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March 1, 2012 |

ChannelPro-SMB Set to Launch Innovative New Conference for SMB Channel Partners

Attendees of the ChannelPro SMB Forum will receive one-of-a-kind opportunities for face-to-face interaction with top industry luminaries, as well as exclusive take-home planning resources.

Attendees of the ChannelPro SMB Forum will receive one-of-a-kind opportunities for face-to-face interaction with top industry luminaries, as well as exclusive take-home planning resources.

Raleigh, N.C. — On March 14, ChannelPro-SMB, the premier source of business and technology insights for channel partners serving small and midsize businesses, will introduce an exciting new live conference called the ChannelPro SMB Forum, offering direct, interactive access to some of the IT industry’s leading minds. To be held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., the one-day event will focus on four of the hottest topics in SMB technology: cloud computing, managed services, mobility, and vertical industry solutions.

Instead of one-way presentations, the ChannelPro SMB Forum’s groundbreaking format will emphasize the free-flowing exchange of ideas and recommendations among speakers, attendees, and ChannelPro-SMB editors, setting it apart from other technology conferences.

“Our goal with this event is to create something new that puts the channel partners in our audience at the center of the conversation, so they can learn from experts and share their own experiences,” said ChannelPro-SMB vice president and publisher Michael Siggins. “The result will be an unprecedented opportunity to get concrete advice from some of the technology world’s top thinkers.”

Among the experienced industry luminaries scheduled to appear are:

  • Alex Rogers, CEO of hardware-as-a-service leader CharTec
  • Charles Weaver, president and co-founder of the MSPAlliance
  • Anurag Agrawal, CEO of SMB analyst firm Techaisle LLC
  • David Hutchinson, vice president, vertical market solutions, Avnet Technology Solutions, Americas

“I’m delighted to be participating in this innovative event,” said sales management thought leader Ken Thoreson, president of Acumen Management Group Ltd. “The best learning happens in open, collaborative settings, and that’s exactly what the ChannelPro SMB Forum will provide.” Thoreson will discuss sales and marketing best practices during a 90-minute, interactive panel session about building a cloud computing service practice.

Attendees of the ChannelPro SMB Forum will also have time before, during, and after the conference to network with speakers and their peers. Vendor exhibits by sponsors including Datto Inc., HP, Quest Software, and Tech Data Corporation will provide additional learning opportunities.

Further distinguishing the ChannelPro SMB Forum from other conferences are the complimentary take-home resources that conference goers will receive in each session, including exclusive, original white papers, self-assessment surveys, and more from ChannelPro-SMB writers. “Together with our interactive sessions, these resources will arm attendees to put together an actionable game plan for taking on four important markets,” said Cecilia Galvinalvin, ChannelPro-SMB’s executive editor. Galvin will serve as co-moderator for the event along with Siggins.

The ChannelPro SMB Forum has been scheduled to coincide with EHX 2012, the supreme source for technical, applications, and business training in commercial integration, residential integration, IT integration, security, and more. EHX 2012 will take place in the same convention center as the ChannelPro SMB Forum on the three following days, March 15 to 17, offering attendees an unbeatable opportunity to take in both events in one trip.

To ensure that everyone at the ChannelPro SMB Forum can freely participate in the conversation, seating at the event has been limited. Space is still available, however, and persons interested in attending or exhibiting at the conference are encouraged to visit the show’s website,

About ChannelPro-SMB:

ChannelPro-SMB provides targeted business and technology information for IT channel partners who serve small and midsize businesses. Via ChannelPro magazine and associated online properties, ChannelPro-SMB delivers expert opinion, analysis, news, product reviews, and advice vital to a reseller’s business success. Perspectives from VARs, vendors, distributors, and analysts are spotlighted daily. No other media company focuses on the small and midsize marketplace like ChannelPro-SMB. More information is available at


Michael Siggins
Vice President and Publisher

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