Council meeting at mid-point
The 2012 Council of Affiliated States business program got underway this morning at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Phoenix, with a series of state-by-state updates, a two-part manufacturers' panel and legislative update by Mike Zolandz, a partner in the Washington D.C.-based firm, SNR Denton. The meeting is set to the theme "Getting — and Staying — in the Game," with a new logo being unveiled this year to the 69 delegates representing a record-breaking 27 states. More details and reports will be forthcoming in next week's Off-the-Top.
Foundations coming to Amusement Expo
A special educational program, targeted at the family entertainment center community, will be conducted in conjunction with the March 14-16, 2012 AAMA-AMOA Amusement Expo in Las Vegas.
Beginning March 12, Foundations Entertainment University will bring you six leading consultants under one roof for a two-day, one-evening comprehensive educational workshop and seminar program. The sessions will cover all aspects of planning, designing or redesigning, developing and operating a location-based entertainment business for long-term success.
For a special one-time price of $399, you will receive the FEU classes — including lunches and dinner; entrance into the Amusement Expo; a free seminar program during the trade show; the FEU Alumni Program and presentation of the "Excellence in Family Entertainment Center Awards."
To register, please visit www.amusementexpo.org or for more information please contact Tracy Sarris at 717-533-1945.
Hesch Raffle at 2012 Expo
The Hesch booth at the 2012 AAMA-AMOA Amusement Expo will have "bling" when a 2012 Ford Mustang rolls out as the marquee prize on display as part of the annual fundraising raffle during the March 14-16 show in Las Vegas.
Sales for the 2012 raffle program at Expo are underway. In addition to the Mustang, there are many prizes — mostly industry equipment and services donated by industry exhibitors and other participants listed here below — as part of the daily drawings conducted in the afternoon on each day of the show. The Mustang will be the final prize to be awarded as part of the 2012 Hesch scholarship raffle.
The AAMA-AMOA Amusement Expo is the no. 1 video on YouTube
The "Amusement Expo Video" speaks for itself. The 3 minute, 28 second YouTube video features operators and manufactures testifying what a "you-can't-miss-this" show the Amusement Expo is. Garnering over 450 views in less than two weeks, the testimonials touch on networking, seminars and new products all as reasons to attend the 2012 Amusement Expo in Las Vegas. For more information on the show, please visit www.amusementexpo.org.
Expo is pledged to be the best opportunity to see what's happening in the industry. You can't miss it. It's your keys to real value.
AAMCF Charity Golf Outing at Expo: Sign up today!
Since the inception of the respective Foundations of AMOA and the American Amusement Machine Association, the groups have worked together to support each other's fundraising initiatives.
During Expo, the tradition continues, with AAMA member firms contributing prizes and purchasing tickets for the annual Wayne E. Hesch Scholarship raffle program, which is directed by the AMOA Coin-Op Cares Education and Charitable Foundation.
In turn, AMOA members have participated in AAMCF's annual Expo fundraiser, a charity golf tournament conducted on the eve of the trade show.
As such, all AMOA members are encouraged and invited to participate in the March 13 event, especially those who enjoy the challenge of playing an outstanding, championship-calibre golf course.
This year's outing will be conducted on the Wolf Course, which howls at 7,604 yards, the longest course in the state of Nevada. The Wolf is part of the Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort.
The event will commence at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, with buses shuttling players between the course and Las Vegas Hotel.
Only 72 players will comprise the field at the AAMCF event this year, so if you want to play a great course just before this year's Expo, and help support the great charitable efforts of AAMA's foundation, don't delay; sign up today.
2012 Membership renewal rolls on
The 2012 AMOA membership renewal continues on after second notices were mailed to all 2011 members that have not renewed for the current year. As of today, there are over 800 firms that have signed up.
All operator and distributor member companies receive two complimentary badges to the show. Also please remember that to receive your discount for JLO licenses, you must have renewed your membership by March 15, 2012.
Members can save time and postage by paying dues online. Go to www.amoa.com and click on the link "Pay Your 2012 Members Dues Here," fill in the info and click submit. You can also AMOA HQ and renew over the phone 800-YES-AMOA (937-2662).
Legal issues top small business concerns for 2012
While an overwhelming 85 percent of small business owners believe that 2012 will be a better year for business than the previous year, a new Rocket Lawyer survey also uncovered challenges that concern these employers. When asked about the hardest part of running a small business, dealing with legal issues was the most common response (29 percent), outranking other responses including managing profit (26 percent) and staying ahead of competition (19 percent). More
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard expected to veto smoking ban today
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The City-County Council has two options to revive an effort to strengthen Indianapolis' workplace smoking ban if, as expected, the mayor blocks it today: Override his veto, or bend to his wishes. Neither looks likely. More
Oklahoma bill to tax violent video games is clueless and inconsistent
Once more into the land of moral foolishness: An Oklahoma lawmaker just introduced a bill that would impose a tax on games deemed "violent," with the money from said tax going to battle bullying and childhood obesity. Bullying and childhood obesity are bad, I think we can all agree, so the bill, dubbed HB 2696, must have Oklahomans' best interests in mind, right? Except for the part where it baselessly assumes "violent" video games are in fact bad for you, and the other part where it doesn't includes books, music, movies or any other form of entertainment in the lineup. More
US Mint January coin production: Presidential $1 coins plummet
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Circulating coin production totals from the United States Mint were sharply higher in January 2012 as compared to the previous month and from the same time period of a year ago — despite plummeting mintages of Presidential $1 coins and Native American $1 coins. More