Weekly 5: Montana boat dealer pleads not guilty to felony 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 pleads not guilty to felony charges
Maximum Marine owner Shawn William Corbett pled not guilty to 10 charges related to allegations that he accepted money for repair work he did not perform.
Corbett faces seven felony charges – each punishable by up to 10 years in prison and $500,000 in fines – and three misdemeanor charges.
Trial has been set for January 2014.
2. 10 states most at risk for major disasters
Of the 2,000 major disasters declared over the past 60 years, more than a third are in just 10 states. Bankrate takes a look at the 10 places most likely to have a disaster. If you’ve got a dealership, marina or other business in these areas, it’s worth knowing.
3. Consumer confidence battered by shutdown
Consumers appear to still be feeling the hangover from the government shutdown and debt ceiling showdown. The Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index is the latest measure to show slippage, hitting a one-year low at minus 36.1.
That follows The Conference Board’s Consumer Confidence Index dropping nine points in October from 80.2 to 71.2 and the Reuters/University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index hitting its lowest mark since December 2012.
4. 10 examples of brilliant email marketing
Hubspot offers 10 examples of standout email marketing campaigns – and why they work.
5. Small biz insurance costs continue to rise, NFIB says
Sixty-four percent of small business owners report paying more for insurance in 2013 than 2012, according to a recent NFIB survey. The biggest reason, NFIB says, is the Affordable Care act, commonly known as “Obamacare.”