Listed below are samples of actual businesses that have sponsored girls each year. The key to success is to visit in person,
if possible, and to ask for sponsorship from locally owned businesses or individuals with whom you or your family do
business or know. They are often eager to return the support you have shown them through your regular purchases
Keep in mind when visiting a businessthat it is important to speak with the actual business owner, agent, or manager.
For example, many State Farm insurance agents sponsor girls each year whose families have their home or car
insurance policies with them. However, if you write to the State Farm corporate headquarters, it is unlikely that they
will know who you are or be in a position to sponsor you.
Many sponsors are small businesses, local service organizations, and the countless family members and friends
of our participants. Together they make a difference in the lives of thousands of young people each year.
Here are some general categories of sponsors, and examples of each:
Family members, friends, and neighbors who know you well.
Examples: Mom, Dad, grandparents, aunts, uncles, family businesses, and friends’ businesses
The insurance agent that handles your car, home, life, disability, business, and/or other insurance.
Examples: State Farm, Allstate, Farmers, AFLAC, American Family, Farm Bureau
Local businesses and professionals that provide health and medical services for your family.
Examples: Dentist, Doctor, Orthodontist, Chiropractor, Pharmacist
Friends who have their own business where you have been a customer.
Examples: Mary Kay Cosmetics, AVON, LuLaRoe, Arbonne International, Amway
The companies that provide repair and maintenance for your car, home, and lawn.
Examples: plumbing, hardware, air-conditioning and heating, lawncare, construction and
remodeling, pest control, auto repair, and computer repair
Places you have your hair, nails and beauty services done.
Examples: nail or hair salons, Great Clips, Fantastic Sams, Regis
Places you regularly take lessons or exercise.
Examples: dance, gymnastics, martial arts, cheer, athletic gyms
Places where you and your family regularly dine.
Examples: McDonald’s, Applebee's, Chili's, CiCi's Pizza, Burger King, IHOP, Sonic, Subway,
Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, Olive Garden, Texas Roadhouse
Places you regularly shop for your family.
Examples: Walgreens, Safeway, Walmart, Target, and local grocery stores
The local representative of the company that provides financial services for your
Examples: First National Bank, Chase, Coldwell Banker, H & R Block, Liberty Tax Service,
Farmers State Bank, Wells Fargo, Century 21, Remax, mortgage companies.
Locally owned stores where you have purchased clothing.
Examples: bridal and formal wear, fashion boutiques Note:Stores that are in the mall
are generally not a good place to look for sponsorship. They are not locally owned.
Fraternal and other organizations.
Examples: American Legion, Knights of Columbus, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Girl Scouts
If a prospective sponsor says, “No,” say “Thank you for your time”
with a smile. Remember, the only difference between success and
failure is that successful people keep trying.
Quick, simple, and done!
To lock in your place in the pageant, you can go online to namiss.com, select “online payments,” and
make a secure payment online with any major credit card. It’s fast and easy. You’ll receive an immediate confirmation online
and by e-mail. For payments by check, make payable to “NAM” with the State Finalist’s name on memo line.
1. Introduce yourself.
2. Explain that you have been accepted as a State
Finalist in the National American Miss Pageant for
3. Show the prospective sponsor this magazine and
the Sponsorship Information Brochure.
4. Tell the prospective sponsor that you are trying to
raise the fees necessary to attend the pageant for
5. Explain the goals of the pageant:
• Gain poise and self-confidence
• Practice speaking in front of a live audience
Learn how to professionally interview for a job
Become actively involved in my community
6. Remind the prospective sponsor that their donations
are tax-deductible as an advertising expense for
business owners. All sponsors will be listed in the
7. Tell the prospective sponsor that you can have as
many or as few sponsors to reach your minimum
goal of $550.
8. Thank the prospective sponsor for their time,
whether they choose to sponsor you or not.
* Each State Finalist’s total sponsorship list is limited to
195 characters including spaces.
The following two pages detail all of the expenses required to participate in the competitions.
Read below about what a sponsorship fee is, why you need one, and how to find your personal sponsor(s).
The sponsorship fee is the entry fee required to be in the
pageant. Sponsors can be family members or
businesses… ANYONE can sponsor a State Finalist! All
sponsorship fees are tax-deductible for businesses as an
advertising expense. Most family members, community
businesses and organizations are thrilled to sponsor young
ladies who are a positive reflection on their community!
All sponsorship fees are non-refundable.
This is what we call “the bottom line.”
There are no other required fees!
(1) Sponsorship Fee......................................$550
(2) Production Number Outfit......................$35
(3) Audience Ticket to the Final Show ......$25
Make a list of prospective sponsors.
Anyone can be a sponsor!
Look at the next page for a list of ideas. Also, your checkbook (listing whom
you write checks to) is a great place to look for ideas. List them on page 11 of this magazine.
Look your best! It shows that you are a caring person and are prepared.
Visit the sponsor in person!
Phone calls, e-mails, and letters are not as effective as a personal visit. Try to visit your sponsor in
person if possible. Even visiting over FaceTime or Zoom is a terrific option!
Share the good news and your goal!
• Tell the prospective sponsor the good news about being accepted as a State Finalist.
• Let them know about the All-American family focus of the pageant.
• Share your goals! For example: “To do my best to represent my community well, to
make new friends, to gain life skills, and to have a great time with my family.”
Ask for their support.
For example: “The fee to be in the pageant is a total of $550. I’m asking ten people to
contribute $55 each. It’s tax-deductible for businesses. Would you help me with your $55
Thank them with a smile!
Whether they give you $5, $50, or nothing at all, always thank them with a smile for their time.
No matter what the outcome, you’ll gain strength and character and have the respect of the
prospective sponsor. .
Thank them with a note!
Within a week of the contribution, send a “thank you” card or note to your sponsors.
Writing a note is not as hard as it might seem, and if you can develop this habit, it
will make a big difference throughout your life!
Sponsorship fees help offset the cost of producing the
pageant. Sponsorship fees pay pageant expenses, which
include prizes, awards, trophies, judges’ expenses, staff
expenses, ballroom rental, staging, lighting, national
pageant expenses, and the winner’s trip to Nationals.
Think of sports teams, professional athletes, and various
community activities; these events are able to take place
and these people are able to compete because they
have the support of their sponsors.
To begin, read through this magazine and discuss it with
your family. Make a list of prospective sponsors (family
members, local businesses, neighbors, places where your
family does business). Dress nicely (for example, in an
interview-type outfit) and visit the prospective sponsor IN
PERSON if possible. Take this magazine with you, as it will
help answer questions your potential sponsors may have.
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Remember, sponsorship contributions can cover any pageant related
costs, such as:
...so don’t stop at $550!
• Sponsorship Fees
• Production Number Outfit
• Final Show Tickets
• Optional Contests
• Hotel Room