Application process for Paycheck Protection Program opens Friday

April 1, 2020

Starting Friday, April 3, small businesses and sole proprietorships can apply for the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) – an initiative that was included in the $2 trillion economic relief bill signed by President Trump last week, which authorizes nearly $350 billion in forgivable loans to businesses to pay up to eight weeks …

Facebook, others launch grant programs for small businesses

Facebook announced a $100 million program to help small businesses affected by coronavirus. The grants will be available for up to 30,000 eligible small businesses in over 30 countries. Facebook said it will be accepting applications in the coming weeks. The company said the program can help businesses with rent, operational costs, maintaining workforce and …

Friday webinar on how federal stimulus package helps boating industry businesses

March 31, 2020

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) will present a webinar on Friday, April 3, about how the $2 trillion stimulus bill recently signed into law by President Trump will help marine businesses during the COVID-19 crisis. Click here to register now. The event will feature presentations from Nicole Vasilaros, senior vice president of government and …

IFAI president responds to Coronavirus, adjusts upcoming events

March 17, 2020

As concern over the Coronavirus (COVID-19) grows, I want all IFAI members to know we are closely monitoring developments and following recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO). We will follow their recommendations to keep our employees, their families and our members healthy and safe. With this in …

Inhibiting microbes with topcoat technology

February 11, 2020

When compounded performance additives in vinyl aren’t enough, antimicrobial lacquers and topcoats offer extra protection. By Hugh Barrett Microbes, such as bacteria and fungi, can live on a surface for months. Manufacturers of flexible vinyl, films, fabrics and textiles use engineered antimicrobial (AM) lacquers and barrier topcoats to offer an extra level of protection against …

New Grow Boating chairperson named

November 28, 2019

In early November, Bryan Seti, general manager of sales and marketing, Yamaha WaterCraft Group, was elected chairperson of the Grow Boating Board of Directors during its annual meeting in Chicago. Seti succeeds Joe Lewis, owner and general manager of Mt. Dora Boating Center, who served as chairperson from 2011 through October 2019. Seti joined Yamaha …

SunMaster fabric featured during 2019 IFAI Expo

October 29, 2019

A featured Show Stopper at the 2019 IFAI Expo, SunMaster™ is a versatile 7.5 oz. solution-dyed polyester featuring a 5-year warranty that is specially formulated to withstand just about anything Mother Nature can serve up. The fabric is abrasion resistant and easy to clean, making it an excellent choice for marine, awning, shade and garden …

Common mistakes cost more than you think

September 1, 2019

There’s a high cost to being too busy to get work done. By Randy Westlund I  was consulting for the owners of a company recently. They’d worked hard last year. They did a record number of jobs. They even had to hire two installers and a welder to get it all done. But at the end …

GoFundMe account set up for family of Caribbean Canvas

July 9, 2019

Jerry Hughes and Stephanie Hughes, owners of Caribbean Canvas, Boynton Beach, Fla, died in an auto accident on June 29. The Highlands News-Sun has released more information about the accident. The Hughes’ youngest child, Cade, age 9, has a rare disease called Jansen’s metaphyseal chondrodysplasia, where the bones in the arms and legs develop abnormally. …

Workstation ergonomics saves backs and increases efficiency

May 2, 2019

Sewing machines are an integral part of the workflow at most marine fabrication shops. But while fabricators may be careful about the machines they buy, and work to keep them operating properly, there are other aspects of the sewing operation that deserve attention. Just the way a shop’s sewing workstations are set up can increase …