The lineup for this year’s Marine Dealer Conference & Expo, set for Nov. 14-17 in Orlando, Fla., is finalized, organizers announced. The Sales & Marketing and Service Department tracks from 2009 are back with new sessions. In addition, a third track – Powering Profits – was added with sessions geared specifically toward dealer principals. The…more
The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas is the only North American trade group dedicated to furthering the interests of boat and engine dealers and other marine-related retailers in North America. Under MRAA Rewards, the association offers its members cost-saving, revenue-generating, business improvement and professional development benefits.
The new health care bill will impose significant burdens on businesses by requiring them to issue a Form 1099 to all vendors from which the business does more than $600 per year in purchases, the Marine Retailers Association of America said in an advisory to its membership. To meet this new requirement, which goes into…more
The Marine Retailers Association of America recently sent a letter to Sen. Mary Landrieu, a Louisiana Democrat and chair of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, saying it “strongly supports” and asks for prompt consideration of a floor amendment to H.R. 5297, the Small Business Lending Fund Act. The amendment would raise the…more
The Marine Retailers Association of America, in an advisory to members, said it is pleased that the redirection of 85 percent of the Grow Boating Engine Assessment is ending July 1, but it is disappointed that full funding is not being restored to Grow Boating immediately. Dealers who have been seeing the full Grow Boating…more
The Marine Retailers Association of America is seeking nominations for its Young Leaders Advisory Council. YLAC is looking for nominees to meet twice a year and provide ideas and insights, as well as working jointly with council members on subcommittees pertaining to their expertise. The outcome and recommendations from these meetings are then presented to…more
The Marine Retailers Association of America is asking its members to contact certain U.S. senators in support of the Brownback Boat Dealer Amendment. Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kansas, has filed two amendments, one exempting auto dealers only and one exempting auto, RV and boat dealers, from the Senate Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection Bill. The bill’s…more
The Marine Retailers Association of America is asking the Grow Boating board of directors for full funding to be restored to the program and the redirection of engine assessment funds to be halted. The MRAA board made the motion at its April 23 meeting. The MRAA asked that the motion be passed along by the…more
The Marine Retailers Association of America says an increasing number of small businesses are using online loan companies to finance operations and acquisitions. The MRAA says overall lending dropped 7.5 percent in 2009, according to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. That’s the largest decline since 1942. Click here for the full release.
The Marine Retailers Association of America released a bullet-point summary detailing the changes marine businesses can expect as a result of the new health care laws. The MRAA worked with the Norman-Spencer Insurance Agency to create the list, which details when parts of the law will go into effect during the next eight years. Click…more
The Marine Retailers Association of America appointed Joe Hoffmaster, of Hoffmaster’s Marina, Woodbridge, Va., to the board of directors as representative of Region Three. Hoffmaster will complete the unexpired term of Jim Browning, who recently resigned. Hoffmaster is the second-generation owner of Hoffmaster’s Marina. He is a member of the Spader 20 Group and a…more