February 2012: Vote for The Supplier Spotlight Contest NOW!

Greetings to all SBEs…

By the entry deadline I had a single submission (thanks to Jay McVinney of DBA-In-A-Box for a BIG money-saving tip), and since 1-contestant is not a contest… I sent an email asking y’all to show this contest some love.  I began receiving entries almost immediately and within 24 hours we had a total of eight – our largest total to date.

Voting has ended for February 2012’s The Supplier Spotlight contest.  Please, don’t just leave, but read some of the entries. This month we went a bit “viral” as the 2 top vote getters leveraged Social Media to garner votes. The number of page views was absolutely off-the-hook. More on this when I post the winner on Monday, Feb 27th!  – D.G.

And the contest isn’t the only thing that’s bigger…

The Supplier Connection team is shifting into high gear as we prepare for a flood of growth with a wave of new Member Companies and SBEs.  I’ll repeat myself from my Feb 8th email: This initiative is reaching the tipping point. Enough of the Member Companies have integrated Supplier Connection into their procurement process that we’re starting to see a growing number of our SBEs getting contacted and included in RFPs.

And because I know what I know… I know this will get much bigger within 6 weeks. And when it does you’ll want the exposure The Supplier Spotlight gives your SBE.  Plug in and don’t let its potential pass you by. Submit an entry in next month’s contest.

Eight. Ocho. Acht. Huit. Otto. No matter what language, eight entries is a lot.  And check out the breath of subject matter:

Entry #1: Get an IT Health Check from DBA in a Box
Entry #2: Source Locally & Use The Cloud from Dyventive
Entry #3: Strategic Partnerships from Splash Worldwide
Entry #4: Transitioning from Sales Rep to Partner from Havens & Co.
Entry #5: 5 Steps to Better Service from Parker Law Group
Entry #6: The THANK YOU Initiative from Brown & Meyers
Entry #7: Client Satisfaction Survey from Key Lime Interactive
Entry #8: Get Involved in Your Community from AB Transportation

These entries are not just submissions, but ways for us to improve our businesses.  Read each entry, some are long, some short, but they all come from SBE leaders. People working hard to make their business the best it can be. I applaud all of you! Thank you for taking the time to submit your ideas to this community of SBEs.

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Did you know if your application is not 100% complete your company is not visible to Member Company Buyers? Let me repeat: BUYERS DON’T EVEN KNOW YOU’RE REGISTERED IF YOU DON’T COMPLETE THE APPLICATION!  Resolve to login today and make sure your application is 100% completed.  Make sure the application communicates your strengths.  Make sure all data is accurate. We want to make sure you are plugged in and benefiting from this initiative! Help me, help you! Complete the application!

With each passing month this contest gains more exposure and value for both contestants and winners. Fortune 500 Buyers on the portal continue to increase, growing along with the number of Member Companies, which now stands at 13. My prediction: Member Companies will almost double in 1Q2012.

Based on what I see, registered SBEs will more than quadruple by the end of April. (For the most up-to-date information you should join The Supplier-Connection Discussion Group on LinkedIn where members are the first to get updates.)

As you well know by now… The company with the most votes gets promoted on the Supplier-Connection web portal for the month of March.

Voting ends Friday evening, February 24th at 8:00PM EST! Don’t delay, there’s a lot of reading to do.  And don’t forget to vote today!

SBEs are a journey… Be safe!  And may the best idea win!

Dan Gallo
Social Media Director & Small Business Advocate,
http://Supplier-Connection.net
Managing Director, The Allasso Group, LLC

Let’s connect!
CLICK HERE to JOIN The Supplier-Connection Discussion Group on LinkedIn
CLICK HERE to FOLLOW for my SmallBiz focused Twitter feed – @dnagallo
CLICK HERE to READ The SBE Lifer blog (2 GREAT blog entries!)
CLICK HERE to CONNECT with the Supplier-Connection community on Facebook – All Likes are encouraged & appreciated!
CLICK HERE to go to Supplier Connection: Visit the updated Get Connected page to read about Splash Worldwide, the winner of last month’s contest!

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 a lot more on the Supplier-Connection portal.

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About Dan Gallo

I'm a small business lifer, starting/running businesses since I sold seeds door-to-door as a kid in The Bronx. I've played guitar and enjoyed baseball since I was 5 (born a NY Yankees fan). Just prior to marrying Kim in 1983 I became a Christian. We have two sons; Daniel's a musician & social media expert with a smart, insightful sense of humor, and Adam who recently graduated from Brooklyn College double majoring in Creative Writing/Literature and Anthropology. Adam now works in the non-profit sector. Since 2002 one thing we love to do together is go on service/missions trips to Belize. We've collectively spent 60+ weeks in Belize with this missions organization http://twaw.org. I started my 1st company in January 1985, and been self-employed ever since. I sold my last company, Mentor Communications Group, in '04. After 2 years w/ the acquiring company I started The Allasso Group, LLC doing Small Business Consulting, Fund Raising/Capital Raise-up Campaigns, Sales Strategy, Outsourced Sales Agency work, & Digital Marketing Programs (Social Media, SEM, etc.) since April 2006. Notable projects: Hired as Small Business Advocate and Social Media Director for IBM's "Supplier-Connection" - Feb '11-Dec '13. Hired as COO to help turn-around late stage start-up software company myVRM. Jul12-Dec '13 Hired as CEO of CoupleWise.com, a Digital Health2.0 app, to write business plan, raise seed capital, & completely redesign and relaunch the app. Aug '16 I won a Finalist spot for MassChallenge UK's 2016 fall cohort in London from Sept thru Nov. Started Oct15 - Current. I enjoy helping turn-around struggling small businesses, and launching new business ventures. Feel free to contact me with opportunities.
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