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

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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.

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netCIO Adds $5000 To Bottom Line with Hosted VOIP Solution September 20, 2009

Posted by Jim Locke in Partners, SMB Nation.
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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

Posted by Jim Locke in Alerts, SMB Nation.
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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.

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.

Trend Micro Worry-Free Business Security Professional Certification August 3, 2009

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Over the past year, Trend Micro and the SMB Technology Network have collaborated on a security certification program specifically for SMB technology providers. As a result, Trend Micro is offering you the opportunity to get certified on their SMB product line and be amongst the first of your peers to earn your designation as a Worry-Free Business Security Professional.  All attendees who complete the certification process are eligible for special benefits, including (e.g. priority technical support).

The certification training will be held October 1st, 2009 from 8:00 am to 4:15 pm, as a pre-day event for SMB Nation Fall in Las Vegas, NV. An appreciation dinner will follow at 7:00 pm.

Agenda

8:00 – 9:00 Continental Breakfast (included)

9:00 – 9:30 Keynote Speaker (TBA)

9:30 – 10:00 Channel Marketing

10:00 – 12:00 Worry-Free Business Security

12:00 – 1:00 Lunch (included)

1:00 – 1:30 Worry-Free Remote Manager

1:30 – 2:00 InterScan Messaging Host Security

2:00 – 2:30 Afternoon snacks (included)

2:30 – 3:00 Trend Micro SecureSite

3:00 – 4:00 Message Archiver

4:00 – 4:15 Closing

7:00 – 9:00 Awards and Appreciation Dinner (included)

Register Now for the Trend Micro Pre-Day Event and SMB Nation Fall. Note that we have a limited number of discounted admissions for current SMBTN members for SMB Nation Fall at $399. This offer expires on August 21, 2009, or when those tickets are sold out. If you are not an SMBTN member or simply want to sign up for the certification training event, please contact William Kam at Trend Micro.