Weekly 5: Obamacare top small biz concern, survey says
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. Survey: Obamacare small businesses’ top worry
Small business owners are most concerned about government action, especially the president’s health care reform, according to a new survey from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
According to the study, 71 percent of businesses said the law makes it more difficult to hire, while only 30 percent said they are ready for the requirements of the law.
2. Illinois, Washington crackdown on boating under the influence
Two more states are toughening their boating-under-the-influence laws. In Washington state, a new law that took effect Monday ups the offense to a gross misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in prison and includes limits for marijuana intoxication.
In Illinois, Gov. Pat Quinn signed into law Sunday a regulation that requires a powerboat operator involved in a serious accident to consent to testing for drugs and alcohol. A second Illinois law also makes other changes to the state’s registration law, including increasing penalties on rental boat operators that do not properly equip their vessels.
3. Solar boat trying to set world record
A crew of veteran and novice sailors is attempting to become the first to pilot a solar-powered boat on the 6,000-mile Great Loop voyage.
The Ra maxes out at 4 knots and the crew is recording their voyage for a possible television show.
4. 10 books every entrepreneur should read
Sales guru Geoffrey James offers his list of the must-read books for entrepreneurs and business owners.
5. The best (and worst) email subject lines
A new study from Adestra reveal the subject line keywords that get the best reception from consumers.
“Alert,” “Free Delivery” and “voucher” got some of the best results. Poor performing keywords included “report,” “learn” and “only.”