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Finding suppliers

Question
How do I find suppliers, manufacturers and distributors with whom I can work in my business? 
Answer
Every industry has players whose business models are designed to serve companies within that industry. Spend time in your industry, with a keen eye on meeting these organizations and their representatives. Evaluate them as potential vendors and resources.

Other resources are:

- The Thomas Register, which lists manufacturers by categories and geographic area.

- The library and the Internet. Spend time performing research to find directories, catalogs and industry trade associations with information on vital resources.

- The phone and email. Contact those you find in your field of interest and use them to help you network with others.

- Trade shows. These are great sources for finding suppliers and their offerings. 
Brain Trust contributor: Author of Instant Profits: Making Your Business Pay
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