April 2013: Vote Now for The Supplier Spotlight!

April is a different animal all together, but hey: We made it.  It’s Spring.  And even if that means I’ve got at least 6 more months of watching Kevin Youkilis in a Yankees uniform (as long as he’s crushing it, I’m good with it!), at least my veggie garden will be getting plenty of sunshine.

I’m pretty excited about this month’s contest as our 5 entries cover a wide range of topics, from using unemployed time to reflect and maybe launch your own SBE, to tips on how to effectively leverage your marketing opportunities, and a unique way to leverage new talent at a fraction of the cost.  Obviously, same as skinning cats, there’s more than one way to run an SBE–here’s 5 more:

Entry #1: Reflect. Perfect. Move Forward. | Evacus Technologies, LLC
Entry #2: Make Your Website Work for You | Weezlabs
Entry #3: Aching Feet from Walking Trade Shows | Vector Consulting
Entry #4: Get Referrals, Not Fool’s Gold | Source Of Future Technology, Inc.
Entry #5: Leverage & Mentor Interns and Save | 6 Dimensions

Thanks for coming! This month’s voting has ended but, please, check out the entries! We’ll reveal the winner by April 30th!

The company with the most votes gets promoted on the Supplier Connection web portal for the month of May. Voting ends Friday evening, April 26th at 8:00PM Eastern. Check back often to see what happens!

Supplier Connection SBE Updates

Reminder: Your Supplier Connection Anniversary is coming!
What does that mean for you?  It means you have to do 2 things:  1. Log in at least once every 12 months:  If you don’t, your account (no matter if your application is %100 Complete or not) will be Deactivated.  2. Verify your Company Profile:  Log in to the Supplier Connection portal and verify your Profile within a year of the date you completed it, otherwise your Profile won’t be visible to any buyers.

Do that right now before you forget: http://Supplier-Connection.net.

New on The SBE Lifer: THE SBE JOURNAL
If you’ve been following me you know I’ve been journalling a lot.  I’m not even at 10 entries yet and I’ve covered trade shows, letting go of employees, and how to negotiate your employment agreement.  This week, I pose a very simple question: What do you do best?

Have you used the new Social Media Resource Page yet?
We’ve assembled the best “how to” articles on every major social media platform, curated with the SBE in mind! Articles on Blogging, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc. all in one place–a great resource for you. Click here to read.

Have you read great articles not included in my roundup? Send them to me, my staff and I will read them and post the best ones.  Let’s get involved and help each other out by making this the best curated content on the web about… EVERYTHING Social Media.

6 Ways for Trade Shows to Deliver an ROI

5 Simple Steps to Increase Your Social Media Impact (complete with a free download) Available to everyone right here.

Remember, running an SBE is a long, hard journey… stop doing it alone!

Dan Gallo
SBE AdvocateSupplier-Connection
Chief Operating OfficermyVRM
Managing Director, The Allasso Group, LLC

Let’s connect!
Watch my 1st video blog on Outgrowing Great Employees
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Check out March’s Contest Winner: Summer Alexander Research

To submit an entry in The Supplier Spotlight contest you need to be a registered member of the Supplier-Connection initiative with a completed registration. Registration is FREE. For more information you can watch this 1.5 minute video or read more on the Supplier-Connection portal.

About Dan Gallo

I'm a lifelong entrepreneur, starting/running businesses since I sold seeds door-to-door when I was 7 in The Bronx. I've been playing guitar and enjoying the game of baseball since I was 5 (born a NY Yankees fan). I married Kim in 1983 & we have two sons; Daniel's a real smart, insightful & well read musician (www.thefieldrecordings.com) and Adam is a brilliant senior @ Brooklyn College double majoring in creative writing/literature & anthropology. Since 2002, one of the things we love to do together is go on service & missions trips to Belize. We've collectively spent over 60 weeks in Belize & I serve on the Board for the missions organization (www.twaw.org) focused on Belize. I started my 1st company in January 1985, and other than selling a company in 1999 and running it for a multi-billion dollar company for 2 years before buying it back, I've been self-employed. I sold my last company, Mentor Communications Group, in 2004 and after 2 years with the acquiring company I left and started The Allasso Group, LLC doing Sales Strategy & Business Development, Marketing Communications, Social Media since April 2006. Although I'm still contracted by Supplier-Connection as their Small Business Advocate, I recently was contracted to run a software company http://myvrm.com. I enjoy consulting, but it's really great to be running an SBE again.
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