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staff training to upgrade skills. Take
advantage of IFAI's Video Technical
Library, where you'll find numerous
how-to training videos on sewing, tools,
equipment, patterning and automation
(www.ifai.com/video-library).
Add shade sails to your lineup:
IFAI member Wholesale Shade
in San Marcos, Calif., offers free
courses through its Shade Sail
University. This is a complete guide
to shade sail design and installation
(www.wholesaleshade.com).
Look to the future
Reevaluate tomorrow based on
today: How or what will you change
to prepare for a future disruption to
your business income? What lessons
have you learned? What are your
most significant vulnerabilities?
Prepare for the new normal: Are you set
up to handle requests when boats are
back on the water? Can you pivot
to a new revenue stream? Can you
keep producing PPE products in
addition to marine products?

Consider expansion
opportunities: Now is a good
time to plan for growth. A fellow
fabricator recently purchased a large
rural space near several large lakes
that included buildings to house
vessels during the winter months.
Now he has year-round projects
conveniently located on his property.
He rents storage space to out-ofstate boat owners and works on
their boats no matter the weather.
The courage to forge ahead in
the aftermath of COVID-19 requires
perseverance, resilience, tenacity and
resourcefulness-all things marine
fabricators are known for. Marine
fabricators often use their skills to
fabricate something from almost
nothing, benefiting their own and
others' lives. Stay safe, Stay healthy.
Stay focused. Stay scrappy.You've
got this!

Hallett Canvas and Sails of Falmouth,
Maine, has been selling and donating
thousands of masks up and down the East
Coast. The effort provides jobs for the existing
staff and family members furloughed from
outside positions.

Terri Madden owns Sand Sea &

For more information, visit:

Air Interiors Inc. in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

www.marinefabricatormag.com

www.sandseaair.com

Search "business survival"
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