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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.


Current Members - Scroll to the bottom of the page for instruction on how to sign up for MBIA member benefits. NOTE: YOU MUST BE LOGGED IN to view the instructions link.



Card Connect (formerly BluePay) Credit Card Processing

MBIA and CardConnect have joined forces to offer members a simple, secure and reliable payment processing solution. Whether you need to accept payments in-person, online, or over the phone, CardConnect has you covered. Better yet, all transactions are backed by innovative security features to protect your business against a harmful data breach. By switching to CardConnect, you can expect to save between 10 and 40% on monthly processing fees. Reach out today to receive your free savings analysis!

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         Simply go to https://boatflag.me/ to receive 10% off your purchase of boat flags for       quantities of 1-24 flags ordered, and 25% off for quantities of 25+ flags ordered. To receive this discount simply choose ‘Michigan Boating Industries Association’ in the source drop down when you submit a form so they know you are a member, and they will work in your discount.


Discount at www.BoatNameGear.com 

Members receive a 10% discount on all purchases made at http://www.boatnamegear.com/ by using the code 'MBIA' at checkout. 


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.

Under the MBIA umbrella:

  • Sign up for 6 months of service and receive a 20% discount (typically 10%)
  • Sign up for a year in advance and save 25% (typically 15%)

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


Crain's Detroit Business

Crain’s Detroit Business, Southeast Michigan’s most trusted business news source, is pleased to offer MBIA members an exclusive subscription offer.  For only $39/year (Regularly $59/year) you get access to all 52 print issues plus unlimited access to crainsdetroit.com.  Subscribe today!  


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.

The MBIA Pollution Insurance Program provides members with educational information on the pollution exposures impacting their operations, access to broad pollution liability insurance offerings, and discounted premiums.

To learn more about the MBIA Pollution Insurance Program, contact Brooks Bunbury at (231) 218-1044 or Email: brooks@estrategist.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:

i. The use of someone you trust. You no longer have to seek out an agent approved by the carrier. We made sure that all agents licensed to do business in the state of Michigan will have access to the program offered by The Hanover. So, you can stay with your current agent and still be able to take advantage of all the benefits we have brought to you.

ii. Lower insurance costs; We have negotiated with The Hanover to guarantee you 5% off your package price and offer to you up front. A real savings benefit that you recognize right from the start.

The Hanover has long served the need of MBIA and its members. Year after year they have insured more of our members than any other insurer. They have for many years carried the insurance for the association and to this day they remain our carrier. With The Hanover’s ties to Michigan, we can’t think of a better partner.

*All products are underwritten by The Hanover Insurance Company or one of tis insurance company subsidiaries or affiliates. Coverage may not be available in all jurisdictions and is subject to the underwriting company guidelines and issued policy. This material is provided for informational purposes only.



Discounts include: A 10% Discount on Hertz Daily Member Benefit Rates (car classes A through F Compact 2 Door through Full-size 4 Door). A 10% Discount on Hertz Standard Daily, Weekend, Weekly and Monthly Rates (all car classes), & a 5% or greater Discount on Hertz Leisure Daily, Weekend, Weekly and Monthly Rates (all car classes). To take advantage of these discounts click here to save this discount card & tell them your MBIA unique discount number when ordering a rental.


Legal Services Benefit with Kotz Sangster

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: jstewart@kotzsangster.com 


Lakeland Boating - FREE one year subscription

As a new member, you will automatically receive a free one year subscription to Lakeland Boating Magazine. 


MiBiz discounted subscription

MBIA members are eligible to subscribe to MiBiz, West Michigan's must-read business publication for mid- and high-level executives, for $39/year (normally $59/year). Receive 26 print issues and full-access to MiBiz.com. Subscribe today! Use offer code: MBIA2018


Benefits and Discounts through the Michigan Chamber of Commerce

MBIA has joined forces with the Michigan Chamber of Commerce to bring you several new member benefits. Please click below to start taking advantage of them! You must use code MBIA when making a purchase. 


HR Services 
Publications & Posters 
Savings Programs 
Certificates of Origin 
Business Brokerage


Read more about Business Brokerage Services


Read more about Salary surveys.


Read more about Utility and Telecom savings


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: mike.borashko@nhgreatlakes.com or call 734.853.2067 to schedule your course today! 


Staples Advantage

As the official MBIA office supply partner, Staples offers members:

  • Discounted pricing on office supplies, Facilities / Cleaning and Break room supplies,Technology, Furniture, Print and Promotional Products.
  • Free, next day delivery on orders of $50 or more
  • Online ordering at StaplesAdvantage.com with Top-flight customer service to help with questions on order status, delivery information, and stock checks
  • Convenient and easy online return process
  • Once enrolled, you also get program discounts in Staples stores.

Contact your Account Manager to help maximize your program. Karen Capellan at (888) 224-3784, ext. 2094427. Ready to get started? Click here to register.


UPS Member Benefit

Save on package and LTL freight shipping with UPS® and UPS Freight®

MBIA is pleased to partner with UPS and UPS Freight to offer the MBIA/UPS Savings Program – a member benefit program specifically designed to help you work smarter, not harder.

The MBIA/UPS Savings Program provides you with special discounts on a wide array of UPS services, including small package and LTL freight shipping. As a result, you’ll have access to UPS’ expansive distribution network, renowned service and advanced technology at exclusive member rates.

Ready to get started? Enroll online in the MBIA/UPS Savings Plan, or contact the UPS Freight Associations Team today at 866.443.9303 or upsfreightassociations@ups.com to put the power of logistics to work for you.


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 members not only save on package and LTL freight shipping through the MBIA/UPS Savings Program, but also have exclusive access to our time-saving technology and dedicated Association Team.

We’re committed to making the entire shipping process as seamless as possible. Enroll online in the MBIA/UPS Savings Plan, or contact the UPS Freight Associations Team today at 866.443.9303 or upsfreightassociations@ups.com to put the power of logistics to work for you.


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 Novi Boat Show at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, and the Metro Boat Show in Harrison Township.


Educational Seminars/Conferences

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.

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, 40,000 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.


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.


Boating Promotions 

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.


Information Hotlines

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. 

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