Vote Now for The July 2013 Supplier Spotlight Contest!

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.

Read Crowd-Funding “autumn rhythm” – My Kickstarter Experience (so far)

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!

Watch PART I / Watch PART II

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.

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

Dan Gallo
SBE Advocate, Supplier-Connection
Chief Operating Officer, myVRM
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 June’s Contest Winner: Innovision Advertising, 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.

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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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