Chris Bangs, our inside sales\biz dev guy at SMB Nation, has filed this report from Cleveland where he worked the SMB Nation booth on the tradeshow floor at the annual Computer Troubleshooters conference.
First of all, Chris was absolutely THRILLED to be there and I apprecaite his giving up a few days to fly from Seattle to Cleveland, set up and work hard, breakdown the booth and fly home on a Saturday. We are cutting into his family time this week (he has a new born daughter at home with his lovely wife) and I personally appreciate his energy and commitment. So committed was he that he bypassed visitiing the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame so he could further work in his hotel room. Cheers mate.
There were about 100 “techies” from the Computer Troubleshooters side and about 300 attendees overall (Chris reports this was a combo conference because Computer Troubleshooters was acquired in the last year by MerryMeeting, Inc. (Cleveland) and this was its overall conference event.
Chris reported that, because of the diverse nature of the conference wherein Computer Troubleshooters was only part of the story, the conversations where different from past techie shows. The sponsors were not just technology sponsors, etc.
Here is an interesting story. The Microsoft representative who was there to tell the Windows Small Business SERver 2008 story apparently lost his PPT slide deck. So he used our June\July 2008 issue of SMB PC magazine that features SBS group manager Dean Paron on the cover as his presentation. The cover story, written by Phil Elder, is a quick look at SBS 2008 so this reading sufficed as a presentation.
So, all and all, a good weekend for us to tell our SMB Nation story and speak about the Seattle fall conference in just a few weeks. Computer Troubleshooters has been a big supporter of SMB Nation and we thank them.
Have a safe flight home Chris!
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!