Monthly Archives: September 2008

5W/50 Series – Hiring Your First Employee, How to do it right the first time!

Starting in about 15 minutes from this post, is a Microsoft Partner 5W/50 Webinar that looks interesting if you are a consultant looking to expand your business.  URL for MSFT Partners to get details and register is:




Event Title : 5W/50 Series – Hiring Your First Employee, How to do it right the first time!

5W/50 Series – Hiring Your First Employee, How to do it right the first time!

Expanding your business and hiring employees can be a daunting task for new and established partners. When you hire someone you take on added responsibility, yet you are also taking an important step in moving beyond being self-employed.  Employees become your face to the community and can make or break your business.

This session will review how to move from being self-employed to an employer.  Robert Lindley with ISI will share his experiences both positive and negative. In this session he will address the following questions:   Why should I hire an employee?   When is it time to hire an employee?   What qualifications do I need in an employee?   Where can I find an employee?   Who should I hire?


Robert Lindley, President, Innovative Systems, Inc.

Robert is the president of Innovative Systems, Inc. ( a consulting firm he founded in 1994 in Little Rock, Arkansas. He has been in the computer industry since 1978, started ISI as a one-man operation, and has grown to a staff of 8. Robert has been the technician, has evolved to manager, and now an entrepreneur. He is the President of the International Association of Microsoft Certified Partners – Arkansas Chapter. (, serves on the Microsoft TS2 advisory panel, a member of HTG Peer Group 5 (, and serves on several IT advisory committees for local colleges.

ISI is a Microsoft GOLD Certified Partner and Small Business Specialist with competencies in advanced network infrastructure, network infrastructure, information worker, mobility, and security. ISI received the SBSC Award from Microsoft South Central Area for the first quarter of 2007. ISI provides computer network services to small and medium sized businesses in central Arkansas. ISI’s mission is: “We focus on your technology, so you can focus on your business.

John Endter, E Squared C

Nick Bock, Five Nines Tech Group

Event Details
Location & Provider: Online   Event ID: 249937  
Dates & Times: Friday, September 26, 2008 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Time Zone : (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada); Tijuana
  Duration: 1  Hour  
Role: Exec/Owner   Level: 200 – Intermediate  
Format: Web Seminars (Live)

EBS and HP Blade Server Session by Greg Starks in Seattle on October 3rd, 2008

Interrupting this blog for a non-paid non-political announcement.  ;-)  For those of you in the Northwest, you should get yourself over to Greg’s presentation.  I’m already booked for that Friday across town so if you go you will need to fill me in on how it goes.  The HP “Shorty” is a cool system and Essential Business Server is definitely worth your attention for the sites on the upper edge and over the edge of SBS’ 75 user limit.  EBS is much more complex than SBS.  Our company has been working with Microsoft on two customer EBS TAP sites over the past year, and believe me, EBS is great, but if you are expecting the follow the wizard life of SBS, you’ll be in for a surprise.  There is too much going on in this system to just deploy and run without preparing yourself by training up on the components, so get yourself familiar with it if BEFORE you go out and deploy it.  Greg’s presentation (and SMB Nation’s conference) are a great place to start! – Steve

From:                           Harry Brelsford

Sent:                             Wednesday, September 24, 2008 12:22 PM

To:                                Steven Banks; Ken Shafer; Bob Romney; Jasminder Rai

Subject:                        Update: HP Blade University open to public => Essential Business Server deep dive with Greg Starks from HP Houston (Next Friday in Seattle)


Hey guys – this is now complimentary and open to the public…and it’s GREG STARKS who is one of us and amazing!


This your invitation to the HP c3000 and Windows EBS event in Seattle on October 3, 2008.  We have a few seats still available and are extending this invitation to you once more.  Visit now to register.  Remember, our limited seating goes to the first 50 people who register!


 In this interactive and entertaining day, you’ll discover a perfect fit: HP BladeSystem c3000 and Windows EBS. You’ll learn how to prospect for business, how to make quick and compelling executive presentations, and why this is the solution your customers have been waiting for.


Who should attend?

Qualified attendees are sales professionals, senior management, and presales engineers interested in learning more about HP BladeSystem c3000 and Microsoft EBS and the strategies required for effective solution selling.


Register Now!

Enroll right away because there are only a few seats left!  Visit now!  (Note: Walk-in registration will not be permitted at this event because of limited seating).


Event Details:

Held on Friday, October 3, 2008 the day before SMB Nation begins, this program runs from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm. Registration opens at 8:30 am with breakfast. Lunch will be provided. The event is at the Seattle Marriott Waterfront hotel, adjacent to the SMB Nation venue.



We will allow you to substitute another colleague from your company. If you cannot make the session, please let us know so that we can invite someone from the waiting list.


Register now at before you forget!


Thanks and see you soon,

Your EBS and C3000 Team


Harry Brelsford | CEO | SMB Nation, Inc. |

Please attend our SMB Nation 2008 fall conference, October 4-6, 2008


Read Harry’s SMB Dude Blog here

Download your copy of SMB PC magazine here


The 2008 SBS Partner User Group Tour is well under way!

The 2008 SBS Partner/User Group Tour has begun!  Our event in Redmond kicked off this last Saturday and Atlanta’s was tonight, so for the rest of you within a few hours of the following cities, do yourself a favor and sign up to attend.  Here’s your chance to hear directly from the SBS Team about the final Released to Manufacturing version of Small Business Server 2008!  They will be giving away one “For Resale” copy of SBS 2008 at each event (release date for SBS 2008 is scheduled for November 12, so they’ll take the contact info of the winner and get it to you once it is ready).  I’ve included a second grid at the end of this post with the individuals who are leading each event so you can track them down if you need to.  Some cities are doing pre-tour events the same day (Charlotte and San Diego I know are for sure) so be on the lookout for those as well.

The registration link requires you to be a Microsoft Partner to register, so if you are not, you’ll need to get in touch with Microsoft and do an email registration.  The link is

If you are not a Microsoft partner, please email Lainie West at “v-lawest @” (remove the spaces) with your name, address, email, phone, company, and title and she’ll get you registered.  When you are registered, you will receive an email notification to the email address you provided.


City Date Time
Redmond, WA Sat, September 6 12:00-3:00pm
Alpharetta, GA Tues, September 9 3:00-8:30pm
Charlotte, NC Wed, September 10 6:00-9:00pm
Fort Lauderdale, FL Thurs, September 11 7:00-10:00pm
Houston, TX Fri, September 12 6:00-9:00pm
Cincinnati, OH Mon, September 15 7:00-10:00pm
Downers Grove, IL Tue, September 16 6:30-9:30pm
Irving, TX Wed, September 17 6:30-9:30pm
South Field, MI Wed, September 17 6:30-9:30pm
Minneapolis, MN Thurs, September 18 6:00-9:00pm
Waltham, MA Thurs, September 18 6:00-9:00pm
New York, NY Fri, September 19 4:00-7:00pm
San Francisco, CA Mon, September 22 6:00-9:00pm
Irvine, CA Tues, September 23 6:00-9:00pm
San Diego, CA Wed, September 24 6:00-9:00pm






Partner Lead

Saturday 9/6

Redmond, WA

Steve Banks

Tuesday 9/9

Atlanta, GA

Rick Butler

Wednesday 9/10

Charlotte, NC

Mark Crall

Thursday 9/11

Miami, FL

Scott Cayouette

Friday 9/12

Houston, TX

Tim Loney

Monday 9/15

Cincinnati, OH

Kevin Royalty

Tuesday 9/16

Chicago, IL

Cynthia Slade

Wednesday 9/17

Dallas, TX

Russell Clements

Wednesday 9/17

South Field, MI

Tavis Patterson

Thursday 9/18

Waltham, MA

Scott Galbraith

Friday 9/19

New York, NY

Robert Patterson

Monday 9/22

San Francisco, CA

Steven Lai

Tuesday 9/23

Irvine, CA

Dave Seibert

Wednesday 9/24

San Diego, CA

Jim Muglia

AT&T – I thought only I had the poor call quality with you…

AT&T may have the “most bars” but, at least for me, and it looks as if for many others in the Western states, that doesn’t help when it comes to their call quality and dropped calls.  Check out the latest from J.D. Power and Associates on their ratings of cellular carriers.  AT&T was 6th place out of the six major carriers.  So the next time you are talking with me and the call drops, you’ll know why.