Why an Interview,,,

Over the years we have been able to meet and talk with some very interesting people. They have shared with us their knowledge and have provided us with a great deal of insight as to how and why festivals and events work and why they are so important to our communities and to the Province of Ontario. With this in mind, we decided that we wanted you to meet and hear from some of the wonderful people who work so hard to provide us all with such wonderful Ontario Festivals and Events! We are pleased and proud to present "THE INSIDE SCOOP"!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

“Planning” & How to Choose an Event to Participate In …

“Planning” & How to Choose an Event to Participate In …
Our “THE INSIDE SCOOP” interview with Cyndee Barrette, Sole Proprietor Crazy Bitch BBQ Sauce continues. We hope you enjoy this series of “THE INSIDE SCOOP”.
Cyndee Barrette, Sole Proprietor Crazy Bitch BBQ Sauce
“Planning”& How to Choose an Event to Participate In …
PLANNING ~ “In January I have my entire year planned and many events are still filled despite that effort I put in when you are a first timer trying to get in. I already have a 2016 folder in my computer started and it contains a couple of events that I am trying to break into that are filled from last year’s vendors. 
Basically, if you want a good event you need good vendors and to get a good vendor you need to be VERY prompt and thorough with EARLY application processes and communication.  Closer to the date of the event, send another reminder out with directions or last minute notations.  Many vendors operate like me well in advance and it is only those types of events that I wish to be associated with. 
I want to be at events with good, solid business people because it attracts good clientele to shop.  Being competitive of another vendor doesn’t serve anyone well.  You WANT a good vendor present at your events. It gives more credibility to you and your business”.
How to Choose an Event to Participate In …
We continue our interview with Cyndee Barrette, Sole Proprietor Crazy Bitch BBQ Sauce with some great advice for organizers …
Cyndee tells us that … she “chooses an event that is well advertised and appreciates applications that are out in the beginning of the year with prompt communication (provide email and telephone numbers for questions) and be prompt with your responses. I also usually never do a first time event in order to get feedback from the vendors present. 
I speak to businesses that I admire in their method of doing business, reputation and longevity in the field – always learn ‘whose brain to pick’ and those are the events you want to attend. 
Check the websites of businesses that you respect and see where they attend.  At every Market or event, I always try to cultivate time to speak to other vendors who fit the above criteria and find out what events are worth going to – word of mouth is very reliable and damaging if an organizer has done poorly!  Beware of how you do business!”

Stay tuned for more “SCOOP” … “Importance of Engaging Youth”& “Team Players”. If in the meantime you would like to check our Ms Barrette’s website, I’m sure she’d love your visit … www.crazybitch.ca.

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