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Have Trouble Keeping Up with SMB Industry News? March 15, 2010

Posted by Jim Locke in SMB News.
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Get the SMB Daily NewsBriefThere is a great deal of value in keeping up with idustry news. The problem is there is just no time to do it effectively. So I scoured the Internet  and found 13 major industry news sites from around the globe that had a specific focus on the SMB marketplace and created the SMB Daily NewsBrief.

The SMB Daily NewsBrief aggregates the day’s SMB related news and delivers it to your e-mail daily at approximately 5:00pm PST. I don’t have to surf around or comb through tons of news feeds to find the news I am interested in. I just click on the article I want to view and go directly to the source. It has made this task much easier for me, and I hope it will do the same for you. You can view a sample here or simply click here to subscribe by checking the box next to SMB Daily NewsBrief. Note that if you already subscribe to the SMBTN newsletter, you can simply select the “Update You Profile” link in the footer of the newsletter to select this option.

The SMB Daily NewsBrief is provided by SMBTN as a service to the SMB IT Community. We invite you to check it out and give us your comments and suggestions as to how we might improve it and make it more useful.


Cast your Vote for the 150 Most Influential People in SMB March 10, 2010

Posted by Jim Locke in Alerts, Promotions, SMB News.
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We all know lots of people that we respect in the field of SMB IT – peers, vendor representatives, authors, and SMB community members who help us innovate, connect and refine our industry. With this in mind, SMBTN has joined with SMB Nation and SMB-PC Magazine to identify the 150 most influential people in SMB, or the SMB 150 as we like to call them.

Why 150? Well, the concept for the SMB 150™ was based on Dunbar’s number, a theoretical cognitive limit to the number of people with whom one can maintain stable social relationships. These are relationships in which an individual knows who each person is, and how each person relates to every other person. We suggest this principle fits well with the SMB community.

So, how do you cast your vote? Simple, all you need to do is click here to take the SMB 150 survey and cast your vote for up to 15 people. The 150 most frequently recognized individuals recognized in the survey will be recognized as members of the SMB 150™ and featured on the SMB150.com website and other media. Hence, we encourage you to not only to take the survey but to help us get the word out about it by Tweeting it, posting it on Facebook or LinkedIn or other important sites and forums.

How will Oracle’s Acquisition of Sun Effect SMB’s? April 21, 2009

Posted by Jim Locke in SMB News.
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This morning I got a call from eWeek  asking me to comment on Oracle’s recent acquisition of Sun and how I thought it would effect small-to-medium sized businesses. My primary comment to the author was that it could only help, as I do not think Oracle made much of an impact with its SMB offering. Hence, I don’t think that SMB’s will see much immediate impact at all.

You can read the article here but I am really interested in your comments and thoughts about the subject. What does the acquisition mean to your business?

Sign up for Mike Iem’s Super Newsletter NOW March 9, 2009

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For years, Mike Iem has served the SMB community. Most SMBTN members will remember Mike as the conference director for two of our successful SMB Summit conferences. Please take a moment to review this post from Karl Palachuk’s blog and sign up for Mike Iem’s Super Newsletter NOW! 

If you haven’t met Mike Iem, get a quick intro to him and his mission at the SMB Conference Call Archives.

Mike Iem is working for Microsoft on an initiative focused on supporting SBS partner groups in the US and sharing information with partner groups Worldwide!

He is a very-available liaison for to Microsoft. Over the last few years he has organized the SBS Partner Tours and worked with the SBS Leads Groups to provide information and resources to all Partner Groups (user groups) and individuals.

One of the hottest things Mike produces from time to time is the super-amazing Partner Group DVD. This is the one golden DVD you need to know what’s going on for partners in the SMB space. The 2009 DVD is almost ready.

In the past, the DVD has put together marketing programs, videos, demo tools, screen shots, webinars, white papers, and LOTS of other great information and updates targeted specifically for the SMB Consultant. This is literally all the content you need from Microsoft in one awesome package.

Mike reports that the DVD is “complete” and churning through the Microsoft process to distribution.

There’s a 99% chance that this will be distributed as an ISO image for download. So if you’re not a member of a user group, you’ll still have access to it.

But you don’t want to miss out, so please Join Mike’s Newsletter NOW so you won’t miss the announcement. It will probably come out in the next two weeks. So now is absolutely the best time to sign up for this email newsletter. Free, of course.

Sign up for Mike Iem’s Super Newsletter NOW: http://visitor.constantcontact.com/email.jsp?m=1102241330914

Mike has done some amazing things for the SMB Community. The whole 5w/50 webinar series was his baby. He has organized tours, kept the user group leaders informed, provided us with resources, and a lot more.

Please do yourself a favor: Join Mike’s low-volume, high-content email list today.

In addition to the DVD information (when it’s released), Mike’s newsletter always has great information on marketing and promotions that will help you make more money.

Tune-in now. You’ll be glad you did!