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Need a Supplier?

You’ve heard it said before “you are only as good as your weakest supplier”.  Do you have a new product, service or process for which you could use a new supplier?   Do you need to decrease your supplier risk by adding some additional suppliers?  Are your current suppliers doing you justice? 

Once you ask yourself these questions, you may find yourself interested in considering new or additional suppliers. 

Will your company be charged anything for this service?  No, there are no charges or costs associated with this service.

Where do you begin this process?  How do you let potential suppliers know what your needs are? 

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A good place to start is your Kentucky Manufacturing Extension Partner.  Advantage Kentucky Alliance (AKA) is the Manufacturing Extension Partner for the commonwealth of Kentucky.  Since we work with manufacturers all over the state, and since we are partners with MEP’s all over this glorious nation, we can reach potential suppliers from all over the state and even the U.S. 

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AKA has just modified its Supplier Sourcing process to make it very simple and easy to use.  You can find our Supplier Sourcing on our homepage, advantageky.org.  It is at the top left of the page (most likely the first place to which your eyes will be drawn.  This is what it looks like:

To get the ball rolling you need merely go to our AKA website, advantageky.org, and click under “Need a Supplier?”  This will take you to a very short and sweet form to let us know your need and how to contact you. Keep in mind that there are no costs for this service and, If you don’t believe that the process is short and sweet, try it now: advantageky.org.

Once you have completed that simple form, you will receive an email confirming that we got your request.  AKA’s Marketing Specialist will then contact you to get any additional information about your supplier need.  (You can even respond to the initial email with files and documents for your need.)    

We will then add your need to a list of posted needs also on our website.  This list will include your contact information so that the potential suppliers can contact you directly.  You do not need to worry about your need getting lost in the bureaucracy or multifaceted communication stream…

We will leave your need posted on this list for at least 2 months, unless you ask for it to be removed at a different date. 

Matching manufacturers with suppliers is one of the many services that AKA offers.  Check us out today at advantageky.org.  Or, you can call Kurt Felten, AKA’s Marketing Specialist at (606) 620-0076 to find out more about our Supplier Sourcing program or any of the manufacturing benchmark programs that are offered by Advantage Kentucky Alliance.

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