An entrepreneurial mindset

December 1, 2020

For Elite Events and Rentals, downtime during the pandemic creates an opportunity for business planning.  by Cathy Broberg In normal times, Brandon Ahlgren, founder and owner of Elite Events and Rentals LLC, would be keeping a hectic pace. “You take every job you can—go, go, go; get it, get it, get it; move more, hire …

Classic Tents & Events relies on creativity and collaboration in good times and bad

October 1, 2020

By Cathy Broberg Steven Eisenstein, president of Classic Tents & Events, has always valued out-of-the-box thinking, creativity and a willingness to learn. These characteristics have allowed him to step into a new industry mid-career, discover ways to grow and diversify his company, and now pivot into new markets and glimpse the silver lining amid a …

A V Party Rentals: where family get-togethers happen daily

August 1, 2020

by Cathy Broberg In 1973, Pat and Roger Parr purchased a five-year-old rental company in California’s Santa Clarita Valley. Chances are, the couple could not have predicted what that transaction would lead to. More than 40 years later, A V Party Rentals (originally All Valley Rental Center) remains in the family, is led by three …

From weddings to golf, Premier Event Rentals flexes its creative muscle

June 1, 2020

by Cathy Broberg Who doesn’t yearn for work that involves creativity, problem solving and variety? That combination can keep you on your toes, and before you know it, you’ve spent your entire career in one industry. At least that’s the case for Andrew Ussher, president and co-owner of Premier Event Tent Rentals Inc., of  Brampton,Ont., …

Smart growth for Pelican Tents & Events

April 1, 2020

Pelican Tents & Events grows with a focus on family and excellent customer service. by Cathy Broberg In a region with a season dedicated to crawfish and an early spring calendar jam-packed with Mardi Gras celebrations, it’s no wonder that Moss Duvall uses the word “fun” to describe his work at Pelican Tents & Events. …

A Classic Party Rental keeps customers in focus

December 1, 2019

A family business evolves into tent and party rental, keeping customer needs top-of-mind. by Maura Keller Family businesses have long been a staple of the American economy. And A Classic Party Rental in Indianapolis, Ind., founded in 1989 by members of the Hawkins and Bayt family, is the quintessential family affair. Like many family businesses, …

U.S. Tent Rental Inc. grows into a major tent and event rental provider

October 1, 2019

The Boyle family turned a small seasonal business into a booming Florida tent and event rental company. by Jake Kilju Peanuts’ Charlie Brown looked at a limp pine branch and saw the potential for a beautiful Christmas tree.  Tim Boyle, along with his father and brother, looked at a small Christmas tree tent and festival …

Canopies makes every tented event inviting and engaging

August 1, 2019

Canopies Events with Distinction focuses on customer relationships to bring events to life. Making annual events fresh, intriguing and appealing is a constant challenge for tent and event rental companies. And new events need to meet or exceed customer expectations. For co-owners David Hudak and Ken Hudak of Canopies Events with Distinction, Milwaukee, Wis., that …

Great Lakes Tent Co. achieves long-term success

June 1, 2019

Great Lakes Tent Co. grows as it provides long-term rentals to the automotive market. Great Lakes Tent Co. is not your ordinary tent rental company with typical clientele. Yes, the Warren, Mich.-based business serves a broad range of customers throwing corporate events, weddings and other private gatherings. But it has also carved out a unique …

Bryant’s Rent-All grows through three generations

April 1, 2019

The future of the company hung in the balance. By the early 1980s, Bryant’s Rent-All in Lexington, Ky., could continue to compete against low-priced big-box retailers for tool and equipment rentals or transition to tent and event rentals. Fast forward to today, the company now known as Bryant’s Rent-All Events and Tents is squarely focused …