March 2012: Vote for The Supplier Spotlight Contest NOW!

Sponsored by Supplier-Connection – An initiative of major US companies committed to spending more with US-based small businesses.

Greetings to all SBEs…

Last month The Supplier Spotlight contest went “social” as two companies leveraged their social media Klout by getting friends and customers to visit this blog and vote. The result? 10 times more site views and activity than our January contest.

Please make sure to read the entries and then come back to this poll and vote here:

Voting for The Supplier Spotlight Contest for March 2012 has ended.  The Winner will be published by EOB March 28th!

This month, from 5-time entrant and October 2011 winner, MotivAction, we have a video submission to support the business value of their entry. And, for the first time ever, the appearance of a QR Code from 1st-time entrant, Executive Career Connections. We also thank RDZ Media Group for their 2nd contest entry, and ICON Interactive for their 1st entry.

March 2012 will prove to be a major milestone month for the Supplier-Connection initiative as we move past the tipping point. The four SPOTLIGHT companies should benefit greatly from the increased exposure provided by Supplier-Connection. And after Supplier Connection makes its upcoming “big splash”, I know this will get even bigger. And when it does you’ll want the exposure The Supplier Spotlight gives your SBE. Don’t let its potential pass you by. Submit an entry in next month’s contest.

Did you know in the eight months of running this contest we’ve received entries from only 21 companies?  That’s barely 2% of registered SBEs! Did you know every day I post links to the content on this blog to all Social Media channels? Last month alone we touched over ¼ million business people. Man! I really do wish you were here.

And, please check out this month’s entries:

Entry #1: Create a Digital Business Strategy from ICON Interactive
Entry #2: Use a Versatile Recruitment Firm from Executive Career Connections
Entry #3: Grow Your Business by Giving Away Your Products/Services from RDZ Media Group
Entry #4: Incentives Drive Performance, Innovation & Efficiency from MotivAction

Take the time to read each entry, all from SBE leaders. Doug Menzer, Diana Matthews, Stephen Jackson & Mat Robb… Thank you all 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? AGAIN: 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% complete. Make sure the application communicates your strengths. Make sure all data is accurate. We want to make sure you’re plugged in and benefiting from this initiative. Help yourselves and complete the application!

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The company with the most votes gets promoted on the Supplier-Connection web portal for the month of April 2012.

Voting ends Monday evening, March 26th at 8:00PM EST! Don’t delay, read ‘em and vote!

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

Dan Gallo
Social Media Director & Small Business Advocate, Supplier-Connection
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 (many 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 AB Transportation, 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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