Nobody knows better how to help small businesses get the most from technology than the people who do it every day. That’s the inspiration behind the SMB MVP Community Roadshow, which is bringing MVPs to cities around the world over the next year to reach around 6,000 Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard partners. The brainchild of Microsoft senior program manager Kevin Beares and Small Business Server MVP Jeff Middleton, the Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard-sponsored Roadshow was years in the making and launched this spring. “With this tour, we’re enabling the experts to go out and engage with and educate community. MVPs are able to present on a breadth of knowledge—not just SMB,” explained Kevin. “It’s a reverse model—we’re bringing the conference to them.”

Microsoft partnered with Jeff and his company SBS Migration to organize and manage the tour, currently slated for stops in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Europe. Jeff expects to participate in about half the events, which currently are targeted to 66 cities, and is looking forward to connecting with MVPs around the world.

“We’ve chosen locations based on their local community IT groups, and we’ll be teaming with them to create these events,” said Jeff. “We’ll be reaching areas that may never have had an event like this before.”

You can sign-up for one of the upcoming events—or recommend your city as a tour destination—here: www.SmbMvpTour.com/register

 You can also follow the tour on these channels:

http://blogs.msmvps.com/SmbMvpTour  

http://www.youtube.com/SmbMvpTour

www.twitter.com/SmbMvpTour

http://www.facebook.com/SmbMvpTour