An MVP has passion for the profession. Each person is awarded for a year for the work that they did on behalf of the IT community in the previous year. Nominations are made by other MVPs, peers and Microsoft employees. After the nomination each MVP is asked to submit a list of all of the community work they did in the past year. As you can imagine this is not an easy task. By virtue of being MVP material, the community things you do are just part of your being and generally not something that you keep a dally of.
It is quite an accomplishment to be named one of the worlds elite by one of the worlds top software companies. I wanted to share the letter that MVPs receive. Each of the 5,000 MVP is awarded in a specific product area – mine is small business. There are 42 of us in this category.