I'm starting a new shop and I'm carefully curating specific products to sell. This means that I have selected a few dropshippers that I want to work with. A few of them require trade references. Since I'm new to this, I don't really have anybody to act as references in this context. Does that mean I need to work with the smaller dropshippers for a while before I can list them as references? If so, how long is normal in this industry? Also, does it work like employment references where I need to ask their permission to use them as a reference before I put them down on applications?