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High Point Market

Industry associations offer statement of support for fall market schedule HIGH POINT — Three industry associations are lending their support to the High Point Market Authority for its three-period safe attendance plan for fall High Point Market, set for Oct. 13-21. Three association leaders — Andy Counts, American Home Furnishings Alliance; Sharron Bradley, Home Furnishings […]

  • Posted On: 9 Jul, 2020
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Full Forgiveness For Self-Employed Borrowers

SBA Finally Clarifies PPP Loan Forgiveness Rules: Full Forgiveness For Self-Employed Borrowers   (Updated June 17 8:45am ET: Adding information about the SBA’s new Forgiveness Applications.) If you’re a freelancer or other self-employed person wondering if you’ll get forgiveness for loans taken out under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), yesterday brought good news. The SBA […]

  • Posted On: 18 Jun, 2020
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PPP forgiveness changes coming as Senate passes House bill

By Jeff Drew Today The U.S. Senate passed the House version of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) legislation Wednesday night, tripling the time allotted for small businesses and other PPP loan recipients to spend the funds and still qualify for forgiveness of the loans. The bill passed in a unanimous voice vote hours after Wisconsin Sen. […]

  • Posted On: 4 Jun, 2020
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Ray Allegrezza Holds Q & A With Tom Conley About October Market

Knowing the impact the Covid-19 virus has had on the home furnishings industry, IHFRA has published a series of interviews with key retailers, reps and manufacturers in order to bring you their respective observations, responses and strategies.    This is our final installment—a conversation with Tom Conley, CEO of the High Point Market Authority.    […]

  • Posted On: 28 May, 2020
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IMC Survey Reveals Retailer Reaction to Covid-19

To read the executive summary, click the following link: IMC RETAILER’S SURVEY

  • Posted On: 28 May, 2020
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SBA PPP Loan Tracker

High Point Financial Design provides information helpful to track your PPP loan. If you’re here, it’s probably because you have some questions about the SBA PPP loan program. Lucky for you, we’ve compiled some information that we think will be very helpful to you. READ MORE

  • Posted On: 27 May, 2020
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BREAKING NEWS!

High Point Market Authority Expands Fall 2020 Market Dates HIGH POINT, N.C., May 21, 2020 — In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the High Point Market Authority is expanding the Fall Market dates in an effort to spread out attendance and account for expected reduced capacity requirements for showrooms and buildings. Fall Market will now […]

  • Posted On: 21 May, 2020
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LEFLEIN SURVEY:  COVID-19 CHALLENGING SALES REP’S BUSINESSES

Posted on May 19, 2020 by Leflein Team BY RAY ALLEGREZZA   If there was ever any doubt regarding the severity of Covid-19 on independent home furnishings reps, just-released survey from market research leader Leflein Associates, confirms the toll the virus is having on their businesses. According to the just-released survey, taken by Leflein among […]

  • Posted On: 19 May, 2020
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IMC Updates Summer Gift and Home Market Plans Following Survey

ATLANTA/LAS VEGAS – (May 15, 2020) – Following a comprehensive survey of its universe of gift and home furnishings buyers and suppliers, International Market Centers (IMC) announced today updates to its summer 2020 markets in Atlanta and Las Vegas. IMC is postponing both markets until August, with Atlanta Market now running August 13 – 18 […]

  • Posted On: 15 May, 2020
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An Interview with Caroline Hipple, President of Norwalk Furniture

Without a doubt, the Covid-19 virus has upset everyone’s cart.  To help you see the big picture from a number of different perspectives, IHFRA has talked to directional retailers and suppliers to get their perspectives on the virus and its impact on our business. Last time, we spoke to David Gunn of Texas-based Knight Furniture […]

  • Posted On: 5 May, 2020
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Life After Covid 19—Putting The Pieces Back Together

Recently, IHFRA Executive Director Ray Allegrezza was asked to give an overview to A-America.  The topic was titled “Life After Covid 19—Putting The Pieces Back Together”.   To listen to Ray’s presentation, click the link below LISTEN HERE

  • Posted On: 4 May, 2020
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Selling & Presenting Via Video TODAY ONLY 2pm EST

VICTOR ANTONIO Selling & Presenting Via Video Description The NEW essential skill in SELLING is being able to do a PRESENTATION VIA VIDEO. As we move to a more distance-centric sales environment, we are being forced to use tools like Zoom or other video conferencing platforms to connect, convince, and close a client. Face-to-Face conversations […]

  • Posted On: 30 Apr, 2020
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Connecting While Disconnected: Lessons from a LinkedIn Strategist

Tuesday May 5th 11:00 am EST Join us to hear from Karen Yankovich, CEO of Uplevel Media, and learn how to utilize your LinkedIn network to grow your business. During this 1-hour webinar, you’ll learn: Why now is the time to build the network of your dreams Being intentional in your connection requests Get to […]

  • Posted On: 29 Apr, 2020
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US Re-opening: Find out what your state is doing

Dozens of states have announced plans to relax social distancing restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus – but few have yet to enact major changes. Georgia has become a high-profile outlier after it set in motion aggressive plans to ease stay-at-home restrictions over the objection of some local officials and even President Donald Trump. Gov. Brian Kemp announced that gyms, tattoo parlors, hair […]

  • Posted On: 27 Apr, 2020
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Headline: Advisor HR Secures PPP benefits for its IHFRA Partners

 Advisor HR Secures PPP benefits for its IHFRA Partners using the Advisorirep.com Business Services (IHFRA members who use the Advisor IREP program for business services including payroll, HR, compliance, health benefits, retirement planning, and business insurances received the PPP.)   While we all know times are incredibly tough, there is light at the end of […]

  • Posted On: 27 Apr, 2020
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Unemployment Available for Self-employed and Contracted Employees

NC Department of Employment Security (DES) has announced that as of April 24th 2020, unemployment benefits are now available for self-employed and contracted employees. The program is called Pandemic unemployment Assistance. You may be eligible to collect unemployment for lost wages, check  your local DES to see if these benefits are available in your state. […]

  • Posted On: 24 Apr, 2020
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Independant Contractors Guide to CARES Act Relief

If you are an independent contractor or self-employed, you may be eligible for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans/grants, SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL), and/or Unemployment Compensation for losses of income related to the coronavirus pandemic READ MORE

  • Posted On: 23 Apr, 2020
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IHFRA Asks Government For Shot at PPP funds

April 22, 2020 The Honorable Mike Pence The White House Office of the Vice President Washington, DC 20500 RE: PPP Availability to small businesses Dear Mr. Vice President: On behalf of the 1,500 members who are the backbone of IHFRA (Independent Home Furnishings Representatives Association), I want to begin by wishing you and your family continued good health and […]

  • Posted On: 22 Apr, 2020
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High Point Market Authority Cancels Postponed Market

Contact: Ashley D. Grigg Director of Marketing and Communicationsashley@highpointmarket.org 336.888.3236 High Point Market Authority Cancels Postponed Spring Market HIGH POINT, N.C., April 16, 2020 — Due to ongoing impacts, government restrictions, and economic difficulties stemming from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the High Point Market Authority announces the cancelation of the Spring 2020 High Point Market. […]

  • Posted On: 16 Apr, 2020
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No Touch Selling Webinar – recorded link and notes

Thank you to everyone that showed interest in or attended the Webinar last Thursday with Victor Antonio from Sales Velocity Academy. The response was incredible and I received so many positive responses and requests for notes and the recorded link. As promised here is the link and the PDF. Per Victors request please direct anyone […]

  • Posted On: 15 Apr, 2020
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HFA Webinar: Readying for Recovery with Jerry Epperson

Thursday April 16th at 1:00 pm PDT/4:00 pm EDT.   Join us and bring your questions along. REGISTER HERE I hope you are doing as well as can be expected and seeing some light at the end of the tunnel. Like everyone else I am sure you are trying to figure out what the “new […]

  • Posted On: 14 Apr, 2020
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Knight Furniture’s David Gunn Shares Straight-Shooting Advice

Leading Texas Retailer Talks Covid-19, Strategies, Survival and Common Sense In his 32 years as CEO and owner of Sherman-Texas based Knight Furniture, David Gunn has seen it all—good times, bad times and everything in between. During that time, his business savvy has been recognized both locally and nationally. In 2016, Gunn was awarded the […]

  • Posted On: 9 Apr, 2020
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Furniture Today – Blog from Mike Root

Blog: What’s a sales rep to do when all the retailers and factories have shut down? Mike Root In this newest challenge to business called coronavirus or COVID-19, there are all kinds of stories of businesses closing. The furniture industry right now has both a supply problem and a demand problem. Many factories have closed […]

  • Posted On: 9 Apr, 2020
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IHFRA Joins Forces With AHFA and HFA

As our ongoing mission to best represent our members, IHFRA has joined forces with the AHFA and HFA in sending a letter to Vice President Pence requesting that the home furnishing sector be considered “essential.“ Here is the letter:      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                         FOR MORE INFORMATION: April 6, 2020                                                                           Patricia […]

  • Posted On: 6 Apr, 2020
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THE SCALISE CAPITOL REPORT BREAKING NEWS for Small Businesses

March 31, 2020 THE SCALISE CAPITOL REPORT BREAKING NEWS for Small Businesses The CARES Act – the third Coronavirus bill – was signed into law by President Trump on Friday, March 27th.This bill created the Paycheck Protection Program, a nearly $350 billion program to provide eight weeks of cash-flow assistance to small businesses through 100 percent federally […]

  • Posted On: 1 Apr, 2020
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Here are the states restricting travel from within the US

As cases of and deaths from Covid-19 continue to climb in the United States, officials are implementing travel restrictions to try to stop the coronavirus from spreading. Read in CNN: https://apple.news/Af9JCRyM2Qga4JjOHbSyk6Q

  • Posted On: 31 Mar, 2020
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Understanding the Cares Act

Seeking to help our members understand the CARES Act, IHFRA reached out to its attorney, Adam Glazer at the renowned law firm of Schoenberg, Finkel, Newman and Rosenberg LLC. Mr. Glazer graciously broke the Act down to the following primary components for our members: Loan Assistance: An eligible self-employed individual, independent contractor, or sole proprietorship seeking […]

  • Posted On: 30 Mar, 2020
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Coronavirus Emergency Loans

Coronavirus Emergency Loans Small Business  Guide and Checklist Prepared by the US Chamber of Commerce Click below to open pdf US Chamber SBA PPP Loan Breakdown

  • Posted On: 30 Mar, 2020
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IMPORTANT WEBINAR STARTING SOON!

We know this is short notice but as the stimulus package just passed we wanted to get information out now. HFA is ready to host a webinar right away with Chris Andresen. Please join in if at all possible. Here is the link. 1pm PST/3pm CST/4pm EST President Trump will sign into law today an […]

  • Posted On: 27 Mar, 2020
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House Passes $2 Trillion Relief Bill

Coronavirus Live Updates: House Passes $2 Trillion Relief Bill NY TIMES President Trump, who had questioned the need for additional ventilators, pushes industry to make more. A new survey of mayors finds dire shortages of urgently needed medical supplies. And in Britain, Prime Minister Boris Johnson tested positive. RIGHT NOW The House passed the $2 […]

  • Posted On: 27 Mar, 2020
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FORTUNE FINANCECORONAVIRUS  How small-business owners and the self-employed can take advantage of the coronavirus stimulus package BY KATE ROCKWOOD March 26, 2020 1:46 PM EST At a whopping 57 million, self-employed people make up a huge piece of the country’s economic puzzle. But during a global pandemic, when business starts drying up, those who work for […]

  • Posted On: 27 Mar, 2020
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$2 Trillion Coronavirus Stimulus Package…What’s in it???

The Senate Just Passed a $2 Trillion Coronavirus Stimulus Package. Here’s What’s in It BY ALANA ABRAMSON AND PHILIP ELLIOTT UPDATED: MARCH 26, 2020 9:17 AM EDT | ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED: MARCH 25, 2020 8:31 PM EDAfter days of intense and dramatic negotiations, the Senate passed a landmark $2 trillion relief package for millions of Americans […]

  • Posted On: 27 Mar, 2020
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Tax Aspects Of The CARES Act

A helpful article from Tony Nitti Senior Contributor at Forbes.  Congress Reaches Agreement On A Coronavirus Relief Package: Tax Aspects Of The CARES Act A nation desperate for any reason for optimism got just that on Wednesday evening, with word that Congress had finally agreed upon a stimulus package designed to reverse the devastating impact of the COVID-19 […]

  • Posted On: 26 Mar, 2020
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