As the ACA stands

October 1, 2015

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) may be controversial but it is unlikely to be fully repealed anytime soon. It continues to provide specialty fabrics professionals and their businesses with insurance options, cost assistance and increased buying power through the government-sponsored marketplace—and a considerable amount of paperwork and confusion. Now is the time to begin preparing …

The tax benefits of attending trade shows

August 1, 2015

Owners, managers and employees of tent and event rental businesses, even shareholder-employees—have long been allowed to claim an income tax deduction for the expenses of attending trade shows, conferences and meetings. Thanks to federal tax laws, the government will pick up the tab for a sizable portion of the expenses of attending events, if the …

New York, New York

New York Tent meets the challenges of a demanding city with style and attention to detail. Providing tent and event services in a city where traffic is always an issue, trucking restrictions reign and residents are increasingly demanding is a New York City kind of challenge. For some people, conditions like that might make them …

Hire top performers

A bad hire wastes precious time and money. Ensure that your hiring process identifies the best employees for your company—every time. By Gregory P. Smith Most employers agree the typical employee selection process is minimally effective at best. Unfortunately, resumes and job interviews are becoming less reliable. Here are the most common problems surrounding job …

Stress fractures

April 1, 2015

Don’t let workplace stress undermine your operations. By William J. Lynott Workplace stress can simmer just beneath the surface, eating away at morale, productivity and profits. And if you think that workplace stress doesn’t exist in your business, think again. “Emotional pain exists in every organization at some point, and it takes a heavy toll,” …

Wealth of knowledge

December 1, 2014

Whether your company has been in the tent industry for one year or 100, IFAI Tent Expo 2015 is the place to gain more knowledge and a professional edge. InTents: What issues face tent rental companies of all sizes? Mike Holland: Codes and their enforcement. Many states and municipalities are trying to regulate the industry …

Off-season actions

Now is the time to prepare for the high season. By Lars Erickson Winter is a slower time for many tent rental companies, but there are plenty of tasks to accomplish in the off-season that will help your company be more efficient and profitable in the busy summer season. Analysis While reviewing the past season, …

Year after year

October 1, 2014

Olympic Tent’s president Scott Sutherland and vice president Darrel Brown weigh in on how to get and manage multiyear event contracts. By Scott Sutherland and Darrel Brown Relationships take work but, with a little thoughtful effort, can reap great rewards. And what is a multiyear contract but a professional relationship between businesses? From building your …

Step it up

Upsell accessories to boost profit and take events from good to glam. By Amir Hussain When the economy gains strength, celebrations gain momentum. Tent and event rental companies are once again finding that clients are able to spend more money to upgrade their events—but some add-ons move more easily than others. From more sophisticated lighting …

Cost control

August 1, 2014

Tips to minimize workers’ compensation costs. By William J. Lynott Workers’ compensation costs can become a major expense. Almost every business in the United States that has employees must deal with the cost of workers’ compensation. Take these steps to help keep workers’ comp costs under control. Smart hiring comes first Within the limits imposed …