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HOW TO START YOU OWN BUSINESS
AND BECOME A MICROSOFT PARTNER
By Nikkia T. Carter
CEO/Owner
Carter-McGowan Services, LLC
ABOUT ME
ABOUT ME – THE ACCIDENTAL
MICROSOFT PARTNER
 Nikkia T. Carter (Twitter: @CarterMcGServ)
 CEO/Owner of Carter-McGowan Services, LLC
 12+ years Industry Experience
 Microsoft Partner, Microsoft Cloud Partner, Microsoft Authorized Reseller, Microsoft
VAR, and Microsoft Certified Professional
 Specialize in SharePoint and InfoPath consulting, development, training and training
material, and Office 365 product, training, and setup
 Past: Application, Intranet / Recent: SharePoint, InfoPath
 Past Clients: DoD (Navy, Army, AF), NSF / Recent Clients: Mostly small organizations
and entrepreneurs (nonprofits, bail bondsman, insurance agent, tech consultant,
horse rancher, real estate management, small seminary school, facilities
management company, etc.).
ABOUT ME – SO HOW DID THE
ACCIDENT OCCUR?
 Thinking about starting a business
 How do I start?
Which way do I
go George???
Which way do I
go???
ABOUT ME – SO HOW DID THE
ACCIDENT OCCUR?
 Looked for getting my own SharePoint Enterprise site
WTF?!?
!
ABOUT ME – SO HOW DID THE
ACCIDENT OCCUR?
 Office 365 to the rescue
ABOUT ME – SO HOW DID THE
ACCIDENT OCCUR?
Tripped into becoming a partner
Become a Microsoft Partner
Oooo, what does
that link do?
Become a Microsoft Partner
ABOUT ME – SO HOW DID THE
ACCIDENT OCCUR?
 Follow the yellow brick (Microsoft) road (Fill out ALL of the paperwork online)
STARTING A BUSINESS
More Details… In General
SBA – A TREASURE TROVE OF
INFORMATION
Go to sba.gov
and discover
the goodness
SBA – A TREASURE TROVE OF
INFORMATION
Check it out!
Loans and Grants
Contracting
Starting & Managing
SBA – A TREASURE TROVE OF
INFORMATION
Check it out!
Learning Center
SBA – A TREASURE TROVE OF
INFORMATION
Check it out!
Local Assistance
SBA – A TREASURE TROVE OF
INFORMATION
Check it out!
Local Assistance
SBA – STARTING A BUSINESS
Click on Starting & Managing and then on Thinking About Starting under
Starting a Business
Click on 10 Steps to Starting a Business
SBA – STARTING A BUSINESS
Complete each step. Each step is a link with more instructions on how to
complete the step.
SBA – STARTING A BUSINESS
Steps 6-10.
SBA – STARTING A BUSINESS
Note the articles and blogs listed on the right side
And bottom of the page.
ANOTHER RESOURCE FOR VA –
BUSINESS ONE STOP
This page gives you steps on launching a VA business:
http://www.bos.virginia.gov/starting.shtml
ANOTHER RESOURCE FOR VA –
BUSINESS ONE STOP
This page has linking to more business topics:
http://www.virginia.gov/business/business-one-stop
OTHER RESOURCES
For MD:
http://www.choosemaryland.org/startbusiness/Pages/default.aspx
OTHER RESOURCES
For DC:
http://brc.dc.gov/planning/planning.asp
STARTING MY BUSINESS
My Steps (as best as I can recall)
HOW I STARTED
Found an SBA online training called Essential Guide to Starting
Your Own Business.
Register here-
http://web.sba.gov/sbtn/registration/index.cfm?CourseId=82
(walks you through the steps based on your state)
HOW I STARTED
NOTE: Newer course called Young Entrepreneurs An Essential
guide to Starting Your Own Business. Here -
http://www.sba.gov/tools/sba-learning-
center/training/young-entrepreneurs-essential-guide-starting-
your-own-business
HOW I STARTED
Back to my steps (as best as I can remember):
Choose my business structure – Initially I
choose Sole Proprietorship
See definitions here -
http://www.sba.gov/category/navigation-
structure/starting-managing-business/starting-
business/choose-your-business-stru
HOW I STARTED
Back to my steps (as best as I can remember):
Applied for my FEIN number -
https://sa1.www4.irs.gov/modiein/individual/index.jsp
More details here - http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-
Employed/Apply-for-an-Employer-Identification-Number-(EIN)-Online
Checked to see my business name was taken or not:
https://sccefile.scc.virginia.gov/NameAvailability
Registered for a VA Tax Account (need your FEIN) -
https://www.ireg.tax.virginia.gov/VTOL/iRegSignUp.seam?conversationId=74
17&conversationIsLongRunning=true
Went to my PO Office and got a PO Box
HOW I STARTED
Back to my steps (as best as I can remember):
Went to my county Registrar and Commissioner of Revenue (Need FEIN and
state tax id)
Registered business name (factitious name)
Got a business permit
Got a zoning permit
Tried to find a SharePoint environment and tripped into becoming a
Microsoft Partner (discussed in next section)
Got website domain and built website AND …
HOW I STARTED
Back to my steps (as best as I can remember):
NETWORKED LIKE CRAZY
How you
doing?
How you
doing?
AND …
HOW I STARTED
Back to my steps (as best as I can remember):
Study/Learn… Learn from Others... Work… Repeat
HOW I STARTED
Back to my steps (as best as I can remember):
The very next year I registered as a LLC
VA SCC -
https://sccefile.scc.virginia.gov/File/ArticlesOfOrganization?entityName
BECOMING A PARTNER
Trippin…
OOOPPS! NOW I’M A MICROSOFT PARTNER
Did I do that???
BECOMING A PARTNER
Tripped into becoming a partner
Become a Microsoft Partner
Oooo, what does
that link do?
Become a Microsoft Partner
BECOMING A PARTNER
https://mspartner.microsoft.com/en/us/Pages/index.aspx
What the Partner page looks like as of March 2014.
BECOMING A PARTNER
I started as a
Community Partner
(yes, because it was
free )then later
became an Action
Pack Partner.
BECOMING A PARTNER
I also joined this program.
BECOMING A PARTNER:
CLOUD PARTNER
More details here:
https://mspartner.microsoft.com/en/us/Pages/Solutions/access-
cloud-partner-program-benefits.aspx
BECOMING A PARTNER:
BENEFITS AND REQUIREMENTS
More details here: https://mspartner.microsoft.com/en/us/pages/membership/core-benefits.aspx
BECOMING A PARTNER:
BENEFITS AND REQUIREMENTS
BECOMING A PARTNER:
BENEFITS AND REQUIREMENTS
BECOMING A PARTNER:
COMMUNITY PARTNER
Since I am already a partner, I can’t see
these but...
BECOMING A PARTNER:
COMMUNITY PARTNERThis screen basically shows what needs to
be filled out for profile (#2),
*May need to be signed in as a partner to see this exact screen.
BECOMING A PARTNER:
COMMUNITY PARTNER
BECOMING A PARTNER:
COMMUNITY PARTNER
BECOMING A PARTNER:
COMMUNITY PARTNER
And this screen basically shows what
needs to be filled out (#3).
*May need to be signed in as a partner to see this exact screen.
BECOMING A PARTNER:
ACTION PACK PARTNERMore details here:
https://mspartner.microsoft.com/en/us/
Pages/Membership/action-pack.aspx
BECOMING A PARTNER:
ACTION PACK PARTNER
BECOMING A PARTNER:
COMPETENCY PARTNERhttps://mspartner.microsoft.com/en/us/Page
s/Membership/competencies.aspx
BECOMING A PARTNER:
COMPETENCY PARTNER
Here is the competency for SharePoint.
https://mspartner.microsoft.com/en/us/
Pages/Membership/collaboration-and-
content-competency.aspx
BECOMING A PARTNER:
COMPETENCY PARTNER
Silver Competency
BECOMING A PARTNER:
COMPETENCY PARTNER
Gold Competency
ONCE YOU ARE A PARTNER:
INCENTIVES
More details here: https://mspartner.microsoft.com/en/us/pages/Membership/Premium/partner-
incentives.aspx#_
*Must be signed in as a partner*
QUESTIONS?
54Created by Carter-McGowan Services, LLC
CONTACT INFORMATION
55Created by Carter-McGowan Services, LLC
Nikkia T. Carter, CEO/Owner
Carter-McGowan Services, LLC
Toll-free/fax: (866) 721-6085
Local: (540) 693-0578
Email: service@cartermcgowanservices.com
Web: www.cartermcgowanservices.com
Twitter: @CarterMcGServ
FaceBook: CarterMcGowan
Google+: Carter-McGowan Services

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WSPDC March 2014: How to Start Your own Business & Become a Microsoft Partner by Nikkia Carter

  • 1. HOW TO START YOU OWN BUSINESS AND BECOME A MICROSOFT PARTNER By Nikkia T. Carter CEO/Owner Carter-McGowan Services, LLC
  • 3. ABOUT ME – THE ACCIDENTAL MICROSOFT PARTNER  Nikkia T. Carter (Twitter: @CarterMcGServ)  CEO/Owner of Carter-McGowan Services, LLC  12+ years Industry Experience  Microsoft Partner, Microsoft Cloud Partner, Microsoft Authorized Reseller, Microsoft VAR, and Microsoft Certified Professional  Specialize in SharePoint and InfoPath consulting, development, training and training material, and Office 365 product, training, and setup  Past: Application, Intranet / Recent: SharePoint, InfoPath  Past Clients: DoD (Navy, Army, AF), NSF / Recent Clients: Mostly small organizations and entrepreneurs (nonprofits, bail bondsman, insurance agent, tech consultant, horse rancher, real estate management, small seminary school, facilities management company, etc.).
  • 4. ABOUT ME – SO HOW DID THE ACCIDENT OCCUR?  Thinking about starting a business  How do I start? Which way do I go George??? Which way do I go???
  • 5. ABOUT ME – SO HOW DID THE ACCIDENT OCCUR?  Looked for getting my own SharePoint Enterprise site WTF?!? !
  • 6. ABOUT ME – SO HOW DID THE ACCIDENT OCCUR?  Office 365 to the rescue
  • 7. ABOUT ME – SO HOW DID THE ACCIDENT OCCUR? Tripped into becoming a partner Become a Microsoft Partner Oooo, what does that link do? Become a Microsoft Partner
  • 8. ABOUT ME – SO HOW DID THE ACCIDENT OCCUR?  Follow the yellow brick (Microsoft) road (Fill out ALL of the paperwork online)
  • 9. STARTING A BUSINESS More Details… In General
  • 10. SBA – A TREASURE TROVE OF INFORMATION Go to sba.gov and discover the goodness
  • 11. SBA – A TREASURE TROVE OF INFORMATION Check it out! Loans and Grants Contracting Starting & Managing
  • 12. SBA – A TREASURE TROVE OF INFORMATION Check it out! Learning Center
  • 13. SBA – A TREASURE TROVE OF INFORMATION Check it out! Local Assistance
  • 14. SBA – A TREASURE TROVE OF INFORMATION Check it out! Local Assistance
  • 15. SBA – STARTING A BUSINESS Click on Starting & Managing and then on Thinking About Starting under Starting a Business Click on 10 Steps to Starting a Business
  • 16. SBA – STARTING A BUSINESS Complete each step. Each step is a link with more instructions on how to complete the step.
  • 17. SBA – STARTING A BUSINESS Steps 6-10.
  • 18. SBA – STARTING A BUSINESS Note the articles and blogs listed on the right side And bottom of the page.
  • 19. ANOTHER RESOURCE FOR VA – BUSINESS ONE STOP This page gives you steps on launching a VA business: http://www.bos.virginia.gov/starting.shtml
  • 20. ANOTHER RESOURCE FOR VA – BUSINESS ONE STOP This page has linking to more business topics: http://www.virginia.gov/business/business-one-stop
  • 23. STARTING MY BUSINESS My Steps (as best as I can recall)
  • 24. HOW I STARTED Found an SBA online training called Essential Guide to Starting Your Own Business. Register here- http://web.sba.gov/sbtn/registration/index.cfm?CourseId=82 (walks you through the steps based on your state)
  • 25. HOW I STARTED NOTE: Newer course called Young Entrepreneurs An Essential guide to Starting Your Own Business. Here - http://www.sba.gov/tools/sba-learning- center/training/young-entrepreneurs-essential-guide-starting- your-own-business
  • 26. HOW I STARTED Back to my steps (as best as I can remember): Choose my business structure – Initially I choose Sole Proprietorship See definitions here - http://www.sba.gov/category/navigation- structure/starting-managing-business/starting- business/choose-your-business-stru
  • 27. HOW I STARTED Back to my steps (as best as I can remember): Applied for my FEIN number - https://sa1.www4.irs.gov/modiein/individual/index.jsp More details here - http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self- Employed/Apply-for-an-Employer-Identification-Number-(EIN)-Online Checked to see my business name was taken or not: https://sccefile.scc.virginia.gov/NameAvailability Registered for a VA Tax Account (need your FEIN) - https://www.ireg.tax.virginia.gov/VTOL/iRegSignUp.seam?conversationId=74 17&conversationIsLongRunning=true Went to my PO Office and got a PO Box
  • 28. HOW I STARTED Back to my steps (as best as I can remember): Went to my county Registrar and Commissioner of Revenue (Need FEIN and state tax id) Registered business name (factitious name) Got a business permit Got a zoning permit Tried to find a SharePoint environment and tripped into becoming a Microsoft Partner (discussed in next section) Got website domain and built website AND …
  • 29. HOW I STARTED Back to my steps (as best as I can remember): NETWORKED LIKE CRAZY How you doing? How you doing? AND …
  • 30. HOW I STARTED Back to my steps (as best as I can remember): Study/Learn… Learn from Others... Work… Repeat
  • 31. HOW I STARTED Back to my steps (as best as I can remember): The very next year I registered as a LLC VA SCC - https://sccefile.scc.virginia.gov/File/ArticlesOfOrganization?entityName
  • 33. OOOPPS! NOW I’M A MICROSOFT PARTNER Did I do that???
  • 34. BECOMING A PARTNER Tripped into becoming a partner Become a Microsoft Partner Oooo, what does that link do? Become a Microsoft Partner
  • 36. BECOMING A PARTNER I started as a Community Partner (yes, because it was free )then later became an Action Pack Partner.
  • 37. BECOMING A PARTNER I also joined this program.
  • 38. BECOMING A PARTNER: CLOUD PARTNER More details here: https://mspartner.microsoft.com/en/us/Pages/Solutions/access- cloud-partner-program-benefits.aspx
  • 39. BECOMING A PARTNER: BENEFITS AND REQUIREMENTS More details here: https://mspartner.microsoft.com/en/us/pages/membership/core-benefits.aspx
  • 40. BECOMING A PARTNER: BENEFITS AND REQUIREMENTS
  • 41. BECOMING A PARTNER: BENEFITS AND REQUIREMENTS
  • 42. BECOMING A PARTNER: COMMUNITY PARTNER Since I am already a partner, I can’t see these but...
  • 43. BECOMING A PARTNER: COMMUNITY PARTNERThis screen basically shows what needs to be filled out for profile (#2), *May need to be signed in as a partner to see this exact screen.
  • 46. BECOMING A PARTNER: COMMUNITY PARTNER And this screen basically shows what needs to be filled out (#3). *May need to be signed in as a partner to see this exact screen.
  • 47. BECOMING A PARTNER: ACTION PACK PARTNERMore details here: https://mspartner.microsoft.com/en/us/ Pages/Membership/action-pack.aspx
  • 49. BECOMING A PARTNER: COMPETENCY PARTNERhttps://mspartner.microsoft.com/en/us/Page s/Membership/competencies.aspx
  • 50. BECOMING A PARTNER: COMPETENCY PARTNER Here is the competency for SharePoint. https://mspartner.microsoft.com/en/us/ Pages/Membership/collaboration-and- content-competency.aspx
  • 51. BECOMING A PARTNER: COMPETENCY PARTNER Silver Competency
  • 52. BECOMING A PARTNER: COMPETENCY PARTNER Gold Competency
  • 53. ONCE YOU ARE A PARTNER: INCENTIVES More details here: https://mspartner.microsoft.com/en/us/pages/Membership/Premium/partner- incentives.aspx#_ *Must be signed in as a partner*
  • 55. CONTACT INFORMATION 55Created by Carter-McGowan Services, LLC Nikkia T. Carter, CEO/Owner Carter-McGowan Services, LLC Toll-free/fax: (866) 721-6085 Local: (540) 693-0578 Email: service@cartermcgowanservices.com Web: www.cartermcgowanservices.com Twitter: @CarterMcGServ FaceBook: CarterMcGowan Google+: Carter-McGowan Services