In an ideal world, your months of hard work and planning would be rewarded with a stunning trade show booth that drew in an unprecedented amount of new business. But as any experienced exhibitor knows things can go awry at any moment.

One of the biggest challenges can be dealing with damage to your trade show display. Whether it happened in transit, or the night before the shows opens, repairing your booth on the fly is a challenge that tests even the most seasoned trade show veteran.

Depending on the circumstances, you may not have the option of having your exhibit company overnight a replacement part­ and there may not be a big box store open to go find parts that you need. So what can you do?

Owner Jay Scalise recommends that you check with the maintenance department at the venue. Whether it be a hotel or a convention center, their maintenance departments are well-equipped to deal with any type of repair needed and are often one of the best resources for you to find the parts you need to make the necessary repairs.

There are plenty of creative repair techniques that will get you through the day and allow you to focus on what’s truly important–connecting with your potential customers and demonstrating the value of your product or service. Next time you need to make a repair on the fly, don’t forget to check with the maintenance department at the trade show venue.