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Join the party

October 1, 2013

Adding party inventory and event services to tent rental offers opportunities for growth and new customers, especially when companies find the right niche. By Pamela Mills-Senn Entrepreneurial spirits—and the tent rental industry is full of them—are seldom content for long. Their businesses rarely remain static, but instead are characterized by a mindset always on the …

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Build a rapport

August 1, 2013

The permitting process for tent installations can be fraught with frustration, but there are strategies for satisfying code officials while serving customers. As president and CEO of Big 4 Party Rentals and Event Solutions, Rob Roberts is an expert in filing for permits and working with code officials on tent installations in northern California. There’s …

Contract issues to consider before severe weather strikes

June 1, 2013

Protecting your company in the eye of the storm. By James R. Waite, Esq. The United States has suffered a recent spike of severe weather events. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the U.S. has experienced an average of 4.8 “billion dollar” weather events per year since 1980 (in 2012 adjusted dollars). …

Updated rental software

April 1, 2013

Currently being installed on a rolling schedule to users on software support, Enterprise 2013 is the most monumental update in Point-of-Rental’s 30-year history. The entire rental management software program has been converted to the Microsoft .NET Framework. Among many benefits, the move to the new framework ensures the longevity of Point-of-Rental software, and because .NET …

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Compete or collaborate?

Partnering with a competitor is a little like getting married—choose your partner carefully, and you both may reap rewards. By Brant McWilliams The question of competition vs. collaboration is a complex and challenging issue for any business or industry. The nature of the tent and event rental industry magnifies the need to carefully analyze the …

Creating emergency evacuation plans

By James R. Waite, Esq. Q: Whose responsibility is it to create emergency evacuation plans for tents? A: In the past, this responsibility has typically fallen on the event planner or equipment lessee (customer). Fortunately for rental operators, these parties continue to shoulder much of the responsibility, but that is likely to change, at least …

Assessing injury and illness prevention programs

Are injury and illness prevention programs too complicated and expensive for small businesses? An internal OSHA study of nine SHARP (OSHA’s Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program) firms, ranging in size from 15 to 160 employees, found that the firms achieved the following as a result of their programs: A reduction in the number of …

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From CAD to reality

December 1, 2012

Computer-aided design helps clients visualize their events, while offering practical applications. By Holly O’Dell When it comes to planning tented events, computer-aided design (CAD) software is a useful tool on many levels. It can help sell a job, help customers visualize the layout and assist vendors and installers in completing their jobs. “We have found …

Ensuring forklift stability

Follow this checklist to ensure forklift safety. One of the most dangerous operations involving forklifts is the loading and unloading of trucks and trailers. The reason is the change from the stable floor of the loading dock to the unstable deck of the truck or trailer. Not only may the vehicle being driven into be …

Trade show strategies

Get the most out of a trade show by strategizing before you leave home. By Sarah Lapping Industry manufacturers, suppliers and sponsors spend many hours preparing for trade shows. But if you are an attendee, do you prepare for a trade show or do you just show up? If you are planning to just show …