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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, …

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Step it up

October 1, 2014

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 …

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Year after year

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 …

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 …

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The reappearing act

Has lead time for your jobs vanished? Try these strategies to make it reappear and boost profits in the process. By Tom Ross In the later stages of the recent recession, Alert Management Systems was approached for help by one of its largest tent and event rental clients, a company responsible for supplying tents and …

The wild, wild west

The wild, wild west Canvas Unlimited provides tent and event services in and around Jackson Hole, Wyoming. A few miles west of the Continental Divide, encompassed on all sides by mountains, Jackson Hole, Wyo. sits beside the headwaters of the Snake River. With its low lying valleys, rivers and streams, this gateway to Yellowstone and …

Business credit primer

June 1, 2014

Understand how business credit differs from personal credit. By William J. Lynott Business credit works the same way as personal credit in many respects, but there are some important differences. Information about business credit transactions is gathered by the business credit agencies to create a business credit report. Identification includes business name and address, and …

Walla Walla, weddings and wineries

Sandy’s U-Rent Party Store evolves with the times in the Pacific Northwest. Say “Walla Walla” in the United States and people are bound to think “onions.” True enough—Walla Walla, Wash., is known for producing the large sweet onions that are available every June through August. But for many years Walla Walla County has also been …

The case for EPLI

April 1, 2014

Don’t assume that a general liability or business owner’s insurance policy will cover you in a lawsuit related to employment practices. By Brian K. Hall The case for EPLI Don’t assume that a general liability or business owner’s insurance policy will cover you in a lawsuit related to employment practices. A rental business wouldn’t face …