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Webinar: Are You Missing Out? Introduction to the R&D Tax Credit

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014; Kirk Chen, Meritum Consulting

This webinar will provide participants with an introduction to the R&D Tax Credit (aka Manufacturer's Tax Credit). Along with a brief history of the credit, the session will inform participants about what qualifies as R&D in the eyes of the IRS, how to capture the costs associated with R&D efforts, an overview of the potential risks and rewards involved, several examples of actual cases, and finally how all of this could apply to many of SEMA's members.

Key Learning Objectives:

1) Basic understanding of the R&D Tax Credit (aka Manufacturer's Tax Credit),
2) How broad in scope the R&D Tax Credit actually is, and finally
3) How this credit could potentially benefit you

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Webinar: OSHA Enforcement Trends & Managing Inspections

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Thursday, May 8, 2014; Eric J. Conn & Amanda Strainis-Walker, Epstein Becker Green

OSHA has increased enforcement to levels never seen before, from huge increases in the numbers of inspections and citations characterized as "willful" or "repeat" to more criminal referrals. These increased enforcement initiatives are especially targeted on automotive supply manufacturers in the Southeast with the potential to expand to other manufacturers across the country. Once OSHA starts an inspection, they are engaging in more aggressive strategies during inspections, creating a minefield for employers, and making it more important than ever for employers to prepare for an OSHA inspection.

Eric J. Conn and Amanda Strainis-Walker, leaders of the national OSHA Practice Group at Epstein Becker Green, will provide an update on the current landscape of OSHA enforcement, review employers' and employees' rights during an OSHA inspection, provide detailed recommendations for actions employers can and should take now and during inspections, and discuss strategies to help ensure the best possible outcome from an unexpected visit by OSHA.

This interactive program is designed for those seeking to reduce costs, maintain operational efficiencies, and control union influence in workplace issues.

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Webinar: Confused About the Healthcare Reform Law? What SEMA Members Need to Know About “Obamacare”

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Thursday, August 1, 2013; Kelly A. Davis, Clifton Larson Allen

The “Affordable Care Act” continues to sow confusion for many SEMA members. You may have read recently that the Obama Administration has delayed implementation of the employer mandate portion of the health care law. So, what does this development mean for you? While, larger SEMA companies will still be required to offer healthcare coverage in 2014, penalties for non-compliance won’t be enforced until 2015.

However, when enforced, these penalties will be severe. It is critical that all SEMA member companies understand the law and plan accordingly. In this user-friendly webinar, healthcare reform expert Kelly Davis of Clifton Larson Allen will provide an overview of the law and focus on key issues company executives should consider for their businesses and their workers. Kelly’s presentation will include details on the employer and individual mandates,  tax credits available to small businesses and the insurance exchanges being created to assist smaller companies and individuals in shopping for affordable coverage.

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Webinar: Exhibitor Series - Develop a Pre-Show Marketing Plan Guaranteed to Make your SEMA Show a Success

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Thursday, July 18, 2013; Chuck Schwartz, ConvExx; Tom Gattuso, SEMA

What is your Show strategy? Preparing for the SEMA Show is a tremendous task with many logistical and operational details to consider. It is important to start NOW! This session is specifically designed for SEMA Show exhibitors and will cover:

  • Proven ways of driving buyers to visit your booth
  • Best ways to get exposure and attention at the world’s largest automotive show
  • How to eliminate exhibitor mistakes that will minimize your chance for success

Develop your pre-SEMA Show marketing strategy and greatly increase your chances for success. Whether this is your first year exhibiting or you have years of experience, this session will give you the head start needed to increase booth traffic, gain exposure, and minimize costly mistakes. SEMA Show Staff and Management will show you how to do it right and do it better!

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Webinar: Five Things You Must Know When Shipping Internationally

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Thursday, April 11, 2013; Charles Popick and Tom Leimkuhler, CPC Consultants

Overseas markets are increasingly lucrative for SEMA members. But pitfalls await the inexperienced. Before you pack the first box, learn these five keys to international shipping.

  • Should your company use direct or indirect exporting?
  • How do you select the right freight forwarder?
  • Who should your importer be?
  • Do you have the proper documents prepared correctly?

How can you optimize your process for lower duty fees? Find out how to assess risks, minimize costs, maximize profits and exert the strongest control over your products’ destinies. Case studies from Brazil, China and the Middle East explore problems and solutions, with best practices recommendations for small, midsize and large companies.

CPC Consultants has helped companies save millions of dollars in transportation, warehouse management, overall business operations and more. Founder and principal Charles Popick and partner Tom Leimkuhler will guide webinar participants to improve their procedures with strategic management advice, logistics suggestions and the insiders’ view of international shipping.

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Purchasing Pitfalls: Avoiding Supplier Conflicts and Legal Battles

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Thursday, April 14, 2011; Presented by: Brian Akkashian and Rich Apkarian, Dickinson Wright PLLC

What is the best litigation avoidance strategy? It’s not to litigate. Your job is to focus on closing deals, customer retention and increasing ROI---not lawsuits with your suppliers. So what is the best strategy? Develop well-drafted supplier contracts, terms, agreements and related documents.

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Fine Tuning Your China IPR Strategy: Know Before You Go

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Thursday, July 8, 2010; Presented by: Merritt Blakeslee, Blakeslee Law Firm and Wade Kawasaki, Exports International

Do you have a comprehensive strategy in place to protect your intellectual property rights (“IPR”)?  While most SEMA members have an HR strategy and marketing strategy, far fewer have as detailed a plan to protect their patents, trademarks, domain names, and copyrighted materials (like website content and product instructions) from infringement.  Join IPR guru Merritt R. Blakeslee of the Blakeslee Law Firm and Wade Kawasaki, President of Exports International and longtime SEMA member on July 8 to learn about best practices in protecting your intellectual property assets and insight into how SEMA members have helped to mitigate the risks of intellectual property theft. 

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Patents, Trademarks, and Copyrights: Ask the Experts

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Thursday, October 22, 2009; Presented by: Stuart Gosswein, SEMA (Moderator); Merritt R. Blakeslee, The Blakeslee Law Firm; Steve Lustig, Dickinson Wright PLLC; Robb Roby, Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear

Learn business law without the strain of legal jargon. During this session, top attorneys in the specialty-equipment market answer your questions on the key issues that make an impact on your company. These attorneys are experts on patents, trademarks and copyrights.

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10+2 = New Filing Requirement for ALL Companies Importing Products to the US Now in Effect

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Thursday, June 8, 2009, Presented by Richard Di Nucci, Director, Secure Freight Initiative

Importing product into the U.S. just became more complicated and costly due to a new Customs and Border Protection (CBP) regulation.  The Importer Security Filing (ISF), which is commonly known as the "10+2" initiative, as it requires importers to supply 10 pieces of data (and shipping companies another 2 items) marks the first time importers are required to communicate with CBP regarding incoming shipments.

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Meeting Federal, California Emissions Regulations for Specialty Aftermarket Parts While Avoiding Costly Compliance Problems

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Thursday, May 21, 2009, Presented by Jim McFarland, SEMA Technical Consultant

This webinar presentation includes the necessary procedures, helpful hints and requirements needed for achieving California and federal compliance status for specialty aftermarket emissions-related parts and systems. During Jim’s presentation, you will get specific information on California Air Resources Board (CARB) Executive Orders (E.O.), how to obtain a CARB E.O., solutions to potential problems, cost savings techniques, and avoiding common compliance errors when obtaining an E.O., how to appropriately and effectively market emissions-related specialty parts and the SEMA Black Book, including where to seek compliance assistance.

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