The Winner of the May 2013 Supplier Spotlight Contest is…

Wow–people who run SBEs never cease to amaze me.  After this month got off to a Bad News Bears kind of start, these 3 entries came in the nick of time & made for a pretty respectable contest.  So again: Thanks to the SBEs who entered, and thanks to all of you for dealing with my We need Entries ASAP! emails.

The Winner this month, in a commanding performance, is “Why We Hire Veterans & Students” by Jared Rader from DIAMONDEFENSE!  I think it won because they did an aggressive promotion campaign on social media, but also because the entry touches on something uniquely a part of the American story: Giving people their first (or second) chance–that’s what we’ve always done, and that’s what we should keep doing.

A sincere Thank You to the other companies who entered: Total Webcasting & Enterprise Mobility Management.

This contest is sponsored by Supplier-Connection, an initiative where 20 members have committed to connect U.S.-based SBEs to their supply chains. Registration is open to all U.S. Small Business Enterprises.

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Supplier Connection SBE Updates

New on The SBE Lifer: THE SBE JOURNAL

Do you check back here regularly?  You should! Because I’m always writing.  Read the latest, more personal entry, about taking care of yourself before the stress of your SBE makes you sick: “Where’s the Beef?

And, there’s another post coming this week!  So keep checking in on THE SBE JOURNAL.

Head of the SBA, Karen Mills talks SBE Success on The Washington Post

We just wanted to remind you of 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.

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. A dozen new articles just added, 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.

And Now for Today’s Forecast…

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

The Prize for Winning The Supplier Spotlight Monthly Contest:
In exchange for their efforts, DIAMONDEFENSE has earned the following opportunity to promote their company on Supplier-Connection for the month of June:

– 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 DIAMONDEFENSE can attribute any new customer order to this promotion I’ll follow up by interviewing Dallin Swenson, and post the interview on The SBE Lifer blog.

The June 2013 contest starts NOW!
And, by now, you know The Supplier Spotlight contest starts all over again on June 1st. And with 20 Members, 550+ registered Corporate Buyers, a growing number of registered SBEs, along with our daily Social Media campaign driving more SBEs (follow me http://twitter.com/dnagallo) 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 April 8th. Send them to dangallo@allassogroup.com to qualify for April’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
Small Business AdvocateSupplier Connection
Managing DirectorThe Allasso Group, LLC
Chief Operating Officer, myVRM

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 Saturday, June 1st to read about the winner of last month’s contest: 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 a lot 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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