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FestivalNet Food Ventors News
November 2017

As prime festival season moves into holiday season and then the slow-down of winter season, you have an opportunity to look beyond menus and venues and toward increasing next year's proceeds when things amp up again. Below find some tips on improving your staff management skills to increase your bottom line.

Speaking of bottom line, do you pre-package some of your tasty offerings or have a special sauce to sell? If so, have we got something for you! Read below about our current efforts to drive visitors to the Marketplace this holiday season!

Wishing you abundance and peace,
Marisa Morgan
FN Newsletter Editor

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Five Ways to Build Your Staff Management Skills for a More Profitable Food Concession Business
by Barb Fitzgerald for

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Many food concessionaires feel that hiring and managing good help is one of the most difficult and frustrating aspects of managing a food concession business. It is also one of the most important.

Working in a food concession is not rocket science. Yet, as a manager, hiring the right people with the right qualities to help your business run smoothly and profitably is often harder than you'd expect. Fortunately, with the right policies you can improve your staff for a more profitable food concession business.

1. Hire the Right People. Successfully staffing your concession business starts with finding and hiring the right people for the job. Honesty and reliability are the first qualities we look for in a concession worker. A worker who also learns quickly and can multi-task is much better. If they are also friendly, outgoing, and energetic they are ideal. Perhaps, equally important; because the success of a food concession business depends on maximizing production during peak times, so a worker must be able to work quickly and competently, while confidently managing hordes of impatient, hungry customers.

2. Be Honest with Your Staff. Be honest and straight-forward with your staff. Articulate your specific expectations and possible reasons for termination. By initiating an honest, fair-minded, and team-oriented policy from the outset, the incentive for dishonesty may be eliminated.

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Tis the Season for Shoppers!

So, we're rolling out a special campaign to increase visitors to the Marketplace this ho-ho-holiday season! Are you ready? Is your shop ready?
Here's what we're cooking up:

  • New Google ads focused on holiday gift seekers starting up before Thanksgiving.
  • Site-wide banners and buttons going up to push our 1 million+ monthly visitors over to the Marketplace!
  • Upping our SEO efforts with some fresh content in our blog and articles!
  • Refocusing the Marketplace around holiday gift buying!
  • The New Items section will be changed to "Holiday Gift Ideas".

Have you considered upgrading to Pro Level to get the 10 item shop at no additional monthly or annual fee (5% on sales)? This would be a good time to upgrade!

To further expand your holiday season potential, you might be interested in our Advanced or Ultimate shop plans where you can add unlimited products!

Whichever plan you're on, update your shop and add new items today for the holiday shopping season. You can do just so many shows over the next few weeks, but you can sell your products 24/7 in the FN Marketplace!

The FestivalNet Giving Tree

"Giving"... It's more than a seasonal thing for all of us at FestivalNet!
Every month, staff members take turns selecting organizations to receive a percentage of our gross revenues. Our Giving Tree supports non-profits working to make the world a better place. This month, our advertising guru Judith Richardson put an apple on the tree for, considering the upcoming holiday season and its impact on hungry children and isolated senior citizens.

The mission of MANNA FoodBank is to involve, educate, and unite people in the work of ending hunger in Western North Carolina, and our vision is a hunger-free WNC.

Visit our ever growing Giving Tree to see past donation recipients here!

We're always looking for articles about working in the festival biz: tips, ideas, techniques, & resources. Send to: and put "FestivalNet Newsletter" in the subject line.

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