An exciting new opportunity has been created for small business owners. The ability to offer their products or services to large corporations is a big boost to businesses that would otherwise not be able to even put their foot in the doors of big companies.
Supplier Connection, a program recently put into effect by the U.S. Small Business Administration is a program offered by the IBM foundation and was created as a way to improve part of the Obama administration’s American Supplier Initiative. The public-private effort involves 15 major corporations that are willing to consider ordering supplies and services from the small businesses registered with them. The corporations collectively have more than $300 billion in purchasing power.
It is expected that the initiative will grow small businesses, create new jobs and add strength and diversity to America’s supply sources, said SBA administrator Karen Mills.
“While it is clear that becoming a corporate supplier can lead to business growth, breaking in can be a challenge for small businesses,” she said.
The administration recently sent letters to more than 50,000 small businesses outlining the new program and providing tools to smooth entry into the process. Supplier Connection is available to interested small business owners and registration is free online. There, they are able to register their company name and include details about what kind of products they offer. The hope is to provide small business owners an opportunity to become suppliers to larger corporations.
Among the 15 companies that have signed on to the program are Wells Fargo, UPS, Pfizer, Office Depot, Kellogg’s, John Deere, J P Morgan Chase, Dell, Facebook, CitiGroup, Caterpillar, AMD, AT&T, Bank of America and Caterpillar. They have agreed to look at the services and products of small businesses that register online. They then will determine which services or products warrant their financial investment. Small businesses can learn to supply large corporations with their unique offerings.
Small business owners often have no idea how to connect with large corporations and thus never get the chance to get contracts with corporations who have large amounts of capital. This free service can help pull small companies that have real potential into the mainstream of American business and put them on the road to success. The new revenues coming from a business relationship with successful corporations may prove just the needed edge to grow revenue to new levels. On the other side of the coin, the corporations that are purchasing goods and services will have better insights on the pulse of emerging businesses. Everyone wins.
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