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SEMA Still Going Full Speed Ahead

Over the past 52 years, SEMA has developed a track record of assisting members in a variety of areas related to industry and business development. The mission of “helping members’ businesses succeed and prosper” is steeped in history and first grew out of a need for consistency and community among racing industry members.In the early years, as the industry grew, specifications remained a challenge. It became clear that a partnership was needed for manufacturers. Regulations were necessary in order to keep moving forward, but the manufacturers needed to organize. Discussions began on how to create specifications and legitimize products and, on March 26, 1963, the Speed Equipment Manufacturers Association (SEMA) was formed in response.
SEMA News—May 2015

BUSINESS

SEMA Indicators

Compass Points for Specialty-Equipment CompaniesBusiness trends reveal themselves in a host of incarnations, and we seek each year to ferret out those that pertain to the automotive specialty-equipment aftermarket. The SEMA Show, new-vehicle sales, educational tendencies and other indicators may reveal significant industry developments—or at least give savvy professionals some compass points to steer by. We hope that the following areas of interest help with the navigation.
SEMA News—April 2015

BUSINESS

First Steps for New Members: Free Tools to Help You Save and Grow

Attendees of the 2014 SEMA Show experienced the association’s membership offerings firsthand at SEMA Central, with many even joining on-site. A common question from these new members was “Now what?” Figuring out how to gain the most from association membership can be tricky at first, but there are a few easy ways to get started and a team of people eager to help. Whatever the niche and scope of a company, these instruments can accelerate your business for no added cost.
SEMA Member News—January/February 2015

First Steps for New Members: Free Tools to Help You Save and G

Webinar: Exhibitor Series: Preparing Yourself for a Successful SEMA Show - On and Off the Floor

Date: 
Sep 25 2014 10:00am - 11:00am
Timezone: 
PDT
Facility: 
Online
FREE WEBINAR: SEMA’s Trade Show Director, Tom Gattuso and SEMA’s Director of Education, Zane Clark will present an exclusive exhibitor webinar on Thursday, September 25th at 10 a.m. pdt entitled “Preparing Yourself for a Successful SEMA Show – On and Off the Floor.”
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SEMA’s Trade Show Director, Tom Gattuso and SEMA’s Director of Education, Zane Clark will present an exclusive exhibitor webinar on Thursday, September 25th at 10 a.m.

Webinar: Exhibitor Series - Are You Prepared for the SEMA Show? Webinar for First-Timers (and Veterans)

Date: 
Aug 20 2014 10:00am - 11:00am
Timezone: 
PDT
Facility: 
Online
Exhibiting at the SEMA Show takes preparation, and there are a number of details that may not occur to a first-timer until just a few weeks before the doors open!
Exhibiting at the SEMA Show takes preparation, and there are a number of details that may not occur to a first-timer until just a few weeks before the doors open.

Webinar: Getting Media Coverage at the SEMA Show

Date: 
Jun 12 2014 10:00am - 11:00am
Timezone: 
PDT
Facility: 
Online
Veteran reporter Larry Edsall will offers tips on how to effectively work with media, during the SEMA webinar on June 12, 2014, at 10:00 am (Pacific Time).
Veteran reporter Larry Edsall will offers tips on how to effectively work with media, during the SEMA webinar on June 12, 2014, at 10:00 am (Pacific Time).

As a freelance contributor to automotive and lifestyle publications, including the Detroit News’ “Drive” section and the New York Times’ “Wheels” section, Edsall will outline how he makes his plans for the SEMA Show, explain what catches his eyes, and offer real-life examples of things that exhibitors should and shouldn’t do.

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

Date: 
May 13 2014 10:00am - 11:00am
Timezone: 
PDT
Facility: 
Online
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.
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.

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Webinar: OSHA Enforcement Trends & Managing Inspections

Date: 
May 8 2014 10:00am - 11:00am
Timezone: 
PDT
Facility: 
Online
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.

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.

Focusing Attention on the Benefits

For decades, the Light Truck Accessory Alliance (LTAA) and its forerunners have been sources of information, connections and advocacy for aftermarket professionals in the light-truck and off-road segments. LTAA leadership recently identified a new approach and focus to better serve the membership and industry as a whole. With this new clarity of structure and activity, LTAA is poised to be of even greater value to the aftermarket in the coming years.
SEMA Member News—March/April 2014

Focusing Attention on the Benefits

 

 LTAA members belong to the lowered, raised, diesel, off-road and Jeep niches of the industry.

Webinar: Learn 10 New Ways to Better Your Product Development Process

Date: 
Mar 13 2014 10:00am - 11:00am
Timezone: 
PST
Facility: 
Online
Mike Spagnola, SEMA’s vice president of OEM and Product Development Programs will share tools for improving the product development process from concept to prototype at the March 13 webinar entitled “10 Ways to Better Product Development – The SEMA Garage Industry Innovations Center.” During his 40 years in the auto parts arena, Spagnola has held numerous positions spanning retail, distribution and manufacturing, uniquely positioning him to understand the issues that SEMA’s members face daily.
Presented by: Mike Spagnola

Mike Spagnola, SEMA’s vice president of OEM and Product Development Programs will share tools for improving the product development process from concept to prototype at the March 13 webinar entitled “10 Ways to Better Product Development – The SEMA Garage Industry Innovations Center.” During his 40 years in the auto parts arena, Spagnola has held numerous positions spanning retail, distribution and manufacturing, uniquely positioning him to understand the issues that SEMA’s members face daily.

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