May 2013: Vote Now for The Supplier Spotlight!

Right on the heels of our record-setting month we run smack into struggling for entries (isn’t that just like running an SBE?)! I have a BIG Thank You to all SBEs with 100%  completed applications for enduring my “get out the contest entry” emails.

So, this month we’ve got 3 entries from 3 new-comers to the Contest Arena:  We’ve got valuable insights on embracing the off-site meeting, the trickle-down benefits of professional networking, and a great take on the benefits of hiring Veterans & students.

Entry #1: Embrace The Leading EdgeTotal Webcasting
Entry #2: Network, Network, then Network Some More | Enterprise Mobility Management
Entry #3: Why We Hire Veterans & Students | DIAMONDEFENSE


Thanks for coming! This month’s voting has ended but, please, check out the entries! We’ll reveal the winner by May 30th!

The company with the most votes gets promoted on the Supplier Connection web portal for the month of June. Voting ends Tuesday evening, May 28th at 8:00PM Eastern. Check back often to see what happens!

Supplier Connection SBE Updates

Head of the SBA, Karen Mills talks SBE Success on The Washington Post
We just wanted to alert you to this series of articles Karen has been writing about how American SBEs will see their roles change & evolve in the future economy.  Read our round-up of the articles here.

Since we last spoke, I’ve written 2 more entries in The SBE Journal, one is about how I handle incredibly busy days, and the other is about a big product development effort and the demands that go along with it.  So if you haven’t had a chance to read them, check out the whole Journal here: THE SBE JOURNAL.

Have you used the new Social Media Resource Page yet?
We’ve assembled the best “how to” articles on every major social media platform, curated with the SBE in mind! Articles on Blogging, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc. all in one place–a great resource for you. Click here to read.

Have you read great articles not included in my roundup? Send them to me, my staff and I will read them and post the best ones.  Let’s get involved and help each other out by making this the best curated content on the web about… EVERYTHING Social Media.

6 Ways for Trade Shows to Deliver an ROI

5 Simple Steps to Increase Your Social Media Impact (complete with a free download)Available to everyone right here.

Reminder: Your Supplier Connection Anniversary is coming!
What does that mean for you?  It means you have to do 2 things:  1. Log in at least once every 12 months:  If you don’t, your account (no matter if your application is %100 Complete or not) will be Deactivated.  2. Verify your Company Profile:  Log in to the Supplier Connection portal and verify your Profile within a year of the date you completed it, otherwise your Profile won’t be visible to any buyers.

Do that right now before you forget:

Remember, running an SBE is a long, hard journey… stop doing it alone!

Dan Gallo
SBE AdvocateSupplier-Connection
Chief Operating OfficermyVRM
Managing Director, The Allasso Group, LLC

Let’s connect!
Watch my 1st video blog on Outgrowing Great Employees
Join our LinkedIn Discussion Group
Follow me on Twitter @dnagallo and I’ll follow you back
LIKE Supplier-Connection on Facebook
Visit Supplier-Connection Web Portal

Check out April’s Contest Winner: S.O.F.T. 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 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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