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I serve on the Microsoft Partner Advisory Council for small business partners. There are members of this PAC spread around the Country and we are charged with getting information out to the communities we participate in. As part of that effort I’m posting items related to the Microsoft partner program here on the blog. I hope that you will find them useful. There’s often that nugget that can get you a rebate, or a second-shot training voucher, a discount or licensing training that can end up making you more money. Keep in mind that this information is USA based.

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Microsoft Community Connections has updated material and funding available. Microsoft supplies the content, you deliver it to your local business community and (hopefully) gain new clients. Within these links to the webpage, please select Event Resources to see the items included in an event kit. Your speaker will want to download the PowerPoint slides labeled the Customer Presentation so they can begin to customize the slides to best suit their needs. You are also welcome to use any of the other materials available as they see fit.

The current topics available are as follows:

Anywhere Access – the new Office

Office 365 for Small Business

Built for Business, Compatible with Life

Windows 8

Focus on Your Business

Windows 7 and Office 2010

Effectively Manage Your Customers

Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online and Office 365

The Ideal First Server

Windows Server 2012 Essentials

My own topic

Use to build your own presentation


CIAOPS Office 365 and SharePoint Guide special offer for May 2013 ONLY! Full details at

But in summary:

  • – 10% off for new subscribers
  • – 1 hour free remote consultation for new and existing subscribers till June 30 2013
  • – 10% referral commission for every converted subscription

Microsoft Beyond Easy has 14, count them 14 discount offers available. That’s far too many to list in this blog post. So go check them out at  Here’s just a few of them:

Syndicate Office 365 Content with Trial Button and Win! •Enroll in Office 365 Web Syndication-to-Win Contest and not only see your Office 365 business grow, but when your customers transact using the syndicated trial button beginning 3/1/13–4/30/13 your company has a chance to win $1,000. Official contest rules. •

Customer Ignite Offer •Customize and send unsolicited sales proposals through a direct mail fulfillment program. Microsoft is offering 500 proposals to the first 250 partners—Use promo code IGNITESMB13 during checkout. •

Big Easy Offer – Up to 15% Partner Subsidy: For every qualifying volume license customers purchase between now and 5/31/13 Microsoft pays you subsidy funds for additional purchases of Microsoft software licenses or associated services.

Hybrid IT Accelerator for Big Easy, Cloud Easy Customers can earn an additional 5% partner subsidy fund payout when they attach Office 365 Open to a new Open agreement (transacted on or after 3/1/13) containing Windows Server or SQL Server.

Higher Margins with Hyper-V Surge •Sell Windows Server 2012 and deploy Hyper-V by 9/30/13 to receive $500 on Windows Server 2012 Datacenter Edition and $150 on Windows Server 2012 Standard Edition. •


Who are the Microsoft Online Services Licensing Experts at your distributor? Work with a Microsoft cloud licensing distributor and get help with services readiness, sales training and activation, technical and licensing support, and account management.


Ingram Micro, Ryan Cady, or (800) 456-8000 x67246


Tech Data, Sarina Rose, or 800-237-8931 Direct Ext 69181


Synnex, Don Lopes, or (510) 668-3594


D&H, Licensing Desk, or 800-340-1001 ext 2


Get more % for your Office 365 sales. The U.S. SMB Incentives team is excited to announce an increase in rebate payout, for qualifying sales of Office 365 Midsize Business and Small Business Premium SKUs sold during the program period. The payout rate increase to 8% (previously 6%), will be retroactive to March 1st, 2013. The rebate payout will be paid along with the standard Reseller incentive program payments.

  • •Enhanced Incentive eligible period: March 1, 2013 through June 30, 2013.
  • •Eligible Partners: All authorized U.S. Value Added Resellers (VARs) with a signed and accepted enrollment.
  • •Enroll at:

Go forth and do great things for your clients!

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