Category Archives: April 2012 Contest

The Winner of April 2012’s Supplier Spotlight Contest is…

The Supplier Spotlight Contest: Real Ideas from Real Small Business Owners. The SPOTLIGHT contest keeps getting more exciting each month. April saw 10 entries to the contest, ALL from 1st-time contestants! Last night at about 7:30PM EDT, as most of … Continue reading

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April 2012: Vote for The Supplier Spotlight Contest NOW!

The Supplier Spotlight monthly SBE contest is sponsored by Supplier-Connection – An initiative of major US companies committed to spending more with US-based small businesses. Greetings to all SBEs… While I was preparing this month’s contest entries – a record … Continue reading

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Entry # 10: Think Outside the (Shoe) Box

A good customer came to our office and asked if I knew anyone who could make custom shoe box sleeves.  He said he knew I couldn’t produce them because my press couldn’t handle big enough sheet sizes. He looked stressed … Continue reading

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Entry #9: Growing By Helping SBEs Build a Credit Profile

All newly open SBEs need a positive credit profile in order to secure loans and grants to build their business.  In order to make this a reality you need a positive reporting history from the three main credit bureaus, I call “THE BIG … Continue reading

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Entry #8: Connect, Divide and Conquer!

As the creators of a full line of multifaceted gloves for construction, home and garden use, we are in an extremely competitive segment, so we need to make sure we differentiate ourselves from the pack. We’ve been very successful leveraging … Continue reading

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Entry #7: 4 Ways to Leverage Technology for Free

These are a few of the resources we use to stay efficient and innovative: 1)     Use http://www.freeconference.com for FREE conference calling.  We all still have conference calls; why not make them for free? It’s a great way to collaborate with … Continue reading

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Entry #6: Are You in the WOW Business?

We’re told to always have an “elevator speech” ready to deliver at a moment’s notice. I didn’t know what an “elevator speech” was until I heard it at a seminar many years ago. It’s a 60 second pitch (the length … Continue reading

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