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SMB Nation has been serving the Bainbridge Island area since 2001, providing IT Support such as technical helpdesk support, computer support, and consulting to small and medium-sized businesses.

We’re Back – Annual Beer Summit! July 9th Washington DC


Bill Gates won’t be there. Elon Musk won’t be there. And Travis Kalanick certainly won’t be there (he’s on leave of absence). But YOU can beWPC Beerfest there! Yes – it’s the traditional kickoff SMB Nation Beer Summit on the front-end of the Microsoft Inspire (formerly WPC) conference. This is your chance to meet, greet, hug, cry, laugh and tell lies outside of the main Inspire conference in a safe place.

Seriously – our popular Beer Summit is a chance for outsiders (typically locals not attending Inspire) to mix with insiders (attending Inspire). Think of it as a social gathering with substance. Be there as the next stories are being written here.

PS – We know you have many parties to attend. Please put us on your shortlist and drop by! 

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WaaS Explored - Selfie Stick! !

Folks are getting excited about the Workstation as a Service pradigm in the Summer of 2016. So to capitalize on that BIG MO, I've gotten out the selfie stick to make the following vid:




Watch the vid here!

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Hear Ye! 2016 Annual SMB Nation Readership Survey

By Harry Brelsford, CEO, SMB Nation - 

As the NFL playoffs continue, it’s that time of the year to conduct our annual readership survey. There is one reason, and one reason alone to engage in the conversation: Feedback is the breakfast of champions!

SurveyWe’re asking a handful of questions that will allow you to help us direct our content coverage. We want to insure we are relevant, on-target, and that you enjoy our community building efforts.

It’s all very simple. Complete the survey HERE and we’ll analyze the results over the next couple weeks. Kindly note that the survey closes January 24th so don’t delay. And thanks for keeping ‘da Nation going!
Again – complete the survey here:

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Happy Holidays!

Story by Harry Brelsford, CEO, SMB Nation - 

SMB Nation recently turned 16-years old and we wanted to wait until the holidays to share that news. We want to use this holiday season to celebrate our mutual success! And we look forward to continued success and a long life. So what better time than the moment to wish you our customers, readers, attendees and sponsors an AMAZING HOLIDAY SEASON! We appreciate your support.

Our community is a melting pot of ethnicities and we want to call out and support the following forms of celebrations:

• Christmas Day (Christian)coexist bumper sticker
• Hanukkah (Jewish)
• Kwanzaa (African American)
• Ramadan (Muslim)
• Eid al-Fitr (Muslim)
• Saint Nicholas Day (Christian)
• Eid'ul-Adha (Muslim)
• Fiesta of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Mexican)
• St. Lucia Day (Swedish)
• Three Kings Day/Epiphany (Christian)
• Boxing Day (Australian, Canadian, English, Irish)
• Omisoka (Japanese)
• Yule (Pagan)
• Saturnalia (Pagan)

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THE 2015 Fall Conference: New sessions added

SMB Nation and O365 Nation are excited to announce myriad new sessions were added to the conference site for THE 2015 Fall Conference, fall2015.smbnation.comsmb logo horz rgb

THE 2015 Fall Conference, coming to Microsoft Redmond Oct. 2-4, is an education and networking opportunity that’s better than going back to school—attendees can earn a major in migrations or clarify the complexities of Office 365 in just three days. 

Sessions include “Lead Generation via Attraction Marketing” and “Lync Sucked! Skype for Business Rocks!,” with industry experts Karl Palachuk, Grant Thompson and more offering presentations throughout the conference. 

The schedule and full list of sessions are available at and, respectively. 

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Myth busters: Debunking the myths of DaaS and its providers

Attend "Myth busters: Debunking the myths of DaaS and its providers,"  and you'll be able to definitively say, "I ain't afraid of no DaaS."

Companies worldwide have deployed Desktop-as-a-Service, supporting employees with a simple, secure and highly-accessible workspace solution. 

Though it's a simple way to enhance productivity for employees, confusion still surrounds DaaS, especially surrounding what it includes, how it's deployed, and how MSPs, VARS and telecos can add DaaS to their product line as a very profitable part of their business. 

SMB Nation will present "Myth Busters" from 10-11 a.m. Sept. 10 in a live webinar, joined by Scott Markley, nGenx channel sales ngenxexecutive. nGenx continues to be a leader and pioneer in DaaS, and Markley will share his extensive industry experience to bust the biggest myths surrounding DaaS and show you how your business can profitably expand into the cloud.

Learn more about the webinar and register here.

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SMB Nation Lands ChannelPro's Silver Award for Best IT Community

ChannelPro-SMB announced this morning the winners of its 2013 Readers’ Choice Awards of which SMB Nation, for the second year in a row, is a winner. Our company once again took away the Silver prize for Best IT Community. Industry organization CompTIA took home the Gold with the ASCII Group coming in third with a Bronze Award.

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Telephonation Rocks!

Telephonation Screenshot 16 AprilAt last week’s Channel Pro SMB’s SMB Forum conference, I was again surprised by how attendees visiting my booth are once again, discussing telecom. It seems like just yesteryear we were VoIPing with Microsoft Response Point and the Cisco 3xx line. But this time the conversation is different; it’s more mature. The reality is no one would promote PSTN in a digital world. It’s all sorted out over the years.

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RIP Jeremiah Ilges…You Will Be Missed!

Sadly, our SMB Nation family and the SMB IT community lost a friend and colleague who was both central and dedicated to the industry he loved so much. Jeremiah Ilges, SMB Nation’s Director of Business Development & Strategic Relationships, quietly passed away at home yesterday afternoon, with his adoring wife, Brook, by his side. Jeremiah, who is also survived by his three daughters, succumbed to Telomere Disease, which unfortunately caused many of his organs to give out.

Pictured: Jeremiah Ilges (second from right) receiving his SMB 150 award in May 2012.

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SMB Nation Nominated for a 2013 ChannelPro SMB Reader’s Choice Award

ChannelPro logoSMB Nation received news that we have been nominated for the ChannelPro SMB 2013 Reader’s Choice Awards in the area of “Best IT Community,” and we’d love your support!

The ChannelPro SMB Reader’s Choice Awards event is now in its second year. In this event, SMB Community members turn out to vote for their favorites in a variety of categories, such as Best Distributor Offerings: Cloud/MSP, Best IT Community, Best RMM Vendor, and more.

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