The Microsoft Small Business Summit is taking place online from March 24 to March 27. The online conference features more than 30 small business experts and successful entrepreneurs discussing topics such as sales and marketing. Live, interactive webcasts will take place daily from 9 am to 1 pm PT at www.sbsummit.com.
Also, Microsoft and Dell are giving away $100,000 worth of technology as a sort of technology makeover. The three finalists have recorded short video blurbs on why they deserve the makeover (and probably had to sign a contract that they are doing this in exchange for their first born son). You can go online and vote for the winner at www.sbsummit.com.
<!–GymStars Gymnastics, Inc., located in Stockton, CA, teaches children gymnastics, cheer, karate, dance and more. However, with their 10-year-old computer system, which is composed of a number of failing machines, they waste a lot of time dealing with backups instead of teaching backflips.
<!–MouCo Cheese Company, Inc., out of Fort Collins, CO, is an artisan cheese company that has a strong environmental vision. They seek to have a more eco-friendly and efficient system to help them continue to set new standards for environmental stewardship in the food industry.
<!–Sid’s Bikes NYC keeps cyclists rolling and NYC “green.” Antiquated software design and decentralized databases have the business running on “man-powered” computing. New technology would vastly improve business and customer cycle times.
Last year’s top winner was Tomorrow’s Child Learning Center, a small business that specializes in working with children with developmental disabilities. They were able to use the technology and funds they received from Microsoft to increase productivity, increase budget and increase the time spent with the most important aspect of their business – their children. A video case study can be found here for more information. Additionally, Tony Bell of Tomorrow’s Child Learning Center is available to discuss the company’s transformation before and after the technology makeover took place.
More importantly, you can find information on how you can enter the competition for next year. Most small businesses could definitely benefit from serving as a Microsoft tool in order to get a free $100,000 of tech gear.