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  • Blog Post: IAMCP Canada Opens Partner of the Year Submissions

    Written by Stuart Crawford , SBSC Community in Alberta The IAMCP is looking for the very best Microsoft Partners in Canada. The second annual IAMCP Partner of the Year awards are now open. Join our past award finalists as leaders in the IT community by submitting your success story online today. The...
  • Blog Post: HTG Canada Comes To Microsoft Canada Head Office

    Written by Stuart Crawford , SBSC Community in Alberta Completely full, HTG10 (Heartland Tech Group) is fully engaged and ready to collaborate with the Microsoft Small Business Specialist Community.  Partners from coast to coast welcome 4 new members from the GTA and Vancouver for their quarterly...
  • Blog Post: Make Web, Not War 2009 – Microsoft Canada’s Web Conference

    For the first time, Microsoft Canada is hosting a web conference focusing on web solution providers in Toronto and Vancouver. The event is aimed at helping you deliver the best web experience for your clients. At this free event, you can expect to: Hear from speakers from the startup, open source, and...
  • Blog Post: Ontario SBSC Walks Away With Prestigious HTG Honour

    Written by Stuart Crawford , SBSC Community in Alberta Randy Biggs, President of Value Added Computer Services (VACS) in St. Catharines, Ontario was recognized last week by his peers at the first annual Heartland Tech Group (HTG) Summit in Dallas, TX. Randy is one of the founding members of HTG10 (Canada...
  • Blog Post: HTG Canada Striving To Be The Best of Breed

    Written by Stuart Crawford , SBSC Community in Alberta Leading Microsoft Small Business Specialists in Canada have invested in the growth of their businesses this week in Dallas, TX. The annual Heartland Tech Group Summit started this week and a number of Canadian firms are participating including a...
  • Blog Post: Servers, Servers Everywhere - but which one is right for you?

    Written by Stuart Crawford , SBSC Community in Alberta Microsoft announces Foundation Server. Small Businesses with less than 15 employees are wondering what the right server technology fit for business is now. Business owners have enjoyed the abundance of server technology options available to assist...
  • Blog Post: Southern Alberta SBSC user group event: Small business productivity essentials

    Next week on February 25, the Southern Alberta Microsoft User Community (SAMUC) will be hosting a Small Business Productivity Essentials lunchtime event sponsored by the SBSC. Attend this free event if it is in your area, as on the agenda will be SBS 2008 and associated products, as well as a partner...
  • Blog Post: Virtualization, is it being adopted by IT Professionals out there?

    Written by Stuart Crawford , SBSC Community in Alberta There are a high number of IT Professionals acting as leaders in the virtualization world, practicing what they preach about the benefits of virtualizing our server environments and doing some wonderful things in the virtualization world. We have...
  • Blog Post: Women in Leadership & Technology ‘Meet & Mingle’ in Toronto

    The IAMCP’s Women in Leadership & Technology are hosting an exciting new ‘Meet and Mingle’ event in Toronto at our Microsoft campus. It will take place in the evening on March 9, 2009. There will be lots of opportunity to network with other women involved in our technology community, as well as Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: HTG Canada meeting underway in Vancouver

    Written by Stuart Crawford , SBSC Community in Alberta Heartland Technology Groups formed in 2001 out of a need to share business processes and purchasing power, and to create a community where knowledge, information and friendships could be shared. HTG10 is the 10th out of 20 peer groups of 12 leading...
  • Blog Post: Reasons and best practices for deploying Microsoft Forefront

    Written by Brendan Gibb , SBSC Community in British Columbia We have been using Microsoft Forefront Antigen as a replacement for the managed antivirus products we deployed for the past ten years. Every one of our small business and larger clients uses a managed deployment model because over the years...
  • Blog Post: Leveraging social media to market your business

    Written by Stuart Crawford , SBSC Community in Alberta Social media and networking is all the craze in the marketing world today.  Professionals and small business are moving over to social networking and online marketing in droves.  However, many IT Professionals today still do not understand...
  • Blog Post: See the video recap of the 2008 IMPACT Awards

    We’ve had a lot of past coverage on the 2008 IMPACT Awards, highlighting the 30+ SBSC finalists present and the winner of the SBSC of the year award. Now there’s a video recap of the event for you to feast your eyes on! Did I mention that you need to seriously consider involving yourself in 2009? Cheers...
  • Blog Post: Marketing to weather the recession storm

    Written by Stuart Crawford , SBSC Community in Alberta Once an afterthought to many businesses, marketing is rapidly becoming important as sales pipelines dry up, the phones have stopped ringing, word of mouth referrals are no longer propagating and the unemployment rate starts to rise. How does the...
  • Blog Post: SBSC Lounge is Live @ Calgary (Guestbook)

    We are in city #4 for our last stop on the Microsoft Technology Partner Tour in Calgary! The Microsoft Canada team is out in full force with the local partner community, and we are live with the SBSC Lounge waiting anxiously for everyone to join us. (Guestbook) In the lounge right now? Leave your comment...
  • Blog Post: ITNorth.ca wins Small Business Specialist of the Year at 2008 IMPACT Awards

    Earlier this month I wrote about our 2008 IMPACT Awards that took place on November 13, highlighting the more than 30 SBSCs part of the finalists pool across the 32 categories in Canada. We have had a busy month since, but I would like to take a moment to share the results. Congratulations to ITNorth...
  • Blog Post: SBSC Lounge is Live @ Vancouver (Guestbook)

    The Microsoft Canada team is on the road again for city #3 of the Microsoft Technology Partner Tour - Vancouver! We are really excited to be here and I am personally looking forward to meeting the large number of SBSCs that we have in the city. (Guestbook) In the lounge right now? Leave your comment...
  • Blog Post: More than 30 SBSC finalists in the 2008 IMPACT Awards

    The 2008 IMPACT Awards ceremony takes place today in Toronto. Since 2003, the annual IMPACT Awards has recognized the success of technology partners in the channel community and with their customers. There are a total of 32 categories honouring the top contributors in Canada. Each category has 3 finalists...
  • Blog Post: SBSC Lounge is Live @ Montreal (Guestbook)

    Le tour de technologies pour les partenaires de Microsoft continue quand notre équipe a atterri hier – une belle journée a Montréal.  On voit un grand intérêt de nos partenaires locaux ce matin âpres le succès de notre ‘grand début’ a Toronto la semaine passe . The Microsoft Technology Partner Tour...
  • Blog Post: Pictures and more from the SBSC Lounge in Toronto!

    The Microsoft Technology Partner Tour kick-off in Toronto was fantastic! As I said in a post live from the SBSC Lounge yesterday , there were hundreds of partners in attendance at the welcoming Toronto Congress Centre. You could easily tell who the SBSCs were, as we had passed out blue nametag flags...
  • Blog Post: SBSC Lounge is Live @ Toronto (Guestbook)

    The Microsoft Technology Partner Tour is underway and we are live in Toronto with the SBSC Lounge for its kick-off! There are hundreds of people here from technology partners to Microsoft reps gathering for the keynote address by Eric Gales , Vice-President of SMS&P. (Guestbook) In the lounge today...
  • Blog Post: SBSC Lounge and something big in the works!

    This year’s Microsoft Technology Partner Tour is the biggest and best we have ever hosted in Microsoft Canada. What makes this year’s tour unique is its primary focus on business content, alignment with Tech•Days 2008, and all-new MarketPlace area for you to interact with Microsoft directly! The MarketPlace...
  • Blog Post: Have you heard Small Business IT Radio?

    Small Business IT Radio is a regular show for IT professionals that service the SMB segment, covering topics across the board on technology and business. Hosted by Alberta SBSC Stuart Crawford along with other members in the community, there have been some fantastic topics come by on the show on things...
  • Blog Post: Social networking for SBSCs

    This past September we held the SBSC Marketing Boot Camp featuring Mac McIntosh at the Microsoft office in Mississauga, ON. There were many familiar faces in attendance and lots more that are just starting to enjoy all of their benefits as a SBSC. Across the board, those that attended showed a true commitment...
  • Blog Post: News from SMB Nation 2008

    The 6th annual SMB Nation 2008 Fall Conference started this past Saturday, October 4 and will close today in Seattle, Washington. I’m certain many of you have heard of this already, but to summarize it is one of the leading annual SMB-focused channel partner conferences in North America. This year’s...
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