I own a custom watermelon carving business. I design and carve watermelons to fit in with the customer's theme and provide a unique centerpiece for their fruit display. You can learn more about the watermelons at markmillercarvings.com I am currently trying to figure out the best way to get my offerings out to the local public. I realize I need to have a good business model to offer my carvings to caterers and banquet facilities. Should I be looking to use them just for contacts and do the entire sales process myself, or give them a bigger cut and have them help promote my business, including me in the design phase of the sale? How much should I be paying them to offer my product? I'm not sure what will work best, or if there's another way that will be better. Anyone have ideas? I'm not sure my product would ship very well, although I would love to offer these nationally. It just seems like the shipping costs will be too high. For that reason, I am concentrating on local customers. If anyone has ideas on how to ship 5-10 lb watermelons across the country inexpensively, I'm very interested to hear your thoughts.