July 2012: Vote for The Supplier Spotlight Contest Now!

This small business contest is the real deal. Check out the entries and you’ll know why I tag it “Real ideas for SBEs from SBEs.”  The SPOTLIGHT is a reservoir of fresh ideas.  Do you use them to grow your business?

Check for Supplier-Connection news updates below.

Voting for The Supplier Spotlight June 2012 contest has ended.  Thank you for visiting, please stay around and read some of the entries.

Social media clout took a back seat last month, delivering a winner based on true SBE interest.  Every month drives its own excitement and I’m interested to see how our three July entries fair.

Thanks again to this month’s SBEs for participating:
Entry #1: Keep Your Pitch Simple & Clear | www.universalprinting.com
Entry #2: How to Save Money Under Obamacare | Rastronics Security Solutions
Entry #3: Maximizing Your Emails | http://quezmedia.com

As always, the company with the most votes gets promoted on the Supplier-Connection web portal for the month of August. Voting ends Thursday evening, July 26th at 8:00PM Eastern. Check back often to see what happens this month!

Supplier-Connection SBE Updates:
Join “SBE-Connect” – And Grow Your Social Media Influence
I believe this program is the most important initiative we’ve spearheaded since we launched.  Over 72% of registered SBEs are using social media for their business. And we have a bonafide way to improve your results.

Watch the 3 minute video overview and then click here to read The SBE Lifer blog entry for details on how this program works. We’re only 2% to our goal of 500 connections. I really need your help today to get this moving.

Supplier-Connection 2012 Webinar Series: Knowledge to Succeed
So far this year we’ve produced two webinars: Strategic Sourcing (A two-part webinar held on May 15th & 22nd) and How to Use Facebook to Drive Business Development (a 30+ minute webinar produced with Facebook on June 5th).  The links are posted on the GET CONNECTED page. Our next webinar is planned for mid-September.

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!
Read The SBE Lifer blog post on the SBE-Connect program
Join our LinkedIn Discussion Group
Follow Dan Gallo on Twitter @dnagallo
LIKE Supplier-Connection on Facebook
Visit Supplier-Connection Web Portal

Check out June’s Contest Winner: www.access-receivables.com

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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