This ticket is to purchase a half marketplace table at the Torah Sisters Retreat December 9-11, Grass Lake, Michigan. To be listed in the program, purchase by November 25. You can purchase a table later, but you may not be listed in the program.
I LOVE helping women succeed in business, so I’m thrilled to offer you the chance to sell your product or service at the retreat. This is a special opportunity for you because selling is all about building relationships, and you’ll be doing that naturally at this event. Please read everything below and then sign up quick so I can save room for your table. There is limited room, and there’s a chance these will sell out.
Some things to know:
Your table will be 6 or 8 feet long. So you’ll get 3 or 4 feet. You will be sharing with another vendor.
One vendor per company.
All vendors must be attendees of the event who have purchased a ticket. You must be at the entire retreat to have a marketplace table.
Each vendor must contribute a door prize with a value of at least $25 retail. This helps add value to the retreat and gets your name and prize announced from the stage when I give away your prize. The more generous you are with your prize, the more you’ll get noticed by the women. I might even have the prizes displayed on a table in the main hall on the first night for all to see. They will be announced with your business name, the name of the item or service, and the retail value. It doesn’t have to be an item from your table. You can just give away an Amazon gift card or something. Something physical that you sell will help you get the most publicity, though. The lady who wins will likely show it to everyone she is sitting near and everyone in her bunk room, so my advice is to give away your best product, or a bundle/basket of your best stuff.
You may do your own giveaway at your own table, too. I think it’s great to do something like, “Give me your email address for a chance to win!” But, I will not give you any stage time to announce your winner. You’ll have to find your winner on your own, or email her, or collect cell numbers, too, and text her, or just ship her prize to her when you get home, even. Giving away a gift card/coupon is a great idea for this situation, “Write down your email for a chance to win $20 off anything on my website!”
When you arrive, go to check-in like normal and tell my staff that you also have a marketplace table. You’ll be able to drive your car to the marketplace building to unload, but then quickly go park your car behind the lodge and then walk back and set up your table. Your car will remain parked during the entire retreat.
This is a retreat, not a conference, and it’s at a camp. This means it’s very casual and not as sophisticated as some other events you may be accustomed to. There are a lot of unknowns at this time, like exactly what times the marketplace will be open, where it will be, etc.
When you buy your ticket, you’ll tell me what you sell. I do need to reserve the right to turn away vendors or ask you to take items off your table if I feel it’s not a good fit for my retreat. So, please, describe fully what you will be selling when you buy your ticket. I’m not terribly picky, but I know the audience well and I want you to be successful! (Some things I would decline would be anything mystical, healing crystals, or books promoting polygamy, etc.)
The attendees will start arriving at 2:00 and throughout the afternoon on Monday. I’d like you to have your table set up and ready by 2:00, so you’re ready to start selling and fellowship. So, you may arrive as early as 11:00 am.
It looks like the marketplace will be set up in the tabernacle, which sounds weird, but that’s what the camp calls the building we will be meeting in. It’s a huge wonderful building with plenty of room. I think having your tables where we meet will encourage the ladies to interact with you most. (IF I realize that the tabernacle will not work, I will choose a better location for the marketplace, possibly in the lobby or the dining hall, in which case there may be round tables.)
I have a bonus for you! I’ll be giving away a swag bag to each attendee with a small gift from me and you are welcome to include something in the bag, too! I prefer you to give something of some value in addition to a business card or flyer. It doesn’t have to be expensive. It could be a product sample, a small gift, chocolate, granola bar, pen or even a bookmark. It doesn’t have to have your company branding on it. Just stick a note to your gift that says it’s a gift from you with your business contact information, or tape it to your flyer. That is enough to start building a relationship even if a woman otherwise might not come to your table. This is optional.. you don’t have to include anything in the bag at all. Please bring your items with you on the day of arrival and give them to my volunteers as soon as you arrive so we can add them to the bags quickly. Just to clarify.. you may include a gift AND a promotional item like a business card/flyer.
I don’t have a definite schedule of when to have the marketplace open. I’m leaving it “loose” on purpose, for your benefit. I encourage you to be at your tables at least one hour before chapels for sure, and maybe after. However, if it’s an emotional chapel, ladies might not be in the mood to shop right after. I’m hoping the tabernacle will also be one of the main hang out spaces for ladies, too. And if you all hang out in there, that will help draw others in. I don’t think you’ll want to just stand behind your tables all the time, but if you are close, you can answer questions as you see ladies checking out your stuff. You can cover your table with your own tablecloth when you’re closed or leave it open, it’s up to you. I will ask you to be closed by 5 minutes prior to chapel start times, which means you should start wrapping up conversations at 10 minutes prior. No selling at all during chapel times. I plan to leave the tabernacle unlocked all day, so long as we don’t have problems. So, in a nutshell… I’m going to let you choose when you are open. It’s your retreat, too, so I want you to relax and have fun and set your own schedule.
Do not be promoting your product or service outside of the marketplace unless asked. In other words, when it’s time to just sit and eat or fellowship, don’t be pushing your products in conversation. Just enjoy the sweet fellowship during those times. If a woman directly asks you about your business, you may go ahead and answer, though. I just don’t want women walking around being pushy about their businesses all the time. This will be true for all the attendees, as well. Aaaaahhh, shalom! You deserve some shalom, too, my friend!
I cannot guarantee a secure place to keep cash and checks. Since you are sharing rooms, the safest place to keep your money may be on your person or locked in your car. You are doing this at your own risk.
Items I know will be provided: table ( it may be a round table), chair (s). Only one table per vendor.
If you need electricity, bring an extension cord. The wifi was decent.
There will be nowhere to store items except under your table or in your car. I want the room kept clean and tidy without boxes and stuff around on the floor.
Some items you may want to bring: extension cord, tablecloth, another tablecloth to cover your table when closed, and change. I’ve always found it handy to have some basic office supplies on hand like masking tape, scotch tape, scissors and so on.
Marketplace vendors will have exposure during the event, for sure. But additional promotional opportunities are reserved for sponsors. (Such as logo on the website, in the program, more mention from the stage, etc.)
I hereby waive, release, and discharge all claims for damages for personal injury, property damages which may occur to me or my family as a result of participation in any Torah Sisters event. By signing this form, I release Torah Sisters, Amy Guenther, and Faholo staff and volunteers from liability. I understand that participating in this event could involve risk, an element of risk or danger of accident, and acknowledge all participation by myself and my family is taken knowing these risks, and I hereby assume those risks for all parties I am registering.