I am very excited the new Small Business Competency is available now! This is a fantastic milestone for our MPN program. This competency helps partners grow their business by seizing more aggressively the small business cloud opportunity. We have designed this competency based on partner feedback, with a focused goal of providing the value and support our partners need to target new and existing small business customers with both cloud and on-premise products and services. We realize not all customers might be ready for cloud services today, but as the cloud services market matures, we want to make sure all our partners are ready to have the cloud conversation.


The Small Business competency is the first MPN competency where we have included cloud services benefits, such as Internal Use Rights for cloud services and Delegated Administration support, in addition to the on-premise product benefits other competencies offer. The Small Business Silver Competency provides the benefits that the Cloud Essentials subscription offers as well as additional Internal Use Rights licenses. The Small Business Gold competency provides all the Cloud Accelerate benefits (except CA logo usage). See an overview of all program benefits here.
SBSC partners


Every day our Small Business Specialist Community (SBSC) partners are supporting us immensely to build and grow our SMB business. We are very grateful for their commitment to Microsoft. Many SBSC partners have asked us to level the SBSC program with the other MPN competencies. This is exactly what we are doing with this new Small Business Competency. We would love to invite all our SBSC partners into the new Small Business Competency and take advantage of the limited time offer outlined below.
$999 limited time offer


In honor of this great announcement and launch, we have a $ 999 limited time offer available through December 31, 2012. With this limited time offer, the Silver Small Business Competency fee has been reduced from the standard $ 1,850 to US $999 – a 46% discount! (Note: Pricing varies by country and exact price will be available within the Partner Membership Center during enrolment; please find the details here).
To take advantage of this limited time offer, please visit the Small Business Competency page or the Partner Membership Center within the Microsoft Partner Network to find the required steps to enroll!
WPC launch momentum


At WPC 2012 in Toronto we will build the launch momentum for the Small Business Competency and have the first Small Business Competency partners join us to celebrate this launch!  We are greatly looking forward to WPC as a key moment to celebrate this great launch and look forward to hearing your feedback.   
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