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Exploring Life & Business with Derrick and Tori Anderson of Anderson Supplies

Today we’d like to introduce you to Derrick and Tori Anderson.

Derrick and Tori, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
We started our business, Anderson Supplies, back in May 2018. I, Derrick Anderson, had a desire to start a business but was not sure of what business I wanted to start or the direction to take. However, one day, I was walking from lunch and saw a sign that read “Rent a fence”.

It dawned on me, “Why not rent out tables and chairs?” So, I called my wife, Tori, and asked “What do you think about starting a business that rents tables and chairs?” She agreed it was a good idea. This was actually the only business idea we both agreed on. We officially started Anderson Supplies a few months later. We started with only a small pickup truck and $1,500 from our savings account.

Originally, we only delivered our inventory. However, after going to networking events, cold calling business owners, and trying to connect with others in the event industry, I got the idea, “Why not deliver other people’s inventory as well.” So today, not only do we offer delivery of our own rentals but we will deliver for event decorators and coordinators as well.

Shortly after launching this side of our business, the COVID-19 outbreak began and we had to shut down our business for several months but this also opened up opportunities for us. As COVID restrictions lifted many events were being held at people’s homes instead of venues.

This allowed our event rentals and event delivery service to expand. As a result, our business has grown into what it is today.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
We have definitely had our fair share of challenges and struggles. One of our biggest struggles was a lack of knowledge and experience in the event industry.

Neither myself nor my wife/business partner knew much about events, the event industry, or how to run a business.

Many of the lessons we’ve learned have come through trial and error and lots of research.

We’ve been impressed with Anderson Supplies, but for folks who might not be as familiar, what can you share with them about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
We want everyone to know Anderson Supplies is more than just an event rental company.

We strive to help make event planning easier for event decorators and coordinators. Not only do we deliver our items but we are happy to transport any and all items needed to complete an event.

Along with providing our rentals of tables and chairs, we will pick up items from a local vendor or a piece from the individual’s inventory and deliver them to the event site.

Can you talk to us a bit about the role of luck?
We were fortunate to be connected with another local business owner, Eugena Whitmore from Events Beyond Imaginations.

EBI was one of the first well-established event decorators to use our delivery service. We are always thankful she did.

For a while, she was our first and only client but during that time we learned more about the event industry and connected with other decorators. I guess you can say word of mouth was our biggest helper.

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