Small and Midsize Businesses Get a Boost at Microsoft Stores

| MSFT Chicago Staff

Chicago businesses have something to celebrate: Microsoft Store at Oakbrook Center has rolled out a new SMB Zone. What’s that, you ask? The SMB Zone is a space where you can get hands-on access to business-grade technology — and it was designed with entrepreneurs and small and midsize business (SMB) owners in mind.

According to the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce Small Business Outlook Survey 2016, 76 percent of small business owners plan to grow their businesses in the next year. In addition, the survey found that 60 percent of business owners expect higher gross sales/revenue in the future. That’s a big chunk of Chicago’s economy.

To help these local businesses succeed, Microsoft Stores is also offering the Accelerate Your Business leasing program – created to help small and midsize organizations choose the technologies that best meet their business needs as well as get training, support, warranties and deals for combined solutions.

To underscore Microsoft’s commitment to SMBs, on Thursday, Sept. 22, entrepreneur, author and CNBC contributor Carol Roth will host a live-streamed event at the flagship Microsoft Store in New York to discuss how small business owners can use technology to solve problems and take their business to the next level to the next level of success. Register here for the event and tune in online starting at 3 p.m. Central Time to hear from Roth as well as a handful of other entrepreneurs.

In addition to the SMB Zone and the Accelerate Your Business program, SMBs can access a host of in-store and on-the-ground support, training, and services designed especially for them. Check out the Microsoft U.S. Small and Midsize Business Blog for more details.

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