Wednesday, 7 October 2009

Some Disclosure

There are a number of little sponsorships that I have received in the last little bit.

One was the free Zero Downtime Deep Dive done by Karl and Manuel Palachuk in Las Vegas on the first. Now, in all fairness the complimentary attendance was offered to me because I wrote the Forward for their Zero Downtime book.

Karl and Manuel, thank you for the opportunity to write the Forward and to attend the seminar.

The second was the complimentary pass to the SMB Nation Fall Conference. This pass was given to me as a result of my MVP status with Microsoft.

Thanks to Harry Brelsford and his awesome crew for putting on such a great show!

The catch with both of the above though is the cost in time, flights, hotel, and living expenses. All of the folks that attended the Pre-Day event(s) as well as the SMB Conference itself sacrificed a huge chunk of their client focused time to be there.

As a rule Sundays are family days for us. So, the actual cost in time spanned Wednesday September 30th through Monday October 5th except Sunday.

If either event was not worth it, that is the content was a wash, the event itself was poorly run, and so on, then given the value of the time spent there, we would be sure to voice our opinions as such.

But that was not the case. Both events were very well done with the SMB Nation conference being one of the best conferences I have ever attended.

Finally, it is no secret as far as what we think of the products and services provided by Vlad’s company Own Web Now as well as his e-mail sanitation and continuity service called ExchangeDefender.

We think that OWN provides us with an excellent set of products and services. Along with that OWN gives us an awesome opportunity to build passive income for our business.

So, there have been many posts on this blog here (ExchangeDefender) and here (Own Web Now) to that fact.

While in Las Vegas, Vlad shipped a box out to both Susan Bradley (her disclosure post) and myself. In that box were a couple of 13” MacBook Pros one for Susan and one for me.

The gift was an unexpected but pleasant surprise! So, courtesy of Vlad and OWN we will begin to post Mac specific content again.

Thanks Vlad for the gift!

Philip Elder
Microsoft Small Business Specialists
Co-Author: SBS 2008 Blueprint Book

*Our original iMac was stolen (previous blog post). We now have a new MacBook Pro courtesy of Vlad Mazek, owner of OWN.

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