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Men and Women: READ

Ok – summer is over and it is think to THINK again. I like to use the winters to work hard and then enjoy the summer.

Part of working hard is working smarter! Quite frankly, perhaps teaming with your fellow professionals is one way to accmplish that. Tcat’s Certification Success tema, slghtly msinamed because it is really about SUCCESS TEAMS, is your starting point.

Look for Tcat’s book under Publications

As the M&M’s in the Netherlands like to say: MEN READ!
(this is akin to RTFM)

cheers…harrybbbb

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RNC and DNC done! Do politics affect SMB consulting?

I have a professional colleague who believes, based on his career experiences, that the US economy shuts down before a presidential election and folks wait for the outcome.

Is this the case with you, the Small Business Specialist \ SBSer?

Are your clients shutting down for two months? Are you shutting down for two months?

let me know…

 

enjoy…harrybbbb

Harry Brelsford, CEO at smb nation www.smbnation.com

Microsoft Small Business Specialist SBSC, MBA, MCSE, MCT, MCP, CNE, CLSE, CNP

PS – did u know I host an annual conference in Seattle each october for SBSers and SMB consultants? This year we help launch SBS 2008 and Essential Business Server (EBS) between October 4-6!

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Cool new SMB PC magazine online layout – look!

Wow – I love being wowed. This is cool!

Our new online format for SMB PC magazine is here: http://journalgraphicsdigital.com/pubs/smbnation/current/ 

Please let me know what you think

 

enjoy…harrybbbb

Harry Brelsford, CEO at smb nation www.smbnation.com

Microsoft Small Business Specialist SBSC, MBA, MCSE, MCT, MCP, CNE, CLSE, CNP

PS – did u know I host an annual conference in Seattle each october for SBSers and SMB consultants? This year we help launch SBS 2008 and Essential Business Server (EBS) between October 4-6!

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Stomping out speaker corruption – not politics as usual

I had a very interesting conversation with a Linux-based sponsor today in the security area and then watched the last day of the GOP convention on CNN. The topic common to both activities was corruption.

In the case of SMB Nation fall conference event, we are doing our part in the community to stomp out speaker corruption. Trust us, we have seen it all like the executive branch of government seeing ear marks slipped in a bill. :)

To do our part to make speakers not sell you, not dupe you and provide bona fide academic content, we are setting up a SPEAKERS BEHAVING BADLY HOTLINE at the SMB Nation 2008 fall conference. If you are an attendee and someone tried to sell you something during lecture – you now have a procedural outlet to report the offender.

More importantly – moving forward – our future speaker contracts will tie performance to professionalism. One hotline compliant and the speaker does not get paid. We might lose a few speakers along the way but did you really want them selling to you anyways?

So – help up defeat corruption in the SMB community. If you see a sheep, slaughter it because it is really a wolf!

cheers…harrybbbb

Harry Brelsford, CEO at smb nation www.smbnation.com

Microsoft Small Business Specialist SBSC, MBA, MCSE, MCT, MCP, CNE, CLSE, CNP

PS – did u know I host an annual conference in Seattle each october for SBSers and SMB consultants? This year we help launch SBS 2008 and Essential Business Server (EBS) between October 4-6!

PPS – want to see the results of our anti-corruption campaign? Look at our speaker list and guess who was not invited back! :)

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SMB Nation WARNS on fall show – sell out conditions approaching

On Wall Street, CEOs frequently make statements about meeting or beating the street (earning estimates). When a firm is about to “miss” is WARNS the street. Don’t worry, this isn’t that type of warning!

Rather – I want to update you on the strong fall show that is one month away in Seattle. Known as the 6th Annual SMB Nation conference focusing on SBS 2008 EBS and Response Point, this show has beaten the street for like-size events in this segement.

But – the two host hotel are now sold out (Marriott, Ramada) and folks are overflowing to The Edgewater (right next to the Bell Harbor Conference Center where we are having our Oct 4-6 event). The tradeshow hall sold out several weeks ago. My friends at NGT offered up this comment:

“Our partner program for selling NGT Digital Voice in conjunction with Microsoft Response Point is a natural fit for the SMB Nation tribe,” said John Guilluame, senior vice president, product marketing at NGT.  “SMB Nation has a reputation for providing valuable business information to Microsoft Partners and we are excited to participate as a sponsor of the Fall 2008 event.”

So what does it mean for you the attendee? HURRY UP AND GET YOUR BUTTS TO SEATTLE! Sign up now, lock in a btter airfare, find a nearby hotel.

 enjoy…harrybbbb

Harry Brelsford, CEO at smb nation www.smbnation.com

Microsoft Small Business Specialist SBSC, MBA, MCSE, MCT, MCP, CNE, CLSE, CNP

PS – did u know I host an annual conference in Seattle each october for SBSers and SMB consultants? This year we help launch SBS 2008 and Essential Business Server (EBS) between October 4-6!

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Back to school – two killer webinars next week

Hey gang – time to learn to earn again!

Security in SBS 2008. This is a huge topic being taken on by Untangle on Tuesday morning (September 9th) at 900AM PDT (UTC-7). Clearly the topic of the day and a guest appearance by Phil Elder, co-author of Small Business Server 2008 Blueprint.

Time To Sell Your SMB or SBS Consulting Practice? Have you developed your exit strategy? It is time to sell into strength with the new SBS 2008 and EBS product releases. If your life journey taking you to the “life is a beach” crowd. This webinar with a panel of experts will get you there! September 10, 2008 at 8:00AM PDT. Sponsored by HP\MS FLP.

Sign up at www.smbnaiton.com => Events => Webinars.

 

enjoy…harrybbbb

Harry Brelsford, CEO at smb nation www.smbnation.com

Microsoft Small Business Specialist SBSC, MBA, MCSE, MCT, MCP, CNE, CLSE, CNP

PS – did u know I host an annual conference in Seattle each october for SBSers and SMB consultants? This year we help launch SBS 2008 and Essential Business Server (EBS) between October 4-6!

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Spilling Industry Stuff

Part of being a community member is the old yen-yang of cross-posting and cross-promotion. It builds stronger economic ties amongst community members and, at the end of the day, it’s goodness. It’s kinda like a European mentioned to me at lunch one day. He said “Americans will do business together even if the don’t like each other.” “Yes” I replied. “European’s won’t” he countered. Guess I’ll do business with anybody, eh?

So below – please find my spill of industry stuff for you to know about, care about and act on!

 

enjoy…harrybbbb

Harry Brelsford, CEO at smb nation www.smbnation.com

Microsoft Small Business Specialist SBSC, MBA, MCSE, MCT, MCP, CNE, CLSE, CNP

PS – did u know I host an annual conference in Seattle each october for SBSers and SMB consultants? This year we help launch SBS 2008 and Essential Business Server (EBS) between October 4-6!

PPS – OK – I am outted – there are indeed some people I won’t do business with :)

Baldwin’s Webinar:

Event Title

5W/50 Series: Increasing Business Opportunities in Challenging Economic Times with Microsoft Solution Accelerators

 

Do more with less  – an increasingly important theme for every IT director and business owners.  What then is the trick to help customers see the hidden needs in their IT organization and buy the products they need when times are tough, economically? 

Join this webcast and learn how new and free tools such as Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit and other Solution Accelerators can increase your business opportunities selling Windows Vista, Virtualization and other products from Microsoft.

 

Start Date

Time (PST)

Duration

9/5/2008

9:00 AM

60

 

PLC URL:  https://training.partner.microsoft.com/plc/details.aspx?publisher=12&delivery=249924

Karl’s Preday at SMB Nation 2008: Google Karl SMB Preday

Stuart Crawford’s new book:

Hot off the presses: http://blog.itsuccessmentor.com/connect-the-dots

 

IT Services in today’s global economy are in a constant state of change, driven by changes in the economy with raising full costs, demands in flexibility from employees and the always on world that we live in today.

 

The changing landscape is now forcing IT Specialists to look at new ways of doing business, call it the next version of Managed Services if you wish, however it is much deeper than just managed services.  IT Professionals must now look at new focus areas, new business areas and let off the gas pedal on the network and data.  Our client’s requirements with IT go much deeper than just setting up servers, workstations and then monitoring them with the latest managed services tool.

 

Connecting the Dots to Success – a guide to success in the second half of 2008 for IT Professionals.

 

The landscape is changing in the IT community, gone are the days of setting up servers and workstations and letting the client go and hoped they called you for support. Well, they did, just at the wrong time, usually when you are fighting another fire at another clients.

 

How do you reach true success with that model? Well you don’t.

 

My new eBook on “Connecting the Dots to Success” is about clearing up the IT Services roadmap so that we all succeed in 2008. New online solutions and technologies are changing the landscape, are you ready to succeed. What does your formula look like?

 

Get this free eBook online today at http://blog.itsuccessmentor.com/connect-the-dots

 

How do we as IT Professionals establish sticky relationships?  How do we make ourselves irreplaceable?  When do we shine our crystal ball? 

 

What do  clients want today?  What is important to them?  What doesn’t matter?  I think you will be shocked!

 

This eBook will provide you with some new thought patterns to where the IT Services market is heading and how do we prepare for the next wave that is coming fast?

 

It is not to late to begin to get ready…

 

Get this free eBook online today at http://blog.itsuccessmentor.com/connect-the-dots

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Breaking News – Trip to Iceland for lucky winner(s) at SMB Nation 2008 fall conference

Hey boyz and grrls – this just added from a truly supportive gold sponsor, CMIT (thanks!!!)

CMIT SOLUTIONS IS GIVING AWAY A FREE TRIP FOR TWO TO ICELAND

CMIT Solutions is so excited to be a Gold Sponsor at this year’s SMB Nation Fall Conference that we have decided to give away an all expense paid trip for two to Iceland.  Why Iceland?  Because it’s easy to get to, it’s exotic, and it’s relaxing.

In Iceland, there is something for everyone.  If you enjoy travelling to large cities, you will love the ample cultural venues and events, gourmet restaurants and exclusive shops.  Love nature?  Iceland has over 80 geothermal hot springs, waterfalls, geysers, bird sanctuaries and more.

Visit www.cmitcompanies.com today to register for your chance to win this once in a lifetime opportunity to visit Iceland. 

For more information on Iceland, visit www.goiceland.org

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What is interesting about this => overall there are now two trips being awarded at the fall conference = (1) grande prixse to Crested Butte Colorado and (1) prize from CMIT awarding the Iceland trip.

See you in just over a month!

 

enjoy…harrybbbb

Harry Brelsford, CEO at smb nation www.smbnation.com

Microsoft Small Business Specialist SBSC, MBA, MCSE, MCT, MCP, CNE, CLSE, CNP

PS – did u know I host an annual conference in Seattle each october for SBSers and SMB consultants? This year we help launch SBS 2008 and Essential Business Server (EBS) between October 4-6!

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Update on Early Bird – extended to 9-8-08 Monday

Hey – quick update on the fall conference. Because our original deadline was 9-1-08 Labor Day and Chris is working the ComputerTrobleshooters show this weekend – we are extending the early bird to 9-8-08 Monday for everyone to get the bestest rate possible for the big fall show: SMB Nation 2008!

 

enjoy…harrybbbb

Harry Brelsford, CEO at smb nation www.smbnation.com

Microsoft Small Business Specialist SBSC, MBA, MCSE, MCT, MCP, CNE, CLSE, CNP

PS – did u know I host an annual conference in Seattle each october for SBSers and SMB consultants? This year we help launch SBS 2008 and Essential Business Server (EBS) between October 4-6!

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Join the Nerd Herd

My ten year old son Harry imparted some modern kid speak about nerds and other non-sense.

I can’t decied if nerd is cool or uncool in our crowd. If I said attend the fall conference and join the NERD HERD…would that be a postive or a negative?

Let me know
enjoy…harrybbbb
Harry Brelsford, CEO at smb nation http://www.smbnation.com
Microsoft Small Business Specialist SBSC, MBA, MCSE, MCT, MCP, CNE, CLSE, CNP
PS – did u know I host an annual conference in Seattle each october for SBSers and SMB consultants? This year we help launch SBS 2008 and Essential Business Server (EBS) between October 4-6!

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