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Thursday, July 24, 2014 Helping Dealers Succeed!
DEALERS...Your input requested

NAEDA’s Industry Relations Taskforce (IRTF) has upcoming meetings scheduled with AGCO- July 29, New Holland- September 9 and Kubota- September 24. If you are a dealer of one of these manufacturers, please feel free to contact Joe Dykes at NAEDA with any strategic, industry-wide or manufacturer specific issues you would like to be addressed at these meetings. The issues you submit will be coordinated with those of other dealers across North America.  Your input and direction helps insure that NAEDA effectively advocates on behalf of our dealer members and that your voice is being heard. Thank you in advance for your input!  

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Industry & Manufacturing News
OPEI announces new officers

Alexandria, Va. - July 17, 2014 - The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) today announced its 2014-2015 Officers and Board of Directors, which was unveiled during the OPEI Annual Meeting in Palm Beach, Fla., June 17-19, 2014.  Read More...

AEM elects three new directors

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) has elected three new directors, to fill unexpired terms.  Read More...

The Toro Company Celebrates 100th Anniversary

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. - Jul. 10, 2014 - The Toro Company today celebrated its 100th anniversary as more than 2,000 employees, retirees, channel and business partners, and other valued guests gathered at the company’s headquarters in Bloomington, Minnesota. Joining Michael J. Hoffman, Toro’s chairman and chief executive officer, as he remarked on the company’s rich history and the individuals and innovations that helped shape the company’s success was Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton, who presented the official proclamation declaring “Toro Day” in the State of Minnesota, and Bloomington Mayor Gene Winstead.  Read More...

Survey: Growth forecast lowered to 3 percent for the second quarter

Business economists have lowered their estimates for economic growth in the second quarter following news of a significant contraction during the first three months of the year.  Read More...

Legislative & Regulatory News
Senators renew Internet sales tax push

Senators seeking to give states broader latitude to charge sales taxes on Internet purchases are preparing a last-ditch effort to pass legislation through Congress before the midterm elections.  Read More...

Senate to act on highway fund

Senators next week are expected to take up a bill to extend the Highway Trust Fund, approving transportation funding until next spring and avoiding a critical shortfall.  Read More...

EPA keeps burning bridges

The EPA's waters of the U.S. rule continues to raise red flags for agriculture.  Read More...

CBO says US deficit levels are unsustainable

Washington’s failure to contain entitlement spending is biting into the nation’s long-term fiscal outlook, the Congressional Budget Office warned in a Tuesday report that found the nation’s debt would jump to 106 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) in 2039.  Read More...

Know the facts about EPA's Clean Water Act Proposal

EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently released a proposed rule to clarify protection under the Clean Water Act for streams and wetlands that form the foundation of the nation’s water resources. The proposed rule will benefit businesses by increasing efficiency in determining coverage of the Clean Water Act. EPA and the Corps are bringing clarity and consistency to the process.  Read More...

Canadian News
Harper embarks on strategy to win back Quebec voters

Stephen Harper is planning a cabinet meeting in Quebec City as part of celebrations surrounding Confederation, hoping to boost his party’s profile in a former Conservative stronghold that was swept up by the NDP in the last election.  Read More...

PM Stephen Harper tours flooded regions in Manitoba

Prime Minister Stephen Harper got a bird’s-eye view of Manitoba’s flooded farm fields, washed out roads and dikes holding back a raging Assiniboine River fuelled by floodwater pouring in from the west. Harper took a 20-minute helicopter tour of the southwestern Manitoba region on Sunday before thanking volunteers and emergency officials in Brandon for working around the clock on the flood effort.  Read More...

New indicators point to a better second half of 2014 for Canadian economy

A fresh manufacturing report in Canada and surprisingly strong employment numbers from the United States offer a hint of encouragement to Canada's economic prospects entering the second half of 2014. While not all the data is in, the first half of the year produced a hiccup for the economy -- although bad weather was an extenuating factor -- after a strong finish to 2013.  Read More...

Canadian manufacturers poised to grow, repatriate production, jobs: KPMG

Canada's manufacturing sector is finally poised for a true recovery after spending the last eight years in survival mode, according to a new report from consulting firm KPMG.  In the report, KPMG says many of the headwinds that worked against the sector during and since the 2008-09 recession are poised to reverse.  Read More...

Unemployment edged up to 7.1 per cent in June

The Canadian economy's capacity to generate meaningful job growth continued to fall short of expectations last month -- particularly in Ontario -- as employment surprisingly fell by 9,400 nationally in June and by 33,900 in the country's most populous province.  Read More...

Stephen Harper under pressure to fill Senate vacancies

Prime Minister Stephen Harper may soon be grappling with a whole new problem inside the Senate. He has already endured a Senate expenses scandal that cost him his chief of staff and suffered another setback in his attempts to reform the upper chamber thanks to a recent Supreme Court decision.  Read More...

Mike Duffy, suspended Senator, facing 31 charges

The RCMP has charged Senator Mike Duffy with bribery, frauds on the government and 29 other charges related to Senate expenses, the awarding of consultant contracts and the acceptance of a $90,000 payment by the prime minister's former chief of staff.  Read More...

New centre to boost profile of Canadian beef

A new Centre of Excellence is going to do for beef what Cigi has done for grains and oilseeds, says the president of Canada Beef. “I’ve always been high on Cigi — the folks there have done a tremendous job of ensuring Canadian grains have strong international recognition,” said Rob Meijer.  Read More...

FPT Agriculture Ministers focus on emerging opportunities for a growing sector of Canada's economy

Canada's federal, provincial and territorial (FPT) Ministers of Agriculture concluded their annual meeting after focused discussions on creating opportunities for a dynamic agriculture and agri-food sector in Canada. Ministers continue to plan for long-term success, while taking necessary actions to further strengthen the sector, which contributed $106.9 billion to Canada's GDP in 2013.  Read More...

NAEDA, Association & Program Partner News
9 Ways to Diversify Your Social Content

Content is king, but it can be difficult to continue to come up with new and exciting content ideas for you website, blog, and social media. Utilize the following concepts to refresh your social media strategy:  Read More...

SBA honors Illinois Family-Owned Business of the Year

On Thursday June 26, more than 200 members of Illinois’s business community gathered to celebrate SBA’s 2014 Illinois Small Business of the Year Awardees. Among those honored was Harrisburg’s M & S Implement Company.  Read More...

NAEDA Compensation and Benefits Survey

One of the most important areas of an association's function is the collection, publishing and dissemination of important industry information to help members in the operation of their business.  Read More...

Consider a contribution to NAEDA's Equipment Dealers Foundation

NAEDA’s Equipment Dealers Foundation (EDF) was created to provide grants to meet the industry’s need for training resources, career advancements and scholarships.  Through the years, the EDF has expanded its efforts to help dealership employees affected by natural disasters.  Moving forward, your support is needed for research, grants and scholarships to continue to enhance our industry.  Read More...

Tip of the Month


Tip of the Month: Optimizing your Emails for Mobile 

Are your emails optimized for mobile sites? Of the 70 Million mobile users, 43% check their email on it 4 or more times a day. This means that if you aren’t optimizing your emails, you are missing out on a huge group of consumers. To optimize emails for mobile, implement the following:
  • Reduce image file sizes.
  • Increase the size of links and the CTA for easy viewing.
  • Invest in responsive email templates.
Do you want to learn more about optimizing your emails for mobile? Contact
From the NAEDA Office
Task Groups Formed and Ready for Action!
Volunteers step up to study reshaping of NAEDA.

It is rare to have an opportunity to reshape an organization - especially, one that has more than 100 years of service to its members. Change is hard. It is controversial, politically sensitive and challenging, while status quo is comfortable and uncomplicated. However, change can also be invigorating, motivating and rewarding. It can offer a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to assume a leadership role in positioning an organization for continued success - strengthening its foundation, refocusing its priorities, enhancing its value proposition and enabling its volunteer and staff leaders to focus on the goals and objectives of the organization.  Read More...

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