You can read about all of fun times of people watching and mishaps in the next blog, but we want to focus on the benefits and positives here.
When starting a 501c3, not only is fundraising a necessary evil, so is promoting the ministry. We were hoping to make a lot of money, as well as talk about our mission. We were successful in both aspects. We met a lot of people, including a race director and many people connected to the military or military support systems.
For a while now, brochures and business cards have been available for Battle Flag Ranch. However, we recently created and received business cards for Combat Boot Divas. There was great excitement among the booth visitors about both. For me, it was exciting to tell people about it all, knowing that we are making a difference. This was the first PUBLIC launch of Combat Boot Divas, and we even sold a shirt. I was so excited to see our shirts going out to the general public and not just in our internal group and families.
While we had slow periods of sales, we were able to continue working our website, as well as planning for 2015. It was quite a productive three days for us. Dina and I learned so much about running a ministry and a business during this event. Product placement is so important when operating a booth. We are learning how to get our message across in a short concise manner. People don’t want to hear long stories about Battle Flag Ranch or Combat Boot Divas. They simply want ONE sentence, and we are beginning to master this.
While we were here, I gave myself a title and position for Battle Flag Ranch. I can’t disclose it to you until Jason and the current board approves my position. J
It was a great experience, and we had a lot of fun people watching. See our Holiday Expo Tell All for lots of laughs! (Will be published on Monday, November 24)