The greater Sacramento area has become a hotbed for new businesses in the last few years. Everything from small “mom and pop” shops to blue-chip tech companies has opened or relocated here. If you are considering starting or relocating a business here, there are a few essential things to know beforehand.
First and foremost, you’ll need to figure out if you’ll be required to apply for a business license. Not everyone needs a Sacramento business license. Whether or not you’ll need to get one will depend on which area you plan on opening and/or operating in. (more…)
Each year, we at Fortis meet with people from dozens of small to mid-sized businesses in the Sacramento Area about their business phone system needs.
The discussion is usually because of a planned move from an old phone system to a new business VoIP system. Sometimes, we talk with business owners about whether they should change from their current VoIP provider to a new one.
For business owners and managers who want to buy local, we’re often asked who are our locally owned & operated VoIP competitors. (more…)
The best part of our jobs here at Fortis is the chance to work with and support local businesses in El Dorado Hills and other business communities the Greater Sacramento area. With this in mind, we wanted to take a moment to highlight one of our customers that is helping our community thrive: Montessori Autism Programs and Services (MAPS).
MAPS provides dedicated, therapeutic services to children with different types of developmental delays. Their clinic and on-site programs are located at an amazing campus here in El Dorado Hills. (more…)
There are dozens of IT managed services providers in the Sacramento area. Some are locally-based businesses. Others are a local branch of a national organization.
As a local managed IT services provider, we at Fortis understand that business owners and managers want to find the best provider to meet their needs.
To help with that, we’ve created a list of five of the best (in our opinion) locally-based managed IT services providers in the Sacramento area.
While some of these businesses are our direct competitors, we’ve never shied away from being upfront and honest with respect to our competition. We know we’re not the only game in town. (more…)
In the world of technology, nothing stands still for long. This is readily apparent in the world of consumer electronics, software, and services. But in the world of business technology, it can be more difficult to see how things are evolving.
While the pace of business innovation is roughly on par with consumer advances, the deployment cycle of new technology in businesses is slower than with consumer services. This is related to cost and time. Investing in new technologies every year or two is expensive for most small and medium-size businesses. Because of this, companies must be more selective of when to move to a new technology. (more…)
Should you trust a cloud service provider with your business’s files? It’s a fair question these days. While companies like Facebook and Apple used to enjoy a high level of public trust, their reputations have taken a hit over the last few years.
Around issues like data security and privacy, both businesses and consumers are more wary of placing unbounded faith in the cloud. But are those fears warranted for business? The short answer is no. If your business is paying for a cloud storage and/or email solutions from providers like Google or Microsoft, you can rest assured your data is safer than ever.
Here’s why: (more…)
While Napa County may get the lion’s share of the attention and glory when it comes to California wineries, serious aficionados would be remiss without an expedition to El Dorado wine country.
Located in the northeast greater Sacramento area, El Dorado wine country remains a hidden gem for wine lovers looking to broaden their horizons. (more…)
Fortis is honored to have been awarded Small Business of the Year for 2018 by the El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce at the Chamber’s annual Business Awards Dinner on February 21, 2019. The awards dinner was held at the beautiful Serrano Country Club.
This award is given to a small business that has a history of outstanding business practices and has acted in support of the small business community. The award honors the entrepreneurship, sustainability, productivity and effort put forth in a small business. (more…)
The quality and value of outsourced IT support and managed services ranges widely across different provider organizations.
There are several factors that play into the level of quality that a managed services provider (MSP) delivers. These include: (more…)
At Fortis, we are fortunate to have attracted a great team of IT support professionals.
Many of our customers aren’t big enough to justify hiring a full time IT person. Some customers have not been able to find a hire with a wide enough range of skill sets to meet their assorted IT needs. That’s where Fortis has stepped in—as a virtual IT department with experts in many different areas of business technology.
On the other hand, companies that are large enough to staff a team of IT support professionals are faced with a scarcity of available IT talent in the employment marketplace. (more…)