Sometimes the best business ideas are just around us — if you know where to look.
Brenda Dronkers, founder of the inflatable party place Pump It Up http://www.pumpitupparty.com/index.htm, got the inspiration for her business in her church’s fall festival in 1999. She was then a California mother of three who struggled to make ends meet with no college degree and no money.
In that festival, she saw her kids’ excitement as they rushed to the inflatable trampoline. And the idea hit her — since kids love inflatables and inflatable slides and trampolines are always a hit during parties, why not create a place full of inflatables where parties can be safely held?
Brenda moved fast with her business idea. With a friend giving her some capital, she leased a cheap warehouse and commissioned much-sturdier inflatables. She opened her first Pump It Up in Pleasanton, California that year.
And her business worked! She booked 90 parties in her first month. Last year, revenues of Pump It Up reached $55 million. She has franchised her idea, and now has about 160 franchises in 38 states.
Check out Brenda’s successful venture at PumpItUpParty.com
You can read about Brenda’s new venture and the lessons she learned from Pump It Up in the article “Brenda Dronkers: Moving from One Successful Business to Another”