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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.

Mr. Shuey Goes to Washington

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With apologies to Jimmy Stewart for co-opting his classic movie title. This week I went to Washington, DC to meet with my Senate and Congressional representatives. However, it wasn’t just me. There were about 50 people from the Microsoft partner ecosystem covering quite a few states. Many of us are also part of our local IAMCP chapters and a lot of us are also SMB’s.dc vfi visit dept of commerce jeff shuey sitting in the chait waiting for dpty secy

The Voices for Innovation team coordinated the efforts and helped make sure we were ready to meet with our representatives. I’d like to thank Jonathan Friebert and Maddie Orser of Microsoft for putting all the pieces together and for bringing great speakers from Microsoft as well as from industry and governmental agencies.

What does this mean for the SMB Nation?

It’s simple. Microsoft is putting their best foot forward and is Fighting for Your Rights. We focused on seeking support for the LEADS Act – which emphasizes Privacy. You can find more on the VFI website or search for S.512 and H.R.1174.

What Can You Do?

The call to action is simple. Get involved. Search for apps on your mobile device using the term “Congress” and if you are a Windows Phone user this is a great app – Informed American. Connect with your representative’s in-person –in DC if possible and in your home town. They do want to hear from you.

Follow the VFI team on Twitter @VFIorg and on Facebook.

I’d like to reiterate my thanks to Microsoft and the Voices for Innovation team.

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Hour of Code Is Here!

heading to us nationalsAs we mentioned a few weeks ago, the Hour of Code is a way for you to give back to the world by sharing your technology knowledge with students. The idea is simple: you reach out to a school (perhaps your kids’) and offer to do a one-hour coding session. It’s not too late as the Hour of Code is part of the Computer Science Education Week (Dec 9-13). And I have a secret: you don’t really have to know how to program. I recently did an online Hour of Code webinar (watch it HERE) that had nearly 100 attendees, where I displayed our Salesforce CRM system. Perhaps you’d like consider programming with Microsoft Excel – it’s all good.

The youth of today can benefit greatly from your technical prowess via the Hour of Code!

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Hour of Code + STEM Support Needed

VFIReaders will recall that SMB Nation is an active member of the Microsoft “Voices for Innovation” (VFI) political trade association, and I’ve written many a blog about why you should be as well, regardless of your political affiliation. It’s called LEADERSHIP!

One way you can demonstrate your leadership is to consider the following political opportunities:

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