image Back in December, we kicked off the “Driving Small Business Success” contest for SBSC Partners in the U.S., which was this year’s version of the SBSC “Partner Plunge” contest that we ran last year, which was won by Wade DeVore and the folks at NetVision. (This was the contest that landed us in the middle of nowhere!) For this year’s “Driving Small Business Success” contest, SBSC Partners again submitted case studies of successes they had helping small businesses through technology and Microsoft solutions, then the best of the best were sorted out and the winners were chosen.

It is my pleasure to congratulate this year’s SBSC “Driving Small Business Success” contest winners:

  • GRAND PRIZE Winner: Carl Mazzanti—eMazzanti Technologies—Hoboken, NJ
    • Prize: smart fortwo passion coupe plus a 3 day/2 night VIP trip for winner and up to nine (9) guests to a NASCAR race at the Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Alabama.
  • First Place Winner (A): Stephen Hall—District Computers, LLC—Silver Spring, MD
    • Prize: smart fortwo passion coupe and up to ten (10) Microsoft Small Business Specialist Jackets for their team members
  • First Place Winner (B): Jim Rutledge—CCS Business Solutions, Inc.—Canton, OH
    • Prize: smart fortwo passion coupe and up to ten (10) Microsoft Small Business Specialist Jackets for their team members.
  • Second Place Winner: Wade DeVore—Netvision Consulting, Inc.—Arlington, TX
    • Prize: Intel® vPro™ Technology Small Form Factor Business PC, and an Intel® Entry Storage System SS4200-EHW PC, plus up to ten (10) Microsoft Small Business Specialist jackets.
  • Third Place Winner: Matt Scherocman—PCMS Datafit, Inc.—Cincinnati, OH
    • Prize: Intel® Centrino® 2 with vPro™ Technology Notebook PC, plus up to ten (10) Microsoft Small Business Specialist jackets.
  • Fourth Place Winner: Christopher Rue—Black Warrior Technology, LLC—Northport, AL
    • Prize: Two (2) full attendee passes to SMB Nation Fall Conference Oct. 2-4, Las Vegas, NV
  • Fifth Place Winner: Peter Perry—Soaring Eagle Computer Services, Inc.—Chicago, IL
    • Prize: One (1) full attendee pass to the SMB Nation Fall Conference, October 2–4, Las Vegas, NV

Big congratulations to Carl and eMazzanti Technologies for their Grand Prize winning effort in this year’s contest, as well as to all of our winners! Plus, thank you to all of you who not only took the time to submit your success stories and share them with us, but also for the amazing solutions you are providing to your clients in the SMB market every day.

While I know that Wade and everyone at NetVision was shooting to pull the repeat this year, still a fantastic effort in following up on the Grand Prize win last year with another winning submission this year! Way to go! And Chris, while I know you REEEEEAAAAAALLLLLLY wanted to get the Talladega trip, still a great job on the fourth place finish.  Looking forward to our joint presentation at Worldwide Partner Conference this year!

Thank you and have a wonderful day,

Eric Ligman – Follow me on clip_image001clip_image002
Global Partner Experience Lead
Microsoft Worldwide Partner Group
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