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Living Theology: Taking Fun Seriously
– SMB Nation Turns 15!
  By Harry Brelsford, Founder and Chairman,
SMB Nation

How do you celebrate something as big as SMB Nation’s 15th anniversary? I think its part reflection, part forward planning and part celebration. As the founder, I’m very proud that we created a company that supports ten families.

These jobs simply didn’t exist before, and I appreciate, daily, the staff that we have and the long tenures amongst them (my key employees are approaching eight years). So first and foremost on my gratitude list is a huge THANK YOU to these staff members:

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Are You Leaving Money on the Table with Office 365?
image   A lot of SMB partners are wondering if they are leaving money on the table when selling Microsoft Office 365. The shift from on-premise to cloud-based products means potential disruption of traditional partner revenue streams, but there is still plenty of opportunity for SMB partners. One of those key areas is something that Harry talks a lot about: application layering. One of the best application layer products for SMBs that we have seen is attachedapps.

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Webinar Replay: Board of Advisors
  Did you miss our Board of Advisors Webinar on Thursday, October 23?

You're in luck! Catch a replay of our webinar at:

Check out our Board of Advistors Page here.

Last Call for O365 Survey

As many of you recall, we have been running an Office 365 Survey for IT Professionals. Well, this is your last chance to weigh in on how you use Office 365, and what you would like to see different!

Take our survey at:

Remember, one respondent will win a FREE ActionTec WIDI device! This survey will close on Monday, November 3, 2014!


GoDaddy Ramps Office 365 Motion (Part 1 of 3)
image   By Harry Brelsford, Founder and Chairman,
SMB Nation

Over the next three blogs, my intentions are to profile the people and the products at GoDaddy in the context of Office 365 and small businesses. Hang on fast, as you’ll be surprised how this consumer favorite is quickly emerging as a power player in the small and medium business segment.

Björn Levidow: Where is he now?

Long-time Microsoft Small Business Server (SBS) leader, Björn Levidow (pictured), has emerged as a principal product manager at GoDaddy, just down the street from Microsoft, in Kirkland, Washington. I worked with Björn for many years in the SBS-era before everything changed at Microsoft (see my prior blogs on SBS end-of-life, etc.). Björn has successfully pivoted to the new-new of SMB services by joining GoDaddy nearly a year ago. So he’s bringing his SBS on-premises acumen to the GoDaddy world without borders.

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How to Make Money with Office 365 (Part III of III)
image   By Harry Brelsford, Founder and Chairman,
SMB Nation

As the world turns, our Office 365 money maker journey continues. In the first two installments of this series, I covered “secular” business models that easily align to current thinking. In this third installment, I proffer more radical ideas. But these are legitimate pathways because people are doing these right here right now.

Diversification: Start a Side Business (Tip #7)
In the SMB sector, many have the label “lifestyle consultant” aptly applied. The idea is that you have your ten or 20 clients running Small Business Server and you are fat, happy, and sassy! Friday afternoons are for fishing. What I found is that these lifestyle consultants often had a side business ranging from...

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October 31
Issue 9-17

This Issue:
bullets Living Theology: Taking Fun Seriously – SMB Nation Turns 15!
bullets Webinar Replay: Board of Advisors
Last Call for O365 Survey
GoDaddy Ramps Office 365 Motion (Part 1 of 3)
How to Make Money with Office 365 (Part III of III)
Upcoming Events
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

Halloween Entree:
Tina's Halloween Quesadillas


2 sweet potatoes, scrubbed
6 (10 inch) tomato flavored tortillas
2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese, divided
1 (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained, divided
1 cup salsa (optional)


Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C). Cut several slashes into each sweet potato.

Bake the potatoes in the preheated oven until tender, about 45 minutes. Mash the hot sweet potatoes in a bowl. Reduce oven heat to 200 degrees F (95 degrees C).

Heat a skillet over medium heat, and warm a tortilla in the skillet until pliable, about 2 minutes. Flip the tortilla over, and sprinkle the tortilla to about 1/2-inch of the edge with 1/3 cup of shredded Cheddar cheese. Allow the cheese to melt, and spread about 1/3 cup of mashed sweet potato over the melted cheese. Spread 2 or 3 tablespoons of black beans over the sweet potatoes. Fold the tortilla in half, enclosing the filling. Repeat with the rest of the tortillas; keep filled quesadillas warm in the oven.

Serve in wedges topped with salsa.

Recipe Source

On This Day in History

October 31, 1632: Johannes Vermeer, Dutch painter, is born.


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