Wow, it seems like there has been a lot of discussion lately in the SBSC PAL community worldwide. As most of you know, we have 2 PALs in Canada – Elisabeth Vanderveldt in Eastern Canada and myself, Brad Kowerchuk, in Western Canada. Our role as PALs is to be a “sounding board” and take your feedback and funnel that back to Microsoft.
The Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) will dedicate one day (Wednesday) for SBSC partner topics. What would you like to see there? Here are some ideas that have been suggested so far:
Microsoft is considering having SBSC members market to Public Sector. What do you think of the Public Sector Market? Is this the place for SBSC partners?
We all get the extra “goodies” beyond the regular Action Pack. What extra SBSC “goodies” would you like to see in the Action Pack?
How do you think the Microsoft Store might affect your business? Is this going to work to spread the word about Microsoft technologies for small businesses? If so, will that compete with you, or drive business to you?
In the US Northwest, Microsoft is connecting Partners (SBSCs and larger) with other local regional partners that are not in the IT field. As an example, if my Company, a Bank (or Credit Union), a Local Real Estate Co and possibly an Accounting or Legal firm pooled our resources and tapped into each other’s clients, we could very easily bring great benefit to a small business by putting on a seminar or some sort of trade show that gives the complete small business solution and not just an IT centric solution.
See http://www.mslocalbiz.com. What do you think? Is this something that would work in your area?
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