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Walk or Run at the 15th Annual Bob Turner Classic 5K

 

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It's time again for the Annual Bob Turner Classic 5k, now in its 15th year. This event is a fundraiser that supports the athletic and academic needs of the students at Turner Middle School in Berthoud, Colorado, a neighboring town near our factory. They have a die cut circle sticker with their event name and a blue dragon representing the school mascot.

The 5K event itself is open to all age groups and all ability levels. You can go out to win, or you can go out with a friend for a beautiful walk through Berthoud.  Kids are encouraging, along with strollers, and if you best, four-legged friend wants to join, leash them up for a run. Last year the 14th Annual Bob Turner Classic raised $6000.00 dollars for their athletics program, which is an incredible contribution to the school and the district. With our sponsorships, we love to see when the community comes together to do some good.

For the 5K race they have several categories:

Grade 3 & Under
Grade 4
Grade 5
Grade 6
Grade 7
Grade 8
Grade 9 to Age 19
Age 20 to 29
Age 30 to 39
Age 40 to 49
Age 50 to 59
Age 60 +

They also have a free 100-yard Dragon Dash event for the youngsters who aren't able to do the whole 5K yet.

Here's a little bit more about the event's namesake.
The Bob Turner Classic was named in memory of Robert Turner for whom our school is now named. Bob Turner was born and raised here in Berthoud, Colorado, the same town that his ancestors founded.  He attended Berthoud schools and in 1939 graduated from Berthoud High School.  After high school he attended the University of Colorado and then married another Berthoud native, Violette Lucas.  Bob then became a teacher and eventually a high school principal in Littleton, Estes Park, Rocky Ford, Sterling, and Greeley.  In 1969 he became the Director of Instruction for Thompson School District,and in 1980 Bob Turner accepted the post of Superintendent of the Thompson School District.  He retired in 1983.

Parade of Darks Metro Caring

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In the spirit of the Holiday season, dozens of breweries are coming together to support Metro Caring with the 5th Annual Parade of Darks, featuring craft beers from amber to black.

This Saturday, December 3rd from 1:00 to 4:30 p.m. the holiday cheer will start spreading with tastings of over sixty plus beers available featuring seasonal and year-round. The dark-beer, holiday fest and fundraiser is taking place at the Turnhalle Room in the Tivoli Student Union which is located on the Auraria Campus in Denver, Colorado. The best part is 100% of the forty-five dollar ticket price goes directly to Metro Caring which helps provide a week of food to six hungry Coloradans.

So what is Metro Caring?
"As Denver's leading hunger-prevention organization on the front lines, Metro Caring meets people’s immediate need for food while also sustainably addressing the root causes of hunger and poverty. Using a multifaceted approach, Metro Caring is an innovative leader in addressing problems related to hunger, with programming offered in Healthy Foods Access, Nutrition/Gardening Education, and Self-Sufficiency."

To help promote this great cause, we printed up some amazing custom logo stickers for Metro Caring to get the word out. Their sticker design features three foaming over pints of beer with the year in the middle above the "Parade of Darks" copy with the Metro Caring logo placed at the bottom. The sticker itself is a custom shape around the logo design to make it stand out for those who slap it on when leaving the event.

Cheers to the Holidays and letting stickers spread great causes that help people out.

Stickers Can Increase Fundraising in a Big Way

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Short, simple and to the point. Those are the basics for every great sticker that’s trying to promote, well, anything, and something you should keep in mind. You already know about using stickers as a promotional tool for your existing clients and those targeted audiences you’re trying to reach, but have you ever thought of a clever sticker as a fundraising tool?

It’s an easy concept: you have a cause you need to get the word out about, and need funding to do so. To make money you sometimes have to spend a little money, and stickers are an exceptional way to make a low-cost return on your investment.

Why stickers? Here’s why!

Everyone loves stickers!

• Harder to lose than a business card

• Can be placed in easy-to-see areas for a larger audience

• People enjoy the novelty of stickers

You can use stickers for raffles, too – they’re fun and who doesn’t love a little something free? Have an item donated to your cause, make one yourself or give people the chance to have their name mentioned on your website or their picture taken for the paper. Sell stickers for a nominal fee ($1 each = 1 raffle entry, for example) and then hold the raffle close to your event. Give away stickers to everyone you meet. Put them on your car (or your friend’s car!) and roll around town. Wear one yourself!

Make your cause stand out, and people are more likely to donate. Do you have any other suggestions for how stickers can best be used for fundraising? Let us know in the comments below!

6 Ways to Leverage Political Stickers to Drive Campaign Support

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It's campaign season again, a time when candidates flock to stock up on promotional gear to drive name recognition and campaign support. Campaign stickers are a cornerstone of any great political campaign and there's never a better time to distribute them than at the entrance of a fundraising event. Stickers present the perfect excuse for your volunteers to exchange friendly banter with attendees, not to mention a room full of people sporting your lapel stickers is sure to put your opposing candidate on edge.

Though it may sound easy, there are a few methods your volunteers should be sure to employ to maintain a role as a convincing stickerer.

You might be asking yourself whether lapel stickers at a fundraising dinner really matter? Heck yes they do! And here’s why:

  • They conveys to your audience that you have driven massive support

  • Donors are more likely to write checks to the campaign whose name they see reflected the most

  • Running for office really is a popularity contest and people who see a multitude of stickers in support will assume that you're the winning candidate


Here are some tips we’ve picked up about how to leverage political stickers to drive campaign support:

  1. Positioning – odds are there will be many volunteers passing out campaign stickers at any given event, so make sure to keep your supporters strategically placed so that they touch attendees both first and last.

  2. Two lines of offense– schedule four volunteers stickering, two at the front entrance and two 10-15 feet back for a second approach in case the first line of offense was unsuccessful.

  3. The approach – don’t block the entrance but be close enough that people will see the offer of a sticker. Make sure your volunteers are friendly yet aggressive enough to incite a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ response. Do not allow your volunteers to stand far away or whisper among themselves. They should be focussed on the task at hand.

  4. Leverage the ladies – time and again women have proven to be better candidates for the task of stickering than their male counterparts. Speculation aside, it seems harder for people to say 'no' to them.

  5. Dress to impress – Though campaign t-shirts have become standard attire for volunteers, a fundraising event demands more professionalism.  See to it that your supporters take the time to dress in business attire. It will help give them credibility and increase the likelihood that the crowd will accept a sticker from them.

  6. The candidate greets – It’s hard to decline a sticker when he/she's standing within ear shot.  Always keep the candidate at the entrance where they should spend time shaking hands and helping attendees feel welcome.  This gives your candidate leadership over the event and supports the sense of popularity.


Have you found other ways to leverage sticker to drive a political campaign? Tell us your hints and tricks on the comments below:

StickerGiant Sponsors 10th Annual Empty Bowls Longmont, Colorado

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This weekend StickerGiant is proud to be official sticker sponsors for an event right in our home town of Longmont, CO. Empty Bowls is an international grassroots effort to fight hunger and the event is entering it's 10th year organized by non-profit Our Center.

The basic premise is simple: Potters and other craftspeople, educators and others work with the community to create unique and handcrafted bowls.

Longmont attendees are invited to a simple meal of soup and bread. In exchange for a cash donation, guests are asked to keep a bowl as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world. The money raised is donated to an organization working to end hunger and food insecurity.

It is the collective genius of all the people involved that has made Empty Bowls what it has become. Events have now taken place across the United States and in at least a dozen other countries. Many millions of dollars have been raised and donated to hunger-fighting organizations. We could never have imagined all the things people have done or all the ways the project has touched people.

It's worth finding the time to attend this weekend. Your participation will have a profound impact and you'll be able to get your hands on their colorful event stickers printed by yours truly!
“Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year but when you volunteer, you vote everyday about the kind of community you want to live in.”

-Marjorie Moore

5 Blogs About Business Failure that Will Benefit Your Startup

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There's something purifying about sharing your startup failures with others-- especially if you can use the information to improve tactics.


Like that one time you launched a $30,000 crowdfunding campaign that you felt sure was destined for success and you wound up only raising $200 from your parents. The fundraising failure was further magnified to your business network when a late night MailChimp email went out to the wrong list of subscribers, and they all ripped you a new one for being a spammer.

Horrifying at the time (seriously, you will never make that mistake again!!), but when you describe the situation later to a fellow colleague who is picking your brain about marketing his new dog chew product, it's funny and makes everyone feel a little better about that same situation happening to them.

That is the precise reason why we love startup blogs that talk about failure -- they manage to authentically cover the realities of business ownership and make for better learning opportunities. And the following 5 are ones that really take the cake. So if you've ever managed a failed startup business venture or would benefit from hearing about someone who has, check them out. Be warned: Some of these sources include a few expletives.

1) 4 Famous Crowdfunding Fails

Whether you're already an entrepreneur or are working for a company that has had ample experience with success and failure, you will love this article. While it's created from the viewpoint of an editor from Entrepreneur Magazine, we've all seen companies who have failed to meet the tactics required to get their project off the ground. So step into Crowdfunding Fails-- and maybe even tell us about your own startups' missteps.

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2) 9 Lessons From A 10-Time Startup Failure

What's it like to crash and burn 10 startups and come out on the other side with a multi-million dollar venture? Find out when you read this candid piece featuring Co-Founder and CEO Kurt Theobold of Classy Llama. He would be the first to tell you about how important experiencing a string of failures when paving the way for business success. Get ahead of the game by learning from the insight of this frank CEO whose company made the Inc. Magazine's 500 Fastest Growing Companies list.

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3) The 13 Biggest Failures From Famous Entrepreneurs And What They've Learned From Them

There's nothing like learning about the financial waste at a massive scale that can accompany a startup that fizzles into defeat. Which is why this blog piece does a great job of extracting the realties behind hard failure. The beauty of these candid features with entrepreneurial mogul is that all of them emerged from the darkness of total bust into the light that is venture prosperity.

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4) The 25 Worst Business Failures in History

Believe it or not, failure isn't a newly invented business phenomena. I know, I know, most of us know that failure is human. But even the best of us forget this simple fact at the worst of times and wind up beating up on ourselves in a way that doesn't help anyone. Business loses are felt at the same degree of impact for small and large companies alike, and it's easy to forget that the effect is still the same: it sucks. This article does a great job of listing brands of varying sizes who have sustained loss. Read it to remind yourself that failure isn't only normal, it's human.

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5) Why Most Startups Fail

Last, but certainly not least, is a piece all about Startup flops and the entrepreneurial impulse to ignore failure stats. While your startup idea could be the next big thing, data shows that it takes a whole lot of learning from your missteps before landing sure fire business success. My favorite point made by the author? "The biggest failure in startups isn’t that founders and employees aren’t adequately warned of their slim chances. It’s that they aren’t warned of the challenge of building something that lasts". Be warned: This one probably has the most honest perspective of all.

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These are just a few of the business-related blogs that help us learn from others to avoid making the same mistakes ourselves. Do you have any others to add? Let us know in the comments.