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Three actions dealers can take today

Action 1: The boating industry has been racking up recent successes to protect and advance fishing by successfully advocating for actions such as area net bans in California or denying longline permits in the South Atlantic. But the big fishing prize we need — the Modern Fish Act — will elude us unless dealers take time to join on a full court press now.

Boating United has sounded the alarm. The U.S. Senate only has a few days remaining to pass the Modern Fish Act. This critical bill for boating will modernize our fisheries management system, promote responsible conservation, and enhance our customer’s access to America's federal waters. But it’s become critical to make your voice heard now!

Call your two senators today and urge them to support S. 1520, the Modern Fish Act. Although I could not speak with either of my Senators directly, it took me less than 5 minutes to talk to a staff member in both offices. I asked them to relay to the senator my call urging a push for a vote and their support for S 1520. Every one of us can do it! Just click here now: https://www.votervoice.net/NMMA/Campaigns/60049/Respond.

Action 2: You can pay now or pay more later. As a dealer, you may be thinking about attending this year’s Marine Dealer Conference & Expo in Orlando, Dec. 9-12. If you always attend, you’re probably already registered because you know first-hand its value to dealers. It is, after all, the industry’s only annual conference exclusively for dealers, and it’s packed with speakers and sessions designed to do just one thing — increase every dealer’s success.

So, if you’re considering it, this week is your last chance to receive the Early Bird Registration pricing. It ends this Friday (Sept. 21). The savings is $75 per person with registration of $424 per person. After Friday, registration is the standard $499 rate.

On a personal note, I make it to the MDCE each year and I see so many of our industry’s notably successful dealers are there. Why? The educational sessions (30 in all) address so many genuine ideas that every dealer can implement; there is in-depth dealer-to-dealer interaction found nowhere else in our industry; the Expo segment offers new opportunities for retail profits in products and services; the keynoters will give you lots of take home; and there are even powerful, hands-on, Pre-Conference Workshops presented on Monday morning. Typically, these Monday workshops take place in a smaller setting and give dealers a hands-on experience that inspires creativity and encourages an active learning experience.

The MDCE is presented by the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas and Boating Industry magazine. More than 700 dealers from across the nation annually attend. For all the latest info or to register, go to: Marine Dealer Conference & Expo.

Action 3: Speaking of MRAA, the MRAA Educational Foundation has opened the application process for its 2018 Scholarships Awards. Notably, dealership employees are eligible for the scholarships that will be awarded, making this program a potential benefit to members of your dealership team. The dealership must be an MRAA member.

The Foundation offers five different educational scholarships and an annual award. In addition, nominations for the Darlene Briggs Woman of the Year Award are also being accepted. All the award recipients will be celebrated at the gala MRAA Awards Celebration party that kicks off the MDCE. 

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