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Happy Veterans Day 2014!
  Good morning, SMB Nation Community. The SMB Nation Team would like to wish you all a very Happy Veterans Day (US) and take a moment to thank the Veterans in our community and beyond!

This holiday in the US shares its roots with Armistice Day and Remembrance Day across the globe, first celebrated on November 11, 1919. There was a slight change, however, in 1945, when World War II veteran Raymond Weeks moved to expand the holiday to recognize veterans of all wars. The nomenclature change then happened in 1954

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How to Conduct a Non-Invasive Network Assessment
  By Bob Vogel, B2 Marketing

I’ve been talking with the folks over at RapidFire Tools to learn more about their network assessment tool called The Network Detective. Their big claim to fame is that the tool they’ve created allows you to perform a completely non-invasive assessment that’s deceptively easy to set up and fast to run.

So I asked them what does” non-invasive” really mean, and why is that important?

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Registration Open for the Office 365 2015 Tour!
Mark your calendar as SMB Nation is hitting the road with its Office 365 Tour. It may be in 2015, but we are busy working to make sure this tour brings you the latest content, best speakers, and networking together in this one day event.

Check out some of our Sessions:

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Do You Get Me?
image   That’s what every partner should ask vendors. Sometimes it can get a little frustrating working with vendors that don’t “get” partners. A lot of them don’t seem to understand the role that partners like you play in selling IT solutions to SMBs, and even worse, don’t understand how partners make money. A lot of them will create products, stick them on a web site then spend a lot of money on direct marketing and sales in an attempt to get customers to come buy them. We all know that that is not the best way to serve SMB customers.

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The Coming O365 Talent Shortage
image   By Harry Brelsford, Founder and Chairman,
SMB Nation

Another leading, not lagging, indicator of the success of Office 365 is an emerging talent shortage to do the work. While the current administration in Washington DC hasn’t been able to capitalize on the (technically) robust US job growth (over 214,000 jobs were added in October and 2.3 million jobs created in 2014), you can leverage your Office 365 expertise for more goodness.

The goodness could be in the form of higher pay, a better work environment, or a better work location. Basically so goes Office 365, so goes its talent market. You heard it here first – good times dead ahead.

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Weekly Webinar: The Windows Server 2003 Opportunity: All Paths Lead to Success
Registration Link:

Date: Thursday, November 13, 2014 10:00-11:00 AM PDT

Presented by: Bill Hersh, D&H Distributing and Harry Brelsford, SMB Nation, Inc.

Over the next several months, the SMB VAR community has the single largest network infrastructure upgrade opportunity that we have ever had. We also have the broadest array of high-value options for our customers to move to, from upgraded on premise installations to all-cloud implementations and all manner of options in between.

Please join Bill Hersh, Solutions Coordinator with D&H Distributing, as he reviews many of these options and the high value that they offer for different customers  


November 11
Issue 9-19

This Issue:
bullets Happy Veterans Day 2014!
bullets Registration Open for the Office 365 2015 Tour!
The Coming O365 Talent Shortage
Weekly Webinar: The Windows Server 2003 Opportunity: All Paths Lead to Success
Upcoming Events
Weekly Webinar: The Windows Server 2003 Opportunity: All Paths Lead to Success
January 27, 2015: Office 365 Tour Stop, Bellevue, WA
January 29, 2015: Office 365 Tour Stop, Silicon Valley, CA
February 26, 2015: Office 365 Tour Stop, Los Angeles/Irvine, CA

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SMB Nation Kitchen

Big Soft Ginger Cookies


2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup margarine, softened
1 cup white sugar
1 egg
1 tablespoon water
1/4 cup molasses
2 tablespoons white sugar

Recipe Source and cooking directions here.

On This Day in History

November 11, 1921: The Tomb of the Unknowns is dedicated by US President Warren G. Harding at Arlington National Cemetery.


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