October 2012: Vote for The Supplier Spotlight Contest Now!

Plain and simple: The Supplier Spotlight monthly contest is a great way to promote and improve your Small Business Enterprise (SBE).  Read this month’s five entries and then check out entries from the past 14 months and you’ll understand… these are ideas from SBEs for SBEs.


Voting for The Supplier Spotlight October 2012 Contest has ended, thank you for visiting, please stay around and read some of the entries.


Check for Supplier-Connection news updates below.

A BIG thanks to this month’s SBEs for submitting their entries, as we hit the maximum number of entries for the first time in 4 months!
Entry #1: The Value of Customer Testimonials | Holloway House Productions
Entry #2: Grade Your SBE Like Your Customers Do | Telemark LLC
Entry #3: 5 Time & Money Saving Tips for Meetings | Get Mtgs
Entry #4: Leverage New Technologies to Increase Capabilities & Cut Costs | Chris Strom LLC
Entry #5: Don’t Commit to Unrealistic Deadlines | Advanced Information Services Inc.

As always, the company with the most votes gets promoted on the Supplier-Connection web portal for the month of November. Voting ends Monday evening, October 28th at 8:00PM Eastern. Check back often to see what happens this month!

Supplier-Connection SBE Updates

Supplier-Connection 2012 Webinar Series: Knowledge to Succeed
NEW! In a few weeks our next webinar will be hosted by member companies Caterpillar and Kellogg on Wednesday, October 24th at 1:00PM Eastern “Diversity Certifications & Growing Your SBE”.  The links to previous webinars are posted on the GET CONNECTED page on the Supplier-Connection portal.

Read the Supplier-Connection 2Q2012 Report Card
Now available to everyone!  Get an in-depth look at what we’ve accomplished to date here.

LAST CHANCE! Join “SBE-Connect” – And Grow Your Social Media Influence
When I launched this program I thought it’d be the most important initiative we’ve spearheaded since we launched.  Especially since over 72% of registered SBEs are using social media for their business. And we have a bonafide way to improve your results. However, heading into our 5th month we’ve had very little SBE participation. If we don’t have 100 SBEs register by November 10th we’re going to end the program.

Watch the 3 minute video overview and then click here to read The SBE Lifer blog entry for details on how this program works. Remember we need you to sign up or we’ll need to end the program!

Remember, running an SBE is a long, hard journey… stop trying to do it alone!

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

Let’s connect!

Watch my 1st video blog on Outgrowing Great Employees
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 September’s Contest Winner: Carmazzi Global Solutions

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.


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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