SEARCH Foundation appoints board, discusses 2012 outlook

October 21, 2011

The SEARCH Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides assistance to event professionals during times of crisis, announces the appointment of its 2012 board of directors. Sitting on the board’s executive committee are Joann Roth-Oseary, chairwoman, Someone’s in the Kitchen; David Fischette, first vice chairman, GO West Creative; Sasha Souza, secretary, Sasha Souza Events; Larry Green, …

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Orion Software releases SiriusCRM

October 10, 2011

Orion Software, Montreal, Canada, has launched SiriusCRM, an integrated Customer Relationship Management (CRM) module. Developed specifically for the rental industry, SiriusCRM enables rental companies to quickly and easily access customer information, analyze sales forecasts and marketing campaigns and manage prospect and customer data. SiriusCRM is a value-added module for the SiriusPro rental software. SiriusCRM will …

Dance floor options

October 1, 2011

New dance floor options are lighter weight, customizable and fit into every budget. Every party planner and client these days wants to throw a unique event, all the way down to the dance floor. “More than ever before, people are looking to create completely unique special events on shoestring budgets,” says Neil Casale of the …

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Know the signs of employee theft

By William J. Lynott It’s only natural for you to place a great deal of trust in your employees. “We’re like one big family,” is a refrain often heard in entrepreneurial ranks. That’s as it should be—but it’s important to keep your guard up. The unfortunate fact is that employee theft is a growing national …

Five steps toward tent safety

Conduct a hazard analysis to protect employees and your business. Many workers are injured and killed at the workplace every day in the United States. You can help prevent workplace injuries and illnesses by looking at your workplace operations, establishing proper job procedures and ensuring that all employees are trained properly. Conducting a job hazard …

Circular tent layout designed out of shapes

Toronto rental company designs circular tent layout around gazebo. They say you can’t fit a square peg into a round hole. But don’t try to tell that to the creative minds at Absolute Tent & Event Services of Toronto, Ont., Canada. The company designed a round configuration out of various hexagonal, triangular and square tents, …

Defining RFID and how it can benefit your tent business

By Larry Weeman Q: What is RFID, and how can it benefit a tent rental operation? A:RFID (radio-frequency identification) is a technology that consists of tags and readers used to identify and track unique objects. In the rental industry, the tracked objects are inventory items such as a tent fabric, a piece of linen, a …

Tent installation under time constraints

Guests at the Shedd Aquarium’s Sea Jelly Soirée had no idea the tent was erected under strict time constraints. The Sea Jelly Soirée at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago showcased nearly a dozen species of sea jellies new to the aquarium, while raising money for area schoolchildren to learn about aquatic animals, environments and conservation—under …

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Red Hat Rentals expands for success

Red Hat Rentals offers big-city options to rural East Texas. In 2001, when the Jones family—Andy, Susan and Billy—decided to open the tent and event rental arm of their equipment rental company in rural East Texas, they didn’t let the fact that their small town lacked the population needed to support an event-based business stop …

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Working in challenging environments

Weather, economy challenge tent rental business decisions. By Kathy Schaefer The season is drawing to a close in the Midwest with yet more weather unpredictability. I’m sure all tent companies experience their own seasons no matter what climate they are in, but this year we have all, at one time or another, been tested by …