Weekly 5 – Georgia passes tougher boating laws
Christopher Gerber (CGerber@BoatingIndustry.com)
March 5, 2013
Filed under Weekly 5
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. Georgia passes tougher boating laws
After a series of high-profile boating accidents last year, Georgia is strengthening its water safety rules. Most notably, the changes include mandatory safety training for boaters born after 1997, lower allowable alcohol levels and increased life jacket requirements.
2. Housing market continues to roll
More and more signs that housing has hit its bottom and is well on the way to recovery.
- S&P/Case-Shiller reported home prices increased 6.8 percent YOY in December.
- New home sales in January were at their highest level since July 2008.
- While overall construction spending fell in January, private residential construction spending was up 22 percent.
- Fannie Mae reported that its mortgage delinquency rate was at its lowest level since 2009.
3. Extreme customer service
In an era of lousy customer service, Fast Company identified companies that have gone above and beyond – and what you can learn from.
4. Why banks still aren’t lending to you
Commercial lending is booming, but small businesses are being left behind. Here’s why.
5. How to use social media to promote an event
Events are the bread-and-butter of a successful marketing plan for a dealer. Here are some useful tips on using social media to increase your events’ attendance and success.