ONE OF A KIND MENTORSHIP PROGRAM
If you are a new exhibitor with the One Of A Kind Show this year, it’s natural to have lots of questions. Your first step is to read through the Exhibitor Kit when it arrives in September–it will contain most of the information that you’ll need to set youself up for the show. The Artisan Facebook Group is also a great resource for finding answers to show questions from the best source--your fellow exhibitors. Make sure to use the search functions on both sites to see if the answer to your question is already readily available.
If you still have questions once you’ve tried those resources, then why not sign up for our mentorship program? We created this program to connect you with a veteran exhibitor who has graciously volunteered their time and knowledge to help a new artisan get their start at the show. Just fill out the form below and we will connect you with an expert on a wide range of topics, such as:
- Inventory: How much to bring, how much will sell and on what days?
- Booth Setup: What works, what doesn’t, where to get hard walls from?
- Lighting: What works, what doesn’t, rentals, design advice?
- Shipping: Which companies are good?
- Marketing and Sales: Which tools are most effective for reaching customers? How to arrange POS systems?
- Overall Experience: What is the show like? How tired will I be?
NOTE: We will be matching mentors starting in September, so expect to hear back from us with a match starting then. In respect for our mentors, who are also artisans preparing for the show, the Mentorship form will close in the last week of October so be sure to get your request in before then.
Remember your first year at One Of A Kind? A whole world of possibilities was ahead of you--so many great opportunities, events and learning experiences! And the questions, oh the questions--how to market yourself before the show, how to build a great booth, how much inventory to make, and more! The OOAK team is always happy to help, but we believe that there is no one better to give the real deal on the One of a Kind show than YOU, the experienced artisan! You are the ones in the studio and on the show floor; you’re the ones with all the expertise! Now that you've got some shows under your belt, why not join the Mentorship Program and help a new exhibitor have an amazing first year!
Just fill out the quick form below to introduce yourself, provide contact info and share anything you might have particular expertise in, like great lighting or booth displays, marketing for the season, or developing a great sales pitch. We’ll enter you into our database of amazing artisans and when a new exhibitor requests some guidance, we’ll match you up by category, location or area expertise.
We will be matching mentors starting in mid-September (to give new exhibitors a chance to read through the Exhibitor Kit first) and will conclude matching on November 1 (to give you enough time to focus on your own show prep). The level of mentorship needed varies from new artisan to new artisan--some are happy to email a list of questions, some might ask for a phone call or ask to meet for a coffee date. Find out what works best for you, and don't hesitate to let us know if you might need another mentor to help out.
Thank you for volunteering your time to help out your fellow artisans and help support and strengthen the craft community!