Weekly 5: Legislation could fund local dredging
March 19, 2013
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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. Legislation could fund local dredging
With Federal money for dredging harbors and waterways increasingly difficult to find, some states are taking it on themselves to help out the marine industry. The latest is Michigan, where multiple efforts have garnered support. One plan calls for the state to subsidize local banks in loaning money to marinas for dredging; others support the idea of using money from the state’s Natural Resources Fund to pay for the efforts.
2. Summit highlights boating safety
The recent International Boating & Water Safety Summit explored the many challenges and issues around boating safety, writes MRAA president Matt Gruhn. A major focus of the event was the Coast Guard’s 11-point, 3-year plan designed to help reduce fatalities and injuries on the water.
3. Customizing Google Maps for your business
One of the cool little secrets about Google Maps is that you can customize them to embed on your website. This article shows how remodelers can use them to point out the location of renovations, but similar options could work for boat dealers. Show, for example, the locations of where you have sold boats, or the lakes on which you provide service.
4. Small business tax tips
Whether you’re working on your taxes for 2012 or prepping for 2013, there are plenty of resources and tips on making the process a little easier. SmallBusinessComputing.com lists some suggestions for websites and software that can help.
5. Using social media to keep customers happy
Most businesses think of social media as a marketing weapon first and foremost, but it can also be a great tool for your customer satisfaction efforts. Forbes offers some advice on doing just that.