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September 9, 2021

2021 NICA Foundation Scholarship Recipients Have Been Selected

The NICA Foundation is pleased to announce the selection of the 2021 NICA Scholarship Recipients. After a thorough, confidential, and anonymous review of the many applications received, the NICA Foundation is proud to award 17 scholarships this year, for a total of $30,000, to our commendable recipients.

Congratulations to our Recipients:

25th Anniversary Scholarship – Delaney Woods
Coca-Cola CCE Scholarship – Sam Beach
NICA Regional Councils' Scholarship – Kennedy Tutak
NICA Past Presidents' & Directors' Scholarship – Olivia Owens
Fare Foods Visionary Scholarship – Hailey Miller
Norma Jean & Edgar Sivori Visionary Scholarship – Kylie Kastl
Hummel Group Visionary Scholarship – Savannah Grout
Visionary Scholarships – Alissa Rockwell, Jessica Swartz, Carmela Palmieri
Fare Foods Entrepreneurial Scholarship – Gino Palmieri
Entrepreneurial Scholarships – Savannah Bradbury, Summer McDaniel, Callie Pfile
Inspirational Scholarships – Kilakila Parnell, Macey Kenna, Mackenzie Fouts

“We are confident that our Scholarship Recipients and Applicants will do great things with their education in our Industry and/or on their own individual path,” NICA Foundation President Audrey Poole said, “We are so honored to award $30,000 to such deserving students. To fulfill our commitment during this time of COVID will help these students achieve their dreams.” Poole also mentioned that her favorite job is calling the recipient winners. “I enjoy meeting these young people and hearing their stories.”

Thank you to the 2021 Scholarship Program Sponsors: Laura and Ron Porter, Fare Foods; Coca-Cola Refreshments; Phil Teague, Hummel Group; Lawrence Sivori, Sivori Catering; Carmel Dyer-Pittroff, CCE, The Original Australian Battered Potatoes; and Fred Pitroff, Giant Slide. The additional fundraising efforts of the NICA Foundation Board of Trustees, NICA Past Presidents and Board of Directors, the NICA Regional Councils and the NICA Membership help to ensure this program truly makes a difference in the lives of our young people.

To learn more and help support the NICA Foundation Scholarship Program, please visit https://www.nicainc.org/foundation/.

Applications for the 2022 Scholarship Program will be available in early Spring 2022.

July 23, 2021

Join the Conversation with NICA Live!

We have launched our brand new Facebook Group, NICA Live! and want to invite you to join us. NICA Live! is a public group for our members and for supporters of the industry to share their voices and be heard.

Are you looking for extra help for an event? Have a question about equipment? Looking at a new event to add to your route? Ask our group members for advice, and start a conversation! You can join the Group by searching NICA Live! on Facebook or by selecting the link below:

Join the NICA Live! Facebook Group

July 16, 2021

Sign Up Today for the NEW Goodyear Benefit

We are proud to announce a new benefit for NICA members – access to Goodyear’s leading tires and retreads with 24/7 emergency roadside service – all at a competitive national price. "Together We Can!"

With Goodyear’s program, NICA members can conveniently buy tires at more than 5,700 locations or work with a dedicated national account manager to place an order. You must be a current NICA Member and provide your Member Number when signing up online.

How it Will Work

  1. Complete the electronic national account sign up form by selecting the button below.
  2. Once sign up is complete you will receive an email from Goodyear in 1-2 days with your approval and account information.
  3. Once approved, visit the NICA/Goodyear page to view pricing and review details about the program before ordering.

For those of you at the Orange County Fair, NICA's Goodyear Representative Tim Koenigsfeld will be on the Fairgrounds from July 25th - 28th to sign you up and answer any questions you may have about the program.

Sign Up for the Goodyear Benefit Today!

July 9, 2021

Tips for Contacting Your Elected Officials

More and more often, we are being asked to contact our elected officials regarding our Industry concerns and challenges. Here are some tips to keep handy when contacting them.

  1. Politicians are not interested in the opinions of people who cannot vote for them.  Identify yourself as a constituent of the legislator you are contacting.
  2. Whether writing or calling your legislators, focus on a single topic. You will be more effective and receive a faster response.
  3. Ask the legislator to take specific action, like supporting a piece of legislation.  Ask for a written response that gives your legislator’s position on the issue.
  4. Make your points quickly and concisely to have a greater impact.
  5. When talking about an issue it is best to use your own words.

It is easy to hope someone else will make the contact, but maybe that someone is hoping YOU will be the one who makes the contact.  Abraham Lincoln reminded us we are a “government of the people, by the people and for the people.” Whatever your opinion or request, simply share it with your elected officials today.

Contact Your Representative to Replenish the Restaurant Revitalization Fund Act

The Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) has been an incredibly effective recovery tool for our Industry, but for too many owners, the $28.6 billion in funding didn’t last long enough for them receive a dollar in disaster funding.

Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS), Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), and Representative Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) have introduced the RRF Replenishment Act, HR 3807, which directs $60 billion in funding to the SBA, allowing them to complete the mission and provide sorely needed recovery dollars for our Industry. There are currently 181 Co-Sponsors to the bill: Check to see if your Representative is a Co-Sponsor

Please add your voice, share your perspective, and "Together We Can" move Congress to support the Industry by sending an email or making a phone call to your Officials; the link below will allow you to find your Representative based on zip code. Thank you for your continued support!

Find Your US Representative in the House

July 2, 2021

The NICA Office Will Be Closed on July 5th

Happy Independence Day Weekend! The NICA Office will be closed on Monday, July 5th. We will be open during normal business hours again on Tuesday, July 6th. If you need to reach us this weekend, you can leave a message via phone at (813) 438-8926 and we will contact you on Tuesday.

June 18, 2021

Do You Have a New Email or Mailing Address? Ballots Will be Sent Out in July

It's that time of year again! Four nominees have been selected for this year's Board of Directors Election: Stacey Pittroff-BaronaKim Barr, CCEDan Lusenhop, and Jay Wells. Take a look at the July issue of NICA News for more information about the Nominees.

As noted in last year's election, it is NICA’s intent this year to use a “secure online election system that provides a ballot that is accessible, secure and guarantees anonymity in future elections” (NICA Bylaws, Article III Section 4. Election). Members without email, non-working ones, or those with a shared email address, will be sent a copy of the election ballot via mail.

If you have a new email or mailing address, please login to your Online Member Account to change your information, or contact us at (813) 438-8926 by July 9th.

June 11, 2021

$60B RRF Replenishment Act Introduced: Send an Email to Your Officials Today

The Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) has been an incredibly effective recovery tool for our Industry, but for too many owners, the $28.6 billion in funding won’t last long enough for them receive a dollar in disaster funding. The SBA estimates that they need at least an additional $50 billion just to fund the applications submitted before the application portal was closed.

Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS), Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), and Representative Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) have introduced the RRF Replenishment Act, which directs $60 billion in funding to the SBA, allowing them to complete the mission and provide sorely needed recovery dollars for our Industry.

Many here in Washington think that the return to indoor (and outdoor) dining means that the Industry will be fully back to normal within a few months. The truth is that this Industry is incredibly vulnerable and faces a long path to recovery. We need this bill.

Please add your voice, share your perspective, and "Together We Can" move Congress to support the Industry by sending an email to your Officials; the link below will provide a template email that you can edit and send to your officials automatically based on your location. Thank you for your continued support!

Send an Email to Your Officials

June 4, 2021

All Qualifying NICA Foundation Scholarships Are Now Off to Be Evaluated by Our Readers

All qualifying scholarships were in by the June 1st deadline; they are now off to be graded by our dedicated group of anonymous Scholarship Readers. They will be making the hard choices choosing the best candidates for the 2021 NICA Foundation Scholarship Program and will be submitting their final decisions to the NICA Office in July.

Each Applicant will be contacted with his or her status when the results are in. This year’s winners will be announced in an upcoming issue of NICA News. Good luck to all our Applicants and thank you to our Readers!

June 1, 2021

Last Day to Apply for a NICA Foundation Scholarship

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.

The scholarship application for 2021 is available online at www.nicainc.org/scholarshipApplications must be received in the NICA Office no later than June 1, 2021 to qualify. Don't Delay! Start planning the next steps for the next chapter in your life today!

Visit the NICA Foundation Scholarship Website

May 28, 2021

The NICA Office is Closed on Memorial Day

The NICA Office will be closed on Monday, May 31st in observance of Memorial Day. We will be open during normal business hours again on Tuesday, June 1st. If you need to reach us between Friday and Tuesday, you can leave a message via phone at (813) 438-8926 or email at nica@nicainc.org and we will contact you as soon as possible.

May 25, 2021

Last Chance to Submit Director Nominations!

NICA is currently accepting nominations for next year’s Board of Directors election. 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

 

May 24, 2021

Add Your Name: Support More RRF Funding

Congress passed legislation creating a $28.6 billion recovery fund aimed at our nation’s struggling restaurant industry – a sector that has lost more jobs and more revenue than any other during the pandemic.

On May 3, the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) began accepting applications. In the first 36 hours, more than 186,000 applications had been submitted, and the Small Business Administration (SBA) announced the first 16,000 applications had been funded with $2 billion. At this rate, the SBA will run out after the first two days of applications.

And that means hundreds of thousands of restaurants, bars, food trucks, and everything in between will be left waiting.

We are urging policymakers in Washington – from the White House to Capitol Hill – to replenish the RRF to maximize relief for small independent and franchise restaurant operators. Americans can’t wait to get back into their favorite restaurant with their family and friends, and the federal government can play a key role in making that a reality.

To amplify this effort, sign this petition (at the link below) calling on federal leaders to act now! Add your name to show your support of the restaurant industry.

Sign the Petition to Support More Funding

May 21, 2021

Thank You for Your Support in South Florida!

NICA was present at the Florida Federation Convention and IAFE Zone 2 Meeting in Naples, FL, May 13-15, sponsoring the YPI Mix N' Mingle Pre-Game Tailgating BBQ before the convention, and presenting two roundtable topics on Friday, May 14: “The Changing Landscape of Commercial Exhibits,” presented by Jeff Thornberry, CCE, Director, and “What Can NICA Do For You?” moderated by Rey O’Day, Executive Director. On Saturday, May 15, Sandy Class, CCE, President, spoke during the Zone 2 Meeting and updated the attendees on NICA and this year's theme of "Movin' Forward!"

In addition, NICA, along with OABA, held a Jamboree on May 19 at the South Florida Fair. Extra special thanks to Event Sponsor Fare Foods and Gentry Miller, CCE, East Council, who organized the Jamboree.

We appreciate your support for these events. Stay tuned for additional NICA events on Social Media and NICA Now. "Together We Can!"

May 14, 2021

Apply for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARP) includes a Restaurant Revitalization Fund, a $28.6 billion grant program for Concession-related businesses, caterers, and restaurants that have been affected by the coronavirus outbreak-related shutdowns. This program will provide restaurants with funding equal to their pandemic-related revenue loss up to $10 million per business and no more than $5 million per physical location. Recipients are not required to repay the funding as long as funds are used for eligible uses no later than March 11, 2023. We encourage all Concessionaires to apply!

Allowable use of funds for specific expenses including:

  • Business payroll costs (including sick leave)
  • Payments on any business mortgage obligation
  • Business rent payments (note: this does not include prepayment of rent)
  • Business debt service (both principal and interest; note: this does not include any prepayment of principal or interest)
  • Business utility payments
  • Business maintenance expenses
  • Construction of outdoor seating
  • Business supplies (including protective equipment and cleaning materials)
  • Business food and beverage expenses (including raw materials)
  • Covered supplier costs
  • Business operating expenses

Priority period (Days 1 through 21)

SBA will accept applications from all eligible applicants, but only process and fund priority group applications:

  • A small business concern that is at least 51 percent owned by one or more individuals who are:
    • Women, or
    • Veterans, or
    • Socially and economically disadvantaged (see below).
  • Applicants must self-certify on the application that they meet eligibility requirements
  • Socially disadvantaged individuals are those who have been subjected to racial or ethnic prejudice or cultural bias because of their identity as a member of a group without regard to their individual qualities.
  • Economically disadvantaged individuals are those socially disadvantaged individuals whose ability to compete in the free enterprise system has been impaired due to diminished capital and credit opportunities as compared to others in the same business area who are not socially disadvantaged.

Open period (Days 22 through funds exhaustion)

SBA will accept applications from all eligible applicants and process applications in the order in which they are approved by SBA.

What to expect after you have applied:

SBA will review applications from priority applications groups first. Applicants who have submitted non-priority applications will remain in "Review" status while priority applications are processed during the first 21 days.

Following a successful application submission, all applications will enter “IRS verification” status. This process may take up to seven days and allows the SBA to validate your application submission.

Apply Today at the Restaurant Revitalization Award Portal

May 10, 2021

Support the Ag Fairs Rescue & “SAVE” Acts Today by Contacting Your Reps & Senators

We have friends in the US Congress who have introduced bills that will have significant and direct impact to provide funding to Fairs of all types and sizes across the country. The only way this can get traction to get passed is for YOU to get involved and make direct contact with your Representative and your Senators. We are asking that you ACT NOW and you ask everyone in your circle who cares about the Fair Industry to do so as well. This is going to require persistent messaging from everyone. Send an email; make a call. Reach out to the Congressmen and Congresswomen’s staff in your district.

Agricultural Fairs Rescue Act 

In April 2021, a bipartisan group of lawmakers in Washington D.C. introduced legislation that would provide $500 million in Agricultural Fair Rescue Grants to Agricultural Fairs, administered by the US Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service. You should contact both of your US Senators and your Representative in the House to co-sponsor their respective bills. Ask both Senators to co-sponsor S 1092 and your Representative to co-sponsor HR 2424.

Securing Access for Venue Equity Act or “SAVE”

Mid-April 2021, a bipartisan bill was introduced that provides a simple and straightforward way to extend the Sheltered Venue Operators Grant program (SVO Grants) to Carnivals and Fairs. The proposal, HR 2120 is called the Securing Access for Venue Equity Act or “SAVE” Act and was offered by a bipartisan group of Democrats and Republicans. We need to add co-sponsors for the bill HR 2120 to show that there is broad support for providing relief to Fairs that were devastated by the Pandemic. You should contact your Representative and urge him/her to co-sponsor HR 2120.

How Can I Help?

There are THREE (3) pieces to this immediate action and at the link below you will find more information. In essence, you need to ask your Representative to support HR 2424 as well as HR 2120 (we are pursuing every angle we can) and you need to ask both of your Senators to support S 1092.

Visit IAFE's Advocacy Page for More Information & Contact Links

May 7, 2021

Greetings from the Board's Spring Workshop

The NICA Board of Directors met this year for their annual Spring Workshop in Las Vegas, NV, where they focused on the year's theme of "Movin' Forward!" Sandy Class, CCE, President said: "Your NICA Board of Directors continues to work hard; it is our journey of a continued great organization!" 

Next week, NICA will be at the Florida Federation Convention and IAFE Zone 2 Meeting, taking place in sunny Naples, FL at the Naples Grande Beach Resort: May 13-15, 2021. NICA will give a greeting during the Zone 2 Meeting on Saturday morning and host two roundtable topics on Friday: “The Changing Landscape of Commercial Exhibits,” presented by Jeff Thornberry, CCE, Director, and “What Can NICA Do For You?” moderated by Rey O’Day, Executive Director. NICA is also sponsoring the YPI Mix N' Mingle Pre-Game Tailgating BBQ held the night before the convention on May 12, 2021 at 6:30 PM. We hope to see you there!

April 30, 2021

Thank You for Attending Our Member Social at the Florida State Fair!

Thank you too all who were able to attend our NICA's Movin' Forward! Member Social event on April 27th at the Florida State Fair in Tampa, FL.

Sandy Class, CCE, President, updated a group of Concessionaires, Vendors, and Fair Leadership on our recent events, new upcoming benefits, the CCE Program, and our 2021 theme of "Movin' Forward," upcoming deadlines for Director Nominations, as well as taking questions from the audience. She then introduced Marc Dobson, One Man Band, who said the following after the event: “Thanks to NICA for a donation to #theonemanbandwalk and Entertainers Foundation, Inc and letting me sing songs at their ‘Movin’ Forward!’ event that I’ll never perform on a Fairground for Fairgoers!"

Next, Greg Miller, CCE, NICA Foundation Vice-President, updated the attendees on the NICA Foundation Scholarship Program, and Bary Bunts, CCE, East Council, explained the in’s and out’s of the CCE Program. Fair Industry guests Gene Cassidy, CFE, The Big E and IAFE, and Cheryl Flood, Florida State Fair, thanked everyone to their commitment to bringing back live events.

Extra special thanks to our Sponsors: Florida State Fair for the 2022 Camping Spot Giveaway, Kelley Myers, East Council, for providing seating, coffee, and donuts, The Best Around for donating a packed Survival Kit, and Bary Bunts, CCE, East Council, who helped fundraise and plan the event with Sandy Class, CCE and many others.

Congratulations to Prize Winners Tony and Patty Tessari, Layton's Concessions, for winning the Survival Kit, Richie George, George's Fun Foods, for winning a Free Membership, and Josh Seivers, Three Rivers Concessions, LLC, for winning the Camping Spot!

April 23, 2021

Join us for a NICA Sysco Marketplace Webinar on April 29th at 1 PM ET / 10 AM PT

As we move away from COVID shutdowns and into reopening food and beverage-driven events, the NICA Sysco Marketplace, administered by Source1 Purchasing, wants to help you ensure a successful season for 2021 and beyond!

Join YOUR dedicated team on our first-ever NICA Sysco Marketplace Webinar, "Jump-Starting" Your Fair Season Using the NICA Sysco Marketplace, in which we will discuss steps to ensure a smooth program enrollment and ordering process, so you can feel confident throughout the buying process for your operation.

Your Host:
Emma Ryder – Sr. Director, Client Relations, Source1 Purchasing

Panelists:
Drew Ammerman – Key Account Representative, Sysco
Mark Contreras – Director of Contract Sales, Sysco
Rebecca Kelley – Vice President, National Accounts, Sysco
Rey O'Day – Executive Director, NICA
Rob Webb – Marketing Associate, Sysco

Register for the Webinar Today!

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 12, 2021

Thank You for Attending Our Member Social at the Strawberry Festival!

Thank you too all who were able to attend our NICA's Movin' Forward! Member Social on March 11th at the Strawberry Festival in Plant City, FL.

Sandy Class, CCE, President, updated a group of Concessionaires, Vendors, and Fair Staff on our recent NICA Business Expo and Fare Foods Food Show event, the NICA Foundation Scholarship program, Councils, and our 2021 theme of "Movin' Forward," as well as taking questions from the audience. She then introduced Michael Woods, OABA, and Ellany Johnson, Strawberry Festival, who spoke to the attendees about the benefits of working together in the industry and getting back to business.

Extra special thanks to our Sponsors Dennis Fraleigh, Butcher Boys, Tom Sattler, CCE, Past President, and Joe Potillo, Jr., Past President, for the 2022 Camping Spot Giveaway, as well as Richie George, George's Fun Foods, for the Scratch Off Tickets Giveaway!

Congratulations to Prize Winners Troy Beaver, TDB Concessions, for winning a Free Membership, Ron Smith, Past President, for winning the Scratch Off Tickets, and Michelle Siggins, Sunshine Concessions, for winning the Camping Spot!

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
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Meeting ID: 845 4422 5985
Passcode: 979769
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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 17, 2021

Congratulations to Greg Miller, CCE, 2020 Hall of Fame Recipient!

 

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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