The Summer is ending and with the kids back in school, it time to start thinking about the end of the year. Football games, Pumpkin Spice, Holiday Parties and eek…the budget! Now is a great time to evaluate your summer sales, promotions and how you want to end your year. Did you accomplish everything you wanted to this year? Is there anything you can still accomplish before the end of the year?

This year I grew more into the promo marketing, growing my connections with local and national vendors for banners, store signage, as well as logoed items like pens, chip clips, bracelets etc. I wanted to share with you a few of my favorites things from the year.


Since it is Football season, I want to start by sharing Fan-Ta-sticks. These are great for outdoor Football games! You blow them up and then hit them together to make a banging noise to cheer on your home team. They come in pairs, are reusable and cost less than $3.00/set!


Last year I found this amazing brand Funky Chunky, from Edina MN. You can get any size desired, from a personal 2oz serving bag like this for about $3.50, a larger 5oz bag for around $6 or multi bag samplers to executive gift sets from $30-$130. I love their unique flavors like Chip-Zel-Pop, Chocolate Popcorn, Peanut Butter Cup Popcorn & Sea Salt Caramel Popcorn, and their low quantity minimum of 12. Also, if you want to you can have them personalized, or you can just add your business card to the gifts!

Want to order some Funky Chunky as gifts? Give me a shout! I’ve got connections with this delicious treat, and can get you some quantity discounts! Order before the end of the month for the best pricing!


Window stickers are a great way to dress up your store front, and one of my favorites is the perforated window vinyl. The perforation allows you to put a full color graphic on the outside of the window, while still being able to see through from the inside. It’s amazing, you can’t even tell anything is on the window from the inside! They come in any size, but I wouldn’t go much larger than 8′, unless you have it professionally installed.


Looking for an outdoor banner? This one is great! The kit includes a single or double sided banner, hardware and bungees, and comes in 3 different sizes; 3’x6′, 4’x8′, and 4’x10′. This banner is great for outdoor/roadside advertising. Simply assemble the interlocking pieces, install the assembled hardware in a soft-ground/grassy area using the included ground stakes, and fasten the banner to the frame with bungees for a long-lasting outdoor display. The whole kit, with a double sided banner, and a custom design starts around $300. Quantity discounts are available.


Small Business Saturday is November 25, and American Express has free marketing materials you can print out or sign up for one of their free kits! It is a great way to promote your small business, and shopping small!


I hope a few of my favorite things has inspired you to finish 2017 with a bang! Share your comments below on your favs, or drop me an email if you want to chat!

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