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Dear Group Leader,

 

Thank you for your interest in Northwoods fundraising programs. This year marks our 33rd season of providing quality seasonal products to help your group meet its financial goals. In 2013, Northwoods provided its services to over 240 groups helping them to earn an estimated $600,000 in net profits. While this averages over $2500 per group, we have several organizations that net over $10,000 from their sales. We currently offer four fundraising programs-Christmas Evergreens, Spring Bedding Plants, Fall Mums, and Coffee/Hot Cocoa. A secret to our customers’ success is leveraging the annual annuity of these seasonal events. There will always be Christmas, Spring, and Fall, and people enjoy coffee every day.

Northwoods’ identity has been formed in its unique history. Its founder and current owner, Andy Barrie, grew up selling wreaths to friends, family, and neighbors as a Cub and Boy Scout in Milwaukee. In high school and college, Andy earned extra money unloading trucks of wreaths and later managing the wreath distribution center for another wreath company. Upon graduating from college, Andy opened Northwoods Wreaths in 1982 selling to Chicago area youth groups. After several years of success, Northwoods grew to five manufacturing sites in northern Wisconsin and upper Michigan.

 

In 1993 Northwoods made two strategic decisions. First, we decided to incorporate indoor/outdoor evergreen products made of premium quality Noble Fir into our fundraising product mix. Our groups quickly found out that offering a choice of both indoor and outdoor products increased their gross sale per customer and overall net profit. Northwoods created a new company in Washington State to manufacture the Noble fir products.

Second, Northwoods began to offer a Spring plant fundraiser. This sale leverages the same customer base that groups sell to for Christmas by offering quality annual and perennial bedding plants.

 

In working with us you will constantly notice our commitment to quality. We realize that the products you choose to sell support the identity and reputation of your group. For us, quality goes beyond state of the art refrigeration and product inspection. We include accuracy of what was ordered, timely fulfillment of additional orders, and prompt customer support

 

Fundraising with Northwoods is easy to start and manage. Please follow these easy steps to begin the programs with us:

 

1) Read the attached overviews and sales brochures to make sure our programs are right for your group. To join our program, go to www.northwoodswreaths.com to sign up. We’ll need your name, group name, address, email address, and phone number.

2) Let us know how many people will be selling our products. Brochures can also be ordered online. We supply the first 125 brochures free of charge and will send them to you in August/September for Christmas and January/February for Spring.

3) From www.northwoodswreaths.com you can access Excel programs and other tools to manage your group’s sales and submit orders.

4) Place your orders online two weeks in advance for Christmas sales and one month in advance for the Spring sale

 

Please contact us at 800-933-2125 with any questions.

 

Best Regards,

Andy Barrie



 
 
 
Currently Featuring: Christmas Evergreens
 

Thank you for helping Northwoods celebrate its 33rd season in the Christmas fundraising business. This year we are pleased to have the opportunity to be working with you once again and we also welcome our new groups to the program.

You may not realize that our wreath and garland manufacturing promotes tree growth. No trees are killed or harmed by our harvesting and we can cut on the same tree two years later!

 

We have some exciting changes and enhancements to our product line and program for 2014:

 

-This season all of our 26” balsam wreaths and door swags will come with a beautiful outdoor velvet ribbon.  

 The ribbon comes detached from the wreath so it maintains its shape and beauty.

 

-We to offer a 26” Fallen Hero wreath with a red and gold outdoor velvet ribbon. These wreaths will be delivered by Northwoods to the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery and placed at the gravesite of one of our fallen veterans who gave their lives for us.

 

-We are now offering a personalized online web site customized for your group’s sale. 
This site will be your group’s sole order entry system combining both direct sales from your customers that you can email/social network the link to, and group member sales from brochures and door-to-door ordering. When the order is placed on the web site, there will be an option to pay with a credit card, PayPal or choose to pay later via check or cash.

 

Using today’s web technology is a great way to manage your fundraiser. Each following year, we will provide you reports of those that place orders the previous year.  We will also assist you each year thereafter to bring those customers back to you again through our new professional email marketing campaigns. Individual delivery slips will also help each selling member deliver the proper items to those who ordered.

 

And there is one more key benefit… your customers will now be able to place orders for our smaller wreaths and decorations and have them shipped to their friends and family in the lower 48 states. The cost to maintain your custom group web site is $50 a season. Please email andybarrie@yahoo.com for more information on this program.

 

-Continuation of our pre-pay option. Groups that pre-pay on their orders by August 15, 2014 will receive a 5% discount off of the amount they pre-pay. For example, if you pre-pay $5000 by 8/15 your group will receive a $250 discount on your final bill. We also offer a 4% discount for pre-payments before 9/15/2014.

 

We are also continuing to offer the following services to help you increase sales and organize your efforts:

www.northwoodswreaths.com   By mid-August all of Northwoods marketing material is available on the Internet. You can sign your group up for the sale, order brochures, download sales tools, and place orders.

Spreadsheet Software   This year we are offering an expanded Excel spreadsheet (not necessary for groups using personalized web sites) to help you organize your group’s sale. You will be able to track sales by product and salesperson and accurately estimate your group profits. You can download this software via our Internet home page or we can mail/email a copy to you. You will need a current version of Microsoft Excel 7.0 or higher to run the program.

 

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