Monday, August 18, 2008

Exclusive Opportunity for SBS Specialists and Partners!

While normally I focus on technical tips and tricks, this one cool tip, because if you graduate from the program, a "for resale" copy of Windows Small Business Server 2008 is available to you as a prize!

Ok, so now the details of the deal:

Exclusive Opportunity!  Online Peer Groups for Small Business Specialist and Windows SBS Partners

Microsoft announces Online Peer Groups, a new benefit for current Small Business Specialist partners that took the Windows SBS 70-282 exam.

What are the Online Peer Groups?

The Online Peer Groups are an opportunity for Microsoft partners to learn, share and complete activities designed to improve their business and professional lives. The Content will consist of these six topics over a 12-month period:

  1. Vision, Mission, Values
  2. Business Planning
  3. Sales and Marketing
  4. Budgeting and Finance
  5. HR and Metrics
  6. Vendor Engagement and Wrap-up

The online Peer Groups consist of up to 15 members partners per group.  The meetings are scheduled at uniform times.  Each meeting will focus on practical, useful content and tools that help you improve your business over the upcoming month and beyond. Homework and goal assignments are required and will supplement the learning.  Peer group sharing is also a key part of the best practice exchange and overall learning.

  • Have to be a current Microsoft Small Business Specialist
  • Passed the SBS 70-282 Exam
  • Fluency in English (open to partners worldwide)
  • Commitment to participate includes attending peer group sessions and completion of homework
  • Pay USD $600 for participation (partners that successfully graduate will receive a free ‘for resale’ copy of SBS 2008 Standard Edition)

To learn more or to SUBMIT the nomination form. Form needs to be submitted latest by August 31, 2008 for participation in the FY09 Online Peer Groups. Submitting the form does not guarantee selection. Microsoft and Heartland Technology Groups reserve the right to decline a submission. All peer groups will be conducted in English only.


Philip Elder Cluster MVP said...

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Excellent opportunity for the SBSC and Partners.


Anonymous said...

Darn! I'm not there yet. I still have to take my test. =)