What do you get when you add six of America’s leading corporations together in an alliance to open their supply chains to small business? As much as $150 Billion in new business opportunities for American small business, that’s what.
In a press release on 9/14/2010, IBM announced that a six company alliance lead by IBM will launch an initiative known as “Supplier Connection” in the first quarter of 2011, opening the doors of these companies combined $150 Billion supply chain needs to American small businesses as new business opportunities.
Key to this opportunity is that Supplier Connection will serve as a free, single tool that small businesses will be able to use to plug into these large companies, find out about purchasing needs, and make their ability known.
These six companies – AT&T, Bank of America, Citigroup, IBM, Pfizer, and UPS – are looking for small businesses like yours:
- Under 500 employees. The goal is to stimulate smaller companies that create jobs.
- For-Profit companies
- Providers of excellent products and services.
- Well run and managed organizations that deliver on their promises.
Best of all, the program will grow! These big six envision growing to as many as 100 of the country’s top firms opening their supply chains to you for your help in filling their needs. That will mean hundreds of millions – billions, even – of new business opportunities over the coming months and the years ahead.
The best part is this new initiative will be a free, one-stop opportunity for you to plug into the supply chains of these organizations to find out what they need and make your abilities and expertise known. Just one web tool for you to use in order to gain access to millions in opportunities across all organizations that participate.
And their need for products and services will be both broad and deep. According to the IBM press release, initial demand will include the need for services, marketing, food, construction, and many more categories.
Here’s the only catch: The program is not launched yet. It’s scheduled to launch in the first quarter of 2011, and that leaves you just enough time to completely forget about this exceptional opportunity. And as of this writing (Sept 2010) there’s not yet a sign-up for more information on the Supplier connection website.
So I’ve taken it upon myself to create a free sign up for alerts about this program. Update: Now that Supplier Connection is live, simply go to:
and sign-up to stay informed about IBM’s Supplier Connection program.
Now, you know what’s coming next, right? My job is to help ensure that your business is one of the top competitors when it’s time for you to compete under Supplier Connection. Dustin Walling Associates is all about making your business stand out from the rest and be the best. So start now to get ready for this great opportunity:
- Take advantage of our free Business Diagnostic Check-up to identify key areas in your business you can improve immediately, and to create your action plan for your to do it.
- Take us up on our offer of a complimentary coaching call about your business.
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