FAQs

FAQs2019-03-18T14:41:53+00:00
What is Talented Event Professionals?  2019-06-03T01:24:41+00:00

We help people find Talented Event Professionals for their next event.

TEP Definitions2019-11-21T14:29:16+00:00

TEP – Talented Event Professionals

TEP – Our Clients – People who are having events that work with us directly and / or utilize our event referral service by filling out our form.

TEP – Our Partners – Talented Event Professionals who partner with us that offer event services in your area.

Why work with us? 2019-11-21T21:37:51+00:00

We pride ourselves on our unique approach, experience, our large variety of TEPS, and our outstanding and fast customer service.

We have a huge selection of TEPs which will save you time and money!

We’ll quickly match you with the best TEPs we can find to help make your event the best it can be saving you time and money.

We have the best TEPs in the area because there is no charge to partner with us. Our TEPs pay a small referral fee only if someone hires them from this site. We have the most and best TEPs because we don’t charge up front and only charge a small fee  (more than 1/2 than others in most cases) only when a transaction takes place.

We use state-of-the-art technology to automatically get your event information to a variety TEPs so you can then get quotes from TEPs ASAP!  You first fill out the form and decide how you want to be contacted, and then you receive quotes from TEPs for your event. You then choose only the TEPs you are interested in. There is always no cost or obligation to receive quotes.  What really sets us apart is you can choose how to you want to work with us…

  1. One Form – Multiple Quotes – You can fill out this TEP Form and receive multiple quotes from a variety of TEPs fast.
  2. You can call or text us directly – (716) 220-9943  – or you can e-mail us – booking@talentedeventprofessionals.com – and we’ll help you put together a great event!
How much does it cost to use this TEP site?2019-11-21T14:25:36+00:00

Is it really free?    YES!

It is free to use this site and work with us! It is free to fill out our form and receive quotes. Fill out the form as often as you wish! There is no obligation to use any of the TEPs and quotes you receive. You choose only those TEPs that you want.

We have such a huge variety of TEPs because there is no cost to partner with us with us. Our TEPs are charged a small fee ONLY if you choose them for your event.

So, you are never charged!

It is free for our TEPs to partner with us, too! … so this give us a huge variety of TEPs who have to pay to be with other similar services.

Most companies have a few people working for them and have one set price for their services. We have over 400 TEPs with a variety of pricing and packages so you get a big variety of TEPs for every size and budget.

 

To explain further….

  1. Our Guests / Clients who use this site – There is no cost to use this site!  There is no cost for you to fill out the form and receive quotes. There is no obligation to choose any of our TEPs. Choose only those TEPs that fit your event.
  2. Our TEPs who partner with us – There is no cost for our Talented Event Professionals (TEPs) to partner with us!   There is no cost for our TEPs to be on this website.
  3. Our TEPs who partner with us – Our TEPs are charged a small fee ONLY if a person who fills out the form chooses one of our TEPs and a transaction takes place.
  4. Fill out as often as you like! – If you fill out the form and receive quotes but do not choose any of of our TEPs, there is no charge! You may fill out the form as often as you like at no cost!
What is the reason and history behind the concept of “One Form, Multiple Quotes?”2019-11-21T14:29:43+00:00

The TEP Idea: In 2010, Kevin McCarthy was booking a holiday vacation for his family when he realized how easy it is to book flights, hotels, rental cars, etc. online. He realized you can fill out one form and within a few clicks have a variety of choices based on your needs – competitive pricing, various options, etc.  As a professional entertainer, booking agent, and TEP himself for over 20 years, he provides a variety of event services. At that time, he was also very busy with a variety of shows including weddings, holiday events, company events, and school shows working directly with a wide-variety of clients.

As he was going through the steps of booking services for his vacation, he realized that there is nothing like this online for events or event professionals. If you search event professionals, each individually, you can book events and services online directly and there are agencies that book events and services. However, for events, the process is still very time-consuming and basically still done the old-fashioned way: search separately for what you want – and then decide to book individually what you want.

Our TEP, state-of-the-art concept – one form with multiple price quotes – has not been brought to events, until 2010 by TEP.

 

One Form – Multiple Quotes!

* Fill out one form and receive multiple quotes from a variety of TEPs save you time and money!

* The TEPs will only respond if they are available for your date and have what you are looking for! – Saving you time and hassle.

* You choose only the TEPs you want – if any! There is never any cost obligation to fill out form and receive quotes. Fill out the form as often as you’d like!

* Most companies have a few people working for them and have one set price. We have over 500 TEPs with a variety of pricing and packages so you get a big variety of TEPs for every size and budget.

 

Many TEPs are not listed on any other site because there is a large fee associated with it and/or they charge a large referral fee. It’s free for you fill out the form and receive quotes and it’s free for our parterning TEPs to receive your information and send you quotes. This means you have a much bigger pool of TEPs to choose from!

We charge our TEPs a small referral fee ONLY if our TEPs are chosen for your event through this website.  You will never be charged. In other words, our clients – those having events and filing out the form, will never be charged. Also, all of our TEPs are fully insured – with coverage for both the TEP and the venue!

How does TEP work?2019-11-21T05:38:09+00:00

We simply can get you TEPs faster using our state-of-the-art technology.

1. If you are hosting / planning an event, you fill out the form.
2. The TEPs that fit the categories you chose will contact you directly with quotes based on your information.
3. If you are interested in having our TEPs for your event, you can respond to their quotes directly.
4. If you choose a TEP from the quote, our TEP pays a small referral fee and you confirm the TEPs you choose.

What is the history of  TEP? 2019-11-21T14:27:01+00:00

In 1985, our founder, Kevin McCarthy began performing for events as the lead singer of Outlet and for 34 years he’s been involved a huge variety of events. While in college, he formed an original band with his brother and was inducted into the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame in 2009 as a founding member. Since the late 1980s, he has been involved in the booking, promoting, and marketing of his and band shows, as well as learning about all the different types of events he has performed for. He has performed for just about every event you can imagine since 1985! In the mid-1990s, Kevin began his solo career, performing for all types of events, including wedding, company event, schools, private parties, etc. and it became his full-time career. McCarthy Entertainment: In 1999, Kevin McCarthy started McCarthy Entertainment which provided a variety of entertainment services throughout Western New York. This includes booking all of the entertainment at a busy downtown Western New York club for almost 20 years (with over 70 bands in headlining rotation and 5 sound guys). He is also the event booking manager for a cultural and heritage center in South Buffalo, New York. In addition, he has booked a number of event professionals including bands, musicians, face painters, DJs etc.. over the years for different events. The Birth of TEP:   In 2010, Talent Event Professionals (TEP) was born! Kevin then decided to merge McCarthy Entertainment with TEP. TEP has grown steadily throughout the years and is currently primed for critical mass. Big expansion plans are in the works for the upcoming years!

Why don’t you list prices?2019-11-21T14:20:47+00:00

The prices of our TEPs vary greatly depending on many factors. It’s impossible to price out all possible scenarios. Your best bet to get the best prices is to get multiple quotes by filling out the form.

 

What is unique about our services is that our TEPs come to you. Once they receive your information they will contact you. They will only contact you if they are available and fit what you are looking for.

What is TEPs mission? 2019-11-21T14:35:36+00:00

Our mission is to help people who are having events quickly find a variety of Talented Event Professionals (TEPs) and save them time, money, effort, and stress in the process. We also want to give our TEPs an opportunity to offer their services and businesses at a lower cost to our clients because we offer a unique business model.

How does the TEP payment worK? Who pays and how much?2019-11-21T23:41:13+00:00

Payment FAQ for TEPs 

  1. Our Clients and Our Partners – Our clients work with us when they are having events. Our TEPs offer their sevices for their events.
  2. Low Fee – We have a huge variety of TEPs partnering with us for a number of reason, but one of the biggest is the we only charge 7% or 10% while others charge 15% or more… we are up to more than 1/2 of what other companies charge. Plus, there are no up-front fees or costs per lead.  The fee is only 7% if you are exclusive with us and do not use any other service or agency. The fee is only 10% if you work with other companies.
  3. Free for our clients – If you are using this site to find TEPs, there is no cost for you to fill out the form, use this site, and work with us!
  4. Payments to us are only made by our TEPs –  Only our TEPs pay us if a client purchases their services using this site.
  5. There is no charge until a transaction takes place. – We are ONLY paid when a client locks in our TEP for their event and pays for the service!  The TEP will then pay us a small percentage based on their level of partnership with us.
  6. Partnership Options – If you are a TEP and would like to look at our partnership options, please click here.
  7. Unique – We are different from other sites, so we want to make sure there is no confusion. Please contact us if you have any questions regarding our payment structure or partnership options – support@talentedeventprofessionals.com
What is the reason behind the TEP name?2019-03-18T14:37:13+00:00

As an event professional himself, our founder, Kevin McCarthy, understands many TEPs are often considered “vendors” and are sometimes treated as “second-class citizens” at events. Any event professional who has sat at the “vendor table” in another room at a wedding, eating cold subs and chips, can relate to this. Kevin felt it was important to come up with a name that exemplifies event professionals and their talents. Talented Event Professionals explains exactly what he wanted this business to be about.

Additional FAQs regarding how TEP works.2019-11-21T14:33:54+00:00

1. Our clients fill out one form and receive multiple quotes.
2. Our partnering TEP businesses are those who are looking to offer their services to our clients.
3. This service will always be free for our clients and free for our partnering TEPs.
4. This service helps keep the cost down for our clients because there are no upfront fee requirements for our TEPs.
5. For our partnering TEPs, this does NOT interfere with marketing because our TEPS will NOT be listed on our site.
6. We partner with all types and kinds of businesses of varies levels, experience, and pricing. For example, if you are searching for hotels,  you can search 2-star to 5-star hotels – sometimes you may want the 5-star, 2-star, or other depending on many factors.  You may choose to have 5-star “everything”!  That is completely fine!  However, some of our clients prefer choices depending on price, quality, etc…

How do I join if I have a talent or service and I would like to be a part of TEP?2019-11-21T23:36:19+00:00

We are always looking to expand. We consider all applicants. If you are a talented event pfoessional, please click here and fill out the form. We will respond to you asap!

 

Payment FAQ for TEPs 

  1. Thank you for partnering with us! – Our clients work with us when they are having events. Our TEPs offer their sevices for their events.
  2. Low Fee – We have a huge variety of TEPs partnering with us for a number of reason, but one of the biggest is the we only charge 7% or 10% while others charge 15% or more… we are up to more than 1/2 of what other companies charge. Plus, there are no up-front fees or costs per lead.  The fee is only 7% if you are exclusive with us and do not use any other service or agency. The fee is only 10% if you work with other companies.
  3. Free for our clients – If you are using this site to find TEPs, there is no cost for you to fill out the form, use this site, and work with us!
  4. Payments to us are only made by our TEPs –  Only our TEPs pay us if a client purchases their services using this site.
  5. There is no charge until a transaction takes place. – We are ONLY paid when a client locks in our TEP for their event and pays for the service!  The TEP will then pay us a small percentage based on their level of partnership with us.
  6. Partnership Options – If you are a TEP and would like to look at our partnership options, please click here.
  7. Unique – We are different from other sites, so we want to make sure there is no confusion. Please contact us if you have any questions regarding our payment structure or partnership options – support@talentedeventprofessionals.com
How soon will I receive quotes from TEPs?2019-11-21T14:26:11+00:00

As soon as possible! We have asked our TEPs to respond to your quotes as soon as they are able to. If you don’t hear from any within 48 hours, please let us know.

Will you sell or share my personal information? 2019-11-21T05:39:21+00:00

NEVER – We will only share your information with the TEPs you choose!  Your information is safe with us!

What if I don’t receive multiple / any quotes after filling out the form?2019-11-21T14:26:40+00:00

Please make sure you filled the form out correctly and submitted it properly by clicking the Submit button. If you have filled out form correctly, our TEPs should get back to you asap with quotes. If you don’t hear from anyone or only one quote within 48 hours, it is possible that none of our TEPs are available for your event. If this is the case, please contact us directly and we will do all we can to help you.

Insurance FAQs – are all of our TEPs insured?2019-11-21T14:19:14+00:00

YES!  – All of our TEPs that are booked through this website will have insurance coverage!

  • For our TEPs who have their own insurance will be covered under their insurance.
  • For our TEPs that do not have their own insurance, they will be covered under our insurance!

 

This insurance also covers the venue as well.

To request an additional insured certificate:

Please e-mail support@talentedeventprofessionals.com with the following information…

  • Your: name, company name, member number, email address
  • Venue: name and address

 

Important Note about Insurance – if you have more than 5 TEPs for one event, please contact me as we will have to increase our insurance policy for this event.

 

Insurance Highlights

  • Association benefit of master policy pricing, all quotes are annual premiums
  • Individual general liability limits are $1,000,000 per occurrence and $2,000,000 aggregate
  • Higher limits may be available if needed
  • Venues are automatically included as additional insureds
  • Liability coverage is extended to include business offices and most home offices
  • Insurance carrier is rated “A++” (Superior) and has a financial strength rating of XV ($2 Billion or greater) by A.M. Best Company and specializes in program business

 

Insurance is Required for TEPs by Most Venues

Many venues require insurance for TEPs. One of the many perks of partnering with TEP is all our events we book cover our TEPs that do not have insurance (if you do have insurance you use yours). If you don’t have insurance yourself, you will now have insurance for any event booked through TEP! If you decide be exclusive with TEP and have all your events booked through us, you then will always be insured and can save $ on insurance! You do not have to be exclusive with TEP to enjoy this benefit.