ABC and MDCE have offers you can’t refuse

An important webinar about the upcoming American Boating Congress from May 11-13 and the deadline for big savings on the registration fee for this year’s Marine Dealer Conference & Expo, which runs Nov. 15-18 are both worth checking out now.

For those attending the ABC this year, or for anyone still considering it, a special webinar is slated for 2-3 p.m. EDT on April 21.

The National Marine Manufacturers Association government relations staff will review the most important government issues facing the industry the during this one-hour webinar. Some of the key policy issues that will be covered in the webinar and how to best communicate them to lawmakers include:

  • Latest developments on ethanol and efforts to reform the Renewable Fuels Standard
  • Work on reauthorization of the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund
  • Updates on the Magnuson-Stevens Act Reauthorization and the critical need to better address recreational saltwater fishing policy
  • Tax issues that could impact the bottom line of every business
  • Boating access issues, for example, Biscayne National Park, Everglades National Park and the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary
  • The latest on policy related to preventing the spread of invasive species

In addition, the webinar will address how attendees can navigate the new ABC event agenda that includes 12 concurrent issue workshops. These afford dealers and manufacturers the ability to tailor their ABC experience to issues key to their respective businesses.

Finally, the webinar will reintroduction the ABC smartphone app, a tool to keep all attendees posted on all ABC events as they happen. Click here to register.


The Marine Dealer Conference & Expo will have 30 all-new educational topics. Fifty hours of content-packed learning. More than 20 trainers from inside and outside the boating business. Mix and match Educational Tracks, Pre-Conference Workshops and Learning Labs to customize your conference experience.

If all that sounds good to you, make plans now to be at this year’s MDCE in Orlando, and save some serious money by registering during the current early signup period that will expire in just two weeks on April 30. It’s the guaranteed lowest price of the year to attend MDCE.

Here’s how the deal works: Regular registration is $499. However, if you register by the April 30 deadline, your fee is reduced by $50. Moreover, if you’re a member of the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas — I believe every marine dealer should be — you will save an additional $75. That makes registration $374 and it will never be lower.

I encourage you to save up to $125 by registering now. Click here to register now.

And, if you’re not an MRAA member, you can take care of that, too. Click here to join. MDCE is a joint program of the MRAA and Boating Industry magazine.


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