Past Events


Check out what’s been happening at The Fulcrum Group.  Below is a list of our latest past events. Be sure you’re in the loop with what we have upcoming at our upcoming Events page.

Spring, 2017

April – Fulcrum Group Webinar – 8 Tips for IT Vendor Management

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Date:  Rescheduled for Thursday, April 17th, 10:00 am – 10:30 a.m. CST

Our April webinar, 8 Tips for IT Vendor Management, will enlighten you on effectively managing your IT vendors so you can streamline your time and efforts where they are needed most.

 

 

See The Fulcrum Group at InnoTech Dallas SharePoint TechFest 2017

InnoTech Dallas, 2017

We were excited to be able to visit with some of our fav clients and new friends, too, at InnoTech Dallas in Las Colinas last month! Here’s a couple of pics of our setup…as you can see our team was set off nicely by our sharp new tradeshow booth from Shabang Exhibits, Inc.  Thanks, for your help on that, Rick & Doug!
Also, congrats to Scot Bowman with Freese & Nichols for winning our Jar o’ Cash!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


March – Fulcrum Group Webinar – 5 Steps For Improving Email Security

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Date:  Thursday, March 23rd, 10:00 am – 10:30 a.m. CST

Although email was invented all the way back in 1972 by Ray Tomlinson, a contractor for ARPANET, email didn’t become widely used until the 1990s (thanks to AOL, Prodigy, and CompuServe).  One fact about email is that it was never meant to be a secure communication platform.  Much of the underlying infrastructure for email remains the same even today.  This lack of security makes email ripe for hackers and spammers as an attack vector.

5 Steps for Improving Email Security, will help you ensure that your email communications are as secure as possible.

Winter, 2017

February – Fulcrum Group Webinar

8 Steps for Creating a Disaster Recovery Solution & Plan

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Date:  Tuesday, February 28th, 10:00 am – 10:30 a.m. CST

Every business should have a comprehensive backup and disaster recovery solution and plan.  During times of disaster, most businesses without an implemented disaster recovery plan go out of business, as they are unable to recover from the loss of systems and data.  Don’t wait until a disaster happens to see if you disaster recovery plan works!

 

January – Fulcrum Group Webinar

10 Steps to User Experience Success: Microsoft Office 365

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Date:  Wednesday, January 25th, 10am CST

More and more business applications are moving to the cloud and taking their clients with them. By 2017, Gartner estimates that 33% of all users will be on cloud-based business office systems like Office 365. Are you considering such a migration?  Or already moved to Office 365 but not taking advantage of all of its features?

 

Storage, Servers & Backups:  Mavs Suite Night

On February 9th, we hosted some of our larger clients who use virtual storage solutions and high end servers at a special “Server, Storage, & Backups: Mavs Suite Night.” Together with Dell and Storagecraft, we explored the latest solutions in servers, storage and backups and enjoyed some great food & fun while watching the Dallas Mavs take on the Utah Jazz from the comfort of our private suite!  Check out our slideshow of the fun, right here.

 

 

Fall, 2016

Fulcrum Group Fall Lunch & Learns

Fulcrum Group Past Events Fall Lunch & Learn

Thursday, October 27th from 11:00 a.m. til 1:30 p.m. at Ruth’s Chris, North Dallas

Thursday, November 3rd from 11:00 a.m. til 1:30 p.m. at Ruth’s Chris, Downtown Fort Worth

This event will feature information on the top trends in small business IT including:

Office 365 – Cloud – VOIP  – IT Outsourcing – Virtualization – Disaster Recovery – online marketing strategies for small business

Two similar events, two dates & locations for you. Register here.
Come away with solid information on how to focus your IT for 2017 and some great tips on getting the most from your small business marketing budget. 

 

Summer, 2016

Grow Successfully and Exit Successfully
Thursday, July 28, 2016 at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Arlington, TX

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The DFW area B2B CFO® partners are excited about presenting “Grow Successfully and Exit Successfully,” an educational event for business owners that adds Texas Rangers baseball entertainment afterwards.

Geared to Business Owners: Businesses are in a constant state of transition, whether it’s to grow, reduce costs, or position to sell. In fact, a record number of baby boomers that own or control privately-owned small to mid-size companies are especially focused on growing the value of their business because they will be executing ownership transition, including a record number putting their businesses up for sale in the next 5-10 years as they retire. These owners will want to maximize the wealth they’ve built up.

 

 

Spring, 2016

2016 Fulcrum Group Cloud & IT Business Summit

 

 

Fulcrum Group Past Events Cloud & IT Business Summit

Our first Cloud & Business IT Summit was a success!  We were joined by Exemplify and Masergy Security to discuss Cloud Security, Jason Lambert representing Microsoft with some great info on Microsoft Cloud solutions and B2BCFO’s Dave Davenport with advice from Bo Burlingham’s book “Finish Big” and great info for transitioning your business. Other exhibitors who were on-hand to discuss their solutions one-on-one were Digium, Mojo Media Labs, and Vistage.

The impressive macaroni & cheese bar and other delicious food was provided by 360 Catering & Events and as always, we’re happy to have brought you valuable info you can use in your business, a fun night and awesome prizes!  Pictures from our event captured by our favorite photographer, Rick Dalton.

If you couldn’t make it last week, we sure hope to see you at our next event!  Here are our lucky winners of the night, and what they each took home:

Guy Davis w/ United Revenue Corp – Fitbit Charge

Mark Mitford w/ HR Catalyst Consulting – Fitbit Charge

Casey Hege w/ Box Insurance Agency – Beats Headphones

Vi Tran w/ DCS – $250 value Facebook Redesign by Mojo Media Labs

Mark Hughes w/ FC Background – “Finish Big”

Mike Rose w/ Mojo Media Labs – Surface Pro

Rick Staples w/ Transformance – Chromebook

For your convenience, each of the presentations from our Summit are available to download right here.  We hope you enjoyed it and see you next time!

 

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B2B CFO®  Dave Davenport on Bo Burlingham’s book “Finish Big” – a guide to business transitions

 

 

 

 

 

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 Exemplify & Masergy Security – Unlocking the Power of the Cloud

 

 

 

 

 

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Fulcrum Group Past Events 2016 Cloud & IT SummitDownload our printable flyer for the event!

 

DETAILS:

Date:  Wednesday, May 25th

Time:  4 p.m. til 7:30 p.m.

Location:
The Fulcrum Group is located in The Sterling Building at Hwy 377 and Kroger Drive in north Fort Worth, Texas.
5751 Kroger Drive
Suite 279
Fort Worth, Texas 76244
RSVP using the form below:

 

The Fulcrum Group Awarded 2016 Digium Pinnacle Partner

The Fulcrum Group is proud to share that we have been recognized again this year as a 2016 Digium Pinnacle Partner!  Fulcrum Group Past Events Digium 2016 Pinnacle Award Presentation
This prestigious award acknowledges leading partners who have excelled in developing and growing their partnership with Digium while helping drive customer success.

As a 9-year Digium Switchvox partner (and 4th time special award winner), we offer Dallas and Fort Worth small-medium businesses (SMBs) top VoIP expertise, along with an affordable, robust Unified Communications solution. Explore our VoIP solutions at www.fulcrum.pro.

The Fulcrum Group is proud to announce our newly acquired Cisco Select Certification! Thru an auditing process, this program validates our technology skills, business practices, customer satisfaction, presales and postsales support capabilities, and other critical factors that customers consider when choosing a trusted partner.  We’re so happy to be able to pass on that value to our customers!

 

Winter, 2015

Fulcrum Group Past Events Community StorehouseMany folks at The Fulcrum Group will be drumming up some holiday spirit to help out at the Keller Community Store House’s Christmas House on Friday, December 18th.

This program allows for volunteers to take a pre-registered parent around to “shop” for gifts for their children. The parent will leave with gifts for each child, as well as the fixings for a Christmas meal. Getting out of our chairs and involved in our community is so important to us – perhaps we’ll see some of our local colleagues and clients there!

Of course, if you are seeking to help strengthen our community, visit their website.

 

 

 

 

Summer, 2015

Optimizing Business Value Seminar 2015

If you’re a business owner considering an exit strategy over the next 5-10 years, you may be interested in attending the DFW B2B CFO partners special Rangers ballgame event, “Optimizing Business Value Seminar 2015”.  We’ll be there as a sponsor – signup to attend or get more info, here – and be sure to come by and say hello!

 

Spring, 2015

Digium 2015 Pinnacle Partner Award Presentation

Fulcrum Group Past Events 2015 Digium Partner Award PresentationThis spring, we were honored to receive Digium’s 2015 Pinnacle Partner Award!Fulcrum Group Past Events Digium 2015 Pinnacle Partner Award

This prestigious award recognizes leading Digium partners who have excelled in developing and growing their partnership with Digium while helping drive customer success.

The Fulcrum Group is an 8 year Digium Switchvox partner (and third time special award winner), offering Dallas and Fort Worth small-medium businesses (SMBs) top VoIP expertise, along with an affordable, robust Unified Communications solution. Read more about it here or explore our VoIP solutions at www.fulcrum.pro.

Our Digium rep was in town recently and stopped in to present us with this award!
Photo features (from left to right) Aaron Wise, Robert Curtis, Randy Bell (Digium), David Johnson, Fernando Baton, Steve Meek and Tyson Rasanen.

Staples Story

Check out the contribution Fulcrum Group President Steve Meek made recently in a Staples Tech Tips article – “Essential Software For Your Small Business Computers” article.

 

Winter 2014

Fulcrum Group Open House

 

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Download our Open House Flyer.  

February 5th – 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

We’re so excited to celebrate our new location in Keller with you!

After hours on February 5th, join us for great food, drinks, always-awesome giveaways (including a 60″ big screen smart TV), chat with several of our vendor partners,
enjoy networking opportunities and our special guests Four Day Weekend, Fort Worth’s best comedy improv troop!  We will be treated to an inspiring and fun “The Power of Yes, And…” presentation, which might just change how we all think – and do business in the New Year!

Don’t miss this fun time!  Register right here:

 

If you missed it, here’s a few scenes from our February Open House & Ribbon Cutting

We hope everyone who joined us last week at our Open House had as great a time as we did!  Special thanks to our awesome emcees, Frank Ford and David Ahearn from Four Day Weekend Comedy of Fort Worth, the delicious food served up wonderfully by 360 Catering & Events, also of Fort Worth, and our fav photographer Rick Dalton who captured these great shots and more.

The Fort Worth & Keller Chambers of Commerce helped us kick off the festivities in a fun way and we hope you took the chance to visit with some of our vendors and business partners including Dell, Digium, Ruckus Wireless, Integrated Services, Inc., B2BCFO, Exemplify Group and RapidScale (who also provided some neat giveaways for our attendees).  Congrats to

  • Vi Tran, with Data Center Systems, who was the lucky 60” smart TV winner
  • and Jonathan Flower, with The Liberty Institute, who scored the Dallas Mavs vs. Utah Jazz tickets
  • and other lucky winners who took home some nice giftcards, books and other neat stuff from our partners!

Good times – thanks for coming, everybody!

 

Other Past Events

HIghlights from our Summertime Small Business Marketing Lunch & Learn

Whitley Penn and The Fulcrum Group (along with our friends from Consolidated Communications) co-hosted a wonderful lunch and learn event today at The Fort Worth Club, downtown, featuring great information on “new” small business marketing (vs. outdated, “old school” marketing techniques), featuring special guest speaker Cheryl Rios, of Go Ape Marketing.  We hope attendees gained a fresh perspective on marketing, enjoyed our tips we shared, and considered a new direction to explore!

Congrats to our big winners of the day:

  • Daphne M. walked away with a brand new Samsung Galaxy tablet
  • Allen D. will be enjoying a $100 gift card to Del Friscos, as will Darla Y!  .
  • All attendees received a free Social Marketing Analysis and Social Setup for their business, compliments of Go Ape Marketing!

Let us know – or feel free to comment on any of our various social media channels (use the links in upper right corner of this page) – how you enjoyed our topic today, what you’d like to see more of next time (or less of), and any other comments you might have – we would welcome your input as we prepare our next Lunch & Learn topic!
Stay tuned for more information on when that will be…

Please feel free to download our presentations from today:

David Johnson presented, “Small Business Marketing Trends…And A Case Study”

Cheryl Rios presented her “Top 5 Marketing Tips”

 

Tuesday afternoon & evening, July 29th  – Exit Strategy Seminar and Rangers’ game

We are excited to be participating again in this educational event for business owners that adds Texas Ranger baseball entertainment afterwards!  The event will provide educational advice to business owners with respect to the following three (3) key questions:

  • Exit strategy alternatives:  What are the options?
  • Value expectations: What are the drivers and considerations?
  • How to start the process?  How to prepare for the highest value?

There will be giveaways including iPads and a copy of the B2B CFO® Exit Planning Software.

 

Location 

The Hall of Fame at the Rangers Ballpark (south side entrance)

 

Schedule  

1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Check-in

3:00 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. Presentations and sponsor networking

6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. Buffet dinner

7:05 p.m. Yankees versus Rangers (ticketed seats in right field)

 

For more info, contact David Johnson at david@fulcrumgroup.net or register here.
Wednesday, June 25th, The Fulcrum Group & Whitley Penn (with co-sponsorship from our friends at Consolidated Communications) teamed up again for a Summertime Lunch & Learn on the topic of small business marketing, at the prestigious Fort Worth Club – this time, with expert small business marketing advice for you from David Johnson, of The Fulcrum Group and Cheryl Rios, of Go Ape Marketing.

Cheryl Rios is a communications specialist who has more than twenty years of experience directing local and regional media relations, along with event planning, marketing, video production, branding, community relations and corporate sponsorships. 

In the past twenty years Rios has had the opportunity to work in many areas of the journalism, public affairs and communications fields. That experience has given her the ability to communicate with many different audiences internally and externally. Her key driving point is to always work to increase positive awareness about her clients.  

Rios began her career working in television in Springfield, MO as a “one man band” shooting and reporting news stories. She then moved to work as a civic public information officer.  She learned how to navigate municipal media relations from crisis communications to Public Service Announcements.  She moved to the Dallas market where for five years she was a producer/reporter/editor with the number one rated television station in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex.  She developed invaluable contacts and experience from having worked on both sides of the camera that she brought with her to lead the communications at Go Ape Marketing. 

Rios is a native of New York and earned her Bachelor of Arts in Broadcasting and Journalism from Evangel University in Missouri.  When not working, she enjoys cooking, playing with her dog and likes spending every minute she can with her teenage son and her family.

 

Registration form below.

Download our invitation to this technology and small business event.

 

 

Fulcrum Group Past Events Exit Strategy at The Ballpark

 

Fort Worth IT Professionals – June Networking Lunch

If you haven’t already joined our Fort Worth IT Professionals Group on LinkedIn, and you’re an IT professional in the Fort Worth area, please jump in!  Topics of interest are typically driven by previous group discussion. June’s lunch will be held at the Blue Mesa Grill in Fort Worth, topic is “Introduction to Infragard.”   Infragard is a partnership between the FBI and the private sector. It is an association of persons who represent businesses, academic institutions, state and local law enforcement agencies, and other participants dedicated to sharing information and intelligence to prevent hostile acts against the U.S.

Agenda

11:30am to 11:45am – Networking

11:45am to 12:00pm – Order lunch

12:00pm to 12:15pm – Introductions

12:15pm to 12:45pm – “Introduction to Infragard” Presentation

12:45pm to 1pm – Q&A and Wrap-Up

Fort Worth IT Professionals May Networking Meeting

The LinkedIn group, Fort Worth IT Professionals, is a space where the Fort Worth Information Technology Community may exchange ideas and network together. We invite you to join our group on LinkedIn. Request membership to the group and enjoy access to others in our field here locally.  We’ve started meeting monthly to network and share valuable info on technology related topics.  Come join us! Specifics on our next meeting follow:

Last month, we took in a Rangers game – this time, we’ll be cheering on the Fort Worth Cats in a minor league happy hour event!  Typically, we meet for lunch at a local Fort Worth area restaurant (where the regular lunch menu is available and each person is responsible for the cost of his/her own lunch) and topics are driven by interests of the group, so you can always join us online and throw in your ideas for upcoming topics and discussions! This month, on Wednesday, May 21st at 6 p.m., we’re forgoing lunch for another fun night of baseball!  Join our group and come on out with us!

Fort Worth IT Professionals Typical Lunchtime Agenda
11:30am to 11:45am – Networking
11:45am to 12:00pm – Order Lunch
12:00pm to 12:15pm – Introductions
12:15pm to 12:45pm – Presentation
12:45pm to 1pm – Q&A and Wrap-Up

Contact David@FulcrumGroup.net if you’re interested in attending, or for more information.

 

Pics & Presentations from our Springtime Lunch & Learn


Thank you to all of those who were able to attend this week’s Springtime Lunch & Learn at the Fort Worth Club with The Fulcrum Group, Whitley Penn & CoAdvantage.  Despite this week’s crazy weather, we were pleasantly surprised at the wonderful turnout!  It was a great time, and we enjoyed our opportunity to spend a little time with you.

We love to give away cool stuff – Congratulations to all of our prizewinners Wednesday, including:

  • Thomas Smith with Outreach Communications – $100 Del Frisco’s Gift Card
  • Linda de Jesus with Fort Worth Convention & Visitors Bureau  – $100 Del Frisco’s Gift Card
  • Rick Ivey with National Cutting Horse Association – Kindle Fire XD
  • Pam Buyers with PMG Advertising Agency – Round of Golf for 4 at Tour 18

We hope that you enjoyed the presentations on Reducing Employer Liability and Human Capital Management CostsA Broad Look at Tax Changes and Business Growth Issues, and How To Take The Fear Out Of Buying Your Next Phone System.  Links to each presentation are available here (just click on each presentation listed).  We hope to see you again real soon – as always, “like” us on Facebook, and “follow” us on Twitter and LinkedIn (our social media buttons are easy to spot in the top-right of our site) to be first to know about any upcoming events, and other Fulcrum Group happenings.

 

Digium Switchvox Cloud Free Webinar

Join us Tuesday, 2/18 at 2 p.m. CST to discover 10 important reasons why Switchvox Cloud helps your business take the risk out of transitioning to a hosted UC phone system. In this webinar, our VoIP expert will prove to you that Switchvox Cloud will change the way your business communicates, while giving you the security of knowing that you’ve made the right choice.  Register today!

2013/11 Highlights From Fall Lunch & Learn Event at La Cima Club in Las Colinas

David and our iPad winner, Gabriela!
Gabriela, of Metro Bookkeping, wins the iPad!

The Fulcrum Group, CoAdvantage & Whitley Penn co-hosted a networking event which featured presentations on Readying Your Business For The Cloud, Tax Planning for 2014 and Navigating Healthcare Reform from all.  Gabriela of Metro Bookkeeping won a new iPad and we invite to you peruse our presentations geared to growing businesses.

Readying Your Business For The Cloud

Tax Planning for 2014

Navigating Healthcare Reform

 

 

 

2012/04 2012 Customer Appreciation Event and tenth anniversary event

Irving Convention Center, April 11th 2012
Click here to view slideshow of pictures from our fun event. Thanks to everyone able to attend.

2012/03 Fort Worth IT Managers meeting- What’s new in Vmware 5

2011/09 Fulcrum Group Virtualization Event

Trophy Club Country Club, Sept. 15th 2011
Click here to download Steve and Ronnie’s Presentation on Virtualization and flyers.
Click here to view images from the event.

2011/09 Fulcrum Golf Event

Click here to view slideshow images from the event.

2011/05 Fulcrum Group Client Appreciation Event

Irving Convention Center, May 12th 2011

Click here to download Jeff Matthew’s Presentation on Cloud Computing.
Click here to download Alex Kaufman’s presentation on “How to Leverage Cloud Computing Resources”
Click here to view images from the event!

2010/02 Fulcrum Group Client Appreciation Event

2009/10 Fulcrum Group Compliance Seminar

2009/08 New Horizons SpecTECHular! Technology Fair

2009/02 The Fulcrum Group Client Appreciation Event

2008/08 The Fulcrum Group Virtual Computing and Disaster Recovery Seminar

2007/07 The Fulcrum Group Cisco IP Telephony Lunch and Learn

2007/01 Education Service Center- Region XI Technology Fair

2007/01 The Fulcrum Group Disaster Recovery/ Business Continuity Seminar  – Staying Alive!

2006/09 The Fulcrum Group Voice over IP- More Than Just Dial Tone Seminar

 

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