You and a key vendor (Vendor A) conclude that if you work together to create a tailored version of a product/service, both companies will be able to make a lot more money.  So you both invest the time, money, and effort to do that and it starts to pay off. You also agree that Vendor A can’t sell the new product to your competitors in return for your investment in them and your marketing/sales efforts to bring them more business.

Was this a loose strategic alliance?  Or was this a firm joint venture?

Here’s the test.

Your business does well.  You are now attracting even more demanding clientele and you are wondering if Vendor A can keep up with you and your new larger clients. A competitor of Vendor A has approached you and Vendor B’s product seems a lot better. Plus Vendor B’s commitment to growth seems a lot stronger than Vendor A’s.

Should you and can you switch vendors? Ethically? Legally? Practically?

What did your written agreement with Vendor A say about that?


Aldonna R. Ambler, CMC, CSP has earned the right to be called THE GROWTH STRATEGIST™. She has won over 2 dozen national and statewide “entrepreneur of the year” awards for the resilient growth of her international businesses across 4 recessions.  Her midsized BtoB clients get on…and then stay on…the published lists of the fastest growing privately held companies. She owns and operates a suite of companies that help privately held midsized companies achieve accelerated growth with sustained profitability® through opportunity & resource analysis, 4 approaches to strategic planning, executive advisory services, growth financing, and targeted search.  2012 is Ambler’s 8th year hosting a weekly peer-to-peer-to-peer syndicated on line talk show that features interviews with CEOs/Presidents of midsized companies (typically between $20 and 200 Mil/yr) sharing success tips about the growth strategy-of-the-week. An archive of over 300 interviews is available at She can be reached toll free at 1-888-Aldonna or at   

About Aldonna Ambler:
Known as The Growth Strategist®, Aldonna Ambler built and grew a suite of companies to help midsized B2B companies achieve accelerated growth with sustained profitability® A Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), Ambler has addressed over 2000 audiences and hosted a syndicated online talk show about growth strategies for 9 years. As a growth financing intermediary, Ambler raised over $1 Bil dollars for midsized companies. The winner of over 2 dozen prestigious national and statewide "entrepreneur of the year" awards, Ambler is available to speak about “profitable growth during any economy” and/or serve on the board of a growth-oriented privately-held company.

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