MTA/NJ holding meeting in March

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The Marine Trades Association of New Jersey will hold a conference March 12 in Lakewood, N.J., to help marine business owners, operators and employees manage their companies more effectively and learn ways to navigate through these challenging economic times.

Topics will include:

• Survival School: proven methods for succeeding in today’s market
• creating opportunities in a down economy
• anti-harassment policies and other legal issues
• technology today: how to improve conversion rates and profitability through a greater use of economically friendly online marketing techniques and strategies
• an overview of the economic impact study
• an open forum discussion

The conference also will include the State Slate, a presentation that covers such issues as public access, vessel-wash, waste-water regulations, recently passed economic stimulus legislation for small businesses, fisheries news and information on the new Marine Industry Enhancement Program.

One new feature of this year’s conference is a number of “help desks” with representatives from such state agencies as the Department of Environmental Protection and information on various marine industry programs.

Early registration fee is $115 for MTA/NJ members and $195 for non-members. Exhibit space is available to participants wishing to showcase products or services during the conference.

For information, contact Melissa Danko, MTA/NJ executive director, at (732) 292-1051 or mdanko@mtanj.org.

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