Depending on your inventory selection, you may need a few dozen (or even dozens of) suppliers. Sometimes, suppliers will contact you through their sales representatives, but more often--particularly when you're starting out--you'll need to locate them yourself, either at trade shows, wholesale showrooms and conventions, or through buyers' directories, industry contacts, the B2B Yellow Pages and trade journals.

Excerpted from Start Your Own Business: The Only Start-Up Guide You'll Ever Need