A New Business Model is Working in Maine’s Economy

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One company is demonstrating success by helping other businesses grow.

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...the government can only partially lead the way to economic recovery...

A new business focused on matching experienced salespeople with forward thinking companies is playing a pivotal role in Maine's grass roots economic recovery. Custom Sales Team provides temporary or permanent placement of sales professionals, sales training and trade show support for businesses of all sizes throughout the state.

As part of a growing group of entrepreneurs who feel that the government can only partially lead the way to economic recovery, Shay Bellas and Jeff Ryan co-founded Custom Sales Team. In their prior work with small businesses, they saw many businesses looking for qualified, talented sales people and unsure how to find them. They also knew that talented salespeople can have a dramatic positive effect on a business and that many of them are available and ready to help businesses in their native state.

Based on the idea that finding the right salesperson can be time-consuming, frustrating and intimidating, Custom Sales Team was created to save headaches while increasing revenue potential for small business owners. By representing a stable of experienced, qualified professionals, the company can quickly fill holes in a business’s sales operations. From a one day commitment at a trade show to a seasonal or permanent placement, Custom Sales Team aims to reduce stress while increasing revenue for small business owners. In addition, these professionals can overhaul sales process and customer retention systems to increase efficiency.

An out-of-state trade show is one situation where Custom Sales Team professionals can make all the difference. By sending someone from Maine to represent their company, the managers and owners can stay behind to take care of business. And the sales professional can also provide professional follow-up to close those leads.

“So many small business owners try to do it all themselves, from research and development to overseeing manufacturing, marketing and sales. Finding the right salesperson for a company allows the owner to delegate with confidence and watch sales increase,” explains Custom Sales Team’s Shay Bellas. She continued, “By making connections, by helping entrepreneurs one-by-one, we’re all making more money. And we’re becoming a bigger part of Maine’s improving economy.” Co-founder Jeff Ryan added, “The results are tangible. We recently matched one business with a salesperson from our portfolio, and within three days, the new hire had more than paid for himself. That’s impressive return on investment.”

One of Custom Sales Team's strengths is that their stable of professionals includes people who have proven successful managing national accounts and are ready to lend their considerable sales expertise to companies that are looking to expand regionally or nationally. In addition, Custom Sales Team represents salespeople across a wide spectrum of industries including environmental engineering, medical devices, retail sales, hospitality and many more.

For more information, visit http://www.customsalesteam.com.

Custom Sales Team was founded in Portland, Maine in March of 2010 by Shay Bellas and Jeff Ryan. Bellas and Ryan also co-founded marketing and communications firm 19 Oaks in 2009.

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