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How To: Find Suppliers

Seeking suppliers? Our 11-step plan makes it simple.

This story appears in the October 1998 issue of Business Start-Ups magazine.

Some of Jim Daigle's best friends are his suppliers. Daigle's company, Energy $aver$ of America in Houma, Louisiana, manufactures and distributes building insulation made from recycled aluminum film and polyethylene. "I've been doing this for 18 years," Daigle notes. "After a while, you get to know your suppliers. You want to be on good terms with them."

Like good friends, good suppliers are often hard to find and require effort to cultivate and keep. First, the new owner needs to know where to look for suppliers and vendors and what to look for.

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