Thursday, February 04, 2010

SMB VoIP Workshops Explore Voice and Data Technology Consulting Opportunities

Got the following missive from Harry.

Note: SMB Books is giving away a free ticket to the SMB VOIP Conference. Enter to win for free - no purchase necessary - at SMB Books.
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I'm arriving in Vegas Saturday afternoon. Meet me there!

Harry Brelsford
CEO, SMB Nation
Mobile: 206-915-3072
E-mail: [email protected]

[February 3, 2010]

SMB VoIP workshops explores Voice and Data technology consulting opportunities
March 1-3, Vegas

Well-established SMB technology community portal SMB Nation is proud to announce its inaugural SMB VoIP workshop for channel partners, computer consultants, resellers and VARs. "Our intentions at SMB VoIP are two-fold," shared Harry Brelsford, CEO of SMB Nation. "First, we want to properly introduce our long-time SMB technology consultants to the amazing world of voice and specifically VoIP. Second, we want long-time telephony experts including interconnects and agents to embrace the SMB opportunity. This second group can benefit from our speeches on how to be a managed services provider. Our intent is to bring the SMB data and voice communities together and do good business."

The three-day workshop is "co-located" inside the well-established Channel Partners event (Virgo Publishing) at the Mandalay Bay Center in Las Vegas, March 1-3. SMB VoIP attendees will have full access to both shows and the exhibit hall (Channel Partners typically has 3,000+ attendees). The SMB VoIP workshop content offerings are both business and technical in nature. "We have content for all interests. For example, on the business-side, we have "How to Sell VoIP in SMB" and on the technical-side, we have a healthy debate about on-premises solutions versus hosted VoIP." Brelsford added.

Speakers include leading industry experts who will provide individual sessions and open panel discussions. "You will meet Erik Lagerway, Tom Cross, Jay Weiss, Karl Palachuk, Ray Horak, Doug Green, Chris Bangs, Daniel Williams, Matt Mackowicz and Matt Wass de Czege. We've brought in SMB-specific VoIP subject matter experts." Said Brelsford. "You can't afford NOT TO ATTEND to fast forward your journey into SMB VoIP right now!"

"If you don't "VoIP" your customers, some else will." Exclaimed Chris Bangs, director at Telephonation, a well-respected SMB VoIP portal. "Computer guys and gals must view this opportunity both optimistically and defensively. It's a new decade and a new economy and the VoIP opportunity on existing data networks is HUGE! Computer professionals need to learn IP-based telephone systems "yesterday" to protect their client-base. Not to mention telecoms are looking to take over network management from the computer consultant."

This inaugural SMB VoIP workshop is sponsored by Avaya, Microsoft, Cisco, ConnectWise and many more. Avaya and Cisco will focus on new and exciting telephony products and partner opportunities. Microsoft will present its Business Productivity Online Suite, a set of hosted applications including Microsoft Exchange e-mail, SharePoint collaboration and conferencing tools. Event support has also been provided by Virgo Publishing, Telecom Reseller News and Telephonation.
You can learn more about the SMB Nation VoIP workshop by viewing the "Get Your Head Into VoIP" webinar:

About SMB Nation

SMB Nation ( is a publishing and events company, targeted at the small and medium business technology consultant and reseller community. SMB Nation spreads the knowledge of SMB technology trends through its books, magazine, online services, conferences and worldwide seminars and workshops. As an active participant in the technology community, SMB Nation has a long history of advocacy and evangelism.

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 SMB technology books.

Today, SMB Nation conferences, seminars and workshops bring forward-thinking IT consultants, technologies and vendors together, sparking new opportunities in the SMB space. Being THE information source for SMB technologists and Small Business Specialists worldwide, SMB Nation delivers complete business solutions to help them 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 belief in the power of information to spur a profitable global community.

About Virgo Publishing

Virgo Publishing is a dynamic information services company specializing in communications through print and electronic media, trade shows and special events, education and training, and value-added business services. In general, each print magazine serves as a platform to create communities through the integration of publishing, events and the Web. For information, visit

About Channel Partners Conference & Expo

The Channel Partners Conference & Expo ( is the communications industry's only event exclusively for indirect sales organizations - agents, VARs, systems integrators, interconnects and consultants - focused on transforming their businesses to become converged solutions providers. Produced by PHONE+ magazine (, the event is produced twice annually in the spring and fall and features future-proofing advice from thought-leading speakers and how-to courses on best practices, technology and strategy. Topics range from hot technologies and new opportunities to partnering, diversification, sales tips and skills building.


Harry Brelsford
SMB Nation
[email protected]
+1 206 915 3072

Mike Saxby
Channel Partners Conference & Expo
[email protected]
+1 480 990 1101


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