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SEMA Garage-Industry Innovations Center: Weapons of Mass Design

One of the greatest tools in the SEMA toolbox for member manufacturers is the new SEMA Garage-Industry Innovations Center. About a year ago, the SEMA Board of Directors met to discuss ways to help the association’s manufacturing members address various product development challenges. The SEMA Garage was born as a result of those discussions, and I was hired to lead this effort. Located in Diamond Bar, California, adjacent to SEMA headquarters, this 15,000-sq.-ft. facility houses a variety of tools and programs designed to help SEMA manufacturers more efficiently develop and market new products. The facility is comprised of four separate cells, each of which play a critical role in helping members get products to market in a quick and economical manner.

SEMA News—August 2013

SEMA Garage-Industry Innovations Center: Weapons of Mass Design

By Mike Spagnola

Emissions Compliance Made Easy

SEMA Focuses Efforts to Help Members Achieve Regulatory RequirementsSEMA continues its work to untangle a variety of emissions-compliance requirements while identifying and pursuing alternative paths to relieve or clarify concerns about navigating the regulatory landscape. At both the state and federal levels, the association is engaged in facilitating member compliance through a variety of programs and initiatives. This article summarizes issues that are either being addressed or have become more manageable as a result of these efforts.

SEMA News—August 2013

LEGISLATIVE AND TECHNICAL AFFAIRS
By Jim McFarland

Emissions Compliance Made Easy

SEMA Focuses Efforts to Help Members Achieve Regulatory Requirements

Ignited We Stand

SEMA Action Network Seeks Unified Voice to Strengthen ImpactAs the fight to defend our automotive pursuits continues, the necessity of showcasing the SEMA Action Network’s (SAN) efforts to the specialty-equipment industry remains critical. SEMA-member businesses represent an integral component in successfully reaching lawmakers in the United States and Canada with a unified message on important legislation. You, your colleagues and customers can help guide the course of the future.Each legislative session, the SAN tracks and responds to hundreds of legislative initiatives affecting the specialty-equipment industry and the consumers it serves. Some bills will not advance past introduction; others will go on to become the laws of tomorrow.

SEMA News—August 2013

LEGISLATIVE AND TECHNICAL AFFAIRS
By Colby Martin

Ignited We Stand

SEMA Action Network Seeks Unified Voice to Strengthen Impact

Two Websites to Help Your Business Thrive

A Wealth of Information Is Just One Click AwaySEMA-member information on how specialty-equipment parts are regulated by the government, health care law overview, California Air Resources Board (CARB) Executive Order (EO) instructions, intellectual property rights guide, links to small-business issues, off-road equipment and land use laws, etc.SEMA Action Network (SAN) is the industry’s outreach to the hobbyist community (your customers) and provides a nationwide partnership of car clubs, individuals and SEMA members working together to promote industry-friendly laws and regulations.

SEMA News—August 2013

LEGISLATIVE RESOURCES
By Stuart Gosswein

Two Websites to Help Your Business Thrive

A Wealth of Information Is Just One Click Away

We’ve Come a Long Way Together

SEMA Government Affairs Successes Are Driven by Member Participation We have expressed disappointment through this column over the years with the continued political gridlock in Washington. Partisan stalemate has created an adversarial climate on Capitol Hill for nearly every major legislative issue, from health care to entitlement reforms and everything in between. Both parties share the blame for a situation that renders it difficult for politicians to collaborate.However, there have been a few recent signs of bipartisan cooperation in Congress. The House Ways and Means Committee, responsible for all tax legislation in Congress, has convened bipartisan working groups to begin reviewing the tax code. The groups have gathered input from lawmakers, companies, trade associations and other stakeholders to offer recommendations...

SEMA News—August 2013

FROM THE HILL
By Dan Sadowski

We’ve Come a Long Way Together

SEMA Government Affairs Successes Are Driven by Member Participation

Law and Order

Law and Order is an update of some of the most recent federal and state legislative and regulatory issues that could potentially impact the automotive specialty-equipment industry. These include issues affecting small-business owners and their employees.

SEMA News—August 2013

LEGISLATIVE AND TECHNICAL AFFAIRS
By Steve McDonald

Law and Order

Law and Order is an update of some of the most recent federal and state legislative and regulatory issues that could potentially impact the automotive specialty-equipment industry. These include issues affecting small-business owners and their employees.

 

SEMA PAC Launches 10th-Anniversary Celebration

Year-Long Celebration to Focus on Increased Member InvolvementThis year marks the 10th anniversary of SEMA’s Political Action Committee (SEMA PAC). To commemorate 10 years of protecting the industry in Washington, D.C., SEMA PAC will be unveiling exciting new initiatives. To take full advantage of what SEMA PAC has planned, you must first become “SEMA PAC Approved.” To get started, simply complete the form on the next page. It takes less than a minute to fill out and allows the PAC to share information on how SEMA is working for you in the nation’s capital. You can easily become “PAC Approved” online. Remember, completing the form does not obligate you to contribute to SEMA PAC.

SEMA News—July 2013

FROM THE HILL
By Christian Robinson

SEMA PAC Launches 10th-Anniversary Celebration

Year-Long Celebration to Focus on Increased Member Involvement

Law and Order

LEGISLATIVE AND TECHNICAL AFFAIRS By Steve McDonald Law and Order is an update of some of the most recent federal and state legislative and regulatory issues that could potentially impact the automotive specialty-equipment industry. These include issues affecting small-business owners and their employees.

SEMA News—July 2013

LEGISLATIVE AND TECHNICAL AFFAIRS
By Steve McDonald

Law and Order

Law and Order is an update of some of the most recent federal and state legislative and regulatory issues that could potentially impact the automotive specialty-equipment industry. These include issues affecting small-business owners and their employees.

STATE UPDATE

Law and Order

Law and Order is an update of some of the most recent federal and state legislative and regulatory issues that could potentially impact the automotive specialty-equipment industry. These include issues affecting small-business owners and their employees.

SEMA News—June 2013

LEGISLATIVE AND TECHNICAL AFFAIRS
By Steve McDonald

Law and Order

STATE UPDATE

Arkansas Motor-Vehicle Lighting:

SEMA Hammers Message to Save Johnson Valley OHV Recreation Area

Earlier this year, more than 50,000 off-highway vehicle enthusiasts gathered at the Johnson Valley Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Recreation Area in California for the seventh annual King of the Hammers. The event, known as the ultimate desert race, has evolved from 12 teams racing for bragging rights to more than 150 competing teams. Johnson Valley is the largest OHV area in the United States and draws at least 200,000 visitors annually while generating at least $260 million each year for the national economy. During the King of the Hammers event, racers take advantage of the area’s unique geography to race “Ultra 4” vehicles on a dry lakebed at speeds of more than 100 miles per hour and rock crawl through challenging boulder fields. This year, Congressman Paul Cook (R-CA) attended this important event in his home district and addressed a standing-room-only crowd at the drivers’ meeting.

SEMA News—May 2013

FROM THE HILL
Dan Sadowski

SEMA Hammers Message to Save Johnson Valley HV Recreation Area

National Coalition Encourages Shared-Use Solution to Military Expansion

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