The Sharpeners Jam held in Atlanta earlier this week (July 26-28 2014) included paid workshops plus free presentations and a vendor room for sharpeners. Instructors and presenters included Dennis Brooks of Sharp Edges and NBTSG, Joshua Freund, Kut Above Perfection, Bonika’s Gene and Bonnie Megowan, plus Dayna Schuleufer, Nebraska Blades owner Bob Schiessl, Jason Sturm of The Edge Pro, and Scott Bonora of miHair.
Best idea winners based on quick presentations of ideas to help other shear sharpeners were:
Joe Rahuba of North Star Sharpening in KY suggested a free resource to find customers in a region. A library card gets you free access to ReferenceUSA, where you can download to an Excel worksheet names and contact info of businesses by SIC code. Then sort the list by zip codes, pick an area to service, start the cold calling to set up appointments and go where you have a concentration of opportunity! Joe’s wife, Mary, helps him out with service appointment calls while he is busy sharpening in one area. She helps to set up his next route by calling ahead to the next closest zip code area and set up his appointments. “I’ve been doing this since 2002, and will use the same system to build my business next in Florida,” he told Sharpeners Report. More on this story, and other sharpening news in our News Section… more »