[StBernard] Partner Details on Microsoft Licensing Relief Program in Louisiana

Westley Annis Westley at da-parish.com
Wed Oct 24 22:54:53 EDT 2007

Editor'snote: As a Microsoft Partner, I can assist you with taking advantage
of this program.

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Partner Details on Microsoft Licensing Relief Program in Louisiana

Microsoft and the state of Louisiana announced a License Relief Program
9175%3B2%3B02&a=1007> for small businesses in Louisiana affected by
Hurricanes Katrina and Rita that launched October 1st. Through this Program,
qualifying Small Businesses in Louisiana can be eligible to have their
entire first year Open Value payment made by Microsoft on their behalf to
allow them to benefit from the use of Microsoft technology as they strive to
get back on their feet without having to absorb the up-front cost to do so.
As a Microsoft Partner located in Louisiana, below are some details on the
program and how you can help your local qualifying clients to participate.

1) Which Microsoft Partners can participate in this?
a. ANSWER: All Microsoft Partners are eligible to offer this to
qualifying Small Businesses in the 30 Federal disaster designated Louisiana

2) What Small Businesses qualify for this Licensing Relief
a. Small Businesses who meet ALL of the requirements below are
eligible for this program:

. For-profit business with less than 200 employees
. In business prior to August 29, 2005, the date of
Hurricane Katrina's landfall, or September 24, 2005, the date of Hurricane
Rita's landfall
. Business was located in one of the 30 Federal disaster
designated Louisiana Parishes. (Acadia, Ascension, Assumption, Calcasieu,
Cameron, E. Feliciana, East Baton Rouge, Iberia, Iberville, Jeff Davis,
Jefferson, Lafourche, Livingston, Orleans, Plaquemines, Pointe Coupee, St.
Bernard, St. Charles, St. Helena, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St.
Martin, St. Mary, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Terrebonne, Vermillion, W. Baton
Rouge, W. Feliciana, and Washington)
. Have applied for the following federal or state government
business assistance programs: SBA Disaster loan, State Bridge loan, and
State Small Firm Loan and Grant Program? (You need not have been approved
for aid.)
. Must purchase a three-year Microsoft Open Value Software
License for business software and bring the purchase agreement to a
Louisiana Small Business Development Center (LSBDC) office and fill out the
. The purchase must be made between September 28th, 2007 and
Sept 24th, 2008.

3) How does the process work?

. Qualifying Small Business purchases a new three-year
Microsoft Open Value Agreement through any local or national reseller
. Business owner brings first year invoice and documentation
of federal/state assistance application to LSBDC
. LSBDC enters agreement number and other pertinent
information into Microsoft web-based application and faxes copy of invoice
to Microsoft
. Business owner leaves SBDC with "receipt" for their
application, printed off the Microsoft web app
. Microsoft processes the application to validate the
agreement, etc.
. If approved, Microsoft issues a check for the 1st year
payment and sends it to reseller with SBDC cover letter
. Microsoft informs the SBDC that the check is cut or, if
it's not approved, the reasons why not
. LSBDC informs small business that the process is complete

4) What purchases qualify for this program?
a. New three-year Open Value License + Software Assurance (L+SA)
purchases made between September 28th, 2007 and Sept 24th, 2008 by
qualifying Small Businesses.

5) Do Software Assurance only purchases or renewals, or any other
purchasing program except a new Open Value L+SA purchase qualify?
a. No, Software Assurance (SA) only, OEM, Retail Box/Full-Package
Product (FPP), Academic, Charity, Open Business, Select, Enterprise
Agreement, or any other licensing program would not qualify.

You can view some additional information on this program below:

* Breaking News: Microsoft continues to expand hurricane relief
efforts with help for Small Businesses through license reimbursement program
* Additional Details and Information about License Relief Program
Announced Monday

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