Channel Partners Conference & Expo Renews Partnership With SMB Nation

Virgo Publishing LLC, a business-to-business information services company, and SMB Nation, a small and medium business technology partner community portal, are pleased to announce they have renewed their partnership to colocate their respective events for voice and data communications solutions providers. Under the agreement, the Fall 2010 Channel Partners Conference & Expo and SMB Nations 2010 VoIP Workshop will be held concurrently, Sept. 20-22, at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

The events will conduct separate conferences with a joint exhibit hall, featuring suppliers of voice and data communications products and services and attracting more than 2,000 attendees. As a bonus, full conference attendees will be able to participate in the education programming for both events at no additional charge.

The two media companies first partnered with the Spring 2010 Channel Partners Conference & Expo and the inaugural SMB Nation VoIP Workshop, March 1-3, in Las Vegas.

Our first collaboration was a tremendous success for the attendees, exhibitors and sponsors of both events,” said Larry Lannon, group publisher for PHONE+ magazine, host of the Channel Partners Conference & Expo. We are pleased, but not surprised by the synergies of the events. The Channel Partners Conference & Expo serves agents and VARs selling voice communications products and services while SMB Nation targets computer resellers and data VARs. Changes in technology, such as cloud computing, managed services and VoIP, are bringing these channels together on a more frequent basis, making a joint event a natural.”

Literally every conversation in our community right now concerns integrating voice services into data networks. It seems like the much talked about convergence of voice and data is finally occurring with the robust economic recovery underway and small business increasing its technology spends,” said Harry Brelsford, CEO for SMB Nation. The opportunity to team with the Channel Partners Conference & Expo really allows us to elevate and accelerate the voice and data conversation into immediate actionable outcomes. We really appreciate the support we have received in helping us build out our impactful SMB VoIP workshop.”

Brelsford added:  Every single technology community, including voice and data, is being impacted by the cloud. There are more questions than answers right now and SMB Nation and Virgo Publishing are in partnership to help everyone to sort it out, moving forward. Now is the time to team and glean insights into the next wave of business opportunities; its not a good time to go it alone.”

About Virgo Publishing
Virgo Publishing LLC (Virgo) is an integrated B2B information services business delivering trade shows and conferences, print and e-media, and online education to key growth markets. Virgo Publishings Telecom Division publishes PHONE+, VON/xchange and Billing & OSS World magazines and is the producer of the Channel Partners Conference & Expo and the Billing & OSS World Conference & Expo. For information, visit

About Channel Partners Conference & Expo
The Channel Partners Conference & Expo is the communications industrys only event exclusively for indirect sales organizations agents, VARs, systems integrators, interconnects and consultants focused on transforming their businesses to become converged solutions providers. Produced by PHONE+, the event is produced twice annually in the spring and fall and features future-proofing advice from thought-leading speakers and how-to courses on best practices, technology and strategy. Topics range from hot technologies and new opportunities to partnering, diversification, sales tips and skills building.

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About SMB Nation

SMB Nation is a publishing and events company, targeted at the small and medium business technology consultant and reseller community. SMB Nation spreads the knowledge of SMB technology trends through its books, magazine, online services, conferences and worldwide seminars and workshops. As an active participant in the technology community, SMB Nation has a long history of advocacy and evangelism.

The company was founded in 1999 as MatthewBrelsford Associates and became SMB Nation in early 2003, to promote the books and consulting services of Harry Brelsford, the author of a successful series of SMB technology books.

Today, SMB Nation conferences, seminars and workshops bring forward-thinking IT consultants, technologies and vendors together, sparking new opportunities in the SMB space. Being THE information source for SMB technologists and Small Business Specialists worldwide, SMB Nation delivers complete business solutions to help them better manage their business, technological and marketing needs. Whether its delivered in print, online, or in person, everything SMB Nation produces reflects our unshakeable belief in the power of information to spur a profitable global community.

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