Showfloor Buzz – April 30, 2022


CBA Renewal Update.  As mentioned in last month’s Buzz, 2022 will see a number of collective bargaining agreements that are up for renewal and the EACA is supporting our members by communicating renewal and negotiation dates and by organizing member caucus groups.

  • Las Vegas CBA Update. A number of EACA members participated in a call to discuss the upcoming CBA negotiations in Las Vegas recently.  Bill Muller of Nth Degree, who will be the EAC community representative at the bargaining table led the discussion and provided those in attendance with an outline of the upcoming schedule. Contract negotiations are scheduled to begin on May 9.

EAC Registration Schedule. EACA is supporting the following events with our EAC registration services:

  • Support World Live                                      May 17-19                          Las Vegas/MGM
  • Summer Fancy Foods                                 June 12-14                         New York
  • Biotechnology Conf.                                    June 13-16                         San Diego
  • Black Hat                                                     Aug   8-9                             Las Vegas/Mandalay Bay
Save These Dates for the RSMGC. The RSMGC Board has announced the dates for their charity events in 2022.   All EACA members and industry colleagues are encouraged to note the following on their calendars as we endeavor to provide assistance to our colleagues who have suffered personal or family tragedies:
  • Chicago Randy                                            Aug 1, 2022                       Seven Bridges Golf Course, Woodridge, IL
  • Get Out of the Gutter                                   Aug 18, 2022                     Bowlmor, Atlanta, GA
  • Atlanta Randy                                              Oct 7, 2022                        Stone Mountain Golf Course, Stone Mountain, GA

EACA Member News

CCC is EACA’s Newest Affinity Partner. EACA recently signed an agreement with Commercial Collection Corp. of NY(CCC) to provide discounted collection services to our members.   Not only will CCC provide collection services to EACA members but they will also provide credit check services to members on new or existing accounts.  Best of all, the main contact at CCC is well known to many members who have worked with Lisa Puckett in the past.   If you have an account that you’d like to check on their credit worthiness, or if you have a collection you’d like to place with CCC you can reach Lisa by email at [email protected].

Employco USA Welcomes Two New Team Members. <Exhibit City News>  Employco’s newest team members include: Maribel Martinez, HR generalist. She will be handling HR support and her duties will include employee relations, training, and benefits for our Employco clients.  The other is Amanda Vigenser, unemployment claims specialist.  She will be coordinating unemployment claims with Employco clients and state agencies.

Linda Tellez Joins LAB Exhibits and Services.  <Exhibit City News>  Lab Exhibits and Services is pleased to announce that Linda Tellez has joined the organization as a senior account manager.

Industry News

ExhibitorLive 2022 at Mandalay Bay: Countdown on for June.  <Exhibit City News>  EXHIBITORLIVE has been an ongoing industry tradeshow for decades. It’s considered one of the biggest shows of the year among those in the industry, and it continues to thrive. Its 2022 launch announcement provides many reasons for industry professionals to be optimistic, but also raises a lot of questions due to its out-of-rotation dates. EXHIBITORLIVE takes place June 20-23, at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, which is a change from its traditional date.

John Pavek, chief marketing officer of Exhibitor Media Group is optimistic about the upcoming event. “We’re excited to bring the industry together again and celebrate and facilitate the return of live events,” he says. “This year’s event will again present the largest exhibition of tradeshow and event products and services in North America with three full-days of exclusive exhibit hall hours that feature no overlap with educational sessions.”

Cardin & Wicker Urge Passage of Legislation to Replenish RRF <US Senate Cmte on Small Business> U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship Chair Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and U.S. Senator Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) today urged passage of their legislation to replenish the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) and provide relief to small businesses in other industries that have experienced significant declines in revenue, including gyms, minor league sports, buses and ferries, among others.

The Cardin-Wicker measure would provide an additional $40 billion to RRF, which is enough to provide all applicants that have not received any assistance with full grants. The measure also includes enhanced auditing requirements for new and existing grants to prevent fraud, as well as new transparency and customer service requirements to ensure that SBA shares information with Congress and the public.

There are other bipartisan small business assistance proposals in the bill, including:

Grants for Live Venue Service and Support Companies: $2 billion for aid to businesses that support live events that have suffered losses of greater than 25 percent. Based on the bipartisan MUSIC Act introduced by Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Bill Hagerty (R-Tenn.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), and Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.).

PPP Transportation Contractor Fix: Prevents certain government contractors that received PPP loans from being unfairly disqualified from loan forgiveness. Introduced by Senators Mike Braun (R-Ind.) and Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.).

Offsets: Offsets include $5 billion in unused funds remaining in the Paycheck Protection Program.

US Airfare Prices are Up 40%. <Meeting News>  According to analysts at travel comparison company Hopper, U.S. domestic airfare has risen by 40 percent since the start of the year. Roundtrip domestic flights are now averaging $330, as compared to $235 at the beginning of 2022.

That’s also an increase of seven percent over 2019’s pre-pandemic pricing, making these the highest prices the company has seen since it started collecting this data.