I want to start by addressing how amazing the Holiday Market in December turned out to be! Aside from the roundhouse kick we received from the 4 musical acts that performed and the spectacular array of food from Pony Treats, the HAHO saw almost 2,000 attendants for both days and our vendors making over $23,000! We are so happy to see how the community of Denver has embraced the cottage food and craft industry, and that makes us even more excited to begin a new year as a slightly new organization.
The HAHO will be making some changes and advancing several projects this year, after a hopeful embrace of fiscal sponsorship at the end of this month. We sent out a survey for past and present HAHO vendors to fill out, and compiled that information so that we could get a better idea of how vendors view their business and what would benefit them in moving forward. We found out that most are working to advance their business in order to make it a full time endeavor, and they also set goals for themselves both long and short term. A majority of vendors who replied also showed interest in needing a discounted workspace and discounted services like printers, fabric suppliers, farm equipment, web design, marketing, etc.
This valuable information is helping us build a comprehensive Vendorship Program and the purpose of this program is simple. After applying and meeting with us to discuss their specific goals and needs as a business owner, these vendors will have access to discounts for the materials and services they need the most, including discounts to other markets and access to affordable workspaces and commercial kitchens. To achieve this, we will be working to build collaboration with community members and small business owners in Denver as a representative of all of the Vendorship members. We want this program to be streamlined yet highly valuable to our vendors, so active communication and feedback throughout their Vendorship term will be prominent.
With all of that in mind, we will still be hosting a full year of amazing craft markets, starting April 12th! Applications are live and can be found here and will be open until the first of April. We will send out another newsletter closer to the market date that will include details.
As always, the HAHO is a community-based organization, and any help or guidance is gladly encouraged. If you would like to join our team at any capacity, please visit this link to learn more about volunteering, playing music or participating as a vendor.
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For the sake of all of us,
Dani and Stephen