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Microsoft Small Business Specialists are technology partners that specialize in helping small to medium businesses tackle their business challenges with the best use of IT. The Small Business Specialist Community (SBSC) is a network of hundreds of local Canadian IT professionals that help customers make smart technology decisions.

SBSCs have proven expertise in marketing, selling, planning, and building solutions for SMBs. Through their alignment with the Microsoft Partner Program, they gain access to exclusive benefits and opportunities that help them enhance their skills, improve customer relationships, and win sales.

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    First 3 comments get a SBSC polo

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    It’s Friday and I have some very nice SBSC embroidered polo shirts to give away to celebrate. The image to the right is close, but the actual shirts look even better! The first 3 individuals to comment on this post will get a shirt shipped out to them...
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    Microsoft urgent security update for October 23

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    Please read below carefully and ensure that you update your systems accordingly. As a SBSC and trusted IT professional, communicate this notice out further to your clients to ensure they are also protected. This alert is to provide you with an overview...
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    SBSC Lounge and something big in the works!

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    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...
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    Have you heard Small Business IT Radio?

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    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...
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    Email subscription links corrected

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    This is a quick note to let you know that we had some challenges with the email subscription links, which are now working as they should in future posts. Thanks Stuart for catching this! The sidebar link always worked, but it looks like the ones in each...
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    Winning with Windows Vista - a webcast you don’t want to miss

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    We have a very opportune webcast coming up soon in the monthly exclusive SBSC LiveMeeting series. On October 29, 2008, join Microsoft Canada’s Windows Vista Product Manager and I to learn about Winning with Windows Vista in the SMB market. Your top 5...
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    Why you need an Action Pack this October

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    If you already have the Microsoft Action Pack Subscription (MAPS), keep a look out for this October’s quarterly update kit. If for some reason you don’t yet, head over and renew/enroll your subscription now. There’s an unbelievable amount of value in...
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    Silverlight 2 available for download now

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    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...
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    Getting to know SAM

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    Written by Elisabeth Vanderveldt , SBSC PAL for Eastern Canada As a Software Asset Management (SAM) specialist I thought this would be a great time, with the pending release of SBS/EBS 2008, to talk about the revenue potential a SAM engagement with current...
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    Good help is hard to find – meet MSEmploy

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    I have heard time and time again from the community that good help is hard to find in the world of technology. Meet MSEmploy , a new independent Canadian job and training portal specifically serving the Microsoft ecosystem. Founded in 2005 and operating...
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    Last days for Tech•Days early bird discount!

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    Microsoft Tech•Days 2008 is a training conference for Canadian IT Professionals and Developers hitting 7 cities across the nation starting at the end of this month in Toronto. The Tech•Days team is offering a fantastic early bird discount if you register...
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    Microsoft loves turkey

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    It has been almost 10 days since the SBSC Canada blog launched and we are really pleased with the jump start in readership and support from the community. Thank you to those that have taken the time to guest write ( Elisabeth from Conamex, Dave from Microsoft...
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    SBSC exams for SBS and EBS 2008

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    I have received a few questions about updated exams, so I wanted to share the details we have right now on the Windows Essential Server Solutions exams for SBS and EBS 2008. I know some of you have been involved in the beta releases, but the full RTM...
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    Happening now with SBS and EBS 2008

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    There is a substantial amount of training, events, offers, and other opportunities coming for SBSCs with the launch of Windows Essential Server Solutions – SBS and EBS 2008. There is a first wave of these activities already live that you should consider...
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    Social networking for SBSCs

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    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...
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    D&H Canada signs on Microsoft

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    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...
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    What you need to know about The Big Easy Offer

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    Written by Dave Owen , Marketing Manager for SMB Customers So you may have caught wind of the Big Easy Offer that was run last year in the US through the grapevine, attended WPC this year and heard the rumblings of it coming back in the US this year,...
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    News from SMB Nation 2008

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    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...
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    Response Point, start getting excited!

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    Written by Elisabeth Vanderveldt , SBSC PAL for Eastern Canada You’re mobile, agile, and quick to respond to your client’s every needs. Basically you are a “super partner”. But while you’re working to make your clients business number one, who’s helping...
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    Thinking big about small business

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    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...
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