The Winner of The August 2013 Supplier Spotlight Contest is…

Greetings all,

This last week of August I’m on vacation with my family. We’re in Belize working with another family to put a roof over a local family’s head… A great time with some real rejuvenation… so I’ll get right to the point!

This month we had 5 entries from 4 new SBE’s, and MGM Speakers Bureau as our only returning SBE entry. With an end-to-end victory, earning more than half of all votes cast, this month’s winner is…

… Entry #1: Developing a Strong SBE Company Culture | HansonEllis.com

Congratulations to HansonEllis.com, and thank you so much to our other SBEs for entering! Without your participation there is simply no contest…

This contest is sponsored by Supplier-Connection, an initiative where a growing number of large member organizations have committed to connect U.S.-based SBEs to their supply chains. Registration is open to all U.S. Small Business Enterprises.

August 2013 Closing PollSupplier Connection SBE Updates

Coming soon from The SBE Lifer: Can You 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!

Check out a guest blog entry from Stephen Jackson, a fellow SBE in our Interviews With Experts #7: where Stephen discusses why he launched the non-profit organization Run2LIVE

The Prize for Winning The Supplier Spotlight Monthly Contest:
In exchange for their efforts, HansonEllis.com has earned the following opportunity to promote their company on Supplier-Connection as the lead SBE through the month of September, and highlighted and the secondary SBE throughout October, too:

– 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 Member Organizations

And finally…
– If HansonEllis.com can attribute any new customer order to this promotion I’ll follow up by interviewing their owner, and post the interview on The SBE Lifer blog.

The September 2013 contest starts NOW!
And, by now, you know The Supplier Spotlight contest starts all over again on August 1st. And with a growing number of large Member Organizations, 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, this is not your chance to submit your company brochure or 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 September 9th. Send them to dangallo@allassogroup.com to qualify for September’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 Tuesday, September 2 to read about the winner of last month’s contest: Hurley Write, 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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