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Concerto Networks moves its global headquarters to service a world class franchise network


San Diego , CA - Concerto Networks, Inc. relocated its global headquarters to The Koll Center at 501 W. Broadway, San Diego , CA . "The Koll Center provides us a high quality facility and a strategic position to service the growth of our world class franchise network. This location offers us an efficient and flexible environment to host Discovery Days, conduct onsite training and to provide ongoing support to our franchise network of IT professionals," said Raymond Hivoral, Founder & CEO.

Concerto Networks' new global headquarters is located in Downtown San Diego. It is conveniently close to all, a five minute shuttle ride from the San Diego International Airport and walking distance from the Amtrak Santa Fe Train Station, San Diego Trolley, San Diego Convention Center and various hotels.

 

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Dec. 17, 2004

 

Concerto Networks is quickly expanding its international network of franchises, and is on target to achieve full coverage of all major metropolitan areas of the United States within the next couple of years. The company launched its franchise opportunity internationally in January of 2004. Thanks to its forward-thinking business model and comprehensive support philosophy, Concerto Networks is one of the fastest growing start-up franchise operations in the U.S. today. The company has most recently been recognized by Entrepreneur magazine as a “New Franchise for 2005" in the December 2004 issue. "We appreciate the recognition from Entrepreneur Magazine. Concerto Networks has a great team of franchisees, employees and partners. Building a strong franchise organization starts with a solid foundation, a strong team to support the system and executing the vision", stated Raymond Hivoral, Founder and CEO.


Dec. 2004

Concerto Networks® Announces International Expansion

Concerto Networks Awards Its First International Master Franchise license in New Zealand


Nov. 18, 2004 Concerto Networks CEO, Raymond Hivoral, is appointed to Chair of ITT Technical Institute’s Advisory Committee for their School of Information Technology, San Diego. Mr. Hivoral was elected at the most recent Advisory Committee meeting on October 28th, 2004. The Committee meets regularly to discuss such topics as education, training, trends, and employment opportunities related to the Information Technology (IT) marketplace, as well as, ITT’s strategies for developing their educational programs to assist their students. The Committee consists of seasoned professionals from various Technology, Finance, Legal, Medical and Government industries. Mr. Hivoral also resides on ITT’s Advisory Committee for the School of Business, San Diego. The School of Business is one of ITT’s newest Bachelors Degree programs.
Nov. 17, 2004 Concerto Networks is pleased to announce the grand opening of the first female owned and operated Concerto Networks Mobile IT Franchise. Ms. Jones has recently joined our growing international franchise network and will be located in Northern Virginia.

“I decided early after researching the other franchises that if I was going to do it, it would be with Concerto Networks. I established my own small business a couple years back but never had the confidence to pursue it full time due to my small reach. I felt that Concerto Networks was my answer, a company with a national reach to help my business grow,” says Ms. Jones. “Concerto Networks has treated me like family. Everyone I have worked with from the CEO down has been encouraging and helpful in assisting me to get closer to my dream of being a successful business owner.”

Ms. Jones will be attending the November session of Concerto Networks University in San Diego, CA and will be become fully operational after completing training. Her territory will include Leesburg and surrounding areas of Northern Virginia.

"Ms. Jones exemplifies the ideal Concerto Networks franchisee." said Ray Hivoral, founder and CEO of Concerto Networks. "She brings not only a wealth of experience, but also a great work ethic and a genuine caring for the customers she serves. She'll ably deliver the caliber of service Concerto Networks is committed to providing the SMB market."


Nov. 16, 2004

Concerto Networks has appointed Daniel L. La Marche, Jr., former Vice President and twelve-year member of the Board of Directors of Mail Boxes Etc., to a position on its Board of Directors. La Marche was originally enlisted by Concerto Networks in October 2003 to serve on its Board of Advisors to enhance the company's franchise service offering.


Nov. 16, 2004

Concerto Networks has appointed Thomas Munro, an international wireless expert, to its Board of Directors. Munro has served on Concerto Networks' Board of Advisors since November 2003.


Nov. 15, 2004 The San Diego Business Journal - Concerto Tunes Up IT Franchising Plan
Nov. 12, 2004

Concerto Networks completes another major milestone ahead of schedule and is listed in the Small Business Association’s (SBA) Registry.

The SBA’s new Franchise Registry is a good example of helping small businesses owners through cooperation between government and industry. The dedicated efforts of SBA employees, franchisees, franchisors, and lenders have led to streamlined eligibility guidelines and operating procedures that will reduce costs and processing time and help SBA serve its customers better. The Registry lists names of franchise companies whose franchisees enjoy the benefits of a streamlined review process for SBA loan applications. Loan applications for registered franchisors can be reviewed and processed quickly and efficiently. Small business owners get better service and quicker loans.

Note: Participation in the Registry is voluntary. If a franchisor chooses not to participate in this streamlined review process, loan applications by its franchisees will still be reviewed individually by SBA or its lenders. You should not construe a franchise system’s presence on or absence from the Registry as either an endorsement by SBA or an indication of the franchise system’s quality or profitability. Listing on this registry means that the franchise agreement does not impose unacceptable control provisions on a franchisee (which could result in affiliation with a franchisor). The lender and/or SBA must still consider and evaluate, with respect to each application for SBA financing, factors such as general eligibility, creditworthiness, conflicts of interest, character, use of proceeds, and discrimination.


Nov. 2004 Concerto Networks University welcomes its new members for the classes of 2004. They join the Concerto Networks Franchise System with a variety of professional business, military and technical experiences:
  • Justin W. (Entrepreneur, over 8 years in franchising experience)
  • Steve H. (Entrepreneur)
  • Starina J. (AMS, City of Cambridge, Air Force, Navy, B.S. Strayer University, Oracle certified)
  • Mark P. (KPMG, licensed CPA)
  • Terri P. (Sony America, A+ certified)
  • Jason H. (Sony America)

Franchise interests and future grand openings include California, Oregon, Washington, Colorado, Arizona, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Maryland. Contact franchiseinfo@concertonetworks.com for more information on Franchise Opportunities.


Nov. 3, 2004 Raymond Hivoral, Founder and CEO, will be appearing on Inside Business, the radio talk show on San Diego's KCEO Radio, AM 1000. Tune in on Nov. 3!

Oct. 2004


San Diego Union -Tribune article:
Company offers IT consultants for hire


Sept. 2004

Recognition from Entrepreneur Magazine:

Concerto Networks is quickly expanding its international network of franchises, and is on target to achieve full coverage of all major metropolitan areas of the United States within the next couple of years. The company launched its franchise opportunity internationally in January of 2004. Thanks to its forward-thinking business model and comprehensive support philosophy, Concerto Networks is one of the fastest growing start-up franchise operations in the U.S. today. The company has most recently been recognized by Entrepreneur magazine as a New Franchise for 2005 in the December 2004 issue, as well as listed in the Entrepreneur "Franchise 500" listing for two consecutive years. "We appreciate the recognition from Entrepreneur Magazine. Concerto Networks has a great team of franchisees, employees and partners. Building a strong franchise organization starts with a solid foundation, a strong team to support the system and executing the vision", stated Raymond Hivoral, Founder and CEO


August 2004 Concerto Networks University welcomes its new members for the classes of 2004. They join the Concerto Networks Franchise System with a variety of professional business, military and technical experiences:
  • Brian E.
  • Dylan N.
  • Mark O.
  • Eric R.
  • Michael J.

Franchise interests and future grand openings include California, Oregon, Washington, Colorado, Arizona, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Maryland. Contact franchiseinfo@concertonetworks.com for more information on Franchise Opportunities.


July 2004 Concerto Networks University welcomes its new members for the classes of summer 2004. They join the Concerto Networks® Franchise System with a variety of professional business, military and technical experiences:
  • Jeff B.
  • Roberto H. (City Harvest and Shere Technologies, MCP, CCNA, CCA)

May 2004 Concerto Networks is in discussions to expand internationally.
Master License interests include: New Zealand, Australia, Ireland, Canada, Mexico, U.K. and Germany.

Contact franchiseinfo@concertonetworks.com for more information on Franchise Opportunities.

May 2004 Concerto Networks welcomes its new members for the summer of 2004 class. They join the Concerto Networks® Franchise System with a variety of professional business, military and technical experiences:
  • Dean C. (US Army, Morgan Stanley and EDS)
  • Phillip P. (US Navy, SAIC)
  • David V. (Oracle, Warner Brothers and Nortel Networks)

April 2004 Concerto Networks congratulates its newest members to the growing International Franchise System. The new franchisees recognized Concerto Networks’ value proposition to jump start their business. They join Concerto Networks® with a variety of professional business, military and technical experiences:
  • Jerry H. (Associated Press International)
  • Robert J (US Army and KPMG)
  • Joseph H. (US Navy and Delta Design)
  • Steve S. (US Navy and Qualcomm)
  • Tony G. (Diebold Systems)
  • Mark M. (Sony America)
  • Patrick C. (Qualcomm and Kyocera-Wireless)

3/19/04 "Ready, Set, Grow!" commented Raymond Hivoral, Founder and CEO.  In January 2004, Concerto Networks® officially announced its franchise business opportunity to all 50 US states.  The first set of awarded franchises will take part in Concerto Networks University™ in April.  Based on the number of applications submitted and reviewed, the company expects to award up to 78 franchises in 20 US states, all within the first 12 months after Concerto Networks® announced its business opportunity. "It's possible for us to award over 100 franchises in 30 US states by early 2005. Why? Because we offer a high value proposition compared to what's out there. After the applicants meet us for a Discovery Day, they are eager to take the next step in our franchise award process. Our systems are in place, our business is ready and our training program is professional and robust.  The energy and enthusiasm is shared by our new franchises and employees," stated Hivoral.

03/11/04

Concerto Networks hosted an Open House celebration at their Global Headquarters. Attendees toured the new corporate offices, training room and operations center. They had the opportunity to meet with Concerto Networks® executives, staff and future franchise owners while enjoying the sounds of a live musical performance by a string trio.


03/01/04

Concerto Networks expects to launch Franchises in 20 States within the first year. Concerto Networks University™ has its first class in April 2004!


02/10/04 Concerto Networks is a Registered Trademark!

01/01/04

Concerto Networks launches its “Ready To…” campaign in all 50 US states. Concerto Networks provides Consistent Quality IT Solutions through the Power of Franchising. “This Market is Ready, Our Systems are Ready, Our Business is Ready, the Time is Now!”, says Raymond Hivoral, CEO


01/01/04

Concerto Networks completes the move to 501 West Broadway Suite 800, San Diego, CA 92101 in the Koll Center Building.