Do you own a Small Business in the Cedar Valley or know of someone who does? I want to hear about you. I want to help you get started, or start over, or give your brand a boost, whatever stage you might be at. This is something that's been on my mind for well over a year. As a small business owner I know what it feels like to have this dream of ditching the 9-5 (or supplement your income), to be proud of a product or service I create, to be so excited you can't sleep, to feel like the possibilities could be endless. And then, wake up call! How will I get people to walk through my door, or click on my link, or sell enough to make enough to make ends meet? The reality is, it doesn't happen over night. But that shouldn't discourage you and honestly, for most small business owners, it's not about getting rich quick. If it were, there wouldn't be many of us around I guarantee you. So let's think about this for a minute. Think about when we're online searching for a product or service, one of the first things we do is go to Google and do an Image Search, it's the easiest way to visually get our hands on what it is we're searching for. An image. A photo. But we don't pick just any photo, we pick the photo that is most appealing, it speaks to us, it draws us in. That's the link. That's what gets people through the front door and here's where I want to help. But first, you must ask yourself if you're really ready to invest in your dream? Are you ready to polish your small business up and make her shine? If so, then keep reading. I'm offering my services at a discounted rate to small business owners of the Cedar Valley to help get you started. It could be as simple as a quick photo shoot of your products or service (Makers Mini) that would include 10 images formatted for both print and web ($200). Or a photo shoot and branding session (Makers Bundle) that would include the same 10 images plus a logo ($300). To kick things off, I am giving away one Makers Bundle to one lucky Cedar Valley Small Business Owner next month. To enter, simply email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with the name of your business in the subject line and then tell me a little about yourself, what you do and why you would like to win a Makers Bundle. The winner will be chosen Friday, March 13th. I know that there a ton of hidden gems in this area, most working out of their homes and I'm here to tell you there's absolutely nothing wrong with that. You are the people I'm looking for. It's time to shake things up Cedar Valley, step in today's reality of small business ownership, be proud of what you do and start making your dream a reality. To follow along with Cedar Valley Makers, you can find this and future posts under the Personal link within the Photography tab in the top navigation menu.