Vote Now for The August 2013 Supplier Spotlight Contest!

Everybody’s already talking about the end of Summer, so I guess I will too: How was yours? Time seems to slip by too quickly when we let it, so I want to know: How was your SBE’s summer vacation?

We’ve got 5–count’em, 5!–entries for you, and they’re all big-picture schemes: We’ve got ways to create a solid company culture, Social Media as an extreme-weather life-preserver, as well as an almost haiku-like defense plan against crippling overhead.  It’s all here, just for your voting pleasure:

Entry #1: Developing a Strong SBE Company Culture | Hanson Ellis
Entry #2: 4 Ways to Promote Innovation and Create EfficienciesOrganizational Sciences and Culture, Inc.
Entry #3: SANDY and Social Media | KJN Arts
Entry #4: Keep Your Overhead Under Control | Millbrook Enterprise
Entry #5: Raise Your Expectations and Begin Thinking BIG! | MGM Speakers Bureau


Voting has Closed!
Why not stick around and read the entries?

The company with the most votes gets promoted on the Supplier Connection web portal for the month of September. Voting ends Monday evening, August 26th at 8:00PM Eastern. Check back often to see what happens!

Supplier Connection SBE Updates

August 13th: Supplier Connection Twitter Chat with NMSNetwork
Join us August 13th at 1PM EST for a Twitter Q&A-style chat with the National Military Spouse Network (NMSN). Supplier Connection and NMSN share common goals of supporting small businesses and economic development in the U.S.  This #ConnectBizTwitter chat will be a Q&A session where small businesses can ask questions and get instant answers from the experts about Supplier Connection and the National Military Spouse Network.

You can join the Twitter chat by using the #ConnectBiz hashtag, or log onto Twubs to follow along and participate. Save the date! Register for a calendar reminder here:

Coming soon from The SBE Lifer: How to Crowd-Fund Your SBE
My last post on The SBE Journal details my experience at crowd-funding through Kickstarter. The lessons I learned apply to running a small business.  The days of walking into a bank and walking out with a loan are over, but the days of crowd-funding (or crowd-investing) early-stage start-ups and expansions are just beginning.  So, much like my 5 Simple Steps to Increase Your Social Media ImpactI’m in the early stages of writing another free primer on how you can crowd-fund your SBE–stay tuned!

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

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Check out July’s Contest Winner: HurleyWrite, 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 lifelong entrepreneur, starting/running businesses since I sold seeds door-to-door when I was 7 in The Bronx. I've been playing guitar and enjoying the game of baseball since I was 5 (born a NY Yankees fan). I married Kim in 1983 & we have two sons; Daniel's a real smart, insightful & well read musician ( and Adam is a brilliant senior @ Brooklyn College double majoring in creative writing/literature & anthropology. Since 2002, one of the things we love to do together is go on service & missions trips to Belize. We've collectively spent over 60 weeks in Belize & I serve on the Board for the missions organization ( focused on Belize. I started my 1st company in January 1985, and other than selling a company in 1999 and running it for a multi-billion dollar company for 2 years before buying it back, I've been self-employed. I sold my last company, Mentor Communications Group, in 2004 and after 2 years with the acquiring company I left and started The Allasso Group, LLC doing Sales Strategy & Business Development, Marketing Communications, Social Media since April 2006. Although I'm still contracted by Supplier-Connection as their Small Business Advocate, I recently was contracted to run a software company I enjoy consulting, but it's really great to be running an SBE again.
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