Have you ever had an idea for a product or art piece, but weren't sure how to begin selling it? Want to take a step into local markets? What does it take to make your product or little business market ready?
On Wednesday, April 13th, I will be joining a panel of amazing local business owners at Small Business BC to discuss what it takes to get your business ready for Farmers Markets, Pop-Ups, and Craft Markets. It's no secret that we have been in Vancouver pimping our wares for some time, but it wasn't always easy. There were as many failures as there were successes. If only there had been the kind of community then as there is now!
Our dream team of a discussion panel will be lead by Tamara Komuniecki (Delish General Store), and includes Jenna Herbut (Make It!), Jill Smith (Beeswax Works), Melissa Maltais (Royal City Farmers’ Market), Morgan Smith (thisopenspace), and of course, yours truly!
Farmers markets, craft markets and pop-up markets have become a staple in many communities across BC. More and more consumers want to support unique, locally-based products and vendors. Have you tried your hand at being a vendor? Do you want to start selling at a community-based market?
This panel format seminar brings together organizers and experienced vendors from a range of community-based markets to share proven ideas and success ways of “working the event.”
Refresh Market - Picture by Tara O'Grady
This seminar will help you:
- bring your idea further to becoming “market ready”
- identify the kinds of markets best suited for your goods
- become aware of costs, rules and regulations for your type of product
- navigate the (juried) application process to becoming a vendor
- understand what successful vendors do in terms of packaging, selling in person, identifying audiences and how to “keep things fresh”
Register to Attend:
Being market ready is something I have discussed a few times before on this blog. As an active member of several market groups online, I cannot stress enough that it's one thing to have a good idea for a product or to be creative as an artist. To take your idea to the next level, you have to think of your product or art as a business. Imagine yourself as a buyer or seller for Chapters or the Bay. Be as professional as you can.
Want to join online but can't justify the cost? We have a very limited number of passes to share. Send us a message and we will hook you up. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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