Starting up or expanding a business? Here’s what you need to know about taxes.

August 1, 2019

Tax laws can help or hurt new and expanding businesses. In today’s economy, it’s not unusual for an existing event business to branch out, or for an owner or self-employed professional to start another business in the same or a different field. Few realize, however, that Uncle Sam stands ready to become a partner in …

Workforce strategies in a tough labor market

June 1, 2019

Fear of the boogeyman can change organizational behavior. Picture this: It’s bedtime and children are getting their goodnight kisses. The parents wish them sweet dreams, leave the room and close the door behind them. With their defenders gone, the children begin their nightly debate: Is the boogeyman here? And if so, what exactly are they …

OFPANZ annual conference, July 25-27, New Zealand

May 22, 2019

The Outdoor Fabric Products Association of New Zealand (OFPANZ) will hold its 2019 Annual Conference at the Napier War Memorial Conference Center in Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand, on July 25-27. The conference will bring together a diverse range of speakers and workshops, offering a variety of educational, social and professional networking opportunities, including the annual …

Optimisim and persistence in the face of natural disaster

April 1, 2019

Meeting planning expert Jeff O’Hara lost his home and his business in Hurricane Katrina. His new book details how entrepreneurs can come back from disaster. In his new memoir Have Fun, Fight Back, and Keep the Party Going: Lessons from a New Orleans Entrepreneur’s Journey to the Inc. 5000 (Greenleaf, December 2018), Jeff O’Hara, president …

How to recognize and prevent sexual harassment in the workplace

December 1, 2018

Far too often, the process of making bad and/or unethical choices begins with a simple, almost thoughtless decision. How do I know this? Well, I’ve seen it happen far too often. Harassment is not a sexy subject, and ethics are more than words. “The times they are a changing,” and that’s more than just song …

Avoid being sued with a well-written rental contract

October 1, 2018

How to keep from being sued by making yourself the least appealing target in the group. A client recently asked me what seemed like a simple question: “How can I keep from getting sued? Aside from the obvious answer (which necessarily involves either a fortune or a gravestone), my answer, with some explanation, was: “Make …

Is it a good time to sell your event rental business?

August 1, 2018

One of the most frequent questions I get is “Is now a good time to sell?” There are two things to consider when trying to answer this question. One is a “macro” question of how are the overall market conditions and two is a “micro” question of how your business is performing. I’ve been involved …

Facebook’s changing algorithm and your business

June 1, 2018

How Facebook’s algorithm changes can affect tent and event renters’ social media marketing strategies—and what to do about it. The power of Facebook® is undeniable—and while its data privacy issues dominate the news at the moment, the algorithm update that launched earlier this year is still a hot topic for social media marketers and page …

Saavy cash management can boost your bottom line

April 1, 2018

Learn the basics of savvy cash management to boost your bottom line. Cash flow—the amount of money flowing into and out of your shop—is an easy concept to understand, yet not always well managed. Not every owner is aware of the impact skillful cash management has on net income, probably because the importance of managing …

Why millennials don’t want to work for your business, and how to change their minds

December 1, 2017

The year was 2000. The start-up had outgrown the garage, relocating to a nondescript building in an office park. Outside that building, on an asphalt parking lot, employees played roller hockey. The games were full contact. Employees wore pads and would come back inside drenched in sweat and sometimes bloodied and bruised. Inside the building, …