3. Tap supplier diversity programs
Tap supplier diversity programs
If you're a minority-owned business, big companies will teach you how to work with them. Says George Gendron, a board member at Initiative for a Competitive Inner City, a Boston nonprofit: "They don't just help you find large customers but also help you make sure you have the capacity to deliver to them." A corporation that likes doing business with you may help you expand, offering free consulting services, says ICIC vice president Steven Pedigo.

By Verne Harnish, contributor @FortuneMagazine - Last updated April 27 2012: 12:44 PM ET
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