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Online Support plus Software Training = Microsoft Small Business +

  • 25 January, 2006 08:47

<p>Personalised online resource provides Australian small businesses access to
no-cost business and software training and self-help support</p>
<p>Sydney, Australia – 25 January, 2006 – Microsoft Australia today announced Microsoft® Small Business +, a suite of complimentary, personalised online resources and technical support offerings to help small businesses grow and thrive using technology.</p>
<p>Microsoft Small Business + will foster technology skills enhancement which according to AMI Partners Incorporation worldwide survey of small businesses ranks as one of small businesses’ top 10 technology priorities.</p>
<p>Designed to help Australian small businesses improve marketing, finance and business skills with technology, Microsoft Small Business + provides training, self help support and direct feedback for members.</p>
<p>Membership is complimentary for Australian small businesses and can be accessed through the
Microsoft Small Business Centre website which provides a broad array of small business resources.</p>
<p>Ms Therese McGrath, Director, Small Business, Microsoft Australia said, “Microsoft is committed to helping Australian small businesses grow and thrive by developing practical tools and resources and the right products and services for small businesses.</p>
<p>“Microsoft Small Business + is designed with small business education needs in mind and is complemented by the Microsoft Small Business Centre and Microsoft Small Business Specialist programme.</p>
<p>“Small Business + has been built on feedback from our small business customers and we continue to listen to our partners and customers to continue to create a valuable information portal for them,” said Ms McGrath.</p>
<p>Training helps Australian small businesses get the most from their software
Microsoft Small Business + provides personalised software training courses to help small businesses become more productive by utilising Microsoft Office applications such as Excel®, PowerPoint® and Outlook®.</p>
<p>Also included is a library of business training courses developed by third-party experts to help small-business owners and their employees improve role-based skills such as marketing, technology management and financial management.</p>
<p>Mr Mike Cameron, Principal at Australian contract management and technology consultancy, Extractive Consulting, has used the Microsoft Small Business + site in its Australian pilot.</p>
<p>“As a resource, Microsoft Small Business + is an easy to use and comprehensive tool that helps people to understand the processes of operating a small business. Microsoft Small Business + acts as a one-stop-shop, giving users a degree of confidence through practical and logical information, training and technical advice that is not always readily accessible for Australian small businesses,” said Mr Cameron.</p>
<p>With a strong background in business and management, Mr Cameron often provides support to other small businesses through a Victorian-based small business network.</p>
<p>“I often pass around technology training tips, software advice and business information from the Microsoft Small Business Centre meetings with my small business network. With Small Business + Microsoft has created an additional portal that makes business easy,” said Mr Cameron.</p>
<p>Quick, easy access to resources to help answer small business support questions
Small Business Support within Small Business + provides quick and easy self-help support, including a hub of frequently asked support questions, the latest service pack product updates and webcasts delivered by Microsoft support experts.</p>
<p>Complimentary membership and more information can be found at the local Microsoft Small Business + site at</p>
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<p>Microsoft, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corp. in the United States and/or other countries.
The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.</p>
<p>About Microsoft
Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq "MSFT") is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realise their full potential.</p>
<p>For further information:</p>
<p>Stephen Rodi or Claire Morgan
Howorth Communications
Ph: 02 8281 3830 or 0416 008 500</p>

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