Am I entitled to the value of the agreed upon contract?

Question Details: I run a small construction business. On 06/05 a customer emailed me to start a small project $3000 on her house. We agreed to meet the morning of 06/07 to get started. Her materials were purchased 06/08 and my helper was lined up to meet me Friday morning. At 10:00 pm 06/08 she texted me to tell me that she met with another contractor that was cheaper and I lost this job, plus money that I paid to my helper. What can I do?

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