With more than 30 years of experience in the party rental industry, John Dawson knows special events. Even after a four-year break from the industry, his new rental company, Please B Seated, booked four events in its very first week of business earlier this year. But starting a company in 2013 proved to be a much different challenge for this industry veteran, who opened his first venture, Tristate Party Rentals, in 1977. “When we started in 1977 we had a simple three-fold price list, ...

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