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When I moved back to NYC in 2007, I wanted to throw a party for CN. The party worked out great but finding help to serve the food that I cooked was a real pain. I put notices on the tech boards and on Craigslist but only found a few actual people that wanted to work. The people that showed up to work did a good job, but there was a period of time where I wondered if any of the people would show up. Sure there are vendors but finding one wasn’t easy and the ones I did find were out of my budget.
A new startup based on both coasts aims to help me with my next CN party. EventNow is similar to many of the other vendor request services except they focus specifically on parties and events. Some of the categories that EventNow can help with include: ice sculptures, dancers, video production, balloons, carnivals, DJs and party rentals. There’s also an “adult” category for those needing something a bit more.
To use EventNow you submit a simple request form that outlines what you are looking for in a vendor. EventView will then provide between one and five quotes based on your request.
Vendors on EventNow are screened and customers are asked to provide a review of the vendor after the service is completed. I like the idea of actual customer reviews — it’s similar to ZocDoc’s doctor reviews service and Reevoo’s product reviews.
EventNow is free to use and they appear to have some level of vendors across the country. The key for EventNow is having enough vendors to always provide a reply to every consumer request.