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Massachusetts dealer event set for Jan. 23

The Norman-Spencer Marine Retail University is holding a seminar Jan. 23 in Brockton, Mass., as it teams with the Massachusetts Marine Trades Association's Business of Boating event.

The Massachusetts Marine Trades Association is hosting the event and inviting all New England-based dealers and suppliers to join them at the Massasoit Conference Center for this one-day program.

The Marine Retail University event opens with a breakfast at 7 a.m. on Jan. 23 and then offers a full day of educational opportunities before ending with a networking reception at 4 p.m.

The lineup will feature eight educational sessions with two general sessions and two tracks that contain three sessions each. Three morning sessions will provide attendees with a snapshot of what's happening in the New England marketplace and a luncheon session and two afternoon sessions will provide insight into how to capitalize on that data.

GE Capital, Commercial Distribution Finance will provide macroeconomic insight that will help dealers better understand what's going on with the economy and help them make better business decisions.

Statistical Surveys will provide views of the marine market's performance in Massachusetts and will drill down to let you know what's selling and what's not selling.

The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas will provide a historical perspective of where the industry has been in the last five years and outline leading trends that have moved dealers out of the downturn.

Dominion Enterprises' Shane Pierce will provide insight into the changing demographics of the marine market.

The trade association will provide a session titled Regulatory Wrangling and another on the Implications of Changing Tax Laws.

The professional development series is sponsored by Dominion Marine Media and the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas.

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