There Is No Plan B
Today is November the 2nd, and believe it or not this is my first blog since launching the EVN website on September the 1st.
I am writing this because I have been inspired by a video I saw on Friday, posted in an investment group run by Charles Emeka MC.
This video was some of a talk delivered by Christopher Gardner on the Saturday Night Show at least 6 years ago.
Chris Gardner got introduced to the world via the movie ‘The Pursuit of Happyness” which starred Will & Jaden Smith. This is one of my favourite films to date.
The short version of the talk from Saturday Night Show video is here:
I am writing this during a difficult year for the events industry, and also following a recent announcement from Boris Johnson & the UK government saying that there will be another month of nationwide lockdown this week! This is a tough time for all of us who make our living from events and hospitality and once again the industry will be closed.
I’m deciding to put this online today because I guess I want to let everyone reading this know that my ‘Plan A’ is this; the Elite Vendors Network. Something I’ve been working on for awhile now, but found difficult to prioritise over the years alongside all of my other business ventures. Ironically, the pandemic and lockdown gave me the time and space to create and execute! Although, again ironically, it isn’t the perfect time to launch our business and services.
Some of you are already aware of it, but for those that aren’t; the Elite Vendors Network is currently the only organisation of its kind focusing on African & Caribbean event professionals and creatives giving them a platform to promote themselves and showcase their talents and art to the world.
We launched the website on September 1st, launched our paid memberships last month on October 1st, and it is growing slowly, but surely with all the effort that the leadership team and I can put into it in these uncertain times, because for me, there is no plan B. It will be a success by any means necessary.
For those that are interested here is the Zoom presentation that we did in September to officially introduce the network and introduce ourselves:
The events industry has been hit very hard this year for sure, and has no sign of recovery until maybe Spring 2021. Because of that a lot of potential members are understandably reluctant to spend with our network right now, or spend money in general.
A lot of event professionals who were once ‘vendors for life’ are also now considering whether or not they remain in the industry and continue doing what they love, or leave the industry altogether, going back to full time or part time work, changing careers and retraining to do other things.
This again, is more than understandable.
At the Elite Vendors Network, we don’t have a magic wand to switch large events back on, and we can’t save everyone from closing their businesses, but for the ones that are planning to be here for the long term, we are still finding some opportunities for people to still get paid right now, and showcase themselves right now, plus be part of a rich and fruitful community, even during these difficult and unprecedented times.
We are focussing on who we have right now, the founding members, the early investors, providing a few opportunities and services to them where we can, and we will definitely have an abundance of opportunities once the event industry starts to make a recovery next year.
The Elite Vendors Network is here to stay!
If you would like to support us, we are currently looking for:
1) Eligible vendors
2) Venue owners
3) Investors / sponsors for an online showcase that we are planning to do in January.
If anyone has referrals, recommendations or questions for us please contact us directly on firstname.lastname@example.org or comment below!
Thank you very much for reading.
Elite Vendors Network 💟