Walla Walla, weddings and wineries

June 1, 2014

Sandy’s U-Rent Party Store evolves with the times in the Pacific Northwest. Say “Walla Walla” in the United States and people are bound to think “onions.” True enough—Walla Walla, Wash., is known for producing the large sweet onions that are available every June through August. But for many years Walla Walla County has also been …

The case for EPLI

April 1, 2014

Don’t assume that a general liability or business owner’s insurance policy will cover you in a lawsuit related to employment practices. By Brian K. Hall The case for EPLI Don’t assume that a general liability or business owner’s insurance policy will cover you in a lawsuit related to employment practices. A rental business wouldn’t face …

Parties, gifts and taxes

December 1, 2013

Deck the halls, and take a tax deduction. By Mark E. Battersby Tent renters and event planners are experts at throwing parties, but may have less understanding of the tax implications of such expenses when they throw their own holiday parties or give gifts, bonuses or awards. These are often tax deductible, but can also …

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 …

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 …

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 …