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Solving your professional liquidity crisis today!
  By Harry Brelsford, Founder and Chairman,
SMB Nation

In the world of business, investors have different liquidity preferences. For example, the investment portfolio of financial instruments such as stocks and certificates of deposit (CDs) are considered to be liquid. You can access the $$$ quickly. A real property portfolio top heavy in raw land real estate would be considered illiquid. The reason I’m seating the table herein is to weave in the world of Office 365.

Long-time Small Business Server aficionados are suffering a liquidity crisis. They are holding a raw land skill set in a high-speed trading world. That is, the server-side on-premises toolkit that served you well for 15+ years in an SBS world, isn’t relevant.

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Why ARRC Technology Practices What CharTec Preaches
  By Bob Vogel, B2 Marketing

Shane Swanson and Eric Pepe both wear two hats: one belongs to ARRC Technology, the thriving MSP based in Bakersfield, CA; the other hat belongs to CharTec, the innovative ground-breaking spin-off that trains other MSPs how to run their businesses better.

One of the many things the two organizations share in common is Network Detective, the industry's leading non-invasive IT Assessment tool.

To hear Shane and Eric tell this story in their own words, click here to watch a short excerpt from a recent webinar they delivered for the HTG Group.

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HP’s Forward Strategy
By Harry Brelsford, Founder and Chairman,
SMB Nation

HP is capitalizing on the chaos in the server market right now with its new Smart Choice campaign. It’s aimed at educating and encouraging HP partners to sell into IBM server-side accounts. Why? Earlier this year, IBM stated its intentions to leave the server market. This follows its departure from the PC market in the 2005/6 time frame. It’s part of IBM’s reboot to become a cloud and services company. One man’s loss (IBM) and another man’s gain ((HP).

When I spoke recently with Chuck Smith, vice president of strategic growth and business development for HP Servers, he shared that...

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attachedapps: Kevin Costner doesn’t work for us
image   A lot of technology companies that want to sell into the SMB customer space don’t really understand the role that partners play. They tend to take the Field of Dreams approach of “if you build it, they will come”, thinking that SMBs will take the time and effort to search out new products, then purchase, install, configure and customize them on their own without using their trusted partner. Experience and research has proven that most SMBs just don’t have the time, patience or skills to do so, leaving a lot of company executives scratching their heads wondering why their product isn’t selling. That’s why it’s refreshing to see attachedapps launching their products with a true “partner first” sales strategy.

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SMB Nation and WSTA Annual Picnic August 21!
It’s that time of year again. Join us at the Brelsford house on Bainbridge Island, WA Thursday, August 21, from 4:30-8:30 pm!

We’ll have the food, giveaways and drinks, but it’s up to you to bring yourselves for great conversation and networking.

This year’s picnic is sponsored by Puget Sound Energy and D&H.

Register here.


SMB Nation Fall 2014 Registration is Open!
image   Event Website and Registration:

Dates: September 26-28, with a Pre-Day on September 25, and a special Post-Conference Bike Ride on September 29

Location: Microsoft Conference Center Building 33 16070 NE 36th Way, Redmond, WA 98052

Also check out our webinar about the new Fall at:


August 5, 2014,
Issue 9-05

This Issue:
bullets Solving your professional liquidity crisis today!
bullets HP’s Forward Strategy
SMB Nation and WSTA Annual Picnic August 21!
bullets SMB Nation Fall 2014 Registration is Open!
Upcoming Events:
August 21, 2014: SMB Nation and WSTA Annual Picnic
September 26-28, 2014: SMB Nation 2014 Fall Conference

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SMB Nation Kitchen

Chicken Enchilada Dip


1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 (8 ounce) jar mayonnaise
1 (8 ounce) package shredded Cheddar cheese
1 (4 ounce) can diced green chile peppers
1 jalapeno pepper, finely dice

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Place chicken breast halves on a medium baking sheet.

Bake in the preheated oven 20 minutes, or until no longer pink. Remove from heat, cool and shred.

Place shredded chicken in a medium bowl, and mix in cream cheese, mayonnaise, Cheddar cheese, green chile peppers and jalapeno pepper.

Transfer the chicken mixture to a medium baking dish.

Bake uncovered in the preheated oven 30 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown.

Recipe Source Here

On This Day in History

August 5, 1926: Harry Houdini performs his greatest feat, spending 91 minutes underwater in a sealed tank before escaping.


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