A good supplier can be an invaluable business partner.
So you've decided to start your own business. One issue you now need to consider is whether you'll be dealing with suppliers of any kind in order to effectively provide your product or service.
Choosing the ideal suppliers requires legwork, along with a bit of intuition and luck. Because suppliers can significantly impact your business's reputation, you don't want to rush into long-term business relationships on a whim. Take the time to compare the prices and offerings of various suppliers.
A good place to start is with a standard reference book such as the Thomas Register of American Manufacturers (available at your local library, or on the Internet at http://www.thomasregister.com), which includes listings for vendors of countless items from all over the world. You should also contact business owners running ventures similar to the one you are starting to learn what kind of suppliers they require and the names of those who currently serve their needs.
Because there's no foolproof selection method that applies to all situations, our Building Blocks entrepreneurs are back to share their stories of how they found the right suppliers.