By utilizing MBIA’s programs, dedicated to saving you time and money, your membership will pay for itself. Find opportunities to advance your business through education, participate in programs that help to grow boating and your business, join efforts to fight negative legislation and regulations and work with your fellow members to make our industry stronger.
MBIA represents hundreds of marine businesses in Michigan, including boat dealers, marina operators, marine retailers, boat and dock manufacturers, banks, insurance companies, marine service companies and many more. The MBIA offers a variety of membership benefits designed to help you save time and money in order to help grow your business.
Join the MBIA to enroll in these time and money saving member programs.
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Supplemental Insurance Program - AFLAC
MBIA's partnership with AFLAC allows you to improve your employees' benefits on a tax-advantage basis without increasing your costs. Visit www.aflac.com for more information on the Insurance Benefits.
Space Discounts for Members at three of Michigan's Premier Boat Shows
MBIA members pay a lower rate for space at MBIA boat shows. Currently the association produces the Detroit Boat Show at Cobo Center in Detroit and the Spring Boating Expo at the Rock Financial Showplace in Novi.
The MBIA offers quality education and networking opportunities at low member prices; i.e., annual conference, regional meetings and other specialized workshops and seminars. MBIA's office complex provides meeting space for continuing education.
An Association Fueling Program that saves you time and money with fuel purchase discounts:
Legislative Representation - MBIA's Government Relations Program
MBIA has representation in Lansing to monitor and lobby recreational boating issues to assure the views of the marine industry are heard and the industry does not suffer under unnecessary or unfair legislation and/or regulations. The MBIA's lobbying firm is Muchmore, Harrington Smalley & Associates. MBIA also monitors Federal legislation issues in Washington D.C. and works with national marine associations on a coalition basis.
Listing with Association Publications & www.mbia.org
MBIA members receive free listings in several highly circulated publications: The Michigan Boating Annual Directory, 50,000 circulations and the association roster. Plus MBIA's internet site (www.mbia.org) provides consumers worldwide with detailed information on MBIA members' products, services and marina locations and general information about boating in Michigan.
Recreational Boating Industries Educational Foundation (RBIEF)
Scholarships, internships and job placement assistance is part of the role RBIEF plays to assist MBIA members and their employees in today's marine market. To-date, RBIEF has provided more than $300,000 in college scholarships.
As the official MBIA office supply partner, Staples offers members:
UPS Member Benefit
Save on package and LTL freight shipping with UPS® and UPS Freight®
Shipping made easy with UPS® and UPS Freight®
When it comes to your business shipments, everything needs to go smoothly — without any delays or surprises. UPS understands that logistics is a key part of your business, and we’re here to help.
MBIA has partnered with Vanco Payment Solutions (formerly Veracity & Midwest Transaction Group) to offer exclusive credit and debit card processing benefits for association members. Providing options for your customers is important for any business or business owner. That’s why Vanco has put together a suite of payment solutions to provide multiple options that are secure, simple to use and cost effective. In addition, we chose Vanco because of their competitive pricing, innovative payment solutions, and award winning customer service.
Members not currently processing with Vanco will automatically receive a complimentary statement review. The process is easy, simple, and hassle free.
MBIA Pollution Insurance Program with Environmental Risk Managers
Environmental accountability, responsibility, and sustainability is being emphasized in today’s business environment more than ever. Many in the marine industry have already experienced this, whether it be through Great Lakes conservation efforts, or customer contracts requiring pollution coverage. Pollution liability insurance fills a gap in coverage due to the “total or limited pollution exclusions”, contained in the majority of General Liability (GL) policies.
Free Computer Training with New Horizons Learning Centers
MBIA members receive one free Excel, Word of Powerpoint class of their choice, annually. A $300 value - this benefit alone pays for the entire membership fee of MBIA! Contact Mike Borashko at New Horizons for more information. Em: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 734.853.2067 to schedule your course today!
Save on Email Marketing with Constant Contact
The MBIA is now offering a new money-saving member program with Constant Contact. Just another way MBIA membership pays for itself! Even if you’re already a customer of Constant Contact, joining the MBIA Discount Program can save your business an additional 10% off marketing services.
At MBIA, we use Constant Contact for our E-newsletters, Boat Show News and Consumer Communications. We believe it’s a great tool and want to share it with you. To sign up today for a free trial or a marketing package visit http://MBIA.ConstantContact.com.
Insurance Program with The Hanover
The Hanover Insurance Company, an affiliate of Citizens Insurance (“The Hanover”) based right here in Michigan, is now the endorsed insurance carrier offering exclusive commercial insurance products to MBIA members for marinas, boat dealers and yacht clubs. This relationship brings several advantages to our members:
Legal Services Benefit
Members are now offered free or discounted services from MBIA's legal counsel, Jim Stewart of Kotz Sangster. Each member is entitled to one free phone call or office visit per fiscal year (one hour limit). Maritime leins, general business contracts and many other issues that come up in businesses could be reasons to utilize this benefit. For extended service (up to 10 hours), Kotz Sangster will offer a discounted rate of $250 per hour*. *Other rates and any engagement or retainer packages will need to be discussed and agreed to with the member based upon the nature and complexity of the legal matter.
For complete details or to sign up: Call Jim at (313) 259-8751 or Email: email@example.com
Toll Free Boater's Hotline
The MBIA advertises its mid-west toll free number (800-932-BOAT) for boaters looking for products and services. The MBIA receives hundreds of calls and directs all customers directly to MBIA members.
Alternative Dispute Resolution Program
The ADR Program is designed to provide marine businesses and consumers an alternative method of resolving disputes (mediation & arbitration) versus participating in costly, time-consuming litigation.
MBIA develops positive public relations programs, which promote boating safety and boating as a recreation. These campaigns and continual press releases focus on the ease, fun and affordability of boating and direct potential buyers to your business.
Members are kept up-to-date on vital industry issues through its newsletter "Marine Trade News" and Fax Broadcasts on Industry Alerts and legislative and environmental updates.
Crain's Detroit Business
As an MBIA member you can get a Crain's Detroit Business Discount.
Regular rates $59/year; MBIA member rate is $35/year.
Click on the PDF to view the instructions on how to enroll in all of these cost-saving member benefit programs. Many members see savings far beyond the cost of membership. If you do not see a PDF below, please be sure to LOGIN (top right of webpage). Once logged in as a member, the PDF will appear. Please contact our office if you have any questions!