Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Supplier Connection

The Supplier Connection is a new online tool for to help small businesses sell to large companies. Created by the IBM Foundation, this online portal works like a universal—or common—college application.  You fill in the supplier form once, and then you’re in the supplier databases of all the large companies using the portal.

The Supplier Connection portal is open to U.S. Small Businesses with either less than $50M in Revenue or fewer than 500 employees, and that  that provide the following goods or services:
  • Chemicals
  • Connectivity
  • Construction and Outside Plant work
  • Consulting Services
  • Educational Services
  • Facilities Maint & Design
  • Financial Services
  • Fleet / Auto Parts
  • HR Services
  • I T Products, Services and Maintenance
  • Legal
  • Logistics
  • Marketing communications
  • Market Intelligence / Research
  • MRO / Supplies / Office Supplies
  • Packaging Materials and Services
  • Printed Material and Services
  • Software
  • Security / Security Systems / Security Services
  • Temporary / Complementary / Sub Contractor Workforce
Currently, 15 large companies are participating in Supplier Connection, including Citi, Facebook, and major American manufacturers like John Deere and Caterpillar. The participating companies have a combined supply chain of more than $300 billion, and they are looking to work with more small businesses.

Learn more about and register for the Supplier Connection here.

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