Channel Partners Conference & Expo and SMB Nation Renew Partnership in Vegas

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 Spring 2011 Channel Partners Conference & Expo and SMB Nations 2011 VoIP Workshop will be held concurrently, March 13-15, at the Aria Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.

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 3,000 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.

Channel Partners collaboration with SMB Nation is an important part of our value at the Channel Partners Spring Conference & Exposition this spring,” said Publisher Larry Lannon of PHONE+ magazine, host of the Channel Partners Conference & Expo. The synergy between SMB Nations VoIP Workshop and Channel Partners content is tight. We serve 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.”

The hunger is clearly there in our channel for integrating voice services into data networks. Our past partnership at prior Channel Partners Conference and Expos validates that the IT community from SMB Nation wants to elevate and accelerate the voice and data conversation into immediate actionable outcomes. We are very transaction-oriented,” said Harry Brelsford, CEO for SMB Nation. We really appreciate the support we have received in helping us build out our impactful SMB Voice workshop.” 

Brelsford went on to say, 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.”

Virgo Publishing is also pleased to announce that, effective Jan. 1, 2011, PHONE+ will be renamed as Channel Partners, to create one brand for the resources that it provides to the communications technology indirect sales channel. The two brands have operated as one over the years, so unifying them is a formality, but one that will allow Channel Partners to more cohesively serve the needs of next-generation solutions providers.

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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