May 2012: Vote for The Supplier Spotlight Contest Now!

On the heels of a record setting April SPOTLIGHT contest that saw the winning vote placed with seconds to go, May’s contest sports 9 new contenders.  And there’s a lot at stake as the winner has more exposure on Supplier-Connection than ever.

Besides the GET CONNECTED page & a link on the Home Page, the winner’s profile shows up on EVERY landing page after a user login. Check out my login page (notice my Application is 100% Complete – more on that below):

Voting for the May 2012 SPOTLIGHT Contest has ended.

The Supplier Spotlight Monthly SBE contest is sponsored by Supplier-Connection – An initiative of major US companies committed to spending more with US-based small businesses.

Please make sure to read the entries by clicking on the links on the right side of the blog before you vote here:


May 15th Webinar – 2:00PM Eastern

“The Fundamentals of Strategic Sourcing” led by IBM

Twitter Event Hashtag: #SCW1

On May 3rd every Supplier-Connection registered SBE received an email invitation to join us for the May 15th webinar. A reminder email is scheduled to be sent out by EOB Friday, May 11th.  For the webinar’s agenda please click here.

Who should attend: Registered SBEs who sell to Large Companies and want a better understanding of Purchasing/Procurement trends and how they affect their company.

Mark your calendar for these scheduled webinars:
May 22nd, 2:00PM EDT: The Fundamentals of Strategic Sourcing (Part 2), led by IBM
June 5th, 2:00PM EDT: How to Use Facebook to Drive Business Development, led by Facebook

A Brief Site Registration Statistical Review

I was checking out the site activity this week and thought I’d mention some alarming statistics:

53% of SBEs who registered have never filled out the Supplier Application: They are Not Visible to Buyers
2% of SBEs who signed up, never activated their registration: They are Not Visible to Buyers

The corporate Buyers of the 17 members (a new company just signed up, announcing next week!), controlling $Billions in spending do not even know 55% of the SBEs who heard about the initiative and took the action to sign up even exist! In other words: because they never filled out the application, when a Buyer does a search for a new SBE supplier they will never be included, they will never be contacted, the will never get an opportunity to win new business.

A Lotto commercial in NY comes to mind: You gotta be in it to win it!

How many of the 55% are even aware there’s an application and they’re not even being considered for new opportunities?  If you are one of the 1,800+ invisible SBEs contact the Supplier-Connection Help Desk and get started ASAP! For help you can email: info@supplier-connection.net, or call them at (877) 808-6510 (M-F, 8:30 am – 8:30 pm EDT).

Don’t delay. The application takes 25 minutes if you’re organized, 45 minutes if you’re not! A small price to pay for big potential!

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As always, the company with the most votes gets promoted on the Supplier-Connection web portal for the month of June.

Voting ends Monday evening, May 28th at 8:00PM EDT! Last month’s voting went down to the wire as we even broke site visitation records—check back often to see what happens this month!

Remember, running an SBE is a journey… you don’t have to do it alone!

Dan Gallo
Social Media Director & Small Business Advocate, Supplier-Connection
Managing Director, The Allasso Group, LLC

Let’s connect!
Join our LinkedIn Discussion Group
Follow Dan Gallo on Twitter @dnagallo
Read The SBE Lifer Blog Posts
LIKE Supplier-Connection on Facebook
Visit Supplier-Connection Web Portal
Read About April’s Contest Winner: Island Pro Digital

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.

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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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