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FX Annual Portfolio Showcase

September 12, 2019 @ 10:30 am 2:00 pm

2019 FX of KC showcase banner

Experience the FX Difference

at the Portfolio Showcase

Freelance Exhibitors: Get your display ready and register to exhibit now!
Attendees: Put this on your calendar to attend this once-a-year opportunity!

When

Thursday, September 12, 2019

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Panel Discussion: Hiring Freelancers? What to Expect

11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Open House (A light lunch will be provided.)

2:30 p.m. – ??
After Hours at Maloney’s upstairs, 7201 W. 79th St., Overland Park

Where

Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center (in the old King Louie)
8788 Metcalf Avenue
Overland Park, Kansas 66212

Attendees | Exhibitors  | Sponsors

Thank you to our generous sponsors:

KC SourceLink logo
Kim Hawley logo

J&J Printing logo

Julie Cortes Freelance Rockstar logo

Brian White Design logo

Nichols & Co. Photography

Sarah Humphrey 94 west logo

Freelancer Pro ad

Parallel 39 Studios logo

Tasha Vock logo

Get your name in the spotlight. Sponsor the 2019 Portfolio Showcase today!

people at the FX Showcase
people at the FX Showcase

Thank you to our volunteers:

Attendees

You Could Blindly Search for a Freelancer.

But why?

When you need advertising or marketing help, you have options: you can search online, pay a recruiter, or ask friends for referrals.

But why do any of that when you can find some of the city’s savviest talent at The Freelance Exchange of Kansas City’s annual Portfolio Showcase?

Come view work samples and meet scores of freelancers all at once, allunder one roof. Find the style and personality that fits you best.

Handpick one or form a team for one-off projects, long-term assignments, temp help, onsite gigs, seasonal, or year-round assistance.

Come meet our savvy members and view their portfolios in person, including:

  • Graphic Designers & Art Directors
  • Copywriters & Proofreaders
  • Photographers & Videographers
  • PR Pros
  • Social Media & Marketing Strategists
  • Web Developers & Designers
  • And More

“The event was incredibly beneficial. The panel discussion was particularly helpful because it dealt with real issues faced by companies that use freelance talent. I strongly recommend you attend to be better equipped to foster a productive working relationship between company and freelancer.”

Robert Manigold, Partner, Code Koalas

FREE to attend.

Attendees, register here!

Help us help you. Sponsor the 2019 Portfolio Showcase today!

Exhibitors

You Could Blindly Search for Freelance Work.

But why?

When you’re seeking new clients, you have a plethora of options of how to go about obtaining them.

The Freelance Exchange makes it simple with its annual Portfolio Showcase!

Here, you can get your name in front of the exact people who are hiring, all under one roof, all at one time.

Take the pressure out of your marketing and sales efforts, and come experience the FX difference.

This signature event presents a prime opportunity to get in front of:

  • ad agencies
  • design studios
  • large corporations

  • small businesses
  • non-profits
  • startups
  • and more

“The last two years, I’ve gotten two of my best clients from the Portfolio Showcase!”

Matt Nichols, photographer, FX Member

No portfolio? No problem! Set up your booth with appropriate signage, samples, case studies, etc. Whether you’re a creative type or not, this is your opportunity to make connections, establish brand recognition, and network with the very folks who are looking to connect with someone like you!

Please drop off materials and move your car to the back of the parking lot so that our attendees may have priority parking. All exhibitors must be set up prior to the Panel Discussion. Tables will be roped off so that everyone can enjoy the panel discussion distraction-free. Please see the Exhibitor FAQs for more info.

The panel discussion is designed to educate those who hire freelancers on what to expect when working with a freelance vendor. If you have questions about how to run your own freelance business, please respect this panel’s intention and, instead, bring your questions to any of FX’s year-round coffee meetups, luncheons, and happy hours.

Cost*

Early Bird—$40, if registered before 8/19
Regular—$50, if registered after 8/19

Save a few bucks and register early! Space is limited. Don’t miss out!

Exhibitors, register here!

Learn How to Prepare for the Showcase! (Word Document)

Registration Deadline: Thursday, September 5th, 11:00 p.m. Tables are first come, first served.

*You must be an FX member in good standing to exhibit. Not a member? Join today!

Help us help you. Sponsor the 2019 Portfolio Showcase today!

Exhibitors FAQ

How many companies are attending?

Obviously, we can’t say for sure how many will visit the event exactly, but we can tell you about our efforts and what we’ve experienced in the past:

  • We send printed invitations directly to nearly 2,500 Chamber of Commerce Members (individuals, companies and associations). We also directly e-mail nearly 1,200. Many organizations pass the information on to their members, so the number of people who hear about the event is even more.
  • We have a strong PR campaign that includes sending press releases to many publications and media outlets, vying for air time on radio and television stations, and working with area professional organizations to promote our event.
  • We have a killer social media plan going, with regular tweets, Instagram posts, Facebook invites, Meetup invites and LinkedIn announcements. Help us spread the word through your own social media networks!
  • We could have anywhere from 50-200+ people attend. However, we don’t suggest you spend a ton of money on that many giveaways, if you have a brochure or promotional item to hand out. Figure for maybe 10-20 strong leads.
  • We suggest inviting your own clients, prospects and peers! Not only will it bring more people to the Showcase, but it will help you. Your clients will appreciate you taking the time to tell them about it, as opposed to the standard “Just calling to see if you have any work for me” calls they usually get. Also, it gives you a non-sales excuse to contact prospects that have been tough to get to or that you really want to work with. Don’t view it as inviting them to check out your competition. View it instead as an opportunity to pair them up with a team of individuals to form a virtual agency. It’s their one-stop shop!

What types of companies are attending?

  • We invite a wide variety of companies, ad agencies and organizations from various industries.
  • The advertising, PR, design, and marketing sector has been heavily targeted, but that’s not all. We also specifically target small businesses that need outside help.
  • We directly invited folks from the top companies in banking, insurance, real estate, engineering, architecture, Internet development, education, travel, retail, and more.
  • There will be a good cross-section of company types and sizes, so plan accordingly with the samples you show.

When should I arrive?

Due to the number of exhibitors, we ask that exhibitors arrive early, with ample time to set up and get situated. The doors will open at 9:30 a.m. and the seminar will start at 10:30 a.m. Plan to have your setup completed BEFORE 10:30. Tables will be roped off to allow for everyone to enjoy the panel discussion. Coffee and water will be provided. The portfolio show starts at 11:30 a.m. If you’d like to visit with or check out other members’ displays ahead of time, figure that into your setup time.

Where should I park?

There is a large parking lot to the south of the building, plenty of free parking spots available for all exhibitors. You may drop off your exhibit items at the door and then go park. Please park in the further parking spots so that our attendees may have convenient access to the event.

What is provided?

  • Each exhibitor will receive 4 feet of an 8-foot rectangular table. Member sponsors will get a choice of a 6-foot or 8-foot rectangular table. Corporate sponsors will get a 60-inch round table. All sponsors will get prime locations. All tables will be covered by a black tablecloth. You may bring your own tablecloth if you prefer a different color.
  • Name tag
  • Chair
  • Free WiFi access
  • Requested electrical outlets. Please note this on your registration if you need to be placed by one.

What should I bring?

  • Self-promotional materials (biz cards, brochures, postcards, buttons, giveaways, etc.)
  • Your portfolio! (…if you have one. If you’re not a creative type, feel free to bring signage, résumés, case studies, etc.)
  • Supplies to set up your table (display holders, extension cords, etc.)
  • Any needed office supplies (pen, paper, tape, scissors… hey, you never know!)

What can’t I bring?

  • Easels (tabletop is fine, as long as they’re small. But no large or standing easels that could block your neighbor’s view or even your own!)
  • Traditional exhibit-type backdrops/booths
  • Wall hangings or floor pop-up banners
  • Non-table props
  • Items that block views or interfere with your neighbors
  • Any items that would be too much of a distraction (noise, smell, strobe lights, etc.) to your neighbors or would cause a fire hazard (i.e., candles)
  • Alcoholic beverages

What should I wear?

  • Whatever you feel comfortable in… especially shoes!
  • Most exhibitors dress as they would for a client meeting. You’ll see everything from jeans and T-shirts to business suits.
  • Most attendees come in business-casual attire, so feel free to dress accordingly.
Need more info? Contact: events@fxofkc.com.

Sponsors

Thank you so much for considering a sponsorship of The Freelance Exchange 2019 Portfolio Showcase! It takes a lot to put on this event, and we couldn’t do it without your support!

Sponsorships can be secured through your attendee or exhibitor registration. Thank you in advance!!

Agency/Corporate/Vendor Sponsorship (Attendee)

Level 1 – $1,000

  • Honorary one-year Associate Membership
  • Elevator speech prior to the Showcase panel
  • Entry fee to exhibit
  • Prime table and placement to exhibit and showcase your company
  • Prominent logo placement on all promotional materials (time-permitting)
  • Prominent logo placement and web link on all event-related pages for one year
  • Acknowledgement on all our social media channels
  • Verbal mention during the Showcase
  • Opportunity to place promotional materials at the Showcase
  • First access to be included in future FX events
  • Large banner ad (1150 x 315px, JPG, PNG or GIF) on FX website for one year
  • Mentions and/or logo placement in Showcase-related FX emails

Level 2 – $500

  • Honorary one-year Associate Membership
  • Entry fee to exhibit
  • Prime table placement to exhibit and showcase your company
  • Logo on Showcase promotional materials (time-permitting)
  • Name/Link on FX emails through September
  • Mentions and/or logo placement in Showcase-related FX emails
  • Logo on event signage and fliers handed out at event (time-permitting)
  • Small banner ad (550 x 315 px, JPG, PNG or GIF) on FX website for six months
  • Verbal mention during Showcase event
  • Acknowledgement on social media channels

Level 3 – $250

  • Entry fee to exhibit
  • Table to exhibit and showcase your company
  • Logo on Showcase promotional materials (time-permitting)
  • Logo on event signage and fliers handed out at event (time-permitting)
  • Small banner ad (550 x 315 px, JPG, PNG or GIF) on FX website for three months
  • Verbal mention during Showcase event
  • Acknowledgement on all our social media channels
Sponsors, register here!

Member Sponsorship (Exhibitor)

Level 1 – $250

  • Entry fee to exhibit
  • Prime table size & placement to exhibit and showcase your company
  • Logo on event signage and fliers handed out at event (time-permitting)
  • Large banner ad (1150 x 315 px, JPG, PNG or GIF) on FX website for six months

Level 2 – $150

  • Entry fee to exhibit
  • Larger table to exhibit and showcase your company
  • Logo on event signage and fliers handed out at event (time-permitting)
  • Small banner ad (550 x 315 px, JPG, PNG or GIF) on FX website for three months

Level 3 – $100

  • Entry fee to exhibit
  • Table to exhibit and showcase your company
  • Logo on event signage and fliers handed out at event (time-permitting)
  • Small banner ad (550 x 315 px, JPG, PNG or GIF) on FX website for one month
Sponsors, register here!


Need more info? Contact: [email protected].

Johnson County Art & Heritage Center

8788 Metcalf Ave
Overland Park, 66212 United States
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913-826-2787
https://www.jcprd.com/327/Arts-Heritage-Center