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I want to print shirts, etc for the local schools. What all would be involved with that as far a permissions and use of logos, selling?

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You would need to contact the controlling interest; school, or district, or board, etc. and get written permission. I would start with the school. If they don't have the authority to authorize, they will tell you who does.

They will want a fee, either a flat amount or a percentage of sales.
 

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I guess it depends on the school. The local schools here have a lot of clubs and other projects that need printing services and each individual group comes to us. Sometimes it is a teacher, sometimes a student or parent.

You can go to the district office and also each school and ask for an application to be a preferred vendor. Some districts have them and some don't.

For universities it is a little more formal. There is normally an application process and there may be an application fee and royalties also.

We pay a local high school to be at their football games.
 

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Being a noobie first thing you need to understand is every seminar regarding the decorating method attendees are given this bright rainbow with the gold at the end being churches and schools. Countless thousands have been through these seminars/sales pitches and countless thousand have learned the hard way it is not that easy. First, you have to go in knowing dozens have gone before you. The second issue is the clubs, etc are very tight knit group of parents and they network within themselves and protect each other. If you are going to go after the school market I would suggest starting at some of the secondary sports that others may have felt not worth their time. I would go after anything from a chess club to a field hockey team to get into the door and hopefully through time and great customer service you can compete in the primary school sports/clubs.
 

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Yes, all schools, clubs, sports leagues have someone who knows someone who does screen printing or embroidery. This changes with each year as new people come into the groups and old ones leave. Don't be surprised if they shop you around or if they use you to get a better deal from someone else.
 

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So...if I can get my hands on a logo or design something myself I could sell them without the schools permission?

Again, you have to get permission.

For example, here are the procedures for Hallsville in your state.

School Logos | Hallsville School District

Ask, don't rely on legal advice you get here. It will get you sued.
 

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So...if I can get my hands on a logo or design something myself I could sell them without the schools permission?
Who are you selling to? Are you just making shirts and hope they sell? We normally go through ASB for high schools or PTA or the Principal for elementary.

BTW, take a look at maxpreps, they sell all high schools with generic crap. There are a few other sites doing the same thing.
 

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Who are you selling to? Are you just making shirts and hope they sell? We normally go through ASB for high schools or PTA or the Principal for elementary.

BTW, take a look at maxpreps, they sell all high schools with generic crap. There are a few other sites doing the same thing.
There is a festival in November. I was thinking it would be cool to come up with some neat designs and sell them at the festival.
 

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I believe you don't need permission for k to 12 schools, but if they want to be able to do business with any school district you need to be a vendor.
When I said you don't need permission to print, you don't if you selling to any parents or any person out there.
Ok. So I could print some of my own designs and sell them at a festival?

This is all new so I am learning. Thanks everyone for your patience. :D
 

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You still really haven't given enough information. What schools? Elementary, High, College? What type of festival?
 
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