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  • Blog Post: Have you become a Microsoft Security Software Advisor (SSA) Partner yet?

    Did you know that as an SSA partner, your company can earn fees up to 30% of your customers' total Microsoft Forefront and Identity and Access security and software purchases when you recommend and deploy Forefront and Identity and Access Solutions? Full details on SSA program details, eligibility, how...
  • Blog Post: Big Easy 4.1 Webcast starts soon... increase your margins for June

    Join Jason Rook and Brad Rozen today at 1 PM CST webcast to learn about The Big Easy Offer 4.1 Andy blogged about it yesterday but we are about to begin the webcast with Redmond Channel Partner Be one of the hundreds of partners to learn how you can increase your margins during the next 30...
  • Blog Post: NEW - Partner Newsletter Builder Tool (free and only requires a 5 minute investment of time per edition!)

    Have you been contemplating starting a company newsletter? Has the time investment and cost held you back from making this part of your marketing mix? Newsletter marketing is a great tool to stay in touch with your customers and prospects and deliver valuable information to them on an on-going basis...
  • Blog Post: On the Road Again in North Central...

    Hello partners, Just a quick reminder that I will be hosting VAR Summits this week in St. Louis, Kansas City and Wichita. I look forward to meeting you and sharing some of the great features of Office 2010. If you haven't registered and are interested in attending, please click on the North Central...
  • Blog Post: Close more Office 2010 deals - Partner Training Webinar

    Close more Office 2010 deals! Office 2010 Selling Strategies - Join Diana Tibbs, General Manager, SMB - Central Region, as she leads SMB partners through selling strategies and customer conversations including: Upsell and cross-sell opportunities in Microsoft Office 2010 How to handle upgrade...
  • Blog Post: October Recommendations

    Each month, your first-Friday delivery of the U.S. partner newsletter, emailed to you as a benefit of your Microsoft Partner Network membership, contains a list of our recommendations for U.S. SMB partners located in the Central Region. We also use this list to update our Central Region page on the U...
  • Blog Post: The new Office—launch events, online guide, training

    Momentum for the new Office continues to grow. Your business customers can purchase on-premises versions of the new Office products through Microsoft Volume Licensing now , Office 365 Home Premium was released on January 29, and the new Office 365 service for businesses will be available starting February...
  • Blog Post: Join us for the Monthly Partner Call this Friday!

    My last post mentioned a few of my top picks for staying connected to the CR Partner team and as you have it, one of those top picks is coming up this Friday. The Central Region Monthly Partner Call is one of our primary vehicles for sharing with you business priorities and key resources around sales...
  • Blog Post: IAMCP Chapter launching in Indianapolis - March 15th - RSVP today

    The Indianapolis Chapter of the International Association of Microsoft Certified Partners (IAMCP) is launching – mark your calendar and RSVP today! Microsoft partners of all types are encouraged to attend, to network with other Microsoft partners, Microsoft employees and others from the Indiana Technology...
  • Blog Post: Developing local partnerships WITH OTHER Microsoft partners: Featured partner to partner Chicago golf event 8.21.09

    That’s right… I said partnering with other Microsoft partners! Co- marketing with another Microsoft partner can open up your company to new prospects and referrals, and potentially create a profitable partnership. Chances are, you have a specific specialty and do not cover the entire technology spectrum...
  • Blog Post: WPC 2013: Central Region keynote

    The Central Region team hopes you are planning to join us in Houston this July for the Worldwide Partner Conference. It’s going to be a dynamic and exciting week that kicks off on Monday morning, July 8, at the Toyota Center with the Vision Keynote, and ends on Thursday, July 11 with the Central Region...
  • Blog Post: Calling Heartland Area Partners- it's Partner Briefing Time!

    Are you wondering about how you can increase your Partnership with Microsoft or better understand what Partnership opportunities are available? Maybe you are wondering what local resources may be available for you as a Microsoft Partner? Or, one of many other questions. Well, the Microsoft U.S. Heartland...
  • Blog Post: Central Region Partner Call- November

    Friday November 19, 2010 @ 10AM Please join the Central Region SMS&P team the third Friday of each month for our Monthly Partner Call. The Central Region Monthly Partner Calls are intended to help keep you up to date on new programs, new offerings, and the latest sales-readiness information...
  • Blog Post: TOP TEN REASONS PARTNERS SHOULD ATTEND WPC!

    1. Connect with your local and corporate Microsofties. 2. Product Roadmaps---experience the latest technology and learn how to sell the value to your customers/prospects. 3. Connect with other synergistic partners to drive business opportunities. (for e.g. SI’s with LARs and CPLS’) 4. Build...
  • Blog Post: IAMCP Members, this webcast is for you!!

    IAMCP - US National Meeting Keynote speaker: Cindy Bates, Vice President of U.S. Partner Strategy, Marketing, and Programs (PSM&P). This webcast is open to existing and potential new members . Partners are invited to attend the IAMCP’s first virtual National Meeting on May 19, 2010. IAMCP...
  • Blog Post: National Marketing Speaker coming to Chicago on Feb. 9th - Register today!

    LET Your Mouse Do the Marketing! Join us for this exclusive event for Microsoft Partners! Meet Jeremy Epstein, founder of Never Stop Marketing , as he shares survival strategies to grow your business in today’s online marketing environment. This event is FREE and there will be great giveaways...
  • Blog Post: September Central Region Partner Marketing 411 Webcast - recording now posted!

    If your target audience in SMB and you are serious about your local marketing and integrating live and virtual events into your strategy, we have you covered with this all new webcast series. If you missed the session this past Friday, do not despair! You can now catch it via th e Partner Learning Center...
  • Blog Post: Central Region 4-1-1 Partner Marketing Webcast Series continues - check out the archived sessions and register now for the November and December BPOS sessions!

    Partner Marketing 4-1-1 Webcast: Learn “How to Transform Your Business with Online Services” - REGISTER TODAY! The Central Region 4-1-1 Partner Marketing Webcast Series is an easy way for partners to get information that can help them effectively reach new small and midsized customers...
  • Blog Post: Attention Partners- Steve Ballmer in Nashville, TN this month!

    Lap Around PDC featuring Steve Ballmer Did you miss the Professional Developers Conference in November? If so, join us as we bring the “highlights” from the PDC09 conference to you! At this special FREE event we will cover the latest Microsoft technologies and exciting announcements from PDC09 and...
  • Blog Post: Calling all Midwest Area Partners! It's Partner Briefing Time!

    Please Join Us for the MWA Partner Briefings! Please join the Microsoft Midwest Area Partner team in Milwaukee, Downers Grove, and Indianapolis for an informative and enlightening Partner Briefing. This fall is a very exciting time for Microsoft and our partners and as the economy has presented...
  • Blog Post: Chicago Chapter IAMCP Summer Golf Event - Aug. 21st

    Join the Chicago Chapter IAMCP (International Association of Microsfot Certified Partners) and members of the Microsoft Midwest team on Aug. 21st at Prairie Landing Golf Club in West Chicago for a day of golf and networking. The day will start at 11 AM with a bucket of practice balls (not sure how much...
  • Blog Post: July 2012 Recommendations

    Each month, your first-Friday delivery of the U.S. partner newsletter, emailed to you as a benefit of your Microsoft Partner Network membership, contains a list of our recommendations for U.S. SMB partners located in the Central Region. We also use this list to update our Central Region page on the U...
  • Blog Post: The Big Easy Offer Returns for June 2010!

    The Big Easy Offer is back for one month only! The promotion will run from June 1, 2010 through July 2, 2010. What’s different about The Big Easy Offer 4.1? The Big Easy Offer 4.1 has higher payout rates for the Windows Server family (up to 42%) – creating a great...
  • Blog Post: Central Region Monthly Partner Call - January

    Friday January 21, 2011 @ 10AM CST Please join the Central Region SMS&P team the third Friday of each month for our Monthly Partner Call. The Central Region Monthly Partner Calls are intended to help keep you up to date on new programs, new offerings, and the latest sales-readiness information...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft launches Community Connections – Connecting Partners, customers, and organizations with Windows 7

    Microsoft launches Community Connections – Connecting Partners, customers, and organizations with Windows 7 Community Connections is an offer that brings together local Microsoft Partners with Local Business Community Organizations (LBCO), such as a Chamber of Commerce, to help them get access to...