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Make Recurring Revenue With SonicWALL GMS October 26, 2009

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VALogoFrom time to time, Virtual Administrator holds webinars about their products and how you can use them to generate recurring revenue. Their next webinar is this Tuesday, October 27th, at 2pm EST. They will be discussing their hosted SonicWALL Global Management System (GMS for short) and how you can use it to generate revenue. Jan Sijp from SonicWALL will be our guest presenter. Feel free to join us by going to https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/803176467  and registering for the event.

I would also like to take this opportunity to intoduce you to Paul Barnett, the Marketing Director for www.VirtualAdministrator.com, an SMBTN Partner. Over the coming months, Paul hopes to familiarize you with Virtual Administrator and how they can help you grow your business. He will also offer you some bits of information and advice on how to effectively manage and market your enterprise. Finally, he will be following this blog and will answer as many questions as he can. So I encourage you to post your comments and ask him anything you like. If you would like to contact Paul directly, you can e-mail him at paul@VirtualAdministrator.com. In the meantime, I hope you will  join me in welcoming Paul and Virtual Administrator to the SMB Technology Network.

Regards,

Jim Locke
SMB Technology Network
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netCIO Adds $5000 To Bottom Line with Hosted VOIP Solution September 20, 2009

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netciovirtual50Jeff Adzima of netCIO in San Diego, California, was looking for a voice-over-IP solution that he felt confident about recommending to his clients and would  enhance his bottom line. Specifically,

I was looking for a VOIP solution that was easy to sell, works as sold, makes sense for the client, has easy onboarding and easy transitioning from the old and has good client support on the back end. Speakeasy delivers it all. The bonus is the commission structure for SMBTN members. I get 10% monthly of the total service I sell, plus an in house system with the same savings. It’s kind of a no-brainer.

The result of his affiliation with SMBTN and Speakeasy was an addition of approximately $5000 in recurring revenue that was added to netCIO’s bottom line in 2008. Best of all, under the terms of SMBTN’s agreement with Speakeasy, netCIO will continue to receive these commissions for as long as their client continues service. Speakeasy offers the same commission structure to SMBTN members throughout the United States on DSL, T1, Business Ethernet, SIP Trunking, Hosted VOIP and more. “The average SMBTN member engaged in our Speakeasy program, earns about $450 in commissions each month,” according to Marilyn Locke, Member Services Manager for SMBTN.

However, we all know that none of this makes much difference if the service is lousy or you can’t get the support you need when you need it. Jeff says his clients have been very happy with the service they received from Speakeasy but we wanted to know what his personal experience has been like. Here is what he said:

It’s excellent. They are with you every step of the way. They send me demo equipment that I can bring to the client and setup and they will do a webinar at the same time. Their engineers are awesome and step you through the setup. After support is as good with instantaneous email and phone support.

Are you interested in adding some recurring revenue to your bottom line? If so, you have a great opportunity to get certified to sell and install the Speakeasy VOIP solution in a single day (usually a 2-day class) at SMB Nation on October 1, 2009.

Register TODAY for Speakeasy VOIP Certifation Pre-Day

Last Chance to Register for SMB Nation for SMBTN Rate of $399 September 18, 2009

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Friday, September, 18, 2009, is your last opportunity to sign up for SMB Nation for the special SMBTN rate of $399.

We also want to bring to your attention two special pre-day training events:

Trend Micro SMB Security Certification – This is your opportunity to be amongst the first of your peers to be certified under the new security certification program that SMBTN has been working with Trend Micro on for over a year. Free one day certification.

Speakeasy VOIP Certification – Did you know the average SMBTN member participating in our program with Speakeasy earns over $450 per month in recurring revenue? This is your chance to get sertified to sell Speakeasy VOIP, T1, DSL and other services. This program alone can pay for your trip to Vegas. We also got the folks at Speakeasy to cram two days of content into a single day.

So don’t delay, sign up for SMB Nation Today at:
https://www.regonline.com/SMBNationFall09

If you have any questions, please call SMBTN Member Services at (888) GO-SMBTN or send an e-mail to MemberServices@SMBTN.org.

One More Chance to Attend SMB Nation for $399 September 2, 2009

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Due to the excellent response we received on the block of tickets we purchased for SMB Nation on behalf of our members, we have purchased an additional block of tickets and expanded our involvement in the event. Specifically, we will be co-sponsoring the following two pre-day certification training events:

  • Trend Micro’s Worry-Free Security Certification Training
  • Speakeasy VOIP Certification

SMBTN Business and Community members in good standing may register for either of these pre-day events and still get the SMBTN price of $399 for SMB Nation Fall 2009 if you register by midnight on September 18, 2009.

Click Here to Register for this Event. Space is limited so don’t delay! You must act before September 18, 2009 to take advantage of this offer.

We hope you will consider joining us for SMB Nation Fall 2009. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact SMBTN Member Services.

Speakeasy VOIP Certification offered at SMB Nation September 2, 2009

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speakeasyWant to show a return on your investment in SMB Nation? Here is an easy way to do it. Sign up for the 1-day Speakeasy VOIP Certification pre-day on October 1.  Each month, SMBTN sends its participating Business Members thousands of dollars in commissions for Speakeasy voice and high-speed Internet services. Speakeasy has been continuously ranked amongst the top ISP’s in the country in customer satisfaction. Commissions are paid to business members in good standing for as long as the customer maintains service with Speakeasy. Its a great way to build quality services and recurring revenues into your business model.

Speakeasy’s Certified Voice Partners are trained experts in Voice sales and installation, delivering market-leading telecommunications services to their small business clients while generating additional revenues for their own firms. Training will include a comprehensive overview of Speakeasy’s products and services, coverage of Speakeasy network advantages and Voice selling skills, as well as installation and configuration of IP Phones and Routers.

Register for the training TODAY!

Join Harry Brelsford for a Beer in Pasadena September 2, 2009

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Lucky BaldwinsWhether you are local or are braving the smoky skies of Los Angeles for the ITExpo Telephony/VOIP Show, you are invited to join Harry Brelsford, Jay Weiss and a cast of your peers at Luck Baldwin’s Pub in Old Town Pasadena for a beer and some great conversation.

Lucky Baldwin’s is located at:

17 S Raymond Ave
Pasadena, CA 91105-1913
(626) 795-0652
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Attend SMB Nation Fall 2009 for $399! August 3, 2009

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In appreciation of the support our membership has shown us over the past five years, we have obtained a special block of 100 tickets to SMB Nation Fall 2009 that will permit current SMBTN Business and Community members to attend the event for just $399 per person. Note that this is a limited time offer that expires on August 21, 2009 or when our block of tickets is sold out, whichever comes first.

Click Here to Register for this Event. Space is limited so don’t delay! You must act before August 21, 2009 to take advantage of this offer.

We hope you will consider joining us for SMB Nation Fall 2009. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact SMBTN Member Services.

SMBTN/Microsoft SBS 2008 Build Day in Irvine, CA June 11, 2009

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Don’t miss the SMBTN/Microsoft SBS 2008 Build Day.  It’s in Irvine this Saturday, June 13th at the Quickstart facility. If you have not registered for this event but want to attend, you may signup here.

Here’s some further details.  Please read them all.

  1. Registration is at 8:30am ($25 cash onsite)
    1. We have 90 folks registered so please come early
    2. Muffins / Juice / etc will be provided for breakfast
    3. Presentation starts at 9:00am.
    4. No laptop/PC is required of you to bring
      1. The speakers/presentations will be using a central high-powered PC connected to 4 projectors across 2 rooms so everyone can view, learn and ask questions.
      2. You are welcome to bring a laptop loaded with VM if you desire (but not needed).  You can pre-download a trial of SBS 2008 or bring your Action Pack version in to follow along.  However we will be unable to troubleshoot your laptop unique problems.
        1. You though are welcome/encouraged to ask any questions.
        2. Lunch will be provided
        3. If you are sight-challenged, sit in the front of the room to better view the projector wall or you may watch within the room via LiveMeeting on your laptop.
        4. The day is schedule to end around 4:30pm.

 Here is the planned agenda:

Start

End

Topics

8:00 AM

  Doors open

8:30 AM

9:00 AM

Registration / Breakfast

9:00 AM

9:10 AM

Introductions

9:10 AM

9:20 AM

What is Small Business Server 2008?

9:20 AM

9:35 AM

Answering the Answer File

9:35 AM

9:50 AM

Hardware Requirements & Recommendations

9:50 AM

10:00 AM

Network Requirements & Changes from SBS 2003

10:00 AM

10:15 AM

Break

10:15 AM

10:45 AM

Edge Security for SBS 2008 – Amy Babinchak

10:45 AM

11:05 AM

Post Install Tasks & Wizards

11:05 AM

11:35 AM

Management Console

11:35 AM

11:45 AM

Creating Users

11:45 AM

12:00 PM

Computer Connect

12:00 PM

12:15 PM

Heroware

12:15 PM

1:15 PM

Lunch

1:15 PM

1:45 PM

Securing SBS/EBS Networks & Best IT Practices – Dana Epp – MVP

1:45 PM

2:00 PM

Backup – Is the built in tool enough?

2:00 PM

2:20 PM

Migration – What are my options?

2:20 PM

2:35 PM

Break

2:35 PM

3:05 PM

SBS 2008 Q&A – Susan Bradley – MVP

3:05 PM

3:35 PM

Virtualizing SBS

3:35 PM

3:40 PM

Netgear

3:40 PM

3:45 PM

Glen Osako (Microsoft)

3:45 PM

4:00 PM

Survey, Giveaways & Closing

 Location:         QuickStart Training Facility

                        16815 Von Karman Avenue, Suite 100

                        Irvine, CA 92606

                        (1/4 mile south of Tustin District – old Helicopter base)

                        NOTE: The building sets back about 200 ft from the road

Attend SMB Nation Spring for $199 April 22, 2009

Posted by Jim Locke in Alerts, SMB Nation, SMB Summit.
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sm_jwlWe have received a great deal of community and vendor support following our recent announcement postponing SMB Summit. Few have been more supportive than Harry Brelsford at SMB Nation. Harry and I both agree that now is the time for us to unite as a community, not to fall apart. Hence, I will be attending SMB Nation Spring and am encouraging you to take Harry up on this very special offer to SMBTN members to attend SMB Nation Spring for the alumni rate of $199. Register NOW using discount code SMBTN.

The 4th annual SMB Nation Spring show is less than a month away, so sign-up now for this “SMB Technology Makeover Weekend.” You will leave with immediately useful information to increase your earnings.

Think of this event, held at an amazing college campus conference facility just outside NYC, as the weekend “Executive MBA” program for the “rest of us”. Below you will find specific content and speaker information but visit smbnation.com to learn much more about this event, our complete offering and agenda.

Here is the content session lineup offering over 20+ academic lectures over three days at the 4th Annual SMB Nation Spring conference:

GeekSpeak

1. Why Cloud Computing is the Future for Small Businesses
2. Leveraging Windows Essential Server Solutions to Enhancing Remote Productivity
3. Small Business Server 2008 Secrets
4. Essential Business Server 2008 Secrets
5. Migration Techniques for 2008 Platforms
6. Microsoft Voice and Unified Communications
7. Microsoft Response Point Secrets (Including Service Pack 2.0!)
8. GeekSpeak Panel MVP and VIPs
9. Group Policy in SBS 2008
10. Taking Unified Communications One Step at a Time
11. Making Mobility Happen – A Multi-Vendor Approach

BusinessSpeak

1. BusinessSpeak Panel VIPs
2. Street-Smart Branding – your path to Growth
3. Everything Legal – Take 2
4. Total Small Business Management Using OneNote 2007
5. Businesses Win, Businesses Run Like Jobs Will Lose B
6. Exit Strategy: “Run It Like You’re Gonna Sell It” To Maximize Profit Now and Build Business Value for the Future
7. Town Hall Meeting – Looking Forward!
8. Speed Dating
9. Technology Solutions for The New IT Economy
10. How To Get SaaSy! Software as a Service (Hosted)

Speakers

Only the best and brightest are invited to present and these speakers have been carefully vetted for to add the highest value! Check out this smoking hot line-up!

1. Jeff Middleton
2. Eriq Neale
3. Tony Bradley
4. Philip Elder
5. Harry Brelsford
6. Dana Epp
7. Greg Starks
8. George Siercho
9. Ben Yarbrough
10. Grant Thompson
11. Vlad Shmunis
12. Todd Colbeck
13. Jeff Connally
14. Eric Steinberg
15. Scott Barlow
16. Ashutosh Tiwary
17. Joe Schurman
18. Joel Allen

Again, I encourage you to get out there and do everything you can to grow your business and extend your knowledge of your trade.  Hope to see you there!

SMBTN Postpones SMB Summit™ 2009 April 11, 2009

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sm_jwlIt is with deep regret that I must announce that SMB Technology Network has decided to postpone its 5th Annual SMB Summit conference, due to circumstances beyond our control, including the current economic situation. The event, scheduled to be held May 14-17, 2009, at the Omni Mandalay Hotel in Irving, Texas, featured a host of excellent speakers and industry experts, leading SMB vendors, as well as, some fantastic pre-day events and certification training programs. However, circumstances left us unable to deliver the same high quality event that the community has come to expect from us during the past four years.

With this in mind, the conference committee voted unanimously Friday night to postpone the event in order to permit attendees and contributors adequate time to cancel hotel and travel arrangements. The conference committee is evaluating new dates for SMB Summit and hopes to make this information available soon. In the meantime, we will be contacting all conference registrants to begin the process of issuing refunds. We encourage any registrants with specific questions to contact SMBTN Member Services at (888) GO-SMBTN or via e-mail at MemberServices@SMBTN.org.

In closing, we wish to give special thanks to those companies that registered for the event and apologize for any inconvenience that this postponement might cause them. We would also like to extend our appreciation to the many people who invested their time and effort on SMB Summit 2009, including our attendees, speakers, community members, vendors, sponsors, and organizers. We look forward to announcing a new date for SMB Summit™ in the near future.

Best Regards,
Jim Locke, President
SMB Technology Network™