The Winner of The September 2013 Spotlight Contest is…

Greetings!

It is with a bit of a heavy heart I tell you that this month, the contest I conceived and ran since its inception, will be my last as Supplier Connection’s Voice of Small Business.  Don’t fear: You can always find me on Twitter, the Supplier Connection Discussion Group on LinkedInFacebook, and of course, The SBE Lifer! Plenty of places to exchange views on running a small business.

And no need to panic, the Contest continues! IBM’s Social Business Manager, Meghan Wolf will be taking over running the contest from here-on-out. I can assure you The Supplier Spotlight Contest will continue!

With all of that being said, here’s my final big reveal:  The Winner of The Supplier Spotlight Contest this month is…

… Entry #5: Serve What You Do Best by Nick Mohamed from CLR Auto Transport!

As always, congratulations to CLR Auto Transport, and a heartfelt thanks to the other SBEs who took the time to submit their entries this month.  Although I say something similar most every month, it’s true: this contest is for SBEs who believe in the power of being a Small Business Enterprise and sharing experiences with other SBEs.

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.

Sept. 2013 Poll

Supplier Connection SBE Updates

3 New Entries on The SBE Lifer
I hope you’ll take the time to check out the new entries on my small business blog: The SBE Lifer–my aim is to cover a wide variety of issues I know small businesses face every day, for instance:

Business Fundamentals #1: Do What You Promise

Are You Investing or Gambling on Your Future?

Will Your Prospect Ever Become a Customer?

The Prize for Winning The Supplier Spotlight Monthly Contest:
In exchange for their efforts, CLR Auto Transport has earned the following opportunity to promote their company on Supplier Connection as the lead SBE through the month of October, and highlighted and the secondary SBE throughout November, 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 CLR Auto Transport 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 October 2013 contest starts NOW!
And, by now, you know The Supplier Spotlight contest starts all over again on October 1st. And with a growing number of large Member Organizations, 500+ registered Corporate Buyers, a growing number of registered SBEs, along with a 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 October 8th. Send them to mwolf@us.ibm.com to qualify for October’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

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, October 1 to read about the winner of last month’s contest: HansonEllis

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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