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Website Spark: Big Help for Small Web Dev Shops Vol 12-47 | October 7th, 2009
Joey DeVilla
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Before my job at Microsoft, I often worked as an independent consultant or as an employee of a small development shop. It was exciting being part of these scrappy little operations; with so few people and resources, I got to play many roles, come up with creative solutions and feel like I was more than “just a cog in the machine”. It could also be nerve-wracking, because we all had to contend with a very limited budget, find customers and deal with the feeling that we were on our own. We got by with hard work and more than a little luck, but it would’ve been nice to have some help.

WebsiteSpark is Microsoft’s new program to help small web design and development shops by providing them with three things essential to their success at no upfront cost:

1. Visibility through a marketplace and well as connections through marketing and business networking programs,

2. Support of all kinds, from tech support and training to a network of other development shops, hosting partners, developers and designers, and

3. Tools to build products for your customers: Windows Server and IIS, SQL Server, Visual Studio, Expression and more.

If your company’s primary business is providing web development and design services and it has 10 or fewer people including owners and employees, it’s eligible for WebsiteSpark ! You’ll save money on tools and technology, benefit from support and training and gain an advantage through opportunities to meet new customers and technology partners. It’s visibility, support and tools — what a small shop needs — all in a nice little package.

If your company isn’t a small web development shop but instead provides hosting, services and support to them, there’s a place for you in WebsiteSpark as a network partner. Through the program, you’ll get exposed to many new customers who need your services. Think of it as having an extra person on your sales team!

For more information about WebsiteSpark , visit the WebsiteSpark site and see how Microsoft can help your small company succeed!

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