The Winner of April 2012’s Supplier Spotlight Contest is…

The Supplier Spotlight Contest: Real Ideas from Real Small Business Owners.

The SPOTLIGHT contest keeps getting more exciting each month. April saw 10 entries to the contest, ALL from 1st-time contestants!

Last night at about 7:30PM EDT, as most of us were thinking about dinner, something crazy was happening on the SPOTLIGHT blog. Contest voting was due to close in 30 minutes and Entry #10 Think Outside the (Shoe) Box was making a ferocious attack on the lead Entry #6 Are You in the WOW Business? had held for most of the contest.

I watched as Page Views grew past our previous record high. I kept refreshing the Poll and Tweeted about the changes:

I refreshed the poll at 7:59:30 and they inched closer! 183-184!  I refreshed once more as the clock hit 7:59:45 – Deadlocked at 185 each!!!! Then one last refresh as the clock hit 8:00PM – 1 new vote appeared & we had a new winner… Congratulations to Entry #10 from Kurt Kubik of Island Pro Digital pulling out a victory in the final seconds!  Crazy! That was as much fun as watching the Yankees beat the Bosox last weekend!

Reminder: This monthly contest is sponsored by Supplier-Connection, an initiative where 16 large companies have committed to making it easier to connect U.S.-based SBEs to their supply chains. Registration is open to all U.S. Small Businesses.

With increased traffic. Increased awareness. Increase exposure. Increased value. The Supplier Spotlight Contest is a real winner.  Don’t miss your opportunity, submit an entry for our May 2012 contest.

Congratulations to all of our 1st-time entrants and please spend some time reading their entries as they all have real value:
Entry #1: Manoj Pujari / Hogai, Inc. / http://hogai.com
Entry #2: Richard A. Satterfield III / Rastronics, Inc. / http://rastronics.org
Entry #3: Elyce Klein / Single Source Telecom / http://singlesourcetelecom.com
Entry #4: Kenny Lee / California Metal / http://californiametal.com
Entry #5: Dave Cady / Puritan Press Inc. / http://puritanpress.com
Entry #6: Bob Moura / Universal Printing & Publishing / http://universalprinting.com
Entry #7: Rodney Marshall / Aldvera / http://aldevra.com
Entry #8: Jinney Briggs / Cestus / http://cestusline.com
Entry #9: Corwin Shorter / Conceptions, LLC /corwin3_80230@yahoo.com
Entry #10: Kurt Kubik / Island Pro Digital / http://islandprodigital.com

In exchange for their efforts, Island Pro Digital has earned the following opportunity to promote their company on Supplier-Connection for the month of May:

– Company logo and links prominently displayed on the Login page (New! Check it out now), highlighted under The Supplier Spotlight banner on the Get Connected page, and links to their profile from the Home Page.
– A 200 word description of their business posted beneath their logo
– The option to write an article on their idea, explaining the value it brought to their company
– A link to their website, Facebook page, Twitter account, company blog(s), etc.
– A link to an online sales presentation with audio
– Link(s) to product videos, commercials, and/or their YouTube channel
– Posted links to white papers they might have written
– A link for interested Member Partners or SBE Suppliers to schedule an online sales meeting
– A promotional email gets sent to all registered buyers from the 16-Member Companies

And finally…
– If Island Pro Digital can attribute any new customer order to this promotion I’ll follow up by interviewing Kurt Kubik, and post the interview on The SBE Lifer blog.

And, by now, you know The Supplier Spotlight contest starts all over again on May 1st. And with 16 Member Companies (more will join in May), a growing number of registered SBEs, along with our daily Social Media campaign driving non-registered SBEs (follow me http://twitter.com/dnagallo)  to The Supplier Spotlight blog; you’ll agree Supplier-Connection is where all SBEs who sell B2B should want to be seen.

REAL ACTION ITEM: Look at how you run your business. Review the innovations you’re deploying that have improved your performance. Write them up and email the best ones to me no later than 8:00PM EDT Monday, May 9th. Send them to dangallo@allassogroup.com and qualify for April’s contest. (For details on how The Supplier Spotlight works, click here.)

Remember… You can’t advertise on the fast-growing Supplier-Connection portal for any amount of money.

No. You cannot.

The only thing we’ll accept is your best ideas.

SBEs are a journey… Be safe!  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 FOLLOW for my SmallBiz focused Twitter feed – @dnagallo
CLICK HERE to JOIN The Supplier-Connection Discussion Group on LinkedIn
CLICK HERE to READ my latest post on The SBE Lifer blog, new post next week!
CLICK HERE to CONNECT with the Supplier-Connection on Facebook – All “Likes” are appreciated!
CLICK HERE to go to Supplier Connection: Visit the Get Connected page before Monday to read about Executive Career Connections, 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.

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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