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May 30, 2013

John Armato – Think Inside the Box

 

John Armato is a Senior Vice President & Senior Partner, and Creative Strategist for Fleishman-Hillard International Communications.

 

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John helps companies set strategy, shape messages, and develop programs to inspire people, sell products, solve problems, promote causes, and avert crises. He has won dozens of awards and worked with more than 100 clients, including Hallmark, H&R Block, Visa, E. & J. Gallo Winery, the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness, the Egyptian Tourism Authority, and the University of Oregon.

John is in demand to lead “big idea” sessions and to coach others on the creative process. He has been called “one of the most accomplished presenters in his field” and his keynotes have been featured at clients, colleges, and conferences around the country.

In this podcast, John talks to us about creativity and how the “idea” process works. I think you’ll find this a very engaging discussion. It also ties in well with the presentation John will be making at the SMB Online Conference next month.

John’s presentation is entitled “Think Inside The Box.” He’ll be discussing the creative process, communications, and living a life of ideas.

John’s Web Site: : www.thinkinside.biz

Twitter: www.twitter.com/@armatoj

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/johnarmato

 

See the press release on this topic here: Creative Strategist Says Stop Thinking Outside The Box.

 

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The theme of this year’s SMB Online Conference is IT Business Reboot – We’ll cover a variety of topics related to re-building your business as if you were starting over today.

Here are the topics for Day Three – June 27th:

9:00 AM PST Karl’s Keynote (Karl W. Palachuk)

10:00 AM Brian Sharp – How to Take Back and Turn Around Your Small Business

11:00 AM John Armato – Think Inside The Box

1:00 PM Rayanne Buchianico – Understand Your Financials – Use Data to Make Decisions

2:00 PM  Special Presentation

(all times are Pacific)

 

For more information on the conference, visit www.SMBOnlineConference.com.

ListenNowGuy– Download the Interview with John Armato here.

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May 27, 2013

Rayanne Buchianico

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Rayanne Buchianico is an Accountant and MSP Business Consultant.

Budget BlocksAt the SMB Online Conference in June, she’ll be talking about Understanding Your Financials: Three Mandatory Monthly Reports and What They Are Telling You.

We talked last week about how you can use QuickBooks and your financials. She gave some great information – which is why she has TWO presentations at the SMB Online Conference next month. Listen to the podcast … then check out the conference.

Rayanne has over 25 years of accounting, tax and business experience in the SMB sector. She specializes in working with IT Professionals and MSPs to improve profitability through accounting systems, financial reporting, and PSA integration. She was awarded the 2012 Jim Locke Memorial Community Award (formerly “SBSer of the Year”) by SMB Nation and SMBTN and was named to the SMB 150 list by SMB Technology Network (SMBTN) and SMB PC magazine in 2011 and 2012. She partnered with Bigger Brains to provide the QuickBooks 2013 video training course. She is the founder and leader of the Tampa Bay IT Pro Group, and is the past Treasurer of the Global IT Community Association for both the North American Board and the Global Board.

Rayanne is the owner of ABC Solutions, LLC in Clearwater, Florida. ABC Solutions provides accounting, tax, and accounting systems consulting services to SMB IT companies throughout the United States.

Web Site: www.abcsolutionsfl.com

Blog: http://abcsolutionsfl.wordpress.com

 

See the press release “Demystifying QuickBooks – What I.T. Professionals Need To Know” here: SMB Online Conference Press Room.

 

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The theme of this year’s SMB Online Conference is IT Business Reboot – We’ll cover a variety of topics related to re-building your business as if you were starting over today.

Here are the topics for Day One – June 25th:

9:00 AM Karl’s Keynote (Karl W. Palachuk)

10:00 AM Chip Reaves – Better Sales Through Better Education

11:00 AM Rayanne Buchianico – Understanding Your Financials: Three Mandatory Monthly Reports and What They Are Telling You

1:00 PM Manuel Palachuk – Five Tools That Could Transform Your Company Overnight

(all times are Pacific)

 

For more information on the conference, visit www.SMBOnlineConference.com.

ListenNowGuy– Download the Interview with Rayanne Buchianico here.

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May 20, 2013

Manuel Palachuk

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My brother Manuel is an author, business coach, and outsourced CIO. He worked at KPEnterprises for six years, half of it as President. In this presentation he talks about the five tools that can transform your company overnight.

He has over 25 years of business, management, and training experience in the computer and electronics industries. He is an expert of process, systems, and their efficiency who is driven toward continuous improvement in all aspects of business. Manuel is the co-author of the Network Migration Workbook, an expansive document covering the complete processes and checklists required to migrate your network with zero downtime. Manuel is currently writing Getting to the Next Level: A Blueprint For Taking Your Managed Service Business To The Top.

Manuel PalachukManuel speaks on Day One – June 25th. In this 25 minute interview he gives an introduction to his talk. In the full presentation, he’ll talk about cash flow, communications, people processes, working in real time, and monitoring backlog. All of these, he says, are All inter-related.

Listen to this interview and find out why Time is your widget.

For more info on Manuel:

Visit www.ManuelPalachuk.com

and just look for ManuelPalachuk on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.

 

See the press release here: SMB Online Conference Press Room.

 

IT_Business_Reboot_2013

 

The theme of this year’s SMB Online Conference is IT Business Reboot – We’ll cover a variety of topics related to re-building your business as if you were starting over today.

Here are the topics for Day One – June 25th:

9:00 AM Karl’s Keynote (Karl W. Palachuk)

10:00 AM Chip Reaves – Better Sales Through Better Education

11:00 AM Rayanne Buchianico – Understanding Your Financials: Three Mandatory Monthly Reports and What They Are Telling You

1:00 PM Manuel Palachuk – Five Tools That Could Transform Your Company Overnight

(all times are Pacific)

 

For more information on the conference, visit www.SMBOnlineConference.com.

ListenNowGuy– Download the Interview with Manuel Palachuk here.

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May 16, 2013

Brian Sharp

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Brian Sharp is a great motivational speaker/trainer. He runs a company that helps small business owners learn to use speaking and presenting as a means to expand their company and make sales. His company is called Go Big – http://www.gobigcompany.com/. As you’ll hear in this interview, Brian does not like the “pitch fest” approach to motivational training, which is very popular these days.

We did a press release recently on Brian Sharp’s appearance. See the press release here: SMB Online Conference Press Room.

Brian helps businesses understand where their business and how it can grow. Very much inline with our “IT Business Reboot” theme, Brian will be talking about How to Take Back and Turn Around Your Small Business. As you will hear on the audio, Brian is very excited to be presenting this material.

A few sites mentioned by Brian: PresenterBox.com and BrianSharpOnline.com.

 

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Brian SharpThe theme of this year’s SMB Online Conference is IT Business Reboot – We’ll cover a variety of topics related to re-building your business as if you were starting over today.

Here are the topics for Day Three – June 28th:

9:00 AM Karl’s Keynote (Karl W. Palachuk) / Absolute Rules of Success

10:00 AM Brian Sharp – How To Take Back & Turn Around Your Small Business

11:00 AM John Armato – Thinking Inside The Box

1:00 PM Rayanne Buchianico – Understanding Your Financials – Use Data To Make Decisions

(all times are Pacific)

 

For more information on the conference, visit www.SMBOnlineConference.com.

ListenNowGuy– Download the Interview with Brian Sharp here.

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May 16, 2013

Strategies for a Post-SBS World

 

“June 30th isn’t that far away.”

Kevin Beares is the Community Lead for the Windows Server and System Group at Microsoft. Kevin is in charge of driving community interaction for the SMB space.    ListenNowGuy

I caught up with Kevin at SMB Nation Spring at the Microsoft Conference Center. Kevin gets props for putting himself on stage and letting the entire crowd put their toughest questions against him. It was supposed to be an hour, but Kevin stayed more than two hours and was accompanied by Microsoft MVPs Steven Banks and Cliff Galiher, who did a good job of representing both the Microsoft perspective and the partner perspective.

Steve Banks, Kevin Beares, Cliff Galiher One of the first things Kevin pointed out to me is that there IS a product team that is still focused on the SMB space. The Home Server and Small Business Server products have been re-jiggered and the current SKU is Server Essentials. But the team still exists.

He did not say this, but the comment “Read into that what you want” allows me to read into it that there will be a new product or perhaps product line.

It’s kind of funny. Just a couple days ago I reported on the Small Biz Thoughts Blog that Frank Shaw from Microsoft was irritated by the negative feedback they’ve received over Windows 8. He basically said that feedback is good, but not too much.

I have always found that Microsoft is very willing to take feedback. Sometimes they sound a bit defensive and really just want to explain their position. But they do listen and they do take the message back to the development team.

Kevin Beares is doing a great job listening to the community and gathering their feedback. He is fully engaged on the Facebook Group that is discussing changes in SBS. See https://www.facebook.com/groups/131473643614130/. And rather than simply defending past decisions, Kevin did a great job on stage echoing back to the community: “I understand your concerns about pricing ….” He also offered up a configuration strategy for putting Server Essentials and Exchange on the same box.

Listen to the interview and engage Kevin here:

https://www.facebook.com/kevin.beares

or

KBeares@Microsoft.com

ListenNowGuy– Download the Interview with Kevin Beares from Microsoft here.

May 14, 2013

Better Sales Through Better Education

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Chip Reaves from Bigger Brains is going to be one of the featured speakers at the 2013 SMB Online Conference.

We did a press release recently on Chip’s appearance. See the press release here: SMB Online Conference Press Room.

In this podcast Chip talks about some research he’ll be presenting in his June presentation. Here’s a very good tidbit: When asked what they need in a consultant, the Number One requirement is knowledge. Clients want to have someone they can trust to give them advice . . . and that person needs to speak business as much as technology.

Chip’s talk will address several ways you can improve your sales and bottom line by adding internal and external education to your business. Download the interview to read more.

 

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The theme of this year’s SMB Online Conference is IT Business Reboot – We’ll cover a variety of topics related to re-building your business as if you were starting over today.

Here are the topics for Day One – June 25th:

9:00 AM Karl’s Keynote (Karl W. Palachuk)

10:00 AM Chip Reaves – Better Sales Through Better Education

11:00 AM Rayanne Buchianico – Understanding Your Financials: Three Mandatory Monthly Reports and What They Are Telling You

1:00 PM Manuel Palachuk – Five Tools That Could Transform Your Company Overnight

(all times are Pacific)

 

For more information on the conference, visit www.SMBOnlineConference.com.

ListenNowGuy– Download the Interview with Chip Reaves of Bigger Brains here.

May 9, 2013

At the SMB Nation Spring Conference, I talked to Laura Shafer, Director or Product Marketing at StorageCraft. StorageCraft and their ShadowProtect product are very well known.

 

Now StorageCraft has a new cloud-based disaster recovery program called StorageCraft Cloud Services. This product was in beta during “Super Storm Sandy” and performed admirably. Now it is in general release.

 

StorageCraft Cloud Services

 

For more information, visit www.StorageCraft.com – There’s a Partner link on the right side of the page.

Contact Laura at laura.shafer@storagecraft.com or ping the partner program at sales@storagecraft.com.

ListenNowGuy– Download the Interview with Laura Shafer of StorageCraft here.

 

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