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SBA announces funding opportunity through the State Trade Expansion Program 2020

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has announced the opening of the submission period for a funding opportunity through the State Trade Expansion Program. The purpose of the grant opportunity is to invite proposals for funding from eligible state entities interested in and capable of providing assistance, guidance and tools to qualified small businesses looking [...]

By |2020-02-07T15:53:25-06:00February 7, 2020|

OFPANZ annual conference, July 25-27, New Zealand

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 [...]

By |2019-05-22T14:52:48-05:00May 22, 2019|

Shading for land or sea

Whether on land or at sea, Marine Tech caters to the SuperYacht market as well as the shading industry. Photo: Marine Tech. Sandy Sturner is the managing director of Marine Tech LLC, a St. Thomas, Virgin Islands-based sail and canvas shop that thrives on challenging and unusual projects. Established in 1999, Marine Tech [...]

By |2016-10-01T00:00:13-05:00October 1, 2016|

Test of time

Owner of Jefferson Tent & Awning Co.ATA member since 1985 Bea Heinz, owner of Jefferson Tent & Awning Co., St. Louis, Mo., has a bit of experience in the custom canvas industry—51 years to be exact. Established in 1911, the majority of Jefferson Tent & Awning’s business consists of the custom manufacture of [...]

By |2016-09-01T00:00:17-05:00September 1, 2016|

Providing “shady deals” since 1972

The House of Canvas manufactures and installs residential and commercial window awnings, patio awnings, shade screens, roll curtains and retractable awnings. Photo: The House of Canvas Inc. Debbie Lacy, general manager of The House of Canvas Inc., Glendale, Ariz., takes pride in her family owned and operated custom awning business. From residential and [...]

By |2016-08-01T00:00:33-05:00August 1, 2016|

Who’ll mind the store?

Internship programs are an untapped resource for finding the next generation of leaders for specialty fabrics businesses. After decades of building businesses within the textile industry, entrepreneurial baby boomers are entering a new phase of life. As CEOs, business owners and managers consider transitioning out of their leadership positions, they’re dealing with a lot of [...]

By |2016-07-29T10:54:43-05:00July 29, 2016|

Tips for building a strong management team

Training staff to be empowered, involved and empathetic means success in the present and in the future. Although it was years away—10 to be exact—from when Jerry Grimaud, president of Lawrence Fabric & Metal Structures Inc., St. Louis, Mo., became the company’s sole owner in 2005, he didn’t waste any time considering an exit plan. [...]

By |2016-07-14T08:00:51-05:00July 14, 2016|

Foundations built to last

A pioneer in the flooring trade, NC Carpet Binding & Equipment manufactures carpet equipment, offers 1,200 USA-made edgings and provides 24-hour repair service. Photo: NC Carpet Binding & Equipment Corp. Mal Maher is the CEO of NC Carpet Binding & Equipment Corp., a Newark, N.J.-based company that manufactures machinery and offers supplies for [...]

By |2016-06-29T09:00:42-05:00June 29, 2016|

A succession solution

How to determine if an employee stock ownership plan is right for your company. An exit plan is generally not at the forefront of a company owner’s mind, especially at the height of career success, but it’s no less important than any other business strategy. When the time comes to step down, a comprehensive exit [...]

By |2016-06-29T09:00:18-05:00June 29, 2016|
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