How to do less, better

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Liz Walz, Columnist
October 1, 2013

Many of us share the same problem. When it comes to our work, we want to do it all. Of course, we’re smart enough to know that we can’t. But knowing often isn’t enough to change our behavior and stop us from trying to do what we know is impossible. We take on more and more because we love what... Read more »

At the Helm: Your critical edge

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Jonathan Sweet, Editor-in-Chief
June 14, 2013

If you’ve never been to the Marine Dealer Conference & Expo, this is the year to do it. Simply put, if you care about the success of your business, you need to be there. (MDCE is produced by Boating Industry and the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas.) What makes it so important that... Read more »

At the Helm: Get social

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Jonathan Sweet, Editor-in-Chief
May 1, 2013

Way back in 2009, I first started presenting to business owners on the topic of social media. The reaction back then to this new-fangled technology was predictably confused. I was often asked why companies should spend their time worrying about social media. After all, the user numbers were miniscule:... Read more »

Lobbying for a change

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Liz Walz, Columnist
May 1, 2013

Regardless of political affiliation, I don’t think many Americans that content with the state of the economy or the health of the federal government these days. But there is only so much you can do. You have work of your own, right? Running a marine business is a tough job. A full-time job. Here’s... Read more »

At the Helm: Are you paying attention?

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Jonathan Sweet, Editor-in-Chief
April 1, 2013

As part of my research for this issue, I recently spent a lunch hour listening to a webinar for small businesses on the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare). What I heard surprised and scared me. I don‘t mean the details of the changes in our healthcare system – those I already knew about. It was... Read more »

How to be memorable

Liz Walz, Columnist
April 1, 2013

It was the end of a long, but fun afternoon, and my husband had our youngest son snuggled in his arms as he walked down the hall to our hotel room. Along the way, a housekeeper smiled at them and asked my husband about his day. When she heard that the four of us were on a family vacation, she offered... Read more »

Hungry for it

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Liz Walz, Columnist
March 1, 2013

Like so many kids, my eight-year-old son looks out the window and daydreams about being outside on the slopes, in the woods, at the beach, on the playground and in the water when he’s supposed to be doing his schoolwork. He is in second grade, but when we talk about his future as a grown-up, you can... Read more »

At the Helm: Boating’s next wave

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Jonathan Sweet, Editor-in-Chief
March 1, 2013

In this month’s issue, we write about the next wave of boating leaders – those young leaders who have decided to go beyond leading their own companies to giving back to the industry through association involvement. The 14 members of the Young Leaders Advisory Council (or YLAC) of the Marine Retailer’s... Read more »

A parent’s perspective

Liz Walz, Columnist
February 1, 2013

I was driving the kids home a few weeks ago when my seven-year-old gently broke it to me that he is no longer planning to live at home forever. Instead, when he grows up, he and his two best friends are moving to Florida to work as yacht captains. This isn’t a big surprise for us. From the beginning,... Read more »

At the Helm: Building a better Top 100

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Jonathan Sweet, Editor-in-Chief
February 1, 2013

One of our most important challenges here at Boating Industry is to make sure everything we do is relevant to helping you run your business. It’s not a job we take lightly. Whether online, in print or through our in-person events, it’s a key goal for us to constantly improve and in turn help you... Read more »

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