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April 14, 2021

NICA Together Will Move to 2022

Thank you to all who supported and pre-registered for our upcoming NICA Together event, from our first announcements until now. When NICA decided to produce NICA Together: A Marketplace of Ideas, Networking, Products, and Services in Las Vegas, May was looking pretty quiet. However, to our delight and surprise, with the rolling out of a large-scale vaccination program and the unexpected announcements of state re-openings, events are emerging faster than we anticipated. We cannot ask you, our members, to give up the opportunity to work, and we will not.

The blessing is our NICA membership is slowly but surely rebuilding routes and going back to work. Therefore, out of respect for all of our Industry stakeholders' needs to re-open and/or return to work, we have decided to postpone NICA Together to a week in 2022 when we can celebrate our survival and successful return to a post pandemic world.

Registration fees will be refunded to the credit card on which they were made.  Tuscany Suites and Casino will honor all reservations that were made for a stay between May 2 and 8, 2021 (Sunday to Thursday $59 and Friday to Saturday $105, no resort fee) or cancel them without penalty by April 26. We apologize for any inconvenience. If you have any questions, please contact us at (813) 438-8926 or nica@nicainc.org.

We want to continue our emphasis on the inspiration for NICA Together: to encourage communicating and collaborating between segments of the fair industry and focus on getting back to business together. In the spirit of our 2021 theme of “Movin’ Forward,” we are looking towards the next engaging educational experiences that we can provide our members, including “The Changing Landscape of Commercial Exhibits,” presented by Jeff Thornberry, CCE, NICA Director, at the Florida Federation of Fairs convention in Naples, FL, May 13-15.

Stay tuned for registration opportunities throughout the year for NICA Together 2022. We cannot wait to see you back out on the road, at fairs, industry meetings, and NICA rallies and activities. "Together We Can!"

April 6, 2021

2021 NICA Board Nomination Forms Available

NICA is currently accepting nominations for next year’s Board of Directors. Joining NICA’s Board offers many opportunities to have your voice heard, connect with other professionals in the Fair industry, and to further the cause of NICA. If you need more information, please call (813) 438-8926 or email us today!

Nominations must be received in the NICA Office no later than May 25th, 2021. 

  1. What is the single most important challenge facing Concessionaires today?
  2. As a Board Member, how would you help overcome this challenge?
  3. Where do you see NICA in five years?
  4. What would you plan to help NICA get there?

You must email, mail, or fax all nomination materials listed above to the NICA office at 1043 E. Brandon Blvd., Brandon, FL 33511, via fax to (813) 803-8460, or via email to nominations@nicainc.org.

*Required signatures may be gathered either in person, by email, or by fax; due to the differing methods involved, additional signature sheets will be accepted.


Download the Election Nomination Form, Statement of Commitment & Code of Ethics below:

Election Nomination Form

Statement of Commitment

Code of Ethics

March 24, 2021

NICA Together: A Marketplace of Ideas, Networking, Products & Services
Pre-Register & Book Your Room Today!

Who:

YOU, Fair Industry Leaders, Owners, and Exhibitors.

What:

NICA Together is a non-exclusive Marketplace, educational sessions led by hands-on event industry thought leaders, and networking opportunities that are welcome and comfortable. A place where we all understand we are customers of each other and together we share a Fair guest to serve.

Where:

Tuscany Suites and Casino, Las Vegas, NV, is 6 blocks off the strip on Flamingo Road (directly behind Bally’s and Paris) and 6 minutes from the McCarran International Airport. If you are driving - Free parking! Room rate Sunday through Thursday is $59 with no resort fee, suite sized rooms with kitchenettes, and free Wi-Fi.

When:

48 hours: Tuesday evening, May 4th through Thursday afternoon, May 6th

Why:

  • Connect with your Fair friends and family
  • Share what is working in our Fair Community
  • Develop Back to Business Content

How:

  • Today: Pre-Register below for $89 (2 social events and 2 meals included)
  • Today: Book your hotel room reservation below

Program Schedule

Tuesday Evening:

NICA Together Welcome Reception – dinner on your own.

Wednesday:

Workshops, Roundtables, Boxed Lunch, Marketplace, Happy Hour – dinner on your own.

Thursday Morning:

General Session, Brunch, Backstage Event.

Travel home safely and Make it Happen, or stay a few more days and figure out How to Make it Happen!

Click Here to Pre-Register
Click Here to Book Your Hotel Room
Click Here to Access the Exhibitor Portal

Stay tuned to NICA's emails and social media for upcoming event information, programming, and more. See you in Vegas at NICA Together, an event filled with Connection, Community and Content"Together We Can!"

March 6, 2021

Call to Action From Industry Partners: COVID-19 Relief Legislation

UPDATE (3/6):

Thank you to everyone who answered the call and reached out to the U.S. Senators on Friday, March 5. The Senate passed the American Rescue Plan Act, but it did NOT include the amendment by Senator Braun (R-In) that would have changed the Shuttered Venues Operator Grant program to provide relief for the fair industry.

NICA and its Sister Organizations continue to advocate on your behalf and meetings are continuing with top aides of Representatives Jimmy Panetta (D-CA) and Billy Long (R-Mo) along with those of key Democratic Senators in order to introduce the Agricultural Fairs Rescue Act. We will keep you posted of developments and will be asking for you to reach out to your elected officials at the appropriate time.

We are UNITED and #FairStrong!

UPDATE (3/5):

Act NOW! TODAY! Please call both of your U.S. Senators! Ask them to help save the fair and carnival industry. For more information, see our previous Call to Action Email from earlier this week.

You can find your Senators’ phone number on their website or a U.S. Capitol Switchboard operator can also connect you directly with the Senate office: (202) 224-3121.

HERE IS THE ASK:

I am calling to urge the Senator to support the Braun Amendment #990. The amendment adds fairs, fairgrounds, and the mobile entertainment industry to the shuttered venue operator grant program. Adding these industries to the shuttered venue grant program ensures that local, county, and state fairs can compete for grants to protect the live entertainment industry. Passage of this amendment will help guarantee our fairs and carnivals survive in 2021. 

This is even more important than ever as the SBA just updated their FAQs to specifically prohibit fairs and fairgrounds from the current Shuttered Venues Operator Grant (SVOG). There are many amendments on the Senate floor right now and we must act fast. Thank you for your support. "Together We Can!"

ORIGINAL (3/1):

NICA – along with Industry Partners Outdoor Amusement Business Association (OABA) and International Association of Fairs and Expos (IAFE) – continue to advocate on your behalf with Congress to try and get some financial relief and assistance to our devastated industry. Thanks to your efforts last fall, we made major progress on a House Bill (Agricultural Fairs Protection Act) with a $500 million relief package for fairs, getting up to 55 co-sponsors. However, in the rush of finalizing COVID relief at the end of Congress, it did not get into the final package. We press on, though! Representatives Panetta (D-CA) and Long (R-MO) are already hard at work on reintroduction of this bill in the House and we are working on securing a Democratic Senator to introduce on the Senate side. That work is showing great promise thanks to the dedicated outreach from some members we called upon this week.

As our Industry Partners have noted in previous messaging since December, we are monitoring the Shuttered Venues Operator Grant (SVOG). The language as passed in the last Congress, and the FAQs distributed by SBA (most recent 2/21/21) is such that few of the fairs in the country are likely to qualify. From the text of the bill to the FAQs from SBA, there is a lot of ambiguity and conflicting language. Furthermore, there is no relief for carnivals or concessionaires. OABA’s lobbyists have crafted an amendment to the SVOG language to change all this and there is a chance to get that introduced in the current COVID relief package before Congress. BUT . . . we all have to act fast. There is a push to get this bill signed within the next couple of weeks!

  • Use the Word template message at this link (if the document doesn't download, copy and paste the link into your browser). Personalize the message (please note items in red or blanks), and then please send to your United States Senators ASAP. If you have contacts with any aides or district staff, please send to them as well. Reaching Democratic Senators is a top priority, but it is important we keep the plight of the fair industry in front of all federal legislators. Find Your U.S. Senator's Contact Information
  • OABA will be hosting a Zoom call on Tuesday, March 2, at 1:00 p.m. EST to answer questions and explain how important it is for this outreach to come from the grass roots of this entire and united industry. You do not need to pre-register to attend, and everyone associated with NICA as well as IAFE is invited to attend. Here is the information:

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84544225985?pwd=cWEyL1VRSHNpdGhHV0JWNzFZS2NDZz09

Meeting ID: 845 4422 5985
Passcode: 979769
One tap mobile
+13126266799,,84544225985#,,,,*979769# US (Chicago)
+16468769923,,84544225985#,,,,*979769# US (New York)

It is a good strategy to work on both the Agricultural Fairs Protection Act and the amendment to the SVOG program at the same time, and you’ll note in the suggested letter that we continue to emphasize that. Thank you for your support. "Together We Can!"

Find Your U.S. Senator's Contact Information
Download the Template Letter
Join the Zoom Call at 1 PM EST on March 2, 2021

February 1, 2021

2021 NICA Foundation Scholarship Applications are Now Available!

With the financial challenges that many of our students and their families are facing right now, the NICA Foundation is honored to award life-changing funds to so many deserving students. Because of the overwhelming support from our donors in 2020, we were able to not only meet our goal of awarding $30,500, but exceed our goal and award $33,500 to our commendable recipients.

The scholarship application for 2021 now available online at www.nicainc.org/scholarship. Applications must be received in the NICA Office no later than June 1, 2021 to qualify. Start planning the next steps for the next chapter in your life today!

January 22, 2021

View the 2021 NICA Business Expo & Fare Foods Food Show Schedule, Book Your Hotel, Pre-Register & Download the Event App

NICA and Fare Foods are “Movin’ Forward” during Florida Week with an in-person 2021 NICA Business Expo and Fare Foods Food Show at the Sheraton Tampa Brandon Hotel. Like most 2021 events, this event will look slightly different than in the past, however, we are excited to host the event as an act of “Movin’ Forward in 2021.”

2021 NICA Business Expo & Fare Foods Food Show

The Food Show, favorite workshops, and Industry panel discussions will be held on Tuesday, February 16, 2021. Prizes and giveaways will be provided throughout the day.

2021 NICA Annual General Membership Meeting

The NICA Annual General Membership Meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 5:00 PM. All Regular and Associate Members, and their guests are invited to attend. Light hors d’oeuvres will be available. (Due to the Pandemic, regretfully the Gala Dinner will not occur this year.)

Agenda will include:

  • Greetings from Sister Organizations
  • Passing of the President’s gavel from Don Delahoyde, CCE to Sandy Class, CCE
  • Installation of the NICA Board of Directors
  • Awarding of CCE awards to Brandy Arredondo, CCE, Jacqueline Bradbury, CCE, and Jay "Rocko" Russell, CCE
  • Announcement of Coca-Cola Membership Contest Recipients
  • Induction of NICA Past President Greg Miller, CCE into the Hall of Fame
  • Old Business
  • NICA Year in Review
  • NICA Foundation Year in Review
  • New Business
    (Please send topics for Agenda Consideration to NICA Office by February 3, 2021)
  • General Membership Comments
  • Adjournment

To attend this FREE event please follow the pre-registration directions below, and while you’re at it, don’t forget to make your hotel reservation at the Sheraton Tampa Brandon Hotel—a special reduced rate of $146 per night (plus tax) is available for the event. Register today and then download the Whova app to stay “in the know” regarding all things event-related.

Cheers to our Exhibitors, Sponsors, Speakers, Volunteers and YOU, our Attendees, for making our FREE annual event possible. Thank you for your continued support… Take care and SEE YOU SOON!'

Click Here to for Schedule & Hotel Information

Click Here to Pre-Register

As with last year’s event, Whova is the registration program for the FREE 2021 NICA Business Expo and Fare Foods Food Show. In order to pre-register for your FREE ticket(s):

Put in number of tickets being requested.
Provide registration information in ticket information section for each person.
Choose your two hour time slot for the Food Show (1:00 to 3:00 PM, 3:30 to 5:30 PM or 6:00 to 8:00 PM).
Agree to COVID-19 Liability Release Waiver.
Submit the form and you are pre-registered!

After your FREE pre-registration, download the Whova app to stay up to date on the event.

Click Here to Download the Event App

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