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  • Blog Post: Microsoft study results show SBSCs key to helping economic recovery in Canada

    Microsoft Corp. recently released a full study of business challenges and technology priorities that SMBs are facing in this year ahead. As part of the first “ Microsoft SMB Insight Report ” , more than 600 SBSCs across 5 countries were surveyed – including the survey you received from us in Canada....
  • Blog Post: Watch the Canadian Microsoft SMB Roundtable with RBC, Harry Rosen, and customers

    In February Microsoft Canada’s SMB team brought together industry experts and business owners for a forward-looking discussion on the Canadian economy. The goal was to identify strategies to help Canadian small businesses thrive now and once the economy begins to grow again. The line-up of participants...
  • Blog Post: SBSC PALs: Call for feedback from SBSCs in Canada – What’s your opinion?

    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...
  • Blog Post: Watch the new Microsoft Canada “Tell Me More” partner program video!

    Microsoft Canada’s “ Tell Me More ” website might ring a bell for some of you, as it’s the portal that you would have read through when you first became a SBSC. I’m pleased to announce that the site’s gone through a makeover, still with the aim to help growing partners pinpoint the most popular and useful...
  • Blog Post: Important: New exam requirements for SBSCs now in place

    This is a really important note for all Microsoft Small Business Specialists to review. We’ve now released globally the new exam requirements for the SBSC designation, including Canada of course. What’s new? Moving forward, all new SBSC partners must employ or contract at least one person by location...
  • Blog Post: SBS 2008 or EBS 2008 deal in the works? Call the Technical Sales Support Team in Canada

    Written by Constanza Zalba , Product Manager for SBS/EBS I’ve been out speaking with partners since SBS 2008 and EBS 2008 launched in the Fall and one of the most popular questions I get is: “I’d like some help with my first SBS08 or EBS08 sale. I know Gold and Certified partners get a lot of support...
  • Blog Post: Insights on the Canadian economy from Microsoft Canada’s President

    The “recession” is a hot topic in the global economy and is on every Canadian’s mind. You can set yourself up for success by staying focused on reaching your full potential, and working on the right partnerships that will help guide you through these uncertain economic times. Take a minute to watch the...
  • Blog Post: Most popular posts of 2008

    We launched this SBSC Canada blog about 89 days ago (63 “business days”) as the first of its kind in the technology partner ecosystem at Microsoft Canada. Since then I have had the pleasure of sharing a total of – you guessed it – 63 posts ! This wouldn’t have been possible without the many community...
  • Blog Post: Want publicity? Calling for Windows Vista, Big Easy, & Open License cases

    Want publicity for the awesome work you do? Want to represent the SBSC community in Canadian media? From time to time we see significant interest bubbling up on important topics from our small business customers. The best way for us to get the word out is, of course, PR! We’re calling out for SBSCs in...
  • 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: Windows Vista Small Business Assurance now in Canada, SBSCs featured

    Written by Matt Wolodarsky , Product Manager for Windows Vista   We know that small businesses are often faced with minimal IT support and resources - they need easy to implement and affordable IT solutions. To help you support your small business customers transition to Windows Vista easily we...
  • 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: MAPS issue with Windows Home Server PID keys

    There is an identified issue with the Windows Home Server Product ID keys shipped in the recent October Microsoft Action Pack Subscription kits not working correctly. To ensure you are able to use the included software right away, you can receive an updated PID by contacting the Canadian Regional Service...
  • Blog Post: New Canadian Partner Portal homepage released

    Our Partner Marketing team at Microsoft Canada is pleased to announce that the Microsoft Partner Portal homepage in Canada has received an exciting new facelift! If you haven’t been visiting the portal regularly before, the new features and easier interface are definitely worth a look. These features...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft study reveals small business IT sophistication

    This week Microsoft Corp. released the results of a global study that investigated how small businesses use and manage their IT. The research report, called “ Microsoft Global Small Business Index, October 2008 ”, was executed by Vanson Bourne Ltd. earlier this year with more than 1,300 small businesses...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight 2 available for download now

    In case you haven’t heard the buzz, Silverlight 2 was made available this week for download with some major upgrades. If you recall, we used Silverlight 1 video hosting to power our SBSC Ramp-Up/Accelerate Tour videos . In the future, we'll now be able to take advantage of new features like progressive...
  • Blog Post: D&H Canada signs on Microsoft

    Now that we are well into the month of October (Small Business Month!), I wanted to share the news again with everyone that D&H Canada is now carrying Microsoft products for its Canadian resellers. If you were are the D&H Canada reseller show in Toronto, then you would have heard Susan Day (D&H...
  • Blog Post: Thinking big about small business

    As your Canadian community lead, I am really excited to be launching this new way for you to get the latest information you need fast and wherever you want it. As a SBSC, you are a trusted SMB-focused partner and part of a larger community of hundreds of IT professionals across the country. You are out...
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