05-08-2011, 08:28 AM
Free's for me. I received a postcard in the mail a couple weeks back advertising a local contractors and tradesmen fair in town. So I did a little research and emailed the head of the SBA and inquired if I could get a table to get my name and face out there for some exposure. They were more than happy to accommodate me. I guess they're trying to revive they're association so not only did I get a table but they added me on they're web page and on they're flier for free :D I like free. The problem I had was I had nothing to display on my table. I needed to get something put together quick, I mean I didn't have squat. So after a little and I me little thinking here is what I came up with. I ordered 2 generic polo shirts from vistaprint just because I keep getting emails from them for free stuff. I also ordered the 250 free business cards they were offering along with a free banner (banner is actually kinda nice). I received my order with 2 days to spare. Next I made up some color fliers. I also printed up a bunch of enter to win cards for a flat of flowers I was giving away. I figured if anything it will draw people in to see how to win them. Then I can give them one of my fliers and a business cards and tell them what we do and to give us a call if they like a free estimate. I also gave the SBA a gift certificate for a free mowing up to 1/2 acre that they will give away. Well all in all I think it went rather well. I got 30 people that entered to win the flowers and 4-5 good prospects for future work. I also got to mingle with the other trades people and swap business cards and do a little networking. Not bad considering I live in a small town of about 3000.