Considering your marketing budgets are limited you need to get in front of as many people at one time as possible.
I suggest you go to trade shows and go booth to booth showing off your designs, graphics, ideas, etc. Some of the smaller companies may be looking for a guy just like you.
In my industry, Sports Nutrition, there are many products that have bland plain labeling. They need something to get their product noticed on the shelf.
The Arnold Classic in Columbus Ohio sees over 150 vendors and 125K people in 3 days. The Olympia in Vegas sees about 100 vendors and 70K people in 2 days.
The NACS Show being hel in Atlanta in November (I think)is a great way to see companies that may be just starting out looking for distribution and may need your help in developing brand awareness.
There re also other shows throughout the year. Check Bev Spectrum, Bevergae Industry, Beverage World and others for dates.
Packaging digest will also have dates of show.
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