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

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

  1. 1. HOW TO START YOU OWN BUSINESS AND BECOME A MICROSOFT PARTNER By Nikkia T. Carter CEO/Owner Carter-McGowan Services, LLC
  2. 2. ABOUT ME
  3. 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. 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. 5. ABOUT ME – SO HOW DID THE ACCIDENT OCCUR?  Looked for getting my own SharePoint Enterprise site WTF?!? !
  6. 6. ABOUT ME – SO HOW DID THE ACCIDENT OCCUR?  Office 365 to the rescue
  7. 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. 8. ABOUT ME – SO HOW DID THE ACCIDENT OCCUR?  Follow the yellow brick (Microsoft) road (Fill out ALL of the paperwork online)
  9. 9. STARTING A BUSINESS More Details… In General
  10. 10. SBA – A TREASURE TROVE OF INFORMATION Go to sba.gov and discover the goodness
  11. 11. SBA – A TREASURE TROVE OF INFORMATION Check it out! Loans and Grants Contracting Starting & Managing
  12. 12. SBA – A TREASURE TROVE OF INFORMATION Check it out! Learning Center
  13. 13. SBA – A TREASURE TROVE OF INFORMATION Check it out! Local Assistance
  14. 14. SBA – A TREASURE TROVE OF INFORMATION Check it out! Local Assistance
  15. 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. 16. SBA – STARTING A BUSINESS Complete each step. Each step is a link with more instructions on how to complete the step.
  17. 17. SBA – STARTING A BUSINESS Steps 6-10.
  18. 18. SBA – STARTING A BUSINESS Note the articles and blogs listed on the right side And bottom of the page.
  19. 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. 20. ANOTHER RESOURCE FOR VA – BUSINESS ONE STOP This page has linking to more business topics: http://www.virginia.gov/business/business-one-stop
  21. 21. OTHER RESOURCES For MD: http://www.choosemaryland.org/startbusiness/Pages/default.aspx
  22. 22. OTHER RESOURCES For DC: http://brc.dc.gov/planning/planning.asp
  23. 23. STARTING MY BUSINESS My Steps (as best as I can recall)
  24. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 30. HOW I STARTED Back to my steps (as best as I can remember): Study/Learn… Learn from Others... Work… Repeat
  31. 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
  32. 32. BECOMING A PARTNER Trippin…
  33. 33. OOOPPS! NOW I’M A MICROSOFT PARTNER Did I do that???
  34. 34. BECOMING A PARTNER Tripped into becoming a partner Become a Microsoft Partner Oooo, what does that link do? Become a Microsoft Partner
  35. 35. BECOMING A PARTNER https://mspartner.microsoft.com/en/us/Pages/index.aspx What the Partner page looks like as of March 2014.
  36. 36. BECOMING A PARTNER I started as a Community Partner (yes, because it was free )then later became an Action Pack Partner.
  37. 37. BECOMING A PARTNER I also joined this program.
  38. 38. BECOMING A PARTNER: CLOUD PARTNER More details here: https://mspartner.microsoft.com/en/us/Pages/Solutions/access- cloud-partner-program-benefits.aspx
  39. 39. BECOMING A PARTNER: BENEFITS AND REQUIREMENTS More details here: https://mspartner.microsoft.com/en/us/pages/membership/core-benefits.aspx
  40. 40. BECOMING A PARTNER: BENEFITS AND REQUIREMENTS
  41. 41. BECOMING A PARTNER: BENEFITS AND REQUIREMENTS
  42. 42. BECOMING A PARTNER: COMMUNITY PARTNER Since I am already a partner, I can’t see these but...
  43. 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.
  44. 44. BECOMING A PARTNER: COMMUNITY PARTNER
  45. 45. BECOMING A PARTNER: COMMUNITY PARTNER
  46. 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. 47. BECOMING A PARTNER: ACTION PACK PARTNERMore details here: https://mspartner.microsoft.com/en/us/ Pages/Membership/action-pack.aspx
  48. 48. BECOMING A PARTNER: ACTION PACK PARTNER
  49. 49. BECOMING A PARTNER: COMPETENCY PARTNERhttps://mspartner.microsoft.com/en/us/Page s/Membership/competencies.aspx
  50. 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. 51. BECOMING A PARTNER: COMPETENCY PARTNER Silver Competency
  52. 52. BECOMING A PARTNER: COMPETENCY PARTNER Gold Competency
  53. 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*
  54. 54. QUESTIONS? 54Created by Carter-McGowan Services, LLC
  55. 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

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