A must do and can’t miss if you are in the Pacific Northwest is the O365 Redmond Satday (October 28, 2017) at Microsoft’s renowned conference center. This is the real deal – geeks hosting an event for geeks. If you are a beloved MSP in the SMB Nation


I write about my journey as a first-time CEO and startup founder


Entrepreneurship, and life in general for that matter, is a never-ending cycle of creation and markus spiske 104913destruction. Ideas, beliefs, and behaviors ebb and flow evolving to influence our lives in different and often unexpected ways.

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By: Brenda Berg

Working on creating a successful startup is challenging at the best of times. However, once you’ve set up your website, your business model, your products and your services, there’s still the biggest problem to face. Expansion.

Today, we’ll explore some of the most common challenges that startups like yours face when trying to boom into the global market and how you can overcome them.

By: Annabelle Short

Do you remember as a teenager, your mom or dad would give you some advice on a relationship or maybe on how to do your homework?

You would respectfully ignore it because…

What do mom and dad know, right?

With the Fall Equinox upon us, I can now share my summer research findings concerning mobility.

This is truly a case of starting over. This summer, I tested the Android-based Moto Z Play2 as part of my journey post-Windows Phone (Nokia 1020). The decision was very simple. Increasingly the apps I want and need were not on the Windows Phone platform. And I’ve been there; done that

As more and more businesses adopt inbound marketing as a way to get more leads, the significance of choosing the most effective lead nurturing strategy becomes paramount. Typically, a large share of leads disappears after the first interaction with a business, so getting more quality ones and turning them into sales is something that you just need to master.

A profound THANK YOU to the SMB Nation community for answering the call to assist as you are able in the Hurricane Harvey matter. The momentum, albeit different from 12-years ago with Hurricane Katrina, is building. This is our third of a series of blogs covering Harvey.

Other communities have answered the call to assist Houston and the surrounding SMSA that took the brunt of Hurricane Harvey in late August, 2017.

By: Rebecca Shipley 

When launching your startup, it is likely that the thought of how to best get exposure and a loyal following. And even better if you can do so while also building up your brand identity and its ability to be recognized and remembered by consumers, right? With the right elements, your website can make this happen for your startup. Use your website as a powerful tool to develop your brand and its ability to connect with and engage consumers.

Let me start by expressing profound gratitude for the positive reaction to my first MSP Navy blog. It’s refreshing and reinforcing that we are community!

I have an update. One of the replies I received was from Ken Dwight, a Houston-based MSP at The Virus Doctor


 Business Plan

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By Alyssa Gregory
Updated June 28, 2017

If you are thinking about starting a small business, you most likely already know what a business plan is and have heard that you need one. But do you truly understand the purpose of a business plan? Does it really matter if you have one for your small business? And how can you create a small business plan that is actually useful? The introduction and tips below will lay the groundwork for creating an effective small business plan for your new business.

This is a start over story. Tim Loney, long-time SMB Nation member and successful MSP, has reached out with a request. Loney is keen on helping his Houston community get back on its feet after Hurricane Harvey. Readers will remember 12-years ago