The Winner of May 2012 The Supplier Spotlight Contest is…

Another month, another valuable contest!  Real ideas for SBEs from real SBEs!

This month congratulations go out to Entry #1Breaking Down the Great Dividesubmitted by Stephen Peters of Emperor Marketing for a decisive victory!

Kudos to second place Entry #5 from Kate Thorne Meyers, of Brown & Meyers, Incwho delivered a valuable entry titled The Framework for Innovation.

And, you’ll find third place Entry #4 from Karen Wales of ISC Technology titled: Help Your Team Become Goal-Directed another topic worthy of your time.

The Supplier Spotlight monthly #SmallBiz Contest from Supplier-Connection

This monthly contest is sponsored by Supplier-Connection, an initiative where 17 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.

Important Change to The Supplier Spotlight Contest
Beginning June 2012 we’re changing the number of entries from “up to ten” to “up to five” entries each month. This will make the contest even more competitive.

Every month I see ideas that can help hundreds of SBEs become more efficient, drive sales and increase profitability. I hope you’re reading these entries!
Entry #1: Breaking Down the Great Divide
Entry #2: Know Your Customer
Entry #3: Cover Your Assets
Entry #4: Help Your Team Become Goal-Directed
Entry #5: The Framework for Innovation
Entry #6: Putting It All “On the Line”
Entry #7: Secondary Services Can Drive Core Business
Entry #8: THE Ingredient for SBE Success
Entry #9: Creating an Environment to Succeed

As the contest winner, Emperor Marketing has earned the following opportunity to promote their company on Supplier-Connection:
– Company profile displayed on the “Dashboard” page, the Get Connected page, and the Home Page
– A 200 word description of their business
– A link to their website, Facebook page, Twitter account, company blog(s), etc.
– Link(s) to white papers, product videos, commercials, and/or their YouTube channel
– A promotional email gets sent to all registered buyers from the 17 Member Companies

And more! Plus…
– If Emperor Marketing can attribute a new order to this promotion I’ll interview Stephen Peters and post the interview on The SBE Lifer blog.

The Supplier Spotlight contest starts all over again on June 1st don’t miss your opportunity to submit an entry in June’s contest. And with 17 Member Companies, a growing number of registered SBEs, and our daily Social Media campaign (follow me driving more SBEs to The Supplier Spotlight blog; you’ll agree Supplier-Connection is a great place to be seen.

ACTION ITEM: Review the innovations you deploy – programs that improve your performance. Write them up and email the best ones to me no later than 8:00PM EDT Monday, June 9th. Send them to and qualify for April’s contest. (For details on how The Supplier Spotlight works, click here.)

No one can advertise on the 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 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 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 coming next week!
CLICK HERE to CONNECT with the Supplier-Connection community 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 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, 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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