TGIF!!! And I mean it after the week Wall Street had!
I am the publisher of the Microsoft Small Business Specialist Primer book that equips you to become SBSC! As often as I can – usually daily – I post up book excerpts as a virtual book reading. Big fun!
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!
We’re delighted to report that this third-party book is one of your best resources for passing the 70-2 82 certification exam and completing the other steps needed to become a Microsoft Small Business Specialist! Microsoft also has many online and self-study resources available to make you successful on this journey:
· 70-282 certification exam: A self-study version of the MOC course 2395a, developed by the authors of this book for Microsoft, was released in the summer of 2007.
· 70-631 certification exam. Complete online collection 5403. Visit https://www.microsoftelearning.com/eLearning/offerDetail.aspx?offe rPriceId=127428 to learn more.
· 74-134 certification exam: The Microsoft Learning page (http://www. microsoft.com/ learning/exams/74- 134.asp) offers several gold nuggets, including suggestions that you study the SBS 2003, Windows XP, and Office 2003 OPK document set.
· The Small Business Sales and Marketing Skills Assessment: Chap-
ter 12 lists a boatload of free self-study/online training resources.
At SMB Nation, we are proud of our global one-day workshops targeted toward boosting the technical and business performance of small business consultants. These workshops are one-day professional development or continuing education programs where attendees can step back from the madness of building a thriving small business consulting practice and think strategically. I liken it to a retreat where peer-to-peer interaction is just as important as receiving the technical and business content being served up. Visit http://www.smbnation.com for more details.
IMPORTANT: Rumor has it that starting in late 2005 or early 2006, Microsoft will offer, on a global basis, invitation-only training for Small Business Specialists. Chalk that up as another reason to get certified on the 70-282 exam and complete the other requirements to become a Small Business Specialist!
Chapter 1 Introduction
Another sign of success and true professionalism is to attend at least one industry conference per year. The annual SMB Nation Conference, held each fall in Seattle, Washington, is submitted for your consideration and approval. This event brings together over 650+ small business technology consultants from around the world to talk the talk about walking the walk!
IMPORTANT: See Appendix A for additional resources that will assist you in preparing for the 70-282 certification examination and becoming a successful Microsoft Small Business Specialist. You’ll find references to blogs, newsgroups, and much more.