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Universal Printing: Supplier‐Connection Supplier of the Month

Link to Supplier Connection articleIn August 2012, Universal Printing takes the national stage to become the Featured Supplier of the Month for Supplier-Connection, an economic growth initiative launched by the IBM International Foundation.

From their website: “The promotion and growth of small businesses have been identified as crucial components to improving the economic vitality of the United States. Giving small businesses the opportunity to market their goods and services to supply chains of large companies could potentially serve as a key source of revenue to be leveraged for expansion and job creation.

That's why a consortium of large companies has formed to build Supplier-Connection, a free, Web-based portal that allows small businesses to more easily apply to become suppliers to large companies.”

Supplier-Connection began as combined undertaking of six large corporations: AT&T, Bank of America, Citigroup, Pfizer, and UPS, with IBM spearheading the effort.  Since their inception in October 2011, the likes of John Deere, Kellogg’s, Wells Fargo, and Dell joined a network of almost 400 registered buyers.

Universal Printing joined the network of registered suppliers in April 2012 with an early entry into the April Supplier Spotlight contest (updates available through twitter as #Spotlight).  This first outing resulted in an honorable 2nd place, losing by a single vote.  Universal’s second attempt to be featured ended in a landslide 70% of the vote during the July Supplier Spotlight contest. 

Dan Gallo, Managing Director at The Allasso Group, and Social Media Director & Small Business Advocate for Supplier-Connection notes  “Bob Moura, President of Universal Printing, is passionate about how to present your company to prospects and it shows!”   In a phone interview, Dan states “Supplier-Connection is a strong resource for small businesses to get noticed and a very large field. Universal (Printing) has a great opportunity to use this platform to reach an audience of buyers who are wanting to increase their spend with smaller businesses.  IBM, just as an example, increased their spend with small businesses by over $400,000 last year alone.  This is a trend we expect to see continue, and companies like Universal Printing can play a huge role in creating and promoting awareness.”

For more information about Universal Printing and any of their products and services, visit www.universalprinting.com or call 919-361-5809



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