This is definitely summertime now, my garden is in full bloom and we’re getting ready for “harvesting” first fruits (the plants love it hot & humid!). By the way, how are you dealing with the heat?
The 3 entries in this month’s Contest are like the 3 R’s of Small Business: Clear Communication, Growth, & Elevator Pitches. Less catchy, sure, but definitely indispensable. Here they are:
Entry #1: An Effective Growth Strategy in Less Than 20 Minutes | Clutch Global Logistics
Entry #2: Trouble Communicating? Get Writing! | Hurley Write, Inc.
Entry #3: 5 Tips Every SBE Should Use | US Eco Products Corporation
VOTING IS CLOSED
Thanks for coming! This month’s voting has ended but, please, check out the entries! We’ll reveal the winner by July 31st!
The company with the most votes gets promoted on the Supplier Connection web portal for the month of August. Voting ends Friday evening, July 26th at 8:00PM Eastern. Check back often to see what happens!
Supplier Connection SBE Updates
The SBE Journal keeps growing!
Read the latest entry in The Journal about crowd-funding. It’s part reflection on launching my own project on Kickstarter (autumn rhythm, a documentary about my sister Donna), and part essay on the growing importance of raising capital through crowd-funding, instead of the traditional channels (which really isn’t working for SBEs anymore). I view this as fundamentally critical research. Let me know about your crowd-funding experiences as I’m just climbing up the curve and could use a few tips.
Interviews With Experts #6: Xero Shoes CEO Steven Sashen, former ABC-TV Shark Tank Contestant
This just premiered this week on The SBE Lifer: This interview is literally packed with required learning for SBEs! I talked with Steven for over an hour about everything from mapping your business plan to calculating your valuation to preparing to be on Shark Tank. It’s well worth your time!
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.
5 Simple Steps to Increase Your Social Media Impact (complete with a free download)Available to everyone right here.
Remember, running an SBE is a long, hard journey… stop doing it alone!
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Check out June’s Contest Winner: Innovision Advertising, Inc.
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