Survey Results Show Optimism for the Future, Weakness This Season
Signs of recovery are everywhere, including in our surveys. 58% of respondents to the AOA’s 2009 Business Outlook Survey for the third quarter are optimistic about improved reservations for next year. 67% of respondents offered specials to attract business this season. To date, 63 companies have responded to the survey. Take five minutes to take the survey. After you’ve completed the survey, be sure to click the Done button to record your responses. Results will be available next week.
Other encouraging news: Manufacturing expanded for the first time in 19 months in August, according to the Institute for Supply Management. The Institutes index was above breakeven for the first time since January 2008, according to Marketwatch.
New Member Benefits to Save You Money and Improve Your Business
Members Eligible for Free Two-Hour Business Evaluation with Estrada Strategies
America Outdoors Association members are eligible to receive free, two-hour business evaluations through the business coaching firm, Estrada Strategies. Estrada Strategies developed the Core Disciplines of Business, which when implemented help companies form a strategy for successful business management. Estrada also offers several levels of business coaching through the CEO Club, the Entrepreneurs Club, and the Online Club. AOA members get these services at a reduced rate and you only pay for the time spent. In other words, if it isn’t working for you for whatever reason, you can opt out and only pay for what you have participated in. Check out the CEO Rule of the Week. For more information on Estrada and to learn how to get your free, two-hour business evaluation, send an email to Kevin Kragenbrink firstname.lastname@example.org
Save Money on these Pro Deals
TrekSta Shoes Pro Plan
America Outdoors has negotiated new pro deals with TrekSta Shoes. 40% off on TrekSta Shoes hiking, running and trail running shoes for AOA members and their employees. You will need your user name and password to access the special AOA discount code available under Pro Deal under Member Resources on the AOA site.
Coleman Pro Deal for America Outdoors AssociationMembers
Discounts on Coleman consumer products. You will need the special AOA discount code to receive these pro discounts.
The Pro Deal link will appear in the Member Resources area after you have entered your user name (email address) and password. To view the pro prices for both programs you will need the special AOA code found in the password protected area.
Credit Card Rules Are Changing
Consumer Reports is warning consumers to be on the alert for changes in credit card rules that are being adjusted in advance of the more consumer friendly rules that will be in place next February. Some of the changes that may be implemented in the interim could affect your credit rating. While not all credit card issuers are changing their policies and fees, many are.
Those changes may include:
• Higher interests rates and minimum payments
• Balance transfer fees (typically 3% to 4%)
• Reduced credit limits. This could impact your credit score if your limits are cut from $10,000 to $5,000 and you have a $4,000 balance you will be using 80% of your credit, which may change your credit score and hike rates for other credit.