How can I get in touch with local small businesses interested in collaborating?
I want to open up my own beauty zero waste shop where women & men come to my shop and refill their lotion, shampoo, conditioner, etc. with the items that I have in bulk.
Before I do this, I want to test the waters by doing it online. I would ship people the product in a stainless steel bottle, have them use it and send it back once it’s done to replenish it, then send it back again. It would be a subscription that goes on forever in order to go plastic free.
The problem is I don't make shampoo or any of these products. I want to find a small business near me that is dedicated to making hair products specifically for women and men with naturally curly hair. The reason being I want to help support a local small business by supplying their product in bulk through my website, and with it being local I can transport all the bulk items to my home. How do I go about searching for a business that wants to do this kind of collaboration? I was thinking of announcing it on my social media or posting an ad but I wanted to know if there was a more efficient way like a website to find this out. Thank you.
Seek them out and ask them! You will never get anything you want if you don't ask for it. Research companies or organizations that you wish to work with and ask to meet with them.
If you are unsure, attend networking events and open up your social circle. The more you chat about your business and your ideas, the more people you will stumble across that you can work with.
Definitely agree with Joshua, research for companies you need, call or email them and then ask for collaboration. It is simply as it is.