0447.SBPIUS_5F00_6858D125[1] As you may recall from my Not only is SBSC staying, it is THE Small Business designation in the Microsoft Partner Network (MPN) post, the Microsoft Small Business Specialist designation will continue to be the way that Microsoft partners can demonstrate their focus and skills in serving the needs of small businesses.  Just like with the Gold and Silver level competencies in the Microsoft Partner Network, it is important for partners looking to renew their enrollment in the Microsoft Partner Network with the Small Business Specialist designation ensure they are aware of the requirements necessary to meet in order to ensure you will be able to re-enroll and maintain their Small Business Specialist designation. 

For those of you looking to renew your membership in the Microsoft Partner Network with the Small Business Specialist designation, I am posting up this Step-By-Step guidance on how to go about doing this in order to help make the process as easy to follow for you as possible.

  1. Build your plan:
  2. Check your SBSC membership status: (After October, SBSC status in PMC will be in a new place)
    • Log onto the Partner Membership Center, click Other Programs Summary and scroll down to the Small Business Specialist Community section.
      - Click on the image to the right to see full size.  This shows you where you will find the “Small Business Specialist Community” image
  3. If you need a qualifying exam, use the following:
  4. If you need the Small Business Sales and Marketing Skills Assessment:
    • Click here to take the assessment (note: starting in October 2010 there will be a new Small Business Sales & Marketing Skills Assessment)
    • Click here to access the SBSC Learning Path to prep for the assessment and/or qualifying exams
  5. Obtain either:
  6. Automatic Enrollment
    • Upon meeting the program requirements, each location will be automatically enrolled in the Small Business Specialist Community.
    • Individuals designated as administrators of your partner profile will be notified each time a location becomes active in this community.

One note from a timing perspective, we are talking about your re-enrollment in the Microsoft Partner Network here, which means that the date that you will need to meet the updated requirements for the Small Business Specialist designation by will be your anniversary date in the Microsoft Partner Network, not the initial launch date of the Microsoft Partner Network.  So if your anniversary date is January 31, 2011, then you have until then to meet the requirements for the Small Business Specialist designation.

I hope this step-by-step guide helps you in your process to reenroll in the Microsoft Partner Network with the Microsoft Small Business Specialist designation.

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