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Partner Spotlight: NovaStor
  NovaStor takes aim at other Virtual Backup leaders by offering small businesses Affordable and advanced backup software to protect both Physical and Virtual environments from a single interface. With the release of NovaBACKUP 16 and an exciting set of new features, NovaStor expands their “Backup for the Rest of Us” campaign with an answer to what small businesses and SMB IT resellers have been asking for. Click to read the full article.

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Modern Partner Tour Success: Sand, Shopping
and SIP Blocking
  By Harry Brelsford, Chairman and Founder, SMB Nation

I periodically want to brief you on developments concerning the million mile Modern Partner Tour, a series of executive workshops that we are conducting globally for Intel, Microsoft and Actiontec. We’re just over halfway done for the current quarter and we’ve honed our message to truly daze and amaze the top 15 reseller partners who are invited to this exclusive event. It’s morphed into an Executive MBA gathering, versus the stand-and-deliver “death by PowerPoint” lecture we’re all too familiar with. And it’s been an honor and a privilege to be along for the journey. To be honest, I have learned more than I’ve delivered – just part of the ongoing US foreign trade deficit that’s burdened my motherland for more than a generation.

Here is my latest report...

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Happy Small Business Week 2014!
 
By Heather Lawrentz, Contributing Writer, SMB Nation

We all know that the work you, our SMB IT Pros, do deserves more than one week of recognition. But we are glad to see a Small Business Week, and we are excited to cover this year’s news! We have stories from Tradeshift and Microsoft, as well as insightful graphics from PayChex and special sessions from PayPal.

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Community Corner: WSTA Holds Night at the Living Computer Museum
 
By Heather Lawrentz, Contributing Writer, SMB Nation

We have good news from our partners at the West Sound Technology Association that they will be holding a special “Night at the Living Computer Museum” event on May 15 from 5:30-7:30 pm. This museum, located in Seattle, Washington, is entirely devoted to preserving computing technologies from the past.

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White Paper Center Update
image   We are pleased to have two new White Papers from Symantec:

"Security and the Cloud"

"Protecting Your Business Data: Five Dos and Don’ts"

Request a Download of these today!

 
The Week that Was: May 9
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By Alex Anderson, Contributing Writer, SMB Nation

Your weekly roundup of news for the IT channel.

Click below to read news from StorageCraft, Perficient, Dell and more!

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SMB Nation Emerging Technology Tour 2014
Denver Stop TWO DAYS LEFT TO REGISTER!
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SMB Nation is very excited about the opportunity to bring events to you in 2014!

We will be in Denver, CO on Friday, May 16.


Here's a look at the May 16 agenda:
  • 7:30 – 8:15 Registration
  • 8:15 – 8:30 Welcoming Address
  • 8:30 – 9:00 Avoid AV Storms
    Speaker: Andrew Bagnato
  • 9:00 – 11:00 Automation and Scalable Management with PowerShell (Part 1)
    Speaker: Jeff Hicks
  • 11:00 – 11:40 Sponsor Intro
  • 11:40 – 12:40 Exhibit Hall
  • 12:40 – 1:40 Keynote Lunch
  • 1:40 – 3:40 Automation and Scalable Management with PowerShell (Part 2)
    Speaker: Jeff Hicks
  • 3:55 – 5:55 Migrating your SBS Exchange to Exchange 2013
    Speaker: Dave Shackelford
  • 5:55 – 6:15 Dinner
  • 6:15 – 8:15 Standards and Procedures That Will Instantly Increase Your Profits
    Speaker: Karl Palachuk

 

May 13, 2014,
Issue 8-45

This Issue:
 
bullets Modern Partner Tour Success: Sand, Shopping and SIP Blocking
 
bullets Happy Small Business Week 2014!
 
bullets Community Corner: WSTA Holds Night at the Living Computer Museum
 
The Week that Was: May 9
 
 
Upcoming Events:
 
May 15, 2014: UPDATE: The Next SBS Part II
 
May 16, 2014: SMB Nation Emerging Technology Tour, Denver, CO
 
May 29, 2014: Webinar: Executing the Project Scope
 
 
 
 
 
 
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SMB Nation Kitchen

Pineapple and Chicken Skewers

Ingredients: (Makes 3 Servings)

1-1/2 green bell pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces
3/4 onion, cut into 1-inch pieces
3/4 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, cut into 1-inch pieces
1-1/2 (15 ounce) cans pineapple chunks, drained
1/4 cup and 2 tablespoons barbeque sauce, or as needed
9 skewers

Directions:

Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat and lightly oil the grate.

Thread green bell pepper, onion, chicken, and pineapple onto skewers; brush with barbeque sauce.

Cook on the preheated grill until chicken is no longer pink in the center and the juices run clear, 7 to 10 minutes per side.

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On This Day in History

May 13, 1958: The trademark Velcro is registered

 

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