Catching up with the RBLC advocacy subcommittee

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By Nicholas Upton
July 10, 2014

Advocacy is a slow moving, confusing process. Jeff Gabriel is the first to admit that. He and the Recreational Boating Leadership Council advocacy subcommittee he co-chairs are looking to give the boating community some more insight into the process. He said advocacy is hugely important to the industry,... Read more »

Lessons from Other Industries: Boot camp transformations

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By Nicholas Upton
July 8, 2014

Transformation is fundamental to stay grounded on the shifting sands of business. To that end, the idea of a boot camp has expanded to nearly every industry. Doctors attend boot camps before working with patients, web developers use them to learn new skills, new fathers learn to be a better parent and... Read more »

From the Archives: Boating safety a dealer’s responsibility

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Nicholas Upton
July 3, 2014

As we head into the busiest boating weekend of the year in the United States, boating safety is sure to be in the headlines again next week. Smart dealers and manufacturers realize it’s part of the industry’s job to make sure boaters get the training they need to be safe on the water. In this 2013... Read more »

Economic Snapshot: No fireworks, but some reason to celebrate

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By Jonathan Sweet
July 3, 2014

With the holiday, a pretty light period for economic news this week, but some positive indicators in employment and housing numbers to give us a boost into the lazy days of summer. ADP: Private employment up 281,000 in June A very nice report from ADP this week, as the company reported that private employers... Read more »

Video: Honda shows off engines at Georgia event

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By Jonathan Sweet
July 1, 2014

Honda Marine recently invited a group of boating journalists to Georgia’s Lake Oconee to try out the company’s full line of engines from 2.3 to 250 hp. Although the company didn’t introduce any new models at the event, the company says there is more coming although details were sparse. Boating... Read more »

Economic snapshot: GDP mixed with auto sales, jobless claims provided mixed news

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By Liz Keener
June 26, 2014

Though some news, such as the decrease in unemployment claims and an increase in auto sales, was positive this week, a drop in the GDP and only a slight increase in consumer spending disappointed economists. GPA down in Q1 Gross domestic product decreased at a 2.9 percent annualized rate in the first... Read more »

From the Archives: Communicate with employees no matter what

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By Nicholas Upton
June 26, 2014

In any relationship, communication is key. But it’s easy to forget that when you’re running a business; which can be disastrous for morale. When management stays quiet, rumors spread and people get scared or spend their once productive days searching the job boards. Take a little advice from... Read more »

The business benefits of a pipeline mentality

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By John Graham
June 24, 2014

Today, the customer story is simple. Loyalty ranges from non-existent to temporary. Mining the Internet is second nature, relying on smartphone apps to cut through the clutter. With an endless array of channels available, engaging customers can be an exercise in futility. Surprisingly, the current situation... Read more »

Video: Mercury rolls out new outboards, new approach to sterndrives

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By Jonathan Sweet
June 24, 2014

Delivering on the long-rumored news that it would be moving away from auto engines and building its own blocks, Mercury debuted its new engines for 2015 last week. The new Mercury MerCruiser 4.5L, V6, 250 hp sterndrive is being manufactured at Mercury’s world headquarters in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin,... Read more »

Economic snapshot: Housing up, unemployment down

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By Jonathan Sweet
June 19, 2014

This has shaped up to be a pretty solid week of economic news, with housing leading the way. Housing starts Starts swung up in May to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of just over 1 million. Although down from April, that’s a 9.4 percent increase from May 2013 – and year-over-year is the important... Read more »

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