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, …

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 …

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Successful cold-weather tent installations

October 1, 2011

Seasonal events and construction projects keep tent renters busy in cold weather climates—with modifications to protect tents, installers and profits. By Janice Kleinschmidt In February 2011, some 2,500 people jumped into Wisconsin’s frigid Lake Monona. The Polar Plunge proves not only participants’ fortitude, but also the fact that a tent renter’s work is never done. …

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How to get tent installation permits

Work successfully with code officials to gain tent installation permits. By David A. MacArthur Pulling permits to erect tents can be like trying to hit a moving target because different code enforcement officers and fire department inspectors interpret codes differently. Understanding ahead of time what individual inspectors are looking for and why, along with trends …

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Dynamic tent decor for less

Pros share secrets for standout decor on a budget. By Meleah Maynard Money may not buy happiness, but it sure comes in handy when clients want stunning memory-making decor for a tented event. In today’s economic climate, though, increasing numbers of people are trying to get the look and feel they want on smaller budgets. …

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Tent renters manage information with technology

Technology helps tent renters keep customers in the loop. By Jamie Swedberg What’s the first rule of communicating with tent rental customers? Answer the phone when it rings. “We have a rule that the phone has to be answered by the second ring or I’m off the wall, I’m up out of my chair,” says …

Stretch tents are popular

Fabric developments and growing popularity advance market potential for freeform style tents. Stretch or freeform style tents originated in the “trance” electronic dance music movement in the 1990s. Established in the South African and Australian rental markets, this style of tent is poised to expand worldwide. “It’s taken about nine years to get to the …

Portable shade canopies

High-end portable shade canopies from Tsuga, fabricated of lightweight WeatherMax LT from Safety Components, combine extreme durability with a stylish appearance to make time spent outdoors even more enjoyable and trouble-free. The asymmetrical design allows for multiple configurations from cabana-style for the beach to attaching to the back of a car for tailgating. WeatherMax LT …

Tent-focused LED lights

Eureka! has introduced an improved line of LED lighting products. While most LED lights are created with DJs and clubs as the primary buyer, these new lights were identified, qualified and tested with the tent rental industry in mind. Available are the Basic LED PAR, LED Professional PAR, Premium LED PAR, Basic LED dance floor …

Furniture collection

CORT Event Furnishings is now offering their Lounge22 powered by CORT collection in Chicago and throughout the Midwest. As a part of Lounge22, the Essex Collection reflects the sophistication of the entire Lounge22 collection, a sophisticated two-tone sofa and chair that create visual interest with a black ultra suede trim. The collection offers a fresh …