Join our virtual Holiday Makers Mart to promote your product in front of thousands of customers who want to buy from small businesses!
THE MAKERS MART LISTING INCLUDES:
✔ Inclusion in the Live Virtual Market November 19.
✔ Company listing on the official event page and social media channels November 19- December 25.
✔ Inclusion in a downloadable and clickable Makers Mart Holiday Gift Guide.
✔ Video upload and live shout-outs to “Premium” and WIBC member shops on social media.
✔ Emails featuring the Gift Guide sent to our email subscribers.
✔ Instagram Posts and Stories featuring the Gift Guide.
✔ Paid ads driving traffic to Makers Mart Virtual Event
✔ Exposure to a community of interested shoppers.
The goal is to use our collective reach of our community, supporters, and allies to highlight and patronage women-owned business this holiday season and beyond.
Reach 1000s of new potential customers!
The Holiday Makers Mart will be marketed through a variety of channels including:
✔ Our dedicated email list and previous Makers Mart attendees
✔ Continuous social media promotion for 30+ days
✔ Paid social media ads to promote the event
✔ Additional promotion through our partners and affiliate channels
✔ Listed in Event directories
✔ Media outreach and a press release
Our estimated reach is up to 100,000+ views!
Is there a deadline to purchase?
We will stop accepting submissions in November, however, the price does go up Nov. 1.
What happens after I purchase?
You will receive a form to fill out your company info.
When do I need to submit my info by?
The sooner you submit your info the better, but you must complete by Nov. 13 so that you are included in time for the event.
When is the event and how will it be promoted?
The LIVE Makers Mart event will be Nov. 19 from 6-8pm cst but all Makers will be promoted until Christmas.
Who can apply?
The Makers Mart is open to female owners of products or goods. You must be an independent seller. Unfortunately, we will not accept any MLM companies or Direct Sellers, unless you have your own brand. ie. XZY Business, independent seller of ABC Sales Company. You also must have your own social media business pages, not corporate page to be included.
What is the criteria for participating
Must be a woman in business, have an online store open for shipping goods direct to consumer with a website that can handle purchases.
Am I automatically accepted once payment is received?
Most Makers will be accepted provided they meet the criteria. If we are unable to accept your listing, we will refund your money 100%.
Do I have to have a website?
You must have a web presence able to take purchases. If you don't have your own domain, we will accept a third party site like Etsy or Amazon.
Do I have to have a social media page?
You do need to have at least one major active social media page to participate. We prefer Facebook and/or Instagram for social tagging
Why is there a cost?
The fee goes towards running and promoting event. We purposely made it affordable to allow as many Makers the opportunity.
What is the refund policy?
The listing fee is non-refundable unless you are denied entry. You can transfer your spot to another Maker with prior approval.
What if I decide I no longer want to participate?
We will need you to contact us in writing if you wish to discontinue your participation. You will forfeit your listing fee, but are welcome to transfer your spot to another Maker with prior approval.
Do I have to be able to ship?
Yes. You will need to have experience shipping your products direct to customers.
How do I make sales from the event?
You will need to have a sales process to ship directly with the customer. We do not take any percentages of your sales or act as a middle person between you and the customer.
How can I promote the event?
We will give you social images and links that you can share with your community via email and social media.
Do you guarantee I will receive sales?
Nope. There are no guarantees, however we are committed to helping you drive sales and will be purchasing directly from our Makers.
Will you be promoting diversity and inclusion?
Yes. We are committed to making sure this event is diverse and inclusive. There will be an option to designate yourself as a BIPOC Vendor if you like.
What if I want to change my listing selection?
Yes. You can upgrade your listing but you cannot downgrade. You may do so by Nov. 13.
Who is hosting this event?
The Makers Mart is hosted by WIBC- Women in Business Connect. WIBC is committed to supporting women-owned businesses by providing support, resources, and education to help women in thrive.
What if I need additional marketing help?
There will be opportunities for Marketing support through workshops and classes.
Do I need to have an established business?
You do need to meet the criteria of an online business. This is open to women-owned product businesses in all stages in business, including just starting out.
Have more questions?
Reach out to Tiffany English, Founder & President of WIBC at: Tiffany@velvetstylebiz.com