Did you know that Sharn offers….


Did you know that Sharn Enterprises offers complete fabrication capabilities for all of your acrylic, wood, or metal projects?

Our in- house production capabilities give us greater control over all aspects of the manufacturing process. Just a few of those capabilities are:

  1. Acrylic, wood, sheet metal, wire and tubing fabrication.
  2. CNC – punching and cutting
  3. Welding (Spot/Mig/Tig)
  4. CNC hydraulic and mechanical press brakes
  5. Rolling and special forming
  6. Auto Cad 2D/3D Design and product development
  7. In house silk screening
  8. Assembly and packing

Because we do all of this work in our own plant, you are not paying Inflated or marked up prices like you would be, if a middle man were to handle your project.

To get a better idea of the types of products we make, please visit our website at www.sharndisplays.com, or call us at 815 464 9715.

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Tips for Marketing on a “Shoe String” Budget


Small businesses generally need to watch their expenses. When it comes to getting customers interested in the products you service or produce, an entrepreneur may be tempted to spend a little more in hopes of getting a lot in return. While it is true that a wise investment in a well-planned marketing strategy has a better chance of succeeding than a “throw money and hope” approach, there are many tactics that are low-cost in regards to time and materials, and have proved to be highly effective in raising awareness about a small business.

Volunteer

Community groups are always in need of a helping hand. Go out and find one that shares your personal interests and ask about opportunities to help. Even helping out at a one-day event can bring you in contact with new networks and opportunities to share what you do. The more you do, the more people will see you as a trusted leader and someone to do business with. I’m proud to say that we here at Sharn have employees who currently volunteer at their churches, programs for the disabled and even pet shelters.

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Business cards

Although technology seems to bring people even closer to a “paperless” world, the humble business card remains an indispensable way to share basic information about yourself to the people you meet. When someone gives you their card, put their contact information into Outlook immediately, or at a minimum keep it in your file. You just never know when it will come in handy

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Blog

Taking your message to the world is very important. Blogs are easy to set up and when integrated into your small business website, can serve as conduit for people interested in your skills and knowledge. The part that people find to be the hardest is coming up with a topic. If you’re already surfing the net and the press for trends that affect your industry or your customers; why not share and comment on them in your blog. Blogging about social events is also important, it helps to reveal the companies “personality” a little. Stay away from subjects like politics and religion.blogpost

Networking

Word-of-mouth is the most effective for of advertising and it’s even more effective when you’re the one doing it. Business and professional associations are great places to start. Look for organizations of interest to the people you want to do business with. You might want to start with your local chamber of commerce.

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Here at Sharn we try to follow these four types marketing tactics. Being a small business we also try to give personal service to all of our customers. That’s one of the reasons we have been in business now for 41 years! If you want to know more about our products and services, please visit our website www.sharndisplays.com

“A Proud American Manufacturer”

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2015 Holiday Shopping Trends


Each year we are always curious to see if the sales statistics have increased or decreased from the year before. Just as suspected, many of the statistics dealing with online shopping have increased tremendously.  Whats even more interesting is that many people who have purchased gifts this year have bought their gifts using a smart phone or tablet, 67% of people to be exact.

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Since Star Wars has almost arrived in theaters, everything to do with Star Wars has become very popular. In fact, Star Wars is the number one Christmas toy this year for kids. Second on the rankings list is the Footwelt Mini Self-Balancing 2 Wheel Scooter with LED Light. The million dollar question is, where is the most popular place people buy Christmas gifts from this holiday season? Coming in first place is Amazon with a whopping 50% (Sharn makes some displays sold on Amazon), 23% have bought online from retail stores, 10% have bought from 3rd party marketplaces, which are online stores unlike amazon or eBay. Lastly, 5% of people said they bought from eBay this year.

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Thanksgiving and Black Friday are the two biggest holiday spending days before Christmas. So far the Winter Holiday spendings in the U.S. is $630.5B that is $22.3B more than 2014.

Many often wonder how much money to spend on different categories for the holidays. The average winter holiday shopping budget for 2015 has been broken down to the following categories:

$480- Gifts for family

$119- Candy and food

$110-Gifts for friends

$79- Gifts for co-workers

$78- Decorations

$47- Flowers

$38- Greeting Cards

$65- Other Gifts

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Brick + Mortar stores continue to be as popular as ever with $10.4 Billion sold to over 102 Million shoppers so far this year. Here at Sharn we build and manufacture product displays, wood displays, metal displays, acrylic displays, and many more types of product displays. We support all of these businesses by making retail displays that not only get their products noticed, but also help get them sold.

“A Proud American Manufacturer”

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Pearl Harbor Day


Today December 7th is Pearl Harbor Day, which to many of the “younger” generation we don’t understand the significance of this date but we definitely should. This date is a special day to remember all 2,403 victims who were killed in the Japanese surprise attack on Peal Harbor on December 7th, 1941.

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On Sunday morning, December 7, 1941, the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service attacked Naval Station Pearl Harbor in Honolulu, Hawaii, without warning and without a declaration of war, killing 2,403 American non-combatants, and injuring 1,178 others. The attack sank two U.S. Navy battleships and damaged five others. It also damaged three cruisers, three destroyers, and one minelayer. Aircraft losses were 188 destroyed and 159 damaged. On 8/23/94, United States Congress, designated December 7 of each year as National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. It is a tradition to fly the Flag of the United States at half-staff until sunset in honor of dead patriots.

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Here at Sharn we pay tribute to those who have been killed or injured by this tragic event. This attack was the worst on American soil before 9/11, Sharn Enterprises is grateful to all of our troops both past and present who continue to keep us safe.

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“A Proud American Manufacturer”

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