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Exhibits & Conventions: 3 Absolute Essentials in Organising Events

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Organising Events in Perth Event organisers know that conventions and exhibits are highly complex events that require the most extraordinary effort. They need coordination, logistics and manpower to succeed. These events can only be successful with the cooperation of many stakeholders such as the exhibitors, the organisers and even the guests.

If you are in the event organising business in Perth, you have to know the basics. For starters, here are three fundamentals you should always cover.

The Program

Although exhibits and conventions are usually open, there must be a main attraction. In the event venue, you will have several exhibitor booths, but they should be on the sidelines. You must have something that will take centre stage, a program of main events. For example, you can have certain demos, contests, and even promos of different exhibitors at the centre for people to watch. The program must have a time table, with the type and amount of resources allocated for each component and teams responsible.

The Stakeholders

The stakeholders are the exhibitors. Now that you have your main attraction, centre stage program already ironed out, the next thing you need are the exhibitors. Exhibitors are the event’s partners who pay to become part of the event to market and sell their products or services. If the event is a food festival, restaurant exhibits will be there. You must secure the attendance, support, sponsorships and commitment of your exhibitors to beef up the event.

The Logistics

You need a lot of materials to support all the operations from security and crowd control, to the production of the stage events. In this part, the tasks must be delegated to the event committees in charge of matters such as food, security, sales, marketing and the like. Take stock of your resources as you will have to procure a variety of event materials such as tents, awnings, scaffoldings, first aid kits and possibly, portable toilet hire, as classichire.net.au suggests.

Now that you have the basics, start working with the team. Learn everything you can, and make those event plans huge successes.

For Car Owners: Unlocking the Secrets of Car Thieves

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AutoYou park your car in front of your home after a hard day’s work. You thought it safe to park on the kerb, as you live in a gated neighbourhood anyway. The next morning, as you rush through breakfast to avoid the early morning traffic, you find that your car is gone.

Vehicle theft may happen even if you live in a secure location. As long as your car has market value, thieves will find a way to steal part of your car or even the entire vehicle. Understanding how car thieves steal will help you know the ways to deal with such problems.

Scavenging Car Parts

Given the technological advances in vehicle manufacturing, they know they might not be able to steal the whole car. Instead, they go for costly car parts they can steal easily.

Think catalytic converter, rims and tires, even side mirrors, as these are the most common victims. Nwsmbuildinggroup.com.au and other garage door specialists in Perth suggest installing or reinforcing your garage doors to deter thieves, and never leaving it at the mercy of the elements and burglars.

Car Cloning

Car cloning involves stealing multiple cars of the same model and registering them with a different Vehicle Identification Number from other vehicles. You could be a victim of car cloning if you see signs of tampering on the car’s VIN or receive unpaid traffic tickets without incurring them.

Park your car in areas with people and lights. Install car alarms and immobilising devices like pedal jacks to prevent thieves from getting away with your car.

Using proximity keys

Just as car manufacturers create more sophisticated security devices, thieves come up with gadgets to make them ineffective. Some use hacking technologies to bypass keys. Others use amplifiers to boost the signal coverage of proximity keys, allowing them to enter the car from a distance.

In such cases, vehicle specialists advise owners to store their keys in freezers or any aluminium or steel container to shield them from radio frequencies used by thieves.

Good-ol’ Carjacking

The traditional breaking and entering into cars is still prevalent. Thieves use steel bars, guns or knives to force their way in. They even threaten drivers to open the doors for them. In such cases, it’s better to let the thieves have their way and let the police handle the situation. Installing a tracking device will also help the authorities find your car faster.

Thieves will use every tools and technique to steal cars. All they need is the opportunity to do so. Don’t give them an opening. Guard your car against the threat of vehicle theft and burglary.

The Myth About Teflon/PFOA Exposure — Busted!

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TeflonIt used to be that home cooks loved Teflon just as much as bakeries, restaurant chains, and companies in the food industry did. It was one of the miracle products of the post-war era, freeing cooks, chefs, and bakers from the long-standing task of scraping burnt food from a pan.

Everything changed when US scientists announced that Teflon contains Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) — a chemical said to increase the likelihood of tumours of the liver, pancreas, and testicles (according to tests on laboratory animals). The research also linked the chemical to reduced fertility.

Now, as if serving good food and ensuring customers are highly satisfied were not already hard enough, food businesses also need to consider the products they are using and avoid Teflon.

Back to Teflon

All of this, however, happened a few years back. Teflon is back in the scene, and Consumer Reports, including other trusted sources like Siltech Industries Ltd, verified that the health risk of non-stick pan use is actually very low — and getting lower.

Researchers from Consumer Reports experimented on non-stick pans to test the safety of new and used pans at temperatures of 400 degrees Fahrenheit or 204 degrees Celsius. They found that PFOA emissions were actually minimal.

Low Levels of PFOA

According to the research, the highest level was only about 100 times lower than the levels shown in the studies that tested animals. Even Health Canada has said that non-stick coatings are actually safe to use at temperatures under 662 degrees Fahrenheit or 350 degrees Celsius.

This is because PFOA chemicals are only added at very low concentrations; manufacturers only use it to help the non-stick polymer powders adhere. During the “baking-on” step in manufacturing cookware, a huge bulk of the remaining PFOA emulsifiers go to a fume vent system.

There is a Risk — Regardless of Cooking Equipment Used

Teflon or not, cooking food at temperatures over 500 degrees Fahrenheit heightens the risks. Normal cooking greases are at the ‘flash point’, creating serious risk of a grease fire. This can also denature foods and greases, which emit smoke and vapours that may be highly hazardous to your health.

The study above shows that it is high time to stop the Teflon/PFOA exposure myth. Focus on the real exposure risks instead.

Leaving Your Safe Heaven: Ways to Push Through Your Plan of Moving Out

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boxesNo matter how tight you are with your family, there will come a time when you will feel the need to separate from them. It could be the day you will start a family of your own, or it could be becoming independent from dad and mum.

It, however, pays to be prepared before you bolt out of the door of your parents’ house. Before you hire that man with a van, here’s what littlegreentruck.com.au thinks you need to know.

You’re On Your Own

For one, you should be 100% sure that you can manage on your own. Plates don’t wash themselves—and the same goes for your laundry. Made a mess? Clean it up yourself. Unless you have a house helper at hand, everything about maintaining your home will depend on no one but you.

Money Really Matters

Of course, similar rules apply when it comes to overseeing your finances. Remember, using utilities comes with a price, so better gauge how you will budget your income for your expenses. Take note of your electricity and water consumption. Don’t forget to allot money for your daily commute to work, as well as the food you will put on your table. Keep in mind that your folks are no longer there for you to support you when it comes to finances.

Speaking of money, you should also have enough to spend not only for an apartment that you will call your own—but on furniture as well. What’s a house without much stuff, right? The fun part of moving out is having your own items and transforming a space into something that will fit you and your personality.

Your old stuff will seemingly always belong to your parents’ home, but you could bring them to where you’re going. The trick, though, is knowing what to bring—and knowing which ones should be left. You have to make sure that you only take what you really need.

If you read it this far and feel like you’re ready, better hire that a van and welcome your independent phase. But, of course, it always boils down to how okay you are from being cut from your safe haven, and how well you could adjust.

School Starting Soon? Back To School Activities To Do With Your Kids

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Back to School in  UtahWhen school is right around the corner, parents feel a mix of dread and excitement. On one hand, the house will be cleaner and much more peaceful with the kids in school most of the day. On the other, it will be too quiet and eerily peaceful. If you’re having these jitters, take advantage of the remaining weeks to connect with your kids!

Here are a few suggestions:

1. Do a short day trip.

This is one of the activities you need to do now because when classes start, you won’t have time. You and your kids will be too tired or too preoccupied to even consider spending a day at an amusement park — so better do it now! In Cottonwood Heights, you can visit the Butler Park or Skate Park and play some sports.

2. Take them shopping for school clothes and things.

For kids, the best thing about going back to school is the shopping. You know how excited they can get when they see all the new bag designs.

3. Take them to their checkups.

You don’t want your kids’ school year to be bogged down by flu or a toothache. Take them to their pediatrician and dentist a few weeks before school. If you haven’t found a kids’ dentist yet, there are great choices around the Cottonwood Heights area.

4. Do a big sleepover.

To your kids, school means sleeping early and waking up early every day. Plan a big sleepover just a week or two before school starts. Organize a fun slumber party with at least 10 kids. It’ll be a blast!

5. Plant a tree

Teach your kids about nature and conservation by planting a tree. Choose a low maintenance or no maintenance tree like cherry. Your kids will forget about it at some point; it will make for an amazing surprise when school comes to a close and the tree has grown!

These activities get you and your kids ready for school. Use this time for you to bond and create memories together.

Food Gift Guide: What to Give a Foodie Friend on Their Special Day

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Chocolate GiftFoodies have discerning taste when it comes to everything that involves food. You can’t just bring them to any restaurant or make them try a cheap food brand. So if you’re planning to gift them for their upcoming special day, you might want to take time looking for the best gift.

Here are some great gift ideas for foodies with a distinct interest in particular types of food.

For the Wine Connoisseur

The easiest gift idea would be a bottle or two of your friend’s favorite wine, but of course you want a more special present. If you want them to enjoy their special day, a wine tasting package is a great idea. These packages let wine lovers experience everything from white wines such as Riesling and Chardonnay, to red varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon.

Trips to vineyards and wineries are also a great option. This is a great idea if your friend loves to travel, too. Most trips also include wine tasting.

For the Sweet Tooth

A basket of sweets and candies is always the perfect gift for someone with sweet tooth. This is also a great option if you want to personalize your gift. Just toss their favorite candies and baked goodies in a basket, put some ribbons, and your friend will surely find it sweet, ferncreekconfections.com suggests.

You may also add California dried fruits, jellies, vanilla marshmallows, or the famous English toffee from Colorado for more variety of flavors. You sweet tooth friend will surely love the many choices they will receive.

For the Chocoholic

For someone who loves chocolate, the best gift will be an evening chocolate party. Throw a surprise party and invite other close friends to celebrate. Buy the best chocolate cake in town or some chocolate cupcakes. A chocolate fondue is never a bad idea, too. Just don’t forget to grab some fresh fruits that go the best with hot melted chocolate.

Never mind the calories for that day and enjoy all the chocolates. Remember that you’re there to make your friend feel special.

Whether you wish to send a gift basket or spend an evening together while indulging on their favorite food, the key is to make sure your present will be appreciated.

Home Sellers: Make Sure the Plumbing Works before the Sale

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FaucetSelling a home can be just as stressful and daunting as buying a home. Aside from deciding your selling price, think about how low you can afford to go as well. Always keep in mind that many factors influence the selling and purchase price of a property, with one of them being the overall integrity of the house.

One way to get a fair price for your home and give potential low ballers no reason to bring the price down is to ensure the plumbing system is working at its best.

General Trades lists the most important steps you should take to make certain your property does not have plumbing issues.

1. Honestly assess this part of your home.

Pipes, drainages, and other components of the plumbing system should be inspected on a regular basis. So if you haven’t had a plumber check your system for years now, this is the best time to do it. Many buyers nowadays usually hire their own team of home inspectors, and if they find out your  plumbing is a cause of concern, you can expect the offer to go down considerably.

2. Check all plumbing-related fixtures.

Taps, sinks, toilets, and shower heads should be working properly and smoothly. The taps and shower heads should be producing adequate amounts of water with proper pressure. When you flush the toilet, make sure that the water goes down easily, and that the cistern refills quickly.

3. Make sure that all lines are clog- and damage-free.

Hard water, dirt, debris, as well as small organic and inorganic materials may have already accumulated in your home’s pipes and drain lines over the years, especially if you have not been maintaining it regularly. It’s important you get rid of these build ups, as they can cause serious problems for the new home owner.

Best leave this in the hands of professionals, though, not only because these parts of the system are difficult to access, but also because one wrong move can damage them or further aggravate existing problems.

So before you advertise the sale of your home, contact a reliable plumbing expert to inspect this part of your home and make sure everything is in tip-top shape.

Shopping: First-Time Experiences that Faze Even Women

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Men think nothing can faze women – especially teenage girls – in the mall or an online shop. It comes as a surprise to many, therefore, when these shopping experiences leave you dumbfounded.

All Those Baby Clothes

baby shoesBaby stores appear fun to explore, but only until you come in to purchase handmade baby shoes and adorable clothes for an expecting acquaintance. The fact that you’ve never bought baby products before only make the entire store look daunting, and it does not help that people think women only need their feminine instincts when taking on this task. Apart from a lack of knowledge on baby necessities, the awkwardness could either intensify or subside depending on your company.

Avoiding these circumstances require preparation. Even the minimal effort of asking the mother or mother-to-be of her preferences makes the experience more educational than intimidating.

The Variety of Lingerie

With your mother taking on the responsibility of shopping for your lingerie for many years, it can get difficult to get used to the technicalities involved. Exploring your preferences also feels a little embarrassing in the presence of other women who already know what brand and design they want and in what size.

Tagging along a slightly older woman or a more knowledgeable friend helps. Similar to baby products, women need knowledge and experience to make the choices that suit them most. Women who can give you advice on all things lingerie should eliminate the initial fear of committing errors in your choices.

That Upper-Lip Bleach and Other Maintenance Products

Girls feel the pressure to raise their standards of hygiene once they reach adulthood. This means frequent visits to pharmacies to purchase upper-lip bleach for facial hair, apart from other necessities you want to buy only when a female clerk stands behind the cashier. Sometimes, however, the convenience of making a purchase without thoughts of being judged never leaves regardless of the person who would package them. And the diversity of products to choose from does little to ease your worries of making a mistake.

Some shopping experiences also make women uncomfortable, regardless of age. These experiences, however, provide good memories that can either be educational or simply fun – if not a little embarrassing – to remember in the future.

The Plus Side of Your Retail Business: Why You Need to Offer Pickup and Delivery Service

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Retail Business offers Delivery ServicesThe retail business has always been a very competitive arena. It takes an edge to rise above the rest, attract customers and keep them coming back for more. As other businesses are busy with their marketing gigs, you can choose to up your service. One way is to offer a delivery service.

Here are the reasons this is the best course of action for your retail business:

Convenience for Customers

In the world of retail business, there can only be so much difference that you can offer when it comes to the products you put up for sale. A potato is still a potato, no matter how pesticide-free you claim it to be. At the end of the day, you have to add something special to the table if you want to keep your customers. That is where pickup and delivery service comes into the picture.

Delivery service means you’re giving customers the convenience to have their orders straight where they want these to be. This is especially helpful if you want to expand your target market to other locations.

Added Value that Shows You Know the Community

What kind of value should you add if you want to keep customers happy and loyal? You cannot randomly pick things for your customers; you have to provide added value that hits close to home. You have to choose a service that you know your target market needs. What else do retail product consumers want more than discounts? The answer is easy: pickup and delivery services.

Easy Transactions, Fast Business

A delivery service gives way to easier transactions in the comfort of one’s home. Your customers will most likely choose a free delivery than a discount any day, as a delivery service saves them from the effort of going to your physical store. With a delivery service, you will be a step ahead from your competition.

The great thing about offering delivery services is you don’t need to buy your own service trucks. You can simply hire a trucking service to curb the parking and maintenance costs. Coordinate with a service provider and enjoy the benefits they will bring into your business.

Be the Next Terminator: Efficiency is the Key to a Successful Pest Control Business

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RatsThe pest control business is relatively simple if you already have the skills and knowledge. In all probability, you learned about the business while working for a pest control company, and you think that you can be the go-to guy in your own community. It is perfectly feasible to start a home-based pest control business if you focus on efficiency. You can be a one-man show at first, but you might eventually need some service software once you already have so many clients.

To learn more about the process, Pest Mate shares additional information below:

Reliability

One of the things you have to be as a pest control business owner is reliable. When you say, “I’ll be back,” you have to follow through with it. That is easy enough if you have a handful of clients, but you will need service software to handle your operations if you have more than a dozen regular customers. Software can help you schedule your regular visits, and if you are very lucky, you will need to route your people to several locations on a daily basis. You will also need software to keep track of invoices and to send reminders of schedules and payments.

Knowledge

When people ask for your assessment of their pest problems, you need to be equal to the task. You may have acquired some knowledge from your old job, but you have to go further and get in-depth training. If you encounter anything unusual, you will not feel out of your comfort zone. You’ll know exactly what you need to do, and this can help you build a good reputation in your community.

Preparedness

You also need to be ready to handle anything pest-related. You have to be fully equipped to use toxic chemicals or handle dangerous situations when needed.

If you know what you are doing, and you have the systems in place, your pest control business will surely flourish. The important thing to do is to streamline your processes, so you can get the work done quickly and efficiently.