Weekly 5: Montana boat dealer faces criminal charges
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. Montana boat dealer faces criminal charges
The owner of a boat dealership near Helena, Mont., has been charged with five counts of deceptive practices after allegedly taking checks for work the company didn’t perform.
Shawn William Corbett, the owner of Maximum Marine, has been charged with two misdemeanors and three felonies. In an interview with local media, Corbett blamed a local bank, saying they had mismanaged his funds.
2. Study: 72 percent use social media
Use of social media sites continue to grow, the latest study from the Pew Center shows.
Seventy-two percent of online adults use social media sites – up from 67 percent since just late last year. The increased use cuts across ethnic groups, ages and income levels, but women, Hispanics and those under 30 are all more likely to be on social media sites.
3. Small business jobs still sluggish
For the third month in a row, small business owners cut more jobs than they created in July, the National Federation of Independent Businesses reported. (link: ) Nine percent of owners reported hiring, while 12 percent reduced positions. The remaining 79 percent made no net staffing changes.
4. Legendary ‘Dive-In’ movie creates some buzz
Legendary Marine – the 2012 Boating Industry Dealer of the Year – recently held a successful ‘Dive-In’ movie where boaters were able to come to the company’s Destin, Fla., location and watch a movie on the water. They’re not the first dealer to do something like this, but it’s been generating some great publicity for the Top 100 dealer. Up next: a Dive-In football game this fall.
5. Obamacare poll ‘misleading’
Worth reporting on because we covered the original story a couple of weeks ago in the Weekly 5: A U.S. Chamber of Commerce poll showed that many businesses were not going to hire because of the implementation of healthcare reform.
An analysis of the poll makes it clearer that both the Chamber of Commerce and Harris Interactive were not completely forthcoming about the methods of the poll and left out some crucial information.