In todays world we have an endless amount of resources at our fingertips. With just the click of a mouse, dreams can come true. However, the chasing your dreams has not always been this convenient. In 1992, Deborah James found an opportunity on the side of a highway and made her, and her family's, dreams come true. This is an interview with the creator herself to hear about how Deborah's Party Rentals came to be, along with what struggles and triumphs Deborah faced along the way.
What made you decide to start your own business?
I was working very hard for another company and I have always had an entrepreneurial heart, but even moreso, my husband and I had a burning desire to be able to put our family first as a working mother. I wanted to make a difference but not necessarily stay at home. I wanted to "have it all" and with being a business owner, I felt like we could do just that. My husband believed in me and thought that together we could create a great company that would take us into our retirement years. Our mission was to create a better family life with a company that represented just that. We desired more joy in our life and for our children and we created a business opportunity that could keep those values at the core of the company.
Why did you choose the party rentals industry?
Once you realized you wanted to own your own business, how did you make that dream come to life?
Do you have any other passions or interests outside of the business?I wish we had more passions and interests but when you work for yourself that becomes your passion because it all starts and ends with my husband and me. We've always poured our heart and soul into our business but only because we wanted to pour more of our heart and soul into the lives of our family. Our family is our passion and all of our interests revolve around them. Now, it's just not our children, we have grandchildren...of all ages...so our interests are softball, beauty pageants, soccer, trains and even their own business ventures (We have some grandchildren in their 20's and one less than a year old)...that's how we stay so young at heart! We are fortunate enough to have a weekend house on Smith Lake so we all enjoy boating, swimming, tubing....and of course, cook-outs!
Are there any major accomplishments or milestones you would like to share?
How have you been able to give back to the community?
Fund-raising has been such a great reward. We've been able to change lives when communities all across the state have surrounded a child or family in need due to illness or some other devastating life event. Those things really warm the heart and bring the communities together in times of need and gives them not only joy, but strength.
Deborah's Party Rentals has not only filled the dreams of the James Family, but also to many other families in the area. Whether it is a kids birthday party, a church/school event, and even dream weddings, this business is here to provide for the community. These special days would not be the same with out the extordinarry service, friendliness, and amusement that Deborah offers. Sure, a bounce house can be rented from anywhere, but only Deborah's will treat your family, and event, as if you are the first and only priority.