Too often, providers want to go from first contact to closing the sale with a school. Then when the sale does not go through they wonder “well, what happened, everything seemed to be going good!?” But why wasn’t it going great? I’ll tell you…you didn’t take the time to build the relationship. There's no connection from an introduction. Truthfully how can there be when there was no time taken to cultivate the relationship. In the building process you allow room for the school to establish a respect for your expertise and develop a trust in your company's capabilities and knowledge.
Obtaining strong relationships with the providers your school partners with for products and services can sometimes be difficult. Vendors should truly be thought of as partners in helping to reach your outcomes at your school. Everything from the company you contract with for janitorial services to your accounting firm - are all equally important for your school to achieve its mission. Below is a list of the top 5 things to think about when walking through the process of choosing the best provider to meet the needs for your school. All providers should be ready and willing to be a true partner!