Registration open for Michigan trade group conference

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Registration is open for the Michigan Boating Industries Association’s 2013 Recreational Boating Educational Conference, which will be held Dec. 4-5 at the Radisson Hotel in Lansing.

The event is the only conference dedicated to Michigan’s marine industry, which has a $7.4 billion economic impact on the state. Offering both a dealer and a marina track, the MBIA expects more than 100 people to attend.

Speakers from across the country will address Michigan’s marine industry on topics that include industry trends, sales and marketing development, the Affordable Care Act and social media.

Special consultation sessions will be an opportunity for marina facilities to schedule private meetings with permitting specialists from the Army Corps of Engineers to discuss dredging or development plans for next spring.

“Our members value the opportunity to learn from experts and from each other at RBEC,” MBIA executive director Nicki Polan said in a statement. “RBEC is also an opportunity to network and recognize our award recipients, and our annual meeting offers an association update and election results.”

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