resumes digging for indicators of a candidate’s talent, saving time and money... Read more »

What happened to web ads?

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By Christopher Gerber, Associate Digital Editor
June 14, 2013

The year is 1994. Less than half of a percent of the people in the world have a web connection, and Netscape Navigator hasn’t been invented yet. Trying to find a way to pay for its web writers, HotWired.com comes up with the idea of reserving a place on each page for a “banner” ad. Despite the... Read more »

Baseball: In Minnesota, it’s also a winter sport

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By Christopher Gerber, Associate Digital Editor
April 16, 2013

It’s cold in Minnesota. I should clarify: It’s unseasonably cold in Minnesota. With temperatures as low as the teens in mid April, the Minnesota Twins were in a bit of a bind: A snowstorm had just passed through, dropping 3 inches around the Twin Cities, and the team would be hosting the New York... Read more »

How Mozilla’s move could affect your marketing

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By Christopher Gerber, Associate Digital Editor
March 26, 2013

Third-party cookies, proliferating around the web, are the backbone to a targeted advertising model that’s been building steam. But moves from Microsoft and Mozilla could change the way you reach audiences. Beginning later this year, Mozilla will be releasing an update to its Firefox browser that will... Read more »

Consumer show reports sign for optimism

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By Christopher Gerber, Associate Digital Editor
March 8, 2013

Show season has been wrapping up, and despite the worries in Washington, dealers and consumers appear to be positive for a successful 2013. Consumer shows in powersports, automotive, RV and boating have shown an increase or flat attendance, but reports from exhibitors have been signaling a vastly improved... Read more »

2013 could see continued 5-10 percent growth for industry

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By Christopher Gerber, Associate Digital Editor
January 4, 2013

The NMMA said this week that following an estimated 10 percent increase in powerboat sales during 2012, the industry could see as much as 5-10 percent more sales during 2013. The NMMA said that those factors depend on the improvement of indicators such as consumer confidence and the housing market as... Read more »

Business owners pulling back on hiring

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By Christopher Gerber, Associate Digital Editor
December 6, 2012

Despite adding more than 118,000 jobs in the private sector in November, U.S. small business owners polled by Wells Fargo and Gallup have said on average that they do not intend to hire during the next twelve months, plunging the Wells Fargo/Gallup Small Business Index Survey to levels seen four years... Read more »

MDCE keynote speaker discusses book, How to Soar Like An Eagle

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Christopher Gerber, Associate Digital Editor
September 28, 2012

The Marine Dealer Conference and Expo is just over a month away, and there are a lot of new names on the schedule. I sat down to talk with the event’s keynote speaker, Robert Stevenson, to talk about his book, How to Soar Like An Eagle in a World Full of Turkeys. How to Soar Like An Eagle in a World... Read more »

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