I had a great opportunity, to be a part of the Inwood/ Washington Heights Small Business Fair .
Despite having the experience of exhibiting for others, finally being able to put Twitter handles to real life folks and the business opportunities abound, there are a few lessons that I’ve learned in the process.
- Bring your own tablecloth. OK, the tablecloth was ok. But I wish I would of has a white or a black one so that the table would stand out more.
- Be prepared to weather the storm. That morning it was raining. I should of given myself more time to get there and not have put too much stock in the relatively short commute.
- Walk around and see what the everyone else is doing. The person I had in mind to help me couldn’t so I couldn’t take a break to walk around as I liked. I did manage to get a glimpse of all the tables during the announcements though.
- Don’t forget the MiFi. I, of all people should have known better. This is why I had a plan B. Powerpoint slides and the Picture Frame app on the iPad (thanks Jeff Pulver & Sparksheet)
- Bring extension cords. I brought a power surge, but the outlets were 3 tables away. Luckily, all the gear was charged from the night before, but it would have been nice to have that extension cord, with a converter.
- Have a container for business cards
- Bring a folder for anything that’s not a business card (flyers, brochures, etc…)
- Its OK to accept help from the community, even if its from the 4 legged kind.
- Most importantly. Don’t forget to follow up with all those contacts from the event.