The following article was written by Dan Gallo for the Supplier-Connection initiative launched by Fortune 100 companies committed to increasing their spend with US-based small business to help spur job growth and economic recovery.
Supplier Connection has the potential to become your biggest new business generator. And I want you to leverage it for all its worth.
I’m Supplier Connection’s Social Media Director & Small Business Advocate, and I’m one of you. I’ve been a small business owner since 1985.
People come in all shapes and sizes, with some hard-wired predilections, especially about earning a living.
I believe I was born to run small businesses: Errand-boy for small storefront businesses at seven. Reprimanded by the manager of a newspaper for taking customers from other paperboys at 11. A 15-customer lawn maintenance service at 13. A rock band with notarized contracts at 14. Etc.
It seemed natural when, at 25, married 18 months with a newborn son and a newly mortgaged condo, I grew frustrated with the service quality of my employer and started Corporate Multi-Media, Inc.
The stuff I didn’t know I didn’t know could fill several books. But I had passion in spades, a cast-iron stomach for handling pressure, and $15K borrowed from our families.
Five years later when that business failed, I didn’t run for the security of a paycheck. I started another company with more focused, more profitable services. Too risky? Maybe, but I didn’t hesitate. It’s as if it was ordained.
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