Strong Growth and Fatter Pocketbooks Warrant a Closer Look at the Potential in Latin America’s Second-Largest Economy
Automotive specialty-equipment manufacturers might want to take a look at selling into Mexico, the second-largest export market for the United States. According to the International Monetary Fund, 85% of the world’s growth—and new customers—over the next five years are located outside the United States, and our neighbor to the South is an increasingly interesting market.
The SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund, which is dedicated to fostering the next generation of automotive leaders and innovators, awards approximately 75 scholarships every year. These awards help prepare the industry’s next generation for today’s competitive market through financial assistance for students attending various universities, colleges and/or vocational schools in the United States. In fact, the fund has yielded more than $1.5 million in scholarships since 1984.
SEMA Member News—March/April 2013
The Industry’s Next Generation Visits the 2012 SEMA Show
It may be early in the year, and many of you are just now dusting off your collector cars and hot rods in preparation for the cruising months ahead, but the fourth annual Collector Car Appreciation Day, July 12, 2013, will be here before we know it. Matt Agosta of Steele Rubber Products prepared the following column right after the holidays, but his message still rings true and gets us in the right frame of mind to celebrate our collective passion.
By Marla Moore and Nan Gelhard
In 1993, a small group of the automotive specialty-equipment industry’s businesswomen transformed the SEMA Women’s League, a group catering to the wives of SEMA exhibitors, into the SEMA Businesswomen’s Network (SBN). They became a group focused on women’s success in the automotive aftermarket.
SEMA Member News—March/April 2013
The SEMA Businesswomen’s Network: Access to Success
Running a business can be tough going these days. Your membership in SEMA is an important ally, and now it’s an even stronger force with enhanced SEMA-member benefits from UPS. SEMA members can now enjoy exclusive discounts on UPS services and solutions that can help to streamline and expand operations while trimming time, waste and expense. Members also enjoy significant discounts on package deliveries and export rates as well as UPS freight.
By Wayne Williams
I couldn’t help but notice how nicely merchandised the Starbucks Coffee Shops were this past holiday season. Again this year, my wife and I did the Christmas shopping together, and because my wife is a happier shopper when she has a Starbucks coffee in her hand, we visited a number of locations.
By Regis Finn
We discussed the importance of attending consumer-based shows and events in the May/June 2012 issue of SEMA Member News and inexpensive ways to promote a business on the web in the November/December 2012 issue. In this third installment, we’ll discuss the need or lack of need for print material for a small business.
New Models Take Center Stage
A host of cars and trucks that could be important to SEMA-member retailers and manufacturers were debuted at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Among those likely to be of interest to enthusiasts and the companies that serve them are the ’14 Corvette, ’14 Lexus IS and ’14 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Also shown was a concept version of what is thought to be Ford’s next F-Series pickup. If there was a single theme to the show, it was about enhancing mileage without sacrificing performance.