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WELCOME TO THE 2013 SMB 150 AWARDS

Welcome to "SMB 150" produced by SMB Technology Network (SMBTN) and SMB Nation. The SMB 150 honors individuals who have made a significant impact on the worldwide small and medium business (SMB) channel . In phase I, you nominate influencers. In Phases 2 and 3, you and an all-star judging panel will vote for the top 150. It all culminates with honoring the SMB 150 Influencers on May 4th during the SMB Nation Spring "V3" Conference in Redmond, WA!

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO BE A SMB 150 INFLUENCER?

An SMB 150 influencer is a person that has made a meaningful and lasting impact on the worldwide SMB channel. Impact may mean (i) providing products widely used by significant numbers of MSPs, SMB channel partners and resellers, or (ii) influencing significant numbers of MSPs, SMB channel partners and resellers by being a thought leader, or (iii) providing information or services of note to significant numbers of MSPs, SMB channel partners and resellers.

People that fall into one of the following five categories may be nominated:

  1. Experts – MVP’s, technical gurus, subject matter experts, bloggers, and others that provide information and guidance to the partner community. Examples: Susan Bradley, Jeff Middleton, Chad Gross, Cliff Galiher
  2. Leaders – User group or trade association leaders that better the partner community. Examples: Arlin Sorenson, Ramon Ray, Josh Freifield, etc.
  3. Media – Press, authors, editors, and others that provide news and other content of interest to the partner community. Examples: Harry Brelsford, Larry Walsh, VarGuy, Michael Siggins
  4. Partners – MSP’s, owners, VARs/VAPs, resellers, channel partners and anyone else selling to the SMB end user space. Examples: CMIT, Dependable Computer Guys, DoItSmarter
  5. Vendors – Sponsors, hardware and software manufacturers, service providers, and anyone else providing something for sale to the partner community. Examples: Blackberry, Microsoft, Spam Soap, Reflexion

HOW DO WE NOMINATE SOMEONE?

Nominations will be open from December 1 - December 15, 2012.

WHEN DO WE VOTE? WHO GETS TO VOTE?

After the nomination period concludes, there will be a period of 30 days for voting. When the voting period is open, voting buttons will appear on the site. To vote, simply click on the "VOTE" button for the person or organization of your choice. Come back daily and vote. Voting will open December 17, 2012 and will close (extended to) Friday, February 22, 2013 midnight.

Our panel of judges will then cast their vote! They will have their votes finalized by March 6, and final list results will be announced March 8.

Anyone may vote. One vote per IP address per nominee per day (i.e., 24-hour period).

CAN I VOTE MULTIPLE TIMES?

Yes. Every 24 hours you can vote for as many nominees as you like. But you can only vote for the SAME nominee once in any given 24-hour period.

If you're unsure, just click the vote button next to the nominee's entry. If you are allowed to vote on that nominee, the system will register your vote. If you are not allowed to vote on that nominee, it will not accept your vote until another 24 hours goes by.

WHAT ROLE DO THE JUDGES PLAY?

Once the community has voted, the all-star small-business judging panel will cast their votes. The community vote counts for 40% and the Judges' vote counts for 60%. The SMB 150 influencers will be announced in in early March 2013. The judges are Harry Brelsford, Founder, SMB Nation, Inc., Karl Palachuk, President, Great Little Book Publishing Co. Inc., Dave Seibert, CIO, IT Innovators, Dan Wensley, Vice President, Partner Development and Marketing, Level Platforms and Josh Peterson, Founder, MSP Score.



WHAT DO THE SMB 150 INFLUENCERS GET?

Every person officially listed as a nominee can say they are a SMB 150 Influencer Nominee. The top SMB 150 Influencers at the conclusion of voting, will each be named to the 2013 SMB 150 Influencers' list, along with the recognition that comes with being named a 2013 SMB 150 winner. Recognition includes publicity as a winner, as well as the right to display Winners insignias on books, websites, brochures and elsewhere. Winners will also receive an awards plaque.

SMB 150 winners may attend the full three-day SMB Nation Spring “V3” for FREE

BONUS: SMB 150 nominees will receive a complimentary SMBTN Community membership and SMB 150 winners will receive a 50 percent discount toward an optional SMBTN Business membership.

Note: SMBTN and SMB Nation, Inc. will attempt to contact winners for 90 days after list release to confirm any necessary mailing information. If we cannot contact a winner after the 90-day period, they will forfeit any and all prizes (if applicable).

HOW DO I PROMOTE A PERSON TO GET MORE VOTES?

Feel free to grab a badge to promote yourself and your company to your followers. Or hit one of the sharing buttons (Twitter, Facebook, Google +, Stumbleupon, Email) under the description of the nominee of your choice, to share with friends, colleagues, family and followers.

WHO'S BEHIND THE AWARDS?

The SMB 150 is jointly produced by the SMB Technology Network and SMB Nation.

SMBTN: The SMB Technology Network has its roots in partner groups focused on IT solutions & services for the SMB (Small Medium Business) space. Currently, over 600 partners are registered or business members. Our focus includes Windows platforms including SBS (Small Business Server). Jim Locke formed the Los Angeles SMB User Group in 2004. He then united with additional groups across the country. Each group holds monthly meetings to discuss the latest small business trends. In addition, the group has partnered with Microsoft at Connections and TS2 events, further penetrating the SMB space. Successful partnerships with vendors such as MegaPath and SonicWALL have created value for members, enabling them to receive discounts normally only available to larger partners.

SMB Nation: SMB Nation is a publishing and events company, targeted at the small and medium business (SMB) channel partner/reseller/consulting/VAR community. SMB Nation spreads the knowledge of SMB technology trends through its conferences, books, SMB PC magazine, online services, and world-wide seminars, workshops and accredited Pocket MBA certificate (an academic partnership with Aspen University). As an active participant in the technology community, SMB Nation has a long history of enthusiastic advocacy and evangelism. The SMB Nation tribe exceeds 45,000 followers worldwide.

The company was founded in 1999 as Matthew\Brelsford Associates and became SMB Nation in early 2003, to promote the books and consulting services of Harry Brelsford, the author of a successful series of books written for the global SMB IT consulting and reseller community. Initially the community conversations focused on Microsoft Small Business Sever (SBS), but has expanded into SMB infrastructure alternatives, Voice-over-IP (VoIP), cloud computing, and business technology consulting best practices. Harry Brelsford is a popular conference speaker on SMB technology consulting topics and sits on several advisory boards in the SMB technology industry. He also serves as the Dean of the School of Technology at Aspen University.

Today, SMB Nation conferences, seminars and workshops bring forward-thinking IT consultants, technologies and vendor sponsors together, sparking new opportunities in the SMB space. Being THE information source for SMB technologists worldwide, SMB Nation delivers complete business solutions to help consultants and resellers better manage their business, technological, and marketing needs. Whether it’s delivered in print, online, or in person, everything SMB Nation produces reflects our unshakeable positive belief in the power of information to spur a profitable global community. Visit www.smbnation.com and www.telephonation.com for more information.


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