By Chuck Slothower
Four Corners Business Journal
FARMINGTON Building on years of experience throwing events in Farmington, Durango Party Rental has opened an office on the New Mexico side of the border.
On Wednesday, owner Jon Sigillito hosted a reception for the Farmington office inside the San Juan College Quality Center for Business, 5101 College Blvd.
"We've done business in Farmington since the get-go," said Sigillito, who opened Durango Party Rental in 2004. "But the reason for opening this is to make it easier for clients to meet us face to face."
The office is staffed by a Farmington native, Marie Sloane. Durango Party Rental's business is composed of weddings and related events, annual events put on by companies and local governments and events like employee appreciation days and company picnics.
The company has anywhere from five to 18 employees, depending on the season. Business peaks in summer.
Durango Party Rental has already formed relationships with related businesses such as Silk, a bridal shop across College Boulevard, and a nearby spa.
"A bride can really take care of quite a bit in one stop," Sigillito said.
Durango Party Rental has helped put on events such as the annual Get Pinked reception.
"I think they're a great fit for Farmington," said Judy Castleberry, interim director of the Enterprise Center at San Juan College. "They already are building on a good reputation down here."
Dorothy Nobis, president and CEO of the Farmington Chamber of Commerce, said Durango Party Rental had been helpful in putting on Chamber events.
"Jon has just gone out of his way to accommodate us from Durango," Nobis said. "Their customer service is unequaled. What they do, they do really, really well."
Sigillito said the Enterprise Center, a business incubator, offers helpful support as Sloane gains experience. The center has weekly speakers and offers help with business plans and budgets.
As Durango Party Rental expands, Sigillito hopes 2013 is a strong year for the local economy.
"I'm hoping that it will be a repeat of last year," he said. "2012 was a comeback year for most businesses in the area, and we hope to see that continue."