SBA announces funding opportunity through the State Trade Expansion Program 2020

February 7th, 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 […]

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OFPANZ annual conference, July 25-27, New Zealand

May 22nd, 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 […]

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Shading for land or sea

October 1st, 2016

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 focuses during the winter 鈥渉igh鈥 season on marine canvas with an emphasis on mega-yachts, and during the balance of the year concentrates on awning […]

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Blair Belluomo brings a strong and appreciative management style to the family business

September 1st, 2016

I聽went to school with many kids whose parents had businesses, and they thought that just because their parents ran a successful business, they could just step in and be successful as well,鈥 says Blair Belluomo, owner and president of Belle Isle Awning in Roseville, Mich. 鈥淪o many of them failed because they hadn鈥檛 had other […]

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Test of time

September 1st, 2016

Bea Heinz, owner of Jefferson Tent & Awning Co., St. Louis, Mo., has a bit of experience in the custom canvas industry鈥51 years to be exact. Established in 1911, the majority of Jefferson Tent & Awning鈥檚 business consists of the custom manufacture of commercial and residential canvas awnings as well as all types of canvas […]

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Providing 鈥渟hady deals鈥 since 1972

August 1st, 2016

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 commercial window awnings to shade screens and roll curtains, everything from start to finish is done in-house. Here, Lacy shares her thoughts about the business, her predictions for the […]

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Who’ll mind the store?

July 29th, 2016

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鈥檙e dealing with a lot of […]

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Tips for building a strong management team

July 14th, 2016

Training staff to be empowered, involved and empathetic means success in the present and in the future. Although it was years away鈥10 to be exact鈥攆rom when Jerry Grimaud, president of Lawrence Fabric & Metal Structures Inc., St. Louis, Mo., became the company鈥檚 sole owner in 2005, he didn鈥檛 waste any time considering an exit plan. […]

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Foundations built to last

June 29th, 2016

Mal Maher is the CEO of NC Carpet Binding & Equipment Corp., a Newark, N.J.-based company that manufactures machinery and offers supplies for the flooring trade. Founded in 1947 by his uncle and grandfather, Maher got his start in the family owned and operated business in 2000. Here, Maher shares his thoughts about production challenges, […]

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A succession solution

June 29th, 2016

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鈥檚 mind, especially at the height of career success, but it鈥檚 no less important than any other business strategy. When the time comes to step down, a comprehensive exit […]

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