Economic Snapshot: Small business optimism levels off in March

The National Federation of Independent Business Small Business Optimism Index slipped 0.6 points to 104.7 in March. The small business optimism index remains strong and at record-high levels, despite the slight decline this month. “Small business owners remain optimistic about the future of the economy and the direction of consumer confidence,” said NFIB President and …
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Mark Bretz named Montana Small Business Person of Year

Mark Bretz, owner of Missoula, Mont.-based, Bretz RV & Marine, has been selected by the U.S Small Business Administration as the 2017 Montana State Small Business Person of the Year. According to a press release, the award is given to individuals who “demonstrate hard work, innovative ideas and dedication to their employees and community and …
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Economic Snapshot: Small business optimism at its highest level since 2004

December marked the second consecutive month of record-breaking small business optimism, now at its highest level in over 12 years. NFIB Small Business Optimism Index The National Federation of Independent Business Index of Small Business Optimism reached 105.8 in December, increasing 7.4 percent and rocketing the index to its highest level since 2004. “We haven’t …
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SureShade ranks No. 6 in Philadelphia Business Journal’s “50 on Fire in Philly”

SureShade, the U.S. designer and manufacturer of retractable sunshade systems for the marine industry, was selected by the Philadelphia Business Journal in its inaugural award program “50 on Fire in Philly” as the No. 6 fastest-growing company in the Greater Philadelphia Region. SureShade was the only business honored in the top 50 from both the …
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How to mess up a business without breaking a sweat

No matter their strengths, businesses, like people, are always at risk. Some dangers are so blatant they dare being ignored. But others, far less obvious, cause untold—and even fatal—damage, eating away and undermining a company’s best efforts. Their work is insidious and relentless, going unnoticed until it’s too late. And it all happens without anyone …
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How of Business podcast offers useful tips, advice for owners

A relatively new podcast for small business owners and entrepreneurs is worth checking out if you’re struggling with the challenges of running your business. The How of Business launched in April and now boasts more than 30 episodes in its archives, with topics ranging from customer service to blogging to hiring and more. I discovered …
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Clemons Boats adds Carefree Boat Club to business

SANDUSKY, Ohio – Clemons Boats has added the Carefree Boat Club to further complement their full service marine operation located in Sandusky, Ohio. “The Carefree Boat Club is a way for us to be a one-stop shop for any level of boating interest,” said Clemons Boats General Manager, Jason Clemons. “Since the economic downturn we’ve seen a […]
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Ryan Estis shares strategies to help dealers win more business

After three powerful days of education and networking at the industry’s premier annual dealer event, attendees of the 2014 Marine Dealer Conference & Expo in Orlando, Fla., were treated to an inspiring Closing Keynote address delivered by world-renowned business performance expert Ryan Estis. Estis spoke before a room of marine retailers Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 19, […]
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Have you really earned the right for success in your boat business?

Over the past few weeks we’ve talked about the process your boat buyers go through, called the ‘Educational Spectrum,’ and how you can take advantage of your competition’ s lack of understanding by offering the ‘Researchers and Evaluators’ the information they are searching for already. But as I wrote earlier, it could backfire on you […]
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