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This roundup of upcoming shows and events includes news from the National Marine Manufacturers Association and Ocean Gate (N.J.) Yacht Basin.

The National Marine Manufacturers Association is hosting a webinar at 2 p.m. (EDT) May 15 titled “New Market Exporter Initiative 101.”

The NMMA and the U.S. Department of Commerce have formed a strategic partnership to help association members expand their exports.

Through the New Market Exporter Initiative program, NMMA members now have access to assistance in developing contacts for business in foreign markets, including distributors, customers and service providers, as well as help securing export financing, guarantees and credit insurance. Additionally, assistance is available for members about how to comply with regulatory and documentation requirements.

Some of the services are available at no charge; others, tailored to a company's specific needs, are available for a fee.

The program will be presented by Janice Corbett of the U.S. Commercial Service at the Department of Commerce.

Click here to register.

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Ocean Gate Yacht Basin, a family-owned and operated marina, is holding its first Flea Market & Boat Show May 19 at its Ocean Gate, N.J., location, with a rain date of May 20.

Admission donations of $1 per visitor are being accepted to raise money for participation in the Susan G. Komen three-day, 60-mile breast cancer fundraising and awareness event.

Area boaters and fishermen will be able to find items at bargain prices, and regional marine vendors will be on hand displaying new boat models and offering information about services and special deals only available during the event.

Additional vendors are still being sought. A 10-foot-by 8-foot space can be reserved for $15 by people who want to sell used equipment (boating preferred). Spaces for privately owned vessels on boat trailers are offered at $55. Marine vendors can reserve a 12-foot-by-12-foot spot for $25.

Those interested in participating can contact Dan Mease of Ocean Gate at (732) 269-2565 or

“I think it’s great that we can bring these two things together to help boaters get ready for the 2012 season, plus help raise funds for a great cause,” Ocean Gate president Gary Mease said.


Connecticut spring show adds charity benefit

The Connecticut Spring Boat Show will be held Friday May 4 through Sunday, May 6, at Brewer Essex Island Marina in Essex, Conn., and this year will be the first time that admission fees will benefit the charity SailsUP4Cancer

Cobalt’s first 23-foot outboard model unveiled

Cobalt Boats introduced its first 23-foot outboard, the Model 23SC, to offer first-time buyers and occasional boaters seeking higher quality and reliability the same level of construction, performance and attention to detail offered in its larger boats.

AIM announces new hires

Catapult Creative Labs, the internal marketing communications agency of Active Interest Media, has hired Andrea Kupfer as vice president, account executive and Christina Erb LoVullo as creative services director. Kupfer will lead Catapult’s long-term sales growth and profitability and Erb LoVullo will oversee marketing and creative services.