Hurricane Relief and Jeff Middleton
SBS'er Jeff Middleton (www.sbsmigration.com ) from New Orleans gave a pretty emotional talk here at SMB Nation at Lunch with everyone listening intently. Pretty tough to hear it from someone born and raised in La and lived in New Orleans before the hurricane.
Jeff has had to get his business and others that he supports up in various locations on different hardware in different locations and hotels. Talk about Disaster Recovery, pretty amazing.
Jeff has a plan to get a MASH unit for small businesses into the area to help them get IT going again staffed by volunteers of the Small Business Community. In addition he'd like to get newsgroups with a 5 minute response for disaster help again staffed by worldwide community volunteers.
Microsoft reps at lunch also offered to help. To date it was mentioned they have given $1Million in donations and $5 Million in service help. Items will be matched by Microsoft corporate. They will try and help get the newsgroups up and going for Jeff and try and see if they can help with funding to get volunteers to LA area to help.
Pretty amazing when the community gets together. I'm sure Jeff would like the help of all if possible.