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Mark your calendar! 2 new NMMA webinars, free for members
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Webinar 1: Navigating New Media with Video
On Thursday, July 15 David Jensen, vice president of Marketing for Allen Roche Marine (, will lead a webinar on how to produce and use video in the new media environment. This will be an important webinar for any marketing professional in the marine industry with tailored tips and ideas for using video to bring to life recreational boating on your company's website.

WHEN: Thursday, July 15 from 1 to 2 p.m. CDT
HOW: Click here to sign up and learn more

Webinar 2: 2011 NMMA Boat & Yacht Certification Requirements and Technical Changes
On Wednesday, July 28 NMMA's Engineering Standards department and members of ABYC will host a free webinar for members to understand the 2011 requirements and technical changes for Certification. This is an important webinar and NMMA encourages all technical staff at member companies to participate.

WHEN: Wednesday, July 28 from 1 to 3p.m. CDT
HOW: Click here to sign up and learn more

Space is limited. Sign up today to ensure your participation. Please contact NMMA's Bryan Welsh with questions.

IBEX announces 2010 Innovation Awards call for entries
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Entries are being accepted until Thursday, Sept. 2 for the 2010 International BoatBuilders' Exhibition & Conference (IBEX) Innovation Awards. The Innovation Awards' presentation will take place Tuesday, Sept. 28 from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. during the annual Industry Awards Breakfast, with Awards' nominees on display throughout IBEX. IBEX Innovation Awards will be presented in recognition of exceptionally innovative new marine equipment and processes in the OEM and aftermarket sector.

Innovation Award entries MUST include the following to be considered:

  • an e-mailed 150-word description of why the product is "innovative"
  • an e-mailed, high-resolution image of the product
  • nine packets mailed for the judges to learn about the product
  • a suggested retail price listed in the description of the product

All IBEX exhibitors (both NMMA member and non-member) are invited to enter if the product fits within the Rules and Regulations. For more information or to download the Innovation Awards' application form, click here or contact Melissa Gurniewicz at 312-946-6281.

The 20th annual IBEX show takes place September 28-30, 2010 in Louisville, Ky. To learn more, visit

New Louisiana law creates more equitable relationship between marine dealers and manufacturers
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Louisiana Act 1043 was signed into law July 9, requiring that Louisiana marine dealers who cancel contracts with manufacturers prove due cause before being eligible to have inventory repurchased by manufacturers.

According to the legislation, due cause can be established if the manufacturer has made any misrepresentations in accepting the franchise, has engaged in unfair business practices or failed to comply with franchise terms, among other things. Currently, a dealer does not have to determine due cause and can demand the repurchase of all boats, boat packages, parts and specialized tools when initiating the cancellation of a contract. In keeping with current practice, if a manufacturer initiates the cancellation, it will be required to repurchase inventory.

For more than a year, NMMA has worked closely with the Louisiana Marine and Motorcycle Trades Association to finalize this important legislation, which will go into effect beginning on Jan. 1, 2011. To read the full law, click here. For more information, contact David Dickerson at 202-737-9761.

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Don't forget to sign up now to exhibit at METS U.S.A. Pavilion
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If you're thinking about participating in the world's largest trade-only marine equipment show, sign up now for the METS 2010 U.S.A. Pavilion! Nearly 18,500 attendees visited the 1,260 exhibitors at METS 2009 with aisles and booths that were bustling with successful sales. Click here to download the METS 2010 U.S.A. Pavilion participation application. METS 2010 will be held Nov. 16-18, 2010. Space assignments will be based on the METS point rankings and new applicants assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Contact Melissa Gurniewicz for more information.

Report on the US manufacturing sector: Time to heed the wake-up call
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The warning bells are ringing for sometime for the manufacturing sector in the United States and the latest 2010 Global Manufacturing Competitiveness Index; a result of the collaboration between Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu and the U.S. Council on Competitiveness, does not augur well for the sector. More

The unspeakable reason that manufacturing has to be part of a US economic turnaround
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President Barack Obama announced the appointment of 18 leaders to a new Council on Exports as part of his ambitious scheme to double America's exports over the next five years. This push to increase exports dovetails with a related agenda to energize the U.S. manufacturing base. More

World Class Owner's Manuals

Need help meeting NMMA certification requirements for product documentation? Ken Cook Co. provides fully-illustrated, generic owner's manuals based on ABYC T-24 recommendations and ISO standard 10240. Our manuals include information such as safety, navigation, systems, operation, maintenance, and trailering. They are available for many boat types and are translated into a variety of languages. More


New Polisher: Swirl Free Results
Shurhold Industries has introduced a new Dual Action Polisher. This unit makes a unique random action that prevents burn a swirl marks while doing final polish or waxing. Now anyone can polish like a pro. Light weight, powerful, variable speed and a 20 foot cord round out a very unique feature set. Click here to see it in action...


Signature Series Gas Springs

Standard black or 316 stainless steel construction. Engineering design assistance is available for new applications.

See you in Louisville at IBEX 2010, booth 804.


How innovation breeds success in manufacturing
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Ever since the financial crisis hit, policymakers around the world have been talking about how to "rebalance" their national economies. In rich nations, this mostly entails reducing debt. But it also involves reassessing the mix between the service sector, which represents about 70 percent of the U.S. economy, for example, and manufacturing, which makes up just 11 percent. More

Why morning people rule the world
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We are all morning or evening people. Scientists have established that our genes dictate around half of what they call our "chronotypes" -- our natural preference for certain times of the day. More

Who spends the most time on Facebook?
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The Nielsen Company reported in June that, on average, the global consumer spends about 1 in every 4.5 minutes online on blogs or social networking sites. According to a report by market researcher Morpace, among U.S. Facebook users time on Facebook rises to 1 in 3 minutes spent online. More

See who's talking about your company and what they're saying
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Here's an instant and reliable way to find out if anyone's talking about you or your company on Facebook or Twitter. It's a new search engine called Kurrently, at Test it yourself by sending out a tweet and then go to Kurrently and do a search for a keyword within that tweet. Presto, you'll be found. Now, test it with other keywords that are relevant to your business. It's quite possible that people are talking about your product without you even knowing about it.

Reframe problems as opportunities
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With practice, you can learn to look on the bright side, instead of the downside, to achieve a positive outcome. More

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The 6 traits of a successful small business owner
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There is no magic formula for small business success, but most owners who do well share the same six personality traits, according to a new report. The Guardian Life Small Business Research Institute report hopes to explain why only one in two small businesses will survive more than five years, according to Small Business Administration figures. More

Beware of the dark side of leadership: 11 tragic flaw behaviors
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Many leaders have what Aristotle would have called a "tragic flaw". Othello's jealousy and Hamlet's failure to act are two well known literary examples. This weak spot that can lead to a leader's downfall is often one of the leader's greatest strengths, which when stressed and overused, turns into destructive behavior. More

Benefit from your greatest assets
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Some of the best ideas can come from any level within an organization over the years. While companies hire employees to fulfill certain functions, they may overlook the fact that team members' roles are often interrelated and it's the combined effort of minds that can make the most meaningful contributions to the company’s success. More

Hire now, save later
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The cautious whispers about economic recovery keep coming, and if your business is starting to pick up, you may be thinking about adding to your staff. The timing could not be better. In March, President Obama signed the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act into law. This new law offers employers like you two potential tax benefits for hiring workers who are currently unemployed. More

45th Tampa Boat Show
Sept. 10-12, 2010
Tampa, Fla.

35th Norwalk Boat Show
Sept. 23-26, 2010
Norwalk, Conn.

IBEX (with the new MAATS Aftermarket Pavilion)
Sept. 28-30, 2010
Louisville, Ky.


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