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SonicWALL Benefit Update May 15, 2009

Posted by Jim Locke in Alerts, Benefits.
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We were recently advised by Securematics (our fulfillment partner for Sonicwall products) that Sonicwall has changed SMBTN’s partner status from Silver Partner to Approved. At this point we are not clear on the reason for this modification. We are working diligently with our representatives at Securematics to rectify this issue and have submitted updated sales statistics to Sonicwall that document the contributions made by SMBTN members over the term of our relationship. 

Historically speaking, it was Sonicwall who proposed this partnership to the SMB Technology Network nearly five years ago and it has been wildly successful. In just the first quarter of 2009 (despite the current economy), SMBTN members sold over $46,000 of Sonicwall products and services to their clients. Hence, we hope to resolve this matter with them quickly in a manner that is beneficial to all parties.

We will continue to provide you with updates on this matter as they become available. In the interim, I encourage you to voice your concern about the program with your representative at Sonicwall or Securematics or post your comments here. If you have any specific questions about this matter, please do not hesitate to contact SMBTN Member Services.

SMBTN Organizing New Chapters May 15, 2009

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The SMB Technology Network is seeking members interested in joining two new chapters forming in Philadephia, PA, and Phoenix, AZ, as well as, a chapter recently launched by Rick Bahl in the Chicago area. If you are interested in participating in any of these new chapters, we encourage you to contact SMBTN Member Services so they can put you in touch with the Chapter President.

SMBTN is working to develop new chapters in other areas of the country, as well. If you are interested in forming an SMBTN Chapter, here is what you need to do:

  1. Contact SMBTN Member Services and let them know that you want to start a chapter in your area. They can provide you with a list of SMBTN members to get your chapter started, as well leads on speakers, vendors and a host of other resources.
  2. Find a location for your meetings (preferably one that offers food and has Internet access). Some chapters meet at restaurants, others are hosted by vendors like Microsoft or meet at training facilities.
  3. Hold a meeting to get your chapter organized. Note that in order to be recognized as a chapter of SMBTN, you must meet each month and have a minimum of four members. SMBTN can provide membership information and other resources for this meeting.
  4. Provide your information about your new chapter to SMBTN. Specifically, we need to know what you want to call the chapter (e.g. SMB Technology Network of Greater Chicago, IL, Chicago SMB IT Pros, etc.); the date,  time  and location of your meetings, and; a designated chapter contact person (along with their e-mail and phone number).

Note that, in appreciation of their service as a chapter leader, SMBTN provides its Chapter Presidents with a free business membership in the SMB Technology Network.

SMBTN is also working on new resources for Chapter Presidents that should be available in the next 60 days. Stay tuned for more on this coming soon!