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Dec. 21, 2007

Concerto Networks' First Kentucky Franchise Welcomed to the Community

Concerto Networks, Inc., a San Diego headquartered company with franchise locations throughout the U.S., New Zealand, Australia, Ireland, Spain and the United Kingdom (UK) announced the official launch of the first franchise within the state of Kentucky with a Grand Opening and ribbon cutting ceremony. The event was hosted by the Lexington Chamber of Commerce on December 13, 2007. The proud Franchise Owner, Steven Karcher, is now open and ready to serve small and medium sized businesses in the Central Kentucky area.


Grand Opening of Concerto Networks of Central Kentucky

 

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Dec. 2, 2007

Concerto Networks Announces Launch of First Puerto Rico Franchise

Concerto Networks, Inc., a San Diego headquartered company with franchise locations throughout the U.S., New Zealand, Australia, Ireland, Spain and the United Kingdom (UK), announced announced today its newest franchise owner, Javier Ortiz, is operating the first Concerto Networks Business Technology Solutions Franchise to operate within Puerto Rico. Concerto Networks provides complete business technology solutions and consulting to small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs).

"Small and medium businesses in Puerto Rico will now have access to professional technology support and products at a service level previously only available to large organizations,” said Ortiz “and through the Concerto Networks offering we will be able to bring more value to clients than ever before." Ortiz brings more than seventeen years of Information Technology (IT), entrepreneurial and business management experience to his new post with Concerto Networks.


Press Release (English)

Press Release (Español)

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Nov. 29, 2007

Concerto Networks Offers Cost-Saving Phone Systems for Small Businesses with TalkSwitch

Concerto Networks, Inc., a multi-national franchise company that provides complete business technology solutions for small- to medium-sized businesses (SMBs), announced its collaboration with TalkSwitch. Since its establishment in 1990, TalkSwitch has dedicated itself to developing the PBXs and IP PBXs that tens of thousands of small businesses across North America already rely on.

While small companies with less than 20 employees account for approximately 90 per cent of worldwide businesses, traditional telephone manufacturers have generally ignored the unique needs of the segment. TalkSwitch has recognized the importance of the small businesses segment of the market, and has led the way in designing and developing award-winning phone systems for small, multi-location and franchise businesses. They can be used as standalone devices, or on a network and can combine both traditional telephone lines and VoIP services, using analog and/or IP phones.

Thanks to Concerto Networks Franchise Owner in Indianapolis, Mr. Mark Shearer, who brought the TalkSwitch systems to the attention of the Concerto Networks team, all Concerto Networks Franchise Owners are now able to offer these exciting products. Mark discovered the TalkSwitch systems when searching for a communication solution for a client. What he was able to offer his client with the TalkSwitch systems, together with the affordable costs, was unmatched by any other option on the market. Read more here in our recent case study with TalkSwitch.

If you are in need of assistance sourcing or managing communication needs for your business, please contact us toll-free at 866.ITCONCERTO (866.482.6623) or online here.

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Nov. 15, 2007

Concerto Networks Offers Proactive Technology Support to Gateway Cathedral

Concerto Networks, Inc., a multi-national franchise company that provides complete business technology solutions for small- to medium-sized businesses (SMBs), announced their Maplewood, New Jersey Franchise Owner, Dean Clarke, has signed a new Simple Office® Support contract with the Gateway Cathedral of Staten Island, New York. The Gateway Cathedral was seeking an outsourced technology provider to maintain and support their business offices of twenty plus computers and a server. Mr. Clarke was able to offer them the support they were seeking and much more.

The Simple Office Support contract will provide the cathedral with a fixed rate program for all of their maintenance needs including up to date anti-virus protection and Windows updates; which are monitored 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The cathedral has been able to cut their technology expenses in half, saving them thousands of dollars annually and giving them peace of mind knowing that they not only have someone to call when they need support, they will have knowledgeable eyes on their network around the clock.

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Nov. 1, 2007

Concerto Networks Announces Award of Fourth Franchise In Washington, D.C.

Concerto Networks, Inc., a multi-national franchise company that provides complete business technology solutions for small- to medium-sized businesses (SMBs), announces the award of the fourth Franchise Owner within the Washington DC area. The new Franchise Owner plans to attend Concerto Networks University at Concerto Networks' Global Headquarters in San Diego, CA and will then begin operations of the franchise in early 2008.

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October 29, 2007

Concerto Networks Announces Award of First Franchise In Connecticut

Concerto Networks, Inc., a multi-national franchise company that provides complete business technology solutions for small- to medium-sized businesses (SMBs), announces the award of the first Franchise Owner within the state of Connecticut. The new Franchise Owner plans to attend Concerto Networks University at Concerto Networks' Global Headquarters in San Diego, CA and will then begin operations of the franchise in early 2008.

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October 29, 2007

Concerto Networks Announces Award of First Franchise In South Carolina

Concerto Networks, Inc., a multi-national franchise company that provides complete business technology solutions for small- to medium-sized businesses (SMBs), announces the award of the first Franchise Owner within the state of South Carolina. The new Franchise Owner plans to attend Concerto Networks University at Concerto Networks' Global Headquarters in San Diego, CA and will then begin operations of the franchise in early 2008.

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October 26, 2007

Concerto Networks Offers Business Saving Tips to Recover From Disaster and Prevent Future Data Loss For All Businesses

Concerto Networks, Inc., a multi-national franchise company that provides complete business technology solutions for small- to medium-sized businesses (SMBs), announces business saving tips for all companies to prevent future data loss and how to recover data for those businesses affected by the recent wildfires in southern California.

In recent days, southern California has been dramatically affected by wild fires. Unfortunately, thousands of Californians have been impacted by those fires and evacuations, including some of our own colleagues and Franchise Owners. Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone impacted by this recent disaster.

In addition to the individual homes that were lost, there have also been many commercial businesses affected as well. Once businesses loose their valuable data, 93% of the time they file for bankruptcy within 1 year of the disaster. Fortunately for those businesses that had a solid backup plan, which involves offsite data backup, recovering after a disaster only takes a matter of hours or days to get back up and running. It may still be possible to recover data from systems damaged by fire, however.

Concerto Networks has teamed up with DriveSavers to help businesses recover lost data from damaged hard drives and equipment. DriveSavers has helped businesses recover data from damaged equipment, even laptops that have been submerged in water or burned in fires. Some of our clients have even been able to put this cost to recover data through their business insurance claims. Ask how today and save 10% on DriveSavers offerings.

Data Recovery with DriveSavers

If anything can be learned from disasters, whether it be a wildfire or a flood in an office building, it is that hopefully we learn from past mistakes and put a reliable backup system in place before disaster strikes and test it regularly to make sure it is working properly. Not all backup systems are created equal though. For example, tape backups can be costly, unreliable and take longer to restore than more advanced systems.

Even for business owners not affected by a recent disaster, now is the best time for any business to examine their current data backup plan. Contact us today to learn more about our secure offsite data backup offerings with BitLeap, LLC.

Remote Data Backup with BitLeap LLC

If you have been affected by the recent wildfires and are in need of technical assistance to get your business back up and running, please contact us toll-free at 866.ITCONCERTO (866.482.6623) or online here.

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October 23, 2007

Concerto Networks Announces Launch of Fifth Franchise Owner In New Zealand

Concerto Networks, Inc., a multi-national franchise company that provides complete business technology solutions for small- to medium-sized businesses (SMBs), announces the launch of the fifth Franchise Owner within New Zealand. Franchise Owner Tim Clarkson joined Concerto Networks in October 2007 as the first franchisee in the Merivale, Christchurch area of New Zealand.

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Sept. 18, 2007

Concerto Networks Receives Registered Trademark Status for Tagline "Simple Office"

Concerto Networks, Inc., a San Diego headquartered company with franchise locations throughout the U.S., New Zealand, Spain, Ireland and the U.K., is pleased to announce the recent receipt of the registered trademark status for the word marks, "Simple Office®". They have received the Registered Trademark (®) status from the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

The tagline, Simple Office®, embodies the promise of the Concerto Networks offerings to their small to medium sized business clients; to create a Simple Office which allows clients to focus on their business, not their technology worries. Concerto Networks franchise owners provide outsourced business technology services to their clients, such as medical offices, real estate and many other service industry companies, to streamline their technology spending and become proactive in their technology management.

This latest achievement of the registered trademark status represents further protection of and equity in the growing multi-national brand for the members of the Concerto Networks community.

 


The word marks "Concerto Networks", "Welcome to the Simple Office", and "Simple Office" and the wand artwork within the company logo, are all registered trademarks of Concerto Networks, Inc. Use of the marks is limited to Concerto Networks franchise owners and users pre-authorized by Concerto Networks, Inc. only.

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August 15, 2007

Concerto Networks Announces Growth of Franchise Network with Award of First Kentucky Franchise

Concerto Networks, Inc., a San Diego headquartered company with franchise locations throughout the U.S., New Zealand, Australia, Ireland, Spain and the United Kingdom (UK) announced further expansion within the United States. Concerto Networks has announced the award of the first franchise within the state of Kentucky. The proud Franchise Owner, Steven Karcher, plans to begin operations of his technology solutions franchise in the fall of 2007 in the Lexington, Kentucky area.

Congratulations to this newest member to join the growing international franchise network. Steven brings a wealth of business, technology and entrepreneur experience to his new post.

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August 14, 2007

Concerto Networks Announces Launch of Fourth Franchise Owner In New Zealand

Concerto Networks, Inc., a multi-national franchise company that provides complete business technology solutions for small- to medium-sized businesses (SMBs), announces the launch of the fourth franchise owner within New Zealand. Franchise Owner Kevin Galvin joined Concerto Networks in August 2007 as the first franchisee in the Otago area of New Zealand. He brings more than 30 years financial sector management, IT and software support experience to the network.

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August 13, 2007

Concerto Networks Announces Growth of Franchise Network with Award of First Ireland Single Unit Franchise

Concerto Networks, Inc., a San Diego headquartered company with franchise locations throughout the U.S., New Zealand, Australia, Ireland, Spain and the United Kingdom (UK) announced further expansion within Ireland. Concerto Networks Master Franchise Owner, Michael Cotter, has announced the award of the first franchisee within Ireland to serve Galway and surrounding areas. The proud Franchise Owner, James Faherty, plans to begin operations of his technology solutions franchise in the fall of 2007.


Congratulations to this newest member to join the growing international franchise network. James brings a wealth of business, technology and leadership experience to his new post.

From Left to Right: James Faherty, Franchise Owner and Michael Cotter,

Master Franchise Owner, Ireland

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August 6, 2007

Concerto Networks Announces Launch of Third Franchise Owner to Serve Auckland, New Zealand

Concerto Networks, Inc., a multi-national franchise company that provides complete business technology solutions for small- to medium-sized businesses (SMBs), announces the launch of the third franchise owner to serve the Auckland, New Zealand area. Franchise owner Phillip Walmsley brings more than 25 years of Information Technology (IT), software development and business experience to his position with the company.

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July 10, 2007

Concerto Networks Announces Growth of Franchise Network with Award of First Puerto Rico Franchise

Concerto Networks, Inc., a San Diego headquartered company with franchise locations throughout the U.S., New Zealand, Australia, Ireland, Spain and the United Kingdom (UK) announced its expansion into Puerto Rico. Concerto Networks has announced the award of the first franchise owner to serve the San Juan and Caguas areas. The proud Franchise Owner, Javier Ortiz, plans to begin operations of his technology solutions franchises in August 2007.

Congratulations to this newest member to join the growing international franchise network. Javier brings a wealth of business, technology and leadership experience to his new post.

Concerto Networks of Puerto Rico

From Left to Right: Concerto Networks Home Office Operations, Jim Blackburn and Concerto Networks Franchise Owner, Javier Ortiz

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June 27, 2007

Concerto Networks Announces Growth of Franchise Network with Award of Second Spanish Franchise

Concerto Networks, Inc., a San Diego headquartered company with franchise locations throughout the U.S., New Zealand, Australia, Ireland, Spain and the United Kingdom (UK) announced its further expansion in Spain. Concerto Networks has announced the award of the second franchise owner in Spain, to serve the city of Alicante. The proud Franchise Owner, Juan Luis Tomás Domínguez, plans to begin operations of his technology solutions franchises in August 2007.

Congratulations to this newest member to join the growing international franchise network. Juan Luis brings a wealth of business, technology and leadership experience to his new post.

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June 15, 2007

Concerto Networks Announces Launch of Second Franchise Owner to Serve Auckland, New Zealand

Concerto Networks, Inc., a multi-national franchise company that provides complete business technology solutions for small- to medium-sized businesses (SMBs), announces the launch of the second franchise owner to serve the Auckland, New Zealand area. Franchise owner Lex Paterson, brings more than 20 years of Information Technology (IT), engineering and business experience to his position with the company.

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June 14, 2007

Concerto Networks® Announces Launch of First Franchise Owner to Serve Auckland, New Zealand

Concerto Networks, Inc., a multi-national franchise company that provides complete business technology solutions for small- to medium-sized businesses (SMBs), announces the launch of the first franchise owner to serve the Auckland, New Zealand area. Franchise owner Grant Wilson, brings more than 12 years of Information Technology (IT), engineering and business experience to his position with the company.

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June 4, 2007

FORMER VIKING SYSTEMS EXECUTIVE APPOINTED TO CONCERTO NETWORKS EXECUTIVE TEAM

Concerto Networks, Inc., a multi-national franchise company that provides complete business technology solutions for small- to medium-sized businesses (SMBs), announced today they have appointed Gregory Decker to Vice President, Chief Operating Officer (COO), and Chief Financial Officer (CFO). His ultimate responsibility is for strategic, operational and financial planning and execution leading to the expansion of Concerto Networks.

Mr. Decker brings over twenty five years of senior operations and executive finance experience with both Fortune 500 and development-stage companies to his new post. Prior to joining Concerto Networks, Mr. Decker spent the last year as CFO of Viking Systems, Inc., a publicly-traded medical appliance device company, where he successfully completed several complex financings. Prior to Viking Systems, he spent five years as the CFO of Sensoria Corporation, a developer of mobile wireless mesh-networking software and hardware. Other positions Mr. Decker has held include Senior Vice President and CFO of NeoPoint, Inc., a developer of wireless “Smartphones” and Internet services; Finance Director for Qualcomm’s 1 billion dollar Consumer Products Division; and Controller and International Finance Director for Ericsson Raynet. Mr. Decker earned his MBA from Harvard Business School and his Bachelor of Arts degree from Pomona College where he majored in International Relations.

 Press Release (pdf)

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May 15, 2007

Jeff Beinhaur of Concerto Networks Central PA, Appointed Chairman to the West Shore Chamber of Commerce Technology Business Council

Concerto Networks, Inc., a San Diego headquartered company with franchise locations throughout the U.S., New Zealand, Australia, Ireland, Spain and the United Kingdom (UK), is pleased to announce the appointment of Jeff Beinhaur, Concerto Networks of Central PA, to Chairman of the Technology Business Council by the Board of Directors of the West Shore Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber’s Technology Business Council helps members use technology to improve business performance, educates members on best use practices and provides technology resources to area businesses.

Concerto Networks of Central PA

Concerto Networks Area Developer and

Franchise Owner, Jeff Beinhaur

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April 25, 2007

Concerto Networks Announces Growth of Franchise Network in California with Launch of First Folsom Lake Franchise

Concerto Networks, Inc., a San Diego headquartered company with franchise locations throughout the U.S., New Zealand, Australia, Ireland, Spain and the United Kingdom (UK) announced further expansion within the state of California. Concerto Networks has announced the launch of the first franchise owner to serve Folsom Lake, CA and the surrounding areas. The proud Franchise Owner, Marie Civitano, will begin operations of her technology solutions franchises in May 2007.

Congratulations to this newest member to join the growing international franchise network. Marie brings a wealth of business, technology and leadership experience to her new post.

From Left to Right: Concerto Networks Franchise Owner, Marie Civitano and Concerto Networks Director, Eric Tobias

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April 24 , 2007

Concerto Networks Announces Growth of Franchise Network in the Washington, DC with Launch of Second & Third Franchises

Concerto Networks, Inc., a San Diego headquartered company with franchise locations throughout the U.S., New Zealand, Australia, Ireland, Spain and the United Kingdom (UK) announced further expansion within the Washington, DC area. Concerto Networks has announced the launch of the second and third franchise owners to serve the Washington, DC area. The proud Franchise Owners, Andres and Debbie Valencia, will begin operations of their technology solutions franchises in May 2007.

Congratulations to these newest members to join the growing international franchise network. Andres and Debbie both bring a wealth of business, technology and leadership experience to their new posts.

From Left to Right: Concerto Networks Franchise Owners, Andres Valencia and Debbie Valencia and Concerto Networks Director, Eric Tobias

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April 18 , 2007

Concerto Networks Receives Registered Trademark Status for Tagline "Welcome to the Simple Office"

Concerto Networks, Inc., a San Diego headquartered company with franchise locations throughout the U.S., New Zealand, Spain, Ireland and the U.K., is pleased to announce the recent receipt of the registered trademark status for the word marks, "Welcome to the Simple Office®". They have received the Registered Trademark (®) status from the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The company's logo has been updated to reflect the recent trademark status.

The word marks "Concerto Networks", the word marks "Welcome to the Simple Office" and the wand artwork within the company logo, are all registered trademarks of Concerto Networks, Inc. Use of the marks is limited to Concerto Networks franchise owners and users pre-authorized by Concerto Networks, Inc..

The tagline, Welcome to the Simple Office®, embodies the promise of the Concerto Networks offerings to their small to medium sized business clients; to create a Simple Office™ which allows clients to focus on their business, not their technology worries. Concerto Networks franchise owners provide outsourced business technology services to their clients, such as medical offices, real estate and many other service industry companies, to streamline their technology spending and become proactive in their technology management.

This latest achievement of the registered trademark status represents further protection of and equity in the growing multi-national brand for the members of the Concerto Networks community.

 



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March 21 , 2007

Listen to Concerto Networks LIVE on WSRadio's Entrepreneur Magazine Franchise Show

Concerto Networks, Inc., a San Diego headquartered company with franchise locations throughout the U.S., New Zealand, Spain, Ireland and the UK, is pleased to announce its participation on the Entrepreneur Magazine Franchise Show LIVE Today at 11:00amPST.

The Entrepreneur Magazine Franchise Show will consist of two separate interviews; the first will be with Concerto Networks Founder and CEO, Raymond Hivoral, to discuss general information about the franchise opportunity. The second segment will be with franchise owner Gary Gray of Houston, TX and the conversation will center on the decision making process and how owning a business has changed his life.

 

Click here to listen!

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March 13 , 2007

Concerto Networks is Ranked #18 in the Franchise Times FAST 55 by Franchise Times Magazine

Concerto Networks, Inc., a San Diego headquartered company with franchise locations throughout the U.S., New Zealand, Spain, Ireland and the UK, is pleased to announce its ranking of #18 in the FAST 55 for 2007, by Franchise Times Magazine.

The 2007 Fast 55 is the fourth year the results have been published. To be considered, the franchise brand must have been franchising less than five years and experienced positive franchise unit growth each year. The average franchise company listed on the Fast 55 grew over 100 percent per year.

The Rankings were published this month and can be viewed online at Franchise Times' website along with complete details regarding the rankings. The print edition of the top 55 fastest growing, young franchises as compiled by FRANdata, The Fast 55, is featured in the March 2007 edition of the magazine.

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Jan. 16 , 2007

Oregon Entrepreneur Becomes First Concerto Networks Technology Solutions Franchise Owner in Portland

Concerto Networks announced today its newest franchise owner, Nathan O’Bryan, is operating the first Concerto Networks Business Technology Solutions Franchise to operate within Portland, Oregon. Concerto Networks provides complete business technology solutions and consulting to small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs). O’Bryan brings more than 15 years of Information Technology (IT), entrepreneurial and business experience to his new post with Concerto Networks.  

“I am excited to not only deliver much needed, professional technology support to small and medium businesses in Portland,” said O’Bryan “but with the support of a franchise, it will help me to both grow my business and offer more value to my clients.”

Nathan is ready to begin helping businesses in his area immediately after completing training at Concerto Networks University™ in December. Prior to coming on board with Concerto Networks, Nathan spent over fifteen years in various technical roles, from data center support to network and systems administration, working with well known organizations such as Kaiser Permanente, Lockheed Martin, GE Capital and the United States Marine Corps (USMC). Most recently he has been providing technical support as a consultant to local businesses within the Portland area. Nathan is a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE), and a Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA).

Press Release

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Jan. 9 , 2007

9 Tech Service Franchises To Keep Your Eye On

by Heather Clancy, CRN

Given all the talk about better marketing skills needed across the solution provider channel to get the name out, the recent issue of Entrepreneur magazine, which just came out with its latest Franchise 500, caught my eye.

Although there aren't scads of them, there are a number of tech services franchises popping onto the scene. Not only might you find yourself competing local against them, they could be valuable partners if your own service needs outgrow your ability to handle them internally. I also think you might be able to take a cue from their advertising and outreach activities.

... Here are some others you might keep an eye on. ...Concerto Networks professes to be a provider of low-cost solution services to small and midsize businesses, including offerings such as the "m" word (managed services!)..."Read the entire article here.

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Jan. 4 , 2007

Concerto Networks is Ranked #44 in the 50 Top New Franchises by Entrepreneur

Concerto Networks, Inc., a San Diego headquartered company with franchise locations throughout the U.S., New Zealand, Spain, Ireland and the UK, is pleased to announce its ranking of 44 in the 50 Top New Franchises for 2007, by Entrepreneur Media.

The Top New Franchise Rankings were published this week and can be viewed online at Entrepreneur's website along with complete details regarding the rankings. The print edition of the Top New Franchises by Entrepreneur Magazine will be featured in the April 2007 edition of the magazine.

 

Entrepreneur.com Franchise Opportunities

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