The Winner of The October 2013 Supplier Spotlight Contest is…

October was a fantastic month for the Supplier Spotlight contest! It was a very close race, with the top two small businesses helping to drive record breaking traffic to the blog.

Records Broken
Most contest votes in 1 month = 15,909 – Over 1600% higher than previous highs
Most views in 1 day = 3,611 – ~300% higher than previous high, more than our previous record for views in a MONTH!
Most views in 1 month = 10,766 and counting (previous high – 3,592 Apr. 2013)
Avg visits per day = 384 (as of 29Oct.2013) vs. previous high of 120 Apr. 2013]

Without further delay, our big winner is Factory Direct Promos! They shared not one, but five ways to market your small business. One of the ideas was using social media as a way to build relationships in a meaningful way. We think Factory Direct Promos is truly walking the talk. They’re active on several social media channels, including Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. In fact, Shane Shirley-Smith, CMO of Factory Direct Promos, recently participated in a Supplier Connection #ChatSmallBiz on Twitter. The chat featured a panel of experts who discussed ways to use Pinterest for your small business. If you missed it, you can catch the highlights here:  http://bit.ly/1fIxEnn.

We would be remiss if we didn’t mention our runner up, Treasured Prints. Since it was such a close race, we’ll be featuring their business in a special way next month. Stay tuned for more info on that!

-The Supplier Connection Team

Oct. 2013 Poll
The November 2013 contest starts NOW
The Supplier Spotlight contest starts all over again on Friday, November  1st. You can follow @SupplierCon on Twitter for the latest updates.

Need some thought-starters for your entry? Look at how you run your business. Review the innovations you’re deploying that have improved your performance. Consider if those ideas could help fellow small business owners. 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.

Once you have your entry, email it no later than 8:00PM Eastern November 8th to mwolf[at]us.ibm.com. (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.

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.

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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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