Small and Midsize Businesses Get a Boost at Microsoft Stores

| MSNY Staff

New York City-area businesses have something to celebrate: many Microsoft Stores across the region, including the flagship location on Fifth Avenue, have rolled out new SMB Zones. What are those, you ask? SMB Zones are spaces where you can get hands-on access to business-grade technology — and they were designed with entrepreneurs and small and midsize business (SMB) owners in mind.

New York City has the highest concentration of small businesses in the state.In fact, more than 98 percent of firms in New York City reported fewer than 500 employees.To further support these local businesses and their employees, Microsoft Stores in the New York City region are 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.

In addition to the Fifth Avenue location, Microsoft Stores in White Plains, N.Y.; Huntington Station, N.Y.; Bridgewater, N.J.; Freehold, N.J.; Willowbrook, N.J.; and Paramus, N.J., are offering the new programs.

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 to discuss how small business owners can use technology to solve problems and take their business to the next level of success. Register here and tune in online starting at 4 p.m. Eastern 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.

1 The Economic Impact of Small Business in New York State, New York state comptroller, March 2016

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