The Winner of the December 2012 Supplier Spotlight is…

…and some months you stay home and eat too much.

In this month’s contest, Shopping Days & myriad celebrations aside, we still managed over 800 page views.  In the spirit of the Season, I’m grateful for your continued participation. Next year brings a shift in my contract as I’ll no longer be running Supplier Connection’s webinars. But I’ll still run this contest and function as your SBE Advocate.  Any issues you’d like to bring to my attention?  You can connect with me in many ways: email –, Twitter – @dnagallo, or LinkedIn – The Supplier-Connection Discussion Group.

Again, thank you all for entering, reading & voting.

This month’s winning entry is… “See the Ball, Be the Ball” from Kenneth Stewart, the President of Integrated Security Consultants, Inc.  As you can see below, it won a commanding 76% of the vote, and I think it won because it taps into a universal truth: The mind moves the body to action.  To accomplish what we want, the first thing we’ve got to do is show up dressed for the job.  Nobody gets a paycheck for thinking about trying, right?  And, coming from a small business success story, I think it goes further than just simple bumper-sticker advice.  You can read the entry right here.

Congratulations also to the registered SBEs who, along with Integrated Security Consultants Inc., entered the December contest:  Bowman Tool & Machining Inc., Benefits Connection LLC, 82 South Inc., and YTT Design Solutions.

This contest is sponsored by Supplier-Connection, an initiative where 18 large companies have committed to connect U.S.-based SBEs to their supply chains. Registration is open to all U.S. Small Business Enterprises.

December 2012 Poll Results

Download the 5th Supplier-Connection Webinar Now!
The slides & audio for “Leveraging the Network to Your Benefit” is now available to download over at the Get Connected page.

The Prize for Winning The Supplier Spotlight Monthly Contest:
In exchange for their efforts, Integrated Security Consultants, Inc. has earned the following opportunity to promote their company on Supplier-Connection for the month of January:

– Company logo and links prominently displayed on the Dashboard (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
– 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 18-Member Companies

And finally…
– If Integrated Security Consultants, Inc. can attribute any new customer order to this promotion I’ll follow up by interviewing Kenneth Stewart, and post the interview on The SBE Lifer blog.

The January 2013 contest starts NOW!
And, by now, you know The Supplier Spotlight contest starts all over again on January 1st. And with 18 Member Companies, 500+ registered Corporate Buyers, a growing number of registered SBEs, along with our daily Social Media campaign driving more SBEs (follow me to The Supplier Spotlight blog; you’ll agree Supplier-Connection is where all SBEs who sell B2B should want to be seen.

ACTION ITEM: Look at how you run your business. Review the innovations you’re deploying that have improved your performance. Remember, your entry is not your chance to sell your service, it’s about sharing ways you improve your company’s performance. Write them up and email the best ones to me no later than 8:00PM Eastern January 10th. Send them to and qualify for January’s contest. (For details on how The Supplier Spotlight works, click here.)

Remember… You can’t 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… 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 blog: The SBE Lifer
CLICK HERE to LIKE Supplier-Connection on Facebook
CLICK HERE to go to Supplier-Connection: Visit the Get Connected page before Wednesday, January 2nd to read about the winner of last month’s contest: ES Consulting, Inc.

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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