To the staff at Bounce It Forward, the only thing sweeter than scenes of kids zooming down inflatable slides, careening across bounce houses, and exploring Justin Bieber–themed castles is helping others. It's with this mindset that it donates 10% of its rental proceeds to charity. And the staff members put that donation in their customers' hands, allowing them to choose from noble causes such as the Peoria Unified School District and Operation Christmas Child. To complete party scenes, the rental company also offers concession machines that fuel kids with freshly popped popcorn and cotton candy.
The Rogers family knows the importance of keeping critters out of the home. With their bug-busting services, they oust everything from ants and roaches to scorpions, crickets, bed bugs, and ticks. Their pest control is centered on power sprays around home perimeters, fencing, rock beds, pools, and patio pillars. Inside, they spray along baseboards and throughout garages. They also take a thorough approach toward preventing rodents and even weeds from taking up residence.
With the same techniques used to clean Yankee Stadium and U.S. Army bases, Enviropro Group LLC fights disease-causing microbial systems in the homes of civilians. The savvy techs fend off bacteria, mold, and fungi for up to three years with one application, killing 99.99% of microorganisms such as H1N1, the mumps, and cooties. The microbial experts can also inspect and remediate mold form the home without the use of chemicals, and scrub homes with green seal-certified cleaning products and microfiber cloths. EnviroPro's obsessive housecleaning teams can also tackle typically overlooked areas such as toilet-paper holders, electrical cover plates, and fireplaces.
Bead Bar's bead baristas guide jewelry crafters with a wealth of bauble knowledge, provisioning projects from the amply stocked store. Students can bring their own spirited refreshments to make sessions merrier, journeying past bead-bedazzled walls and cascades of clasps to reach the workshop, where they'll discover the basics of jewelry creation during basic stringing and crimping classes (click here to view the schedule). After pupils choose one of five bracelet kits—which include a clasp, four fire-ball beads, finishing beads, wire, wire guards, and a strand of firepolish beads—instructors model foundational stringing techniques and imbue new crafters with a sense of symmetry and color combinations. Bracelet makers learn how to highlight feature beads and artfully select accent beads, then take an oath to use filler beads only for fighting crimes of bare-wristedness. To bring closure to both classes and adornments, the staff imparts advice on selecting clasps to make sure bracelets can't leave wrists or ankles without asking permission first.
High-school sweethearts David and Kassie Estrada turned their marriage into a merger of business savvy when they founded A/C Solutions, Inc. together 18 years ago. While Kassie balanced office work with motherhood, David strapped a ladder to the roof of the family minivan and rode to the rescue of ailing air conditioners and sweltering clients. Today, their staff of experienced techs shoulders the grunt work, performing 15-point checkups, repairs, and installations. When repairing any make or model of air conditioner, they charge by the job—not by the hour—to avoid startling clients with bloated invoices.
With a bachelor's degree in business administration in one hand and an MBA in the other, ANR owner Amy O'Brien knows a thing or two about running a successful business. It takes a well-trained and hard-working crew, for one, and ANR's cleaners have earned a reputation for their attention to detail, whether they're erasing grime from around the base of a toilet or crawling under sofas to catch dust bunnies where they roam. Whether her crews are cleaning carpets, laundering linens, or cleaning large offices, Amy backs all daily, weekly, and monthly services with a 100% satisfaction guarantee, and vows never to ask her customers to sign a contract or her high-school yearbook prior to service.