Member Profile: Hendersonville Tents

Stacy & Steven Bishop of Hendersonville Tents

Stacy & Steven Bishop of Hendersonville Tents

Member Profile: Hendersonville Tents

Steven and Stacy Bishop are the third generation of family owners of Hendersonville Tents Party & Event Rentals. And while their predecessors put in plenty of sweat and tears to get the business up and running, Steven and Stacy have had to amplify that level of effort to keep the company successful. Hendersonville Tents is a small business after all, and all small businesses require continued hard work, relationship building and more hard work.

Two years ago, the Bishops joined the Fletcher Area Business Association (FABA). And they are active in the organization and in the community they serve. Although there are times, especially in the summer months, when both Steven and Stacy have to put in long hours at work and don’t get to network as much as they’d like, it hasn’t stopped them from participating. For the past two years, they supplied the tents for the FABA Expo, making the event rainproof.

Humble Beginnings
Steven’s grandfather started the business in 1977, making a tent for a revival he hosted. By 1984 (31 years ago), the company incorporated. At first, it was a simple business: renting, buying, selling, cleaning and storing tents for parties and other events. Steven’s father took over the business in 2001, and Steven and Stacy began their tenure in 2013.

And suddenly, or so it seems, the company is being transformed. It’s not just joining FABA, although that has certainly helped Hendersonville Tents. Through the business networking group at FABA, Steven and Stacy met Ray Access, who wrote brand new website content for the company and continue to create monthly blog posts, keeping their online presence vibrant. DPEG Marketing also has helped them develop and implement a marketing plan for sustained growth.

Big Changes
In January 2014, the Bishops opened a brand new storefront for their business at 578 Upward Road #8 in Flat Rock. FABA was there with a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate its opening. Also new was the company’s inventory. Now they not only rent tents, tables and chairs, but china and linen, sound systems, dance floors, games and much more; they have become a one-stop party supply rental store.

And business has improved apace. Steven and Stacy sometimes struggle to keep up. Running a regional tent rental operation that sets up before and tears down after events is time-consuming enough. Add in all the extra equipment and supplies they rent out now, and it can become one giant headache without proper organization. And so they manage a team they can trust.

The Power of Networking
“You get out of it what you put in,” says Stacy, and she means it. Hendersonville Tents is a member of both FABA and the Henderson County Chamber of Commerce. As a result, they have lots of networking opportunities available to them every month. But they understand the value of participating in the organizations, and so they attend whenever they can. When asked which organization has helped their business more, Stacy hedged her bets. “They’re about equal,” she said.

Because of their networking, because of their marketing presence (online and at their store), because of their new offerings and because of the relationships they’ve built in the community, Hendersonville Tents continues to grow. “Business is good,” Stacy confirms. But like any small business, it takes long hours and some stress. Since the end of their busy season is the end of October, however, they can see a light at the end of the tunnel. And that light does not belong to an alarm clock.

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