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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: Need Re-enrollment help, US Partners?

    This is the peak season for partner re-enrollment into the Microsoft Partner Network (MPN). Do you need some help completing the process? Well, we have a great resource for you... the MPN Experts. Ø MPN Experts Hotline: Partners may contact our MPN Experts for coaching on the easiest way...
  • 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: Exam Vouchers to Meet New MPN Competency Requirements

    Competencies and specializations are transitioning to a new structure in mid-May and we can help you meet the new certification exam requirements that will come as a result of this move. We can help you meet these new requirements now by providing 50% off vouchers so your MCPS can get compliant. ...
  • 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: Re-enrollment made easy...

    Many of our partners will be re-enrolling in Q1 CY 2010. It’s easy to find out if you are one of them. Here are some steps that many of us at Microsoft are trying to communicate to our partners: · Sign In to the partner portal (https://partner.microsoft.com/US/) with your Windows Live ID. ·...
  • 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: MPN Changes in Credential requirements.

    I want to provide a peek into some changes around Credential changes. We will be sending out further communications shortly. Effective Dec 15, 2009, the following certifications will no longer be required for partners to qualify into the listed competencies. The changes are in place now, Feb 2010...
  • 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: The New Microsoft Partner Network

    At our WW partner conference in July, we introduced the Microsoft Partner Network, a community born from our continued commitment to serve the needs of our partners and help them reach their full potential. Today, our partners and industry analysts alike rate the Microsoft partner program as one of...
  • Blog Post: The New Microsoft Partner Network: Getting Ready for the October Launch

    We are getting close to the MPN launch. With that in mind, please join us in the Central Region to provide an update and ensure a smooth transition. The New Microsoft Partner Network: Getting Ready for the October Launch October 13, 2010 – 12:00 to 1:00 CST Presented By: Scott...
  • Blog Post: Alert - Critical Product Vulnerability - July 28, 2009 Microsoft Security Bulletin Release (Out of Band)

    What is the purpose of this alert? This alert is to provide you with an overview of two new security bulletins and one security advisory being released (out-of-band) on July 28, 2009. ================================= NEW SECURITY BULLETIN SUMMARY ================================= ...
  • 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: Pinpoint- Partner Call to Action

    Take this opportunity to make sure your Pinpont profile is up to date. Check out these simple steps and links... Profile yourself on Pinpoint if you are not already using Solution Profiler and then maintain your profile with the Pinpoint Dashboard. Already listed , make sure your Pinpoint profile...
  • 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: Best Practice Sharing

    Hey Folks- This blog post is from Jennifer Heard, our Central Region Vice President. As I have toured our areas in Central Region, I continue to be impressed with the quality of our channel. The one request I receive is “tell me what other partners are doing to be successful”. One way that I...
  • 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: Looking for the latest Microsoft Partner Network (MPN) updates?

    If you are looking for the latest updates around the Microsoft Partner Network (MPN), here is a great place to start: • Visit the “Prepare for the Network” Page on the US Partner Portal to learn: • What the Microsoft Partner Network is, • When the changes are happening and it means for partners...
  • 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: FY11 SMB Partner Awards

    The FY11 Central Region SMB Partner Award winners were announced at an exclusive SMB Awards Reception at the Rivera Restaurant in downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 13. These awards recognized the excellence and achievement of Central Region SMB VARs who worked innovatively to produce exceptional...
  • 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...