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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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Microsoft Cloud Fast-Track boot camps in Central Region cities

    Join Microsoft cloud experts and members of the Central Region team at our upcoming Fast-Track boot camps this February and March. These one-day trainings, offered to members of the Microsoft Partner Network at no cost, will help you accelerate your cloud sales using demo tools, customer campaigns, and...
  • 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: North Central Area Partner Webcast - You are invited!

    Hey Partners, Please join me: Friday May 7, 2010 @ 10AM CST Are you a Microsoft partner located in: Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas or Missouri? Want to make more money now? Please join the North Central Area Partner team for an EXCLUSIVE (only...
  • Blog Post: Central Region LAR Readiness Update - February Edition

    Hello Central Region LAR Partners! The Central Region Managed Partner Team in partnership with the Readiness Team will use this BLOG to post Central Region and National Readiness events and resources. With so many areas for you to find training opportunities, both in person and on-line, the Central...
  • Blog Post: June 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: 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: Microsoft Partner Alert : Critical Product Vulnerability, January 21 (Out-of-Band) Microsoft Security Bulletin Release

    This alert is to provide you with an overview of Microsoft Security Bulletin MS10-002 , the Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer, released (out-of-band) on Thursday, January 21. This bulletin addresses eight vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer. Microsoft recommends that partners secure their...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Don’t Miss the exclusive North Central Area webcast today!

    Hi partners, just a gentle reminder that the webcast is this morning at 10 am CST. I hope you can join me and my supporting cast for a great Agenda of topics including: · Tips for making money now · Things you need to know about changes to the Microsoft Partner Network · Top Ten changes to Office...