When you are meeting up with potential suppliers, bankers, or other key business relations, how do you present your business to them? You could start with a business card, but for heavy duty business relationships (such as a presenting your home-business to a manufacturer’s rep) a Company Information Sheet can really help. Here are some things that should be on your Information Sheet.
- Name & Address of Business
- Phone and Fax
- Business entities if you have multiple
- Date Business Established
- Trade References (usually 3 with addresses and phone numbers)
- Bank References (usually 2 with addresses and phone numbers)
Other items such as Dun & Bradstreet number and Tax ID are also helpful. Often this sheet alone be enough to get you set up with terms with a supplier. At the very least, it will present a one-page overview of your company. Because of the information in this document, you should consider it sensitive information and use the ‘confidential’ watermark in your word processor when printing them out.
These Company Information Sheets should be part of your arsenal when you attend trade shows or wholesale merchandise marts.