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I’ll Take a HOT DOG with That!
  By Harry Brelsford, Founder and Chairman,
SMB Nation, Inc.


Cruising Costco recently, I made a discovery I didn’t expect right above the printer ink inventory. For those of you not aware, Costco is a worldwide membership warehouse that sells food, staples/necessities and even has a hot dog stand. My discovery was that you could purchase Office 365 at Costco! Say what?

The Office 365 product SKUs are Costco are indeed your Mom and Dad’s Office 365. I saw both the Office 365 Personal and the Home editions. These actually aren’t a Costco-sized bargain.

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Are Your Writing Skills As Good As Your IT Skills?
  By Bob Vogel, B2 Marketing

One of the biggest challenges faced by most IT executives is the fact that most of their techs are great at fixing and maintaining networks, but they lack good writing skills, and they rarely document their work.

It’s hard enough trying to get them just to update service tickets with good notes. But these are NOT the guys or gals who are going to prepare a comprehensive report for your clients detailing the work you’ve performed. And they’re certainly not the people who are going to walk out of a prospect situation and generate a well-written and well-organized set of documents detailing what they discovered, and what the implications are.

That's probably why Network Detective has taken off...

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Status Check: MSFT Office 365 Fast Track Funds Mystery Solved
  By Harry Brelsford, Founder and Chairman,
SMB Nation, Inc.


My esteemed colleague Kevin McLaughlin at CRN had recently broken a story that Microsoft has exhausted funding for its controversial FastTrack program.

But let’s back up. Microsoft now provides free remote onboarding services to customers that buy 150 seats or more of Office 365, as part of an update to its Office 365 Fast Track program. Microsoft also offers customers free email migrations to Office 365 as part of a special adoption offer that runs from...

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What Microsoft’s Big News Means for SMBs,
MSPs, and VARs
image   By Neeraj Periwal, Marketing Coordinator, efolder

Microsoft recently announced some big news that will make many SMBs move their email, contacts, documents, and more to the cloud. But businesses that don’t back up their cloud data could be putting themselves at risk. Learn how you can help your clients keep their information safe with eFolder Cloudfinder.


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World Launch: LinkedIn Cocktail Mixer Party
image   By Harry Brelsford, Founder and Chairman,
SMB Nation


I have always thought that LinkedIn should hold events to connect the people within a community. Wouldn’t you like to meet some of the people you are intertwined with and discover good business? Of course you would.

Last night, LinkedIn held its first-ever event at a hip-and-cool art gallery in the Downtown Seattle area, inviting approximately 200 professionals (pictured left). I was impressed. High-end appetizers, top-shelf open bar, profile “makeover consulting” at kiosks on the floor, and professional glamour headshots.


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O365 Tour Registration is Open!
image   We're hitting the road in 2015 and bringing the show to you! From popular demand and many request we are focusing this year’s tour on Office 365.

The Office 365 Tour has so many reasons to attend: The content, the relationships, and the fact there is no travel required.

Join us for this one day educational event which offers over 6-hours of pure Office 365 content, plus the ability to join the new network of Office 365 user groups. Benefit from peer sharing and professional networking.


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Weekly Webinar: Understanding the Major Shortcoming of Windows 10 and How it Can Increase Your Bottom Line
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Registration Link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4260386918287698433

Date: Thursday, November 20, 2014 10:00-11:00 AM PDT

Presented by: Neil Minetto, Director of Marketing, Laplink and Harry Brelsford, Founder and Chairman, SMB Nation, Inc.

Windows 10 will be released in late 2015. Microsoft has severely deprecated the functionality of Windows Easy Transfer and users need a new solution. PCmover is the ONLY way to move users to a new Windows 10 PC and even allows full application selectivity and automatic reinstall with no need to find old install media. Every attendee will get 3 free copies of PCmover when they sign up to be a Laplink Partner here.

 

November 19
Issue 9-20

This Issue:
 
bullets I’ll Take a HOT DOG with That!
 
bullets Status Check: MSFT Office 365 Fast Track Funds Mystery Solved
 
World Launch: LinkedIn Cocktail Mixer Party
 
O365 Tour Registration is Open!
 
Weekly Webinar: Understanding the Major Shortcoming of Windows 10 and How it Can Increase Your Bottom Line
 
 
Upcoming Events
 
Weekly Webinar: Understanding the Major Shortcoming of Windows 10 and How it Can Increase Your Bottom Line
 
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

Awesome Sausage, Apple and Cranberry Stuffing

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups cubed whole wheat bread
3 3/4 cups cubed white bread
1 pound ground turkey sausage
1 cup chopped onion
3/4 cup chopped celery
2 1/2 teaspoons dried sage
1 1/2 teaspoons dried rosemary
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1 Golden Delicious apple, cored and chopped
3/4 cup dried cranberries
1/3 cup minced fresh parsley
1 cooked turkey liver, finely chopped
3/4 cup turkey stock
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degree F (175 degree C). Spread the white and whole wheat bread cubes in a single layer on a large baking sheet. Bake for 5 to 7 minutes in the preheated oven, or until evenly toasted. Transfer toasted bread cubes to a large bowl.

In a large skillet, cook the sausage and onions over medium heat, stirring and breaking up the lumps until evenly browned. Add the celery, sage, rosemary, and thyme; cook, stirring, for 2 minutes to blend flavors.

Pour sausage mixture over bread in bowl. Mix in chopped apples, dried cranberries, parsley, and liver. Drizzle with turkey stock and melted butter, and mix lightly. Spoon into turkey to loosely fill.

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