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  • Blog Post: Small Business Specialist Community (SBSC)

    In 2005, Microsoft introduced the SBSC program. It’s a competency-like designation for partners who specialize in providing solutions and services to the small-business segment. There are some nice program benefits - a specialized logo, deeper training and tools, exclusive sales promotions, partner-ready...
  • 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: 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: 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: Where’s LET BDM, John LaLonde?

    Hi North Central Partners. It is with mixed emotions that I am sharing with you the news about John LaLonde. Yes, it’s the end of an era; no more LaLonde and LaBlonde. In February, John accepted a role with the EPG team. But there is GOOD NEWS! Although I am sure you agree with me when I say that...
  • 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: BPOS Training, Check. BPOS Partner Rebate, Check. Last up, BPOS Marketing.

    So we've talked about BPOS Training, we've talked about a great rebate to help you drive BPOS sales, now let's generate some leads! I've got a great campaign that is "Ready To Go" for you, all you need to do is execute. No content creation or creative work for you to do- just put your brand on it...
  • Blog Post: Matchmaker, Matchmaker, make me a match!

    Hey Microsoft Platform Partners- The Microsoft Matchmaker Cash Incentive for Platform Partners was just announced. You recieve $250 per Microsoft Dynamics lead! Microsoft Matchmaker is a Partner-to-Partner lead sharing tool designed to facilitate the process of creating and passing leads between...
  • 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: 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: SMALL BUSINESS FOCUSED PARTNERS: GET IN ON THE WINDOWS PHONE 7 LAUNCH ACTION WITH 2 NEW LEAD GENERATION OPPORTUNITIES!

    If you are interested in either opportunity listed below, please email myself or Curt Witt, your Central Region Local Business Development Managers: Tracye Foy tfoy@microsoft.com - Midwest and Heartland Area s IL, IN, WI, MI, OH, KY, TN -or- Curt Witt cuwitt@microsoft.com North and South Central Areas...
  • Blog Post: Calling all North Central Area Partners, it's Partner Briefing Time!

    Please Join Us for the NCA Partner Briefings! Please join the Microsoft North Central Area Partner team in Kansas City, St. Louis, and Minneapolis 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: Thinking about optimizing your website?

    Hey Folks- I just saw this announcement from our World Wide Partner Marketing team and thought, if your reading this blog- chances are you have a facebook account. The WW Team put together a facebook page dedicated to Seach Engine Marketing that includes some training and foundational info to help...
  • Blog Post: It's all about Windows 7

    The time is upon us, the moment we have all been waiting for...now let's maximize on Windows 7! October 22nd Microsoft goes live to the public with the release of Windows 7. The Central Region Partner Territory Manager's (Andy, Lisa, Lara and Jason) want to ensure that all of our partners feel completely...
  • Blog Post: Ever wonder how to best stay connected to the Microsoft Partner Team?

    It’s a pretty ongoing basis that I hear questions from partners regarding the best place to find information or stay connected to the local Microsoft team. I’ve got an answer for you, bear with me- it’s a multi-part answer. First up manage your profiles: We need to know who you are and what you...
  • Blog Post: LET Your Mouse Do the Marketing! - Upcoming MARKETING events in Chicago, Minneapolis and Cincinatti

    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. February 9, 2010 3:00 – 6:00pm February 10, 2010 3:00 – 6:00pm...
  • Blog Post: Central Region Monthly Partner Call- October 16th

    Please join the Central Region SMS&P Market Development 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. Each month...
  • Blog Post: Stretch your marketing budget with "Launch" related campaigns!

    We are embarking on the upcoming launch of Microsoft’s three most important platform products: Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, and Exchange Server 2010. This powerful product portfolio creates a unique opportunity to align with customer’s top priorities around costs savings, IT efficiency and business...
  • Blog Post: Partner asks: "TPAM, where do I get started with Windows 7..."

    Working with TPAMs and Distributors every day, I get to hear common questions. Here is a one: A partner this morning asked their TPAM how to get the most out of the Windows 7 launch since there is so much interest. Check out the TPAM's response here... If you want to leverage this Windows...
  • Blog Post: 10.22.10 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. These energizing 4-1-1 webcasts take place on the fourth Friday every month at 1:00 P.M. for one hour. Friday, October 22...