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  1. NooraK

    NooraK Legend Member Gold Member

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    United Way Expo/Bazaar - with pictures of gifts

    I am SO frustrated right now. As a part of fundraising efforts for United Way, there is supposed to be an Expo at work tomorrow. We have a strict no solicitations policy, and outside of events like this, there is extremely little I can do to promote my business at work (I even have to be careful about talking to hosts and answering questions). Up until about a year ago, I wasn't even allowed to participate in these events because I am an employee, so when these types of opportunities come up, I practically jump at them.

    Here's my problem: there has been absolutely zero advertisement for the event. I got a heads up about the event before it was announced, and talked to the person in charge, because the cost was a bit more than I really wanted to spend, and I'd had a somewhat disappointing result at the previous event, which I felt was partly attributed to the lack of advertising. He assured me there would be more about this one since it was for United Way (which is a big deal each year), and they would put out communications featuring the vendors and everything. Now it's the day before, and the only thing I have seen is emails directed at potential vendors that the money was due on Friday. No signs on the doors, no emails directed at potential customers. And to top it off, there was an email in my inbox on Friday about a bake sale that another department is apparently doing in the same space :eek: (apparently there was a snafoo in the scheduling, don't know what the end result is).

    Now, the manager I work most closely with (not my manager) was delegated with being in charge of the Expo. He was out on vacation at the beginning of the month, and then he was out sick 22-24 of October. I went to him about the bake sale email on Friday, but he was leaving half-day, and sent a very quick email to the two Admins in our area to send out an email and put flyers on the doors. One of those Admins was not in on Friday, and isn't here again this morning. The manager who I spoke to on Friday, isn't here. The person I spoke to when I first wanted to take part isn't here. My best friend is in charge of United Way for the whole site this year, and she told me to remind her when she comes in today at 1, and she'll get something out. I reached out to the other admin today, and her response was "I'll see what I can do."

    I'm ready to just about cry. :cry: I want to participate. I've put together items to put on display (some of you may have seen pictures on my FB). My recruit is coming for half of the time to the booth. I'm just really concerned that I'm not going to get my money out of this.

    Now I am going to cry!!!! :cry::cry::cry:

    I just got an email saying the Expo has been canceled.

    :cry::cry::cry:
     
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  2. ChefBeckyD

    ChefBeckyD Legend Member Gold Member

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    I'm so sorry, Noora! Sounds like really poor (as in non-existent) planning from the organizers.

    And your gifts sets & ideas are so beautiful...I feel so bad for you!
     
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  3. Becca_in_MD

    Becca_in_MD Veteran Member Gold Member

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    What a major bummer! I don't know how your organization gets any work done b/c it sounds like no one is ever there, betw. vacations, out sick, leaving early, coming in late... Time to look for a job elsewhere?

    Maybe they can do something the Tues. before Tgiving when people are more in a shopping mindset and aren't as focused on getting work done, though many may have left town already. If you're proactive about getting it rescheduled and stay on top of the publicity, it could be worth it for you. Take charge, take action!
     
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  4. NooraK

    NooraK Legend Member Gold Member

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    Well, I went to talk to the person who had originally started to organize the event. Apparently the cancellation isn't his fault, or even the fault of the person who was supposed to put up advertising and such. The Site Leader had (on Friday of last week) decided he needed to investigate more into whether this was an allowable event because the vendors would be profiting from it. He of course found out it wasn't, and instead of deciding to go ahead and taking a slap on the wrist and never doing it again, he decided to cancel at the last minute.

    I spent some money on decorations, but I can take some of it back. Some vendors though were planning to do food. They've probably spent the weekend prepping, and probably spent hundreds of dollars on food that they can't return.

    As for the competency of the organization... well, I do wonder about it, but it's a multi-billion dollar international corporation, so I suppose some parts can keep the business running even if these people can't get the expo organized. But I do want to step up my PC business so I don't have to keep coming here.
     
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  5. NooraK

    NooraK Legend Member Gold Member

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    Here are some pictures:

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    M&Ms in Prep Bowls. Would look better with green and red M&Ms, but they didn't have them out yet.

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    Fabric pointsettia with wrapping paper lining the bowl.

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    Small Bamboo Spoons dipped in chocolate, Dots Coffee & More cup, popcorn and hot chocolate packets

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    29 Minutes to dinner and Southwestern, Asian and Italian Seasonings

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    DCB and RUFTH Trivet

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    Brownie mix in Classic Batter Bowl and Small Mix 'N Scraper

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    12" Executive Skillet and Bamboo Spatula Set
     
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  6. wadesgirl

    wadesgirl Legend Member Gold Member

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    Great pictures! I do want to add though that this is the very reason I try to not put too much time, effort and money into any booth. You never know what you will get out of it and you never know if you'll get back the money you spent. Sorry this happened to you. These could be great sets that you could take to your shows.
     
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  7. NooraK

    NooraK Legend Member Gold Member

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    My original plan was to return some of the things, and re-purpose some of them to my own christmas gifts and such. It was just the peak of a very frustrating situation. Conicidentally, we will be having a cluster meeting Tuesday night, and we've been asked to bring gift ideas. It was all going to be packed in my car anyway...
     
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