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Are You Prepared for Business Closures Due to the Coronavirus?

You may experience Fort Collins Coronavirus business closures for 2-3 weeks due to quarantine and infection, leading to an increase of IT related issues. In addition to helping you with your Fort Collins digital marketing and network needs, iPoint is ready to set you up with a secure remote workplace solution, allowing employees to stay at home – away from spreading and infecting the office and other employees.

We have several options to get you connected to your servers or workstations securely: either through VPN or remote software technologies.

For over 18 years, we have been using these technologies that have built-in encryption so that you know your data is safe from hackers and data interception over the internet. Our team also realizes that some of you already have the ability to work outside your business, so if you need additional connections, we can also assist with those requests.

We are currently experiencing an increase of requests, so don’t wait – contact us today to schedule a review or setup an appointment regarding Coronavirus business closures. Our technicians realize that taking care of these setups is a top priority, we are working to ensure that you will not experience an interruption as this virus continues to spread quickly.

 

 

Click here to learn about iPoint’s Remote Workplace Solutions and to get more information on how iPoint can help keep your business running during Fort Collins Coronavirus Business Closures.

 

Stay safe and healthy,
iPoint

6 Things to Do in Fort Collins for the Fourth of July

Whether you’re looking for more traditional parade-and-fireworks kind of fun or watching a great white shark terrorize a town on the big screen is your ideal way to celebrate Independence Day, you’ve got options for the Fourth of July Activities in Fort Collins.

1- Fourth of July Parade

10 a.m. The city of Fort Collins’ Fourth of July festivities will start with the traditional parade at 10 a.m. Featuring the theme “150 Years of Fort Collins,” the parade will travel east on Mountain Avenue, beginning at Jackson Avenue and ending at Howes Street.

2- Fourth of July Celebration at City Park

Beginning at 4:15 p.m., City Park, 413 S. Bryan Ave. Enjoy live music from the Colorado Swing Band, Manabi Salsa Band and the Fort Collins Symphony. The fireworks display will start about 9:35 p.m. In case of inclement weather, fireworks may be delayed until no later than 10 p.m. If the weather has not cleared by then, the display will be July 5 at dusk.

3- Fire-Kracker 5K

7:30 a.m., City Park, 413 S. Bryan Ave. Returning for its 15th year, the Fire-Kracker 5K will feature both a citizens’ 5K run/walk and a competitive 5K. The citizens’ race starts at 7:30 a.m. at City Park, and all ages and abilities are welcome. The competitive/elite 5K will follow and features a four-lap course around Sheldon Lake. Race registration is $25 for adults; $20 for kids 17 and younger; $10 for veterans and active military members.

4- Old Timer’s Baseball Game

9:30 a.m., City Park ballfields, 1599 City Park Drive. Enjoy a blast from the past watching these men relive their great memories and enjoying the sport they love. At 1 p.m., the Fort Collins Foxes will take on the Loveland Blue Jays. Admission for the Old Timer’s game is free. Admission to the Fort Collins Foxes game is $6 for adults, $4 for children and seniors, and free for children 3 and younger and active military with ID.

5- Old-fashioned Fourth of July

10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Avery House Historic District, 328 W. Mountain Ave. Enjoy historic activities, games, food and fun.

6- Summertime Jazz Concert

4 to 8 p.m., Global Village Museum of Arts and Cultures, 200 W. Mountain Ave. Enjoy live Dixieland jazz by Le Jazz Band before heading over to the fireworks. Admission is free.

5 Local Summer Activities You Just Can’t Miss

The beautiful, warm weather always makes us want to go outside and soak in the sun. However, a lot of people struggle with what to do. We came up with a list of five local summer activities you jump start your summer actives!

#1: New West Fest

Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest is a free, three-day music festival held each August in historic downtown Fort Collins. The 2018 festival will take place August 10-12, 2018. The annual festival is co-produced by Downtown Fort Collins Business Association and Bohemian Nights. This free community music festival features 80+ Colorado bands, including headliner performances at the main stage on Friday, Saturday and Sunday; six stages of entertainment; more than 250 specialty art and food booths and even a family-centered kids’ music adventure and kids’ world area. Make sure to mark this event on your calendar!

#2: Old Town Square Movie Nights

Looking for something to do with the kids on a beautiful summer night? The Outdoor Movie Nights are free, family-friendly event will have free popcorn and feature a new movie on Tuesday evenings on a blow-up screen on the Old Town Square Stage, starting at dusk, between 8:15pm and 8:30pm! The dates are: July 10th, July 17th, July 24th, July 31st, and August 7th. The movies shown are The Princess Bride, How to Train your Dragon, Ghostbusters, Inside Out, The Sandlot, and Field of Dreams.

#3: Fort Collins Peach Festival

The Rotary Clubs of Fort Collins are excited to present the eighth annual Fort Collins Peach Festival on August 18th, 2018! After a wonderful time at Hughes Stadium the first six years we again look forward a FUN 2018 Peach Festival at our NEW location ~ Civic Center Park and Washington Park in Fort Collins. The Festival goes from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM and the 5K race starts at 8:00 AM. This event will offer: Peaches from Palisade, 5K run/walk, Peach Pies, children entertainment, and MORE!

#4: Food Truck Rally

Did you know that every Tuesday night at City Park there is a food truck rally with free live music? It’s true! Starting at 5:30 PM and going until dusk, you can be sure to find us enjoying some food from the food trucks and listening to live music! This event happens every single Tuesday until September 25, to be sure to go at least once!

#5: Taste of Fort Collins

From June 8-10, there’s a big event happening in Fort Collins—Taste of Fort Collins! The Taste of Fort Collins is a community celebration with family-friendly activities that are perfect for Northern Coloradans’ active lifestyle. This three-day festival offers attendees food from local and national restaurants, entertainment from regionally and internationally acclaimed musicians, and an eclectic display of fine artisans work as well as the region’s best crafters. Tickets are needed to don’t delay any longer.

How to Keep Your Business Computers Healthy

Every winter, we do everything we can to avoid catching a virus. We buy the extra-super-mega-strength hand-soap. We wipe down every available surface with disinfectant wipes. We steer clear of anyone sniffling.

Then flu season passes, spring arrives, and we all breathe a sigh of relief. Why? Because we avoided catching one of America’s most common viruses. We avoided countless sick days, canceled plans, lost time, and wasted money.

We avoided a giant headache.

Question: Are you doing everything you can to protect your business from catching a virus?

What is a virus?

A computer virus is a malicious code or program designed to alter the function of a computer. Much like the flu, a computer virus can spread quickly from one computer to another. This can cause significant damage to data and software.

Want to avoid a huge software headache? Here are three simple ways to avoid catching a computer virus:

#1: Use strong passwords.

Passwords are the first line of defense for your network security. It can seem helpful to create easy-to-memorize passwords out of short, simple phrases. However, it’s critical that you use a complex combination of letters and numbers to boost security.

#2: Keep software up-to-date.

Software companies regularly release updates that fix bugs. These updates prevent hacking and malware. Stay up-to-date: set your computers to automatically install trusted updates.

#3: Never click on links from unknown email addresses.

According to Microsoft, almost 45% of virus infections are spread from email links. If you don’t recognize the sender of an email, don’t click links or open attachments.

Want to keep your network secure? We can help.

We can protect your servers, networks, and work stations. iPoint Technology provides 24/7 iNetwork Monitoring. We’ll guard your business against viruses, security breaches, data loss, and more. Call us at 970-266-0703 to learn more about our affordable network monitoring services.

4 Easy Ways to Make Your Business More Sustainable

“Is my business sustainable?” Every smart businessperson has asked themselves this question. Whether evaluating the health of a financial plan, current hiring practices, or marketing goals, considering the long-term viability of current strategies empowers us to secure a brighter future for our businesses, our clients, and our employees.

Evaluating the environmental sustainability of our offices also allows us to secure a brighter future for our planet.

Here are four cost-effective ways to make your business more eco-friendly, and just in time for Earth Day!

#1: Encourage green commuting.

The average American spends 400 hours commuting to work every year, resulting in  $60 billion in fuel waste. Encourage employees to telecommute, use public transportation, bike, or carpool. Carpooling has been shown to save commuters money, foster positive work relationships, and has the potential to decrease traffic by up to 80%.

#2: Choose safer cleaning products.

American buildings consume 6 billion pounds of chemicals and 30 million trees worth of sanitary paper every year. Most cleaning products use petroleum, a limited and nonrenewable natural resource that leaves a significant carbon footprint. Brands like Method, Honest, Norwex, and NatureClean use non-toxic and all-natural ingredients to sanitize without harmful chemicals.

#3: Buy ethically-sourced coffee.

Most employees use coffee to fuel their work throughout the day. Few know that their cup of Arabica could be fueling human trafficking. Human rights violations and modern-day slavery are incredibly prevalent in the coffee and tea industry. Even major brands like Nestle admit that beans from slave labor often end up in their blends. Before purchasing coffee for the office, look beyond the Fairtrade label. Do your research. Make sure that products are 100% ethically sourced by adult workers laboring in humane conditions.

#4: Recycle your e-waste.

What is e-waste?

Electronic waste is any electronic device that is old, broken, or otherwise unusable. Beyond laptops and computers, E-waste includes televisions, DVD players, VCRs, stereos, cameras, tablets, and fax machines.

It takes 539 pounds of fossil fuels, 48 chemicals, and 1.5 tons of water to create just one computer. Only 12% of e-waste is ever recycled; most of the world’s unwanted electronics are piled up in landfills or burned, releasing toxic pollutants into the atmosphere.

Be intentional in recycling your office’s old tech. Recycling centers like IT Refresh offer responsible e-waste solutions for households, institutions, and commercial businesses large and small. Although e-waste recycling can cost money, local events like iPoint’s Flowers for Towers offer free electronic waste removal annually.

Choose business practices that are financially and environmentally sustainable. Making these four, simple changes will improve the health of your office and the health of our planet.

5th Annual Flowers for Towers

Is an old computer sitting in your garage collecting dust? Is your broken laptop moonlighting as a table coaster? We’ve got you covered this Earth Day weekend. iPoint is announcing our 5th annual Flowers for Towers.

What is Flowers for Towers?

We designed Flowers for Towers to empower our communities to properly dispose of toxic materials and better the environment.

Not only does Flowers for Towers prevent dangerous toxins from ending up in landfills, but it saves you money. Most local recyclers charge a minimum of $15 per laptop; we’re helping you protect the planet for free. We’ll even throw in a $5 gift card to the Fort Collins Nursery. Then you can better the local environment with flowers, trees, and vegetables.

Why should I recycle my e-waste?

It takes around 539 pounds of fossil fuels, 48 chemicals, and 1.5 tons of water to create just one computer. E-waste contains toxins like mercury that can seriously harm the environment, yet only 20% of the world’s laptops, cell phones, and towers are recycled.

Worldwide, we throw over 50 million metric tons of e-waste into landfills each year. That waste contributes to 70% of all toxic waste. By recycling your old computers, we can minimize our carbon footprint, preserving our planet for the next generation.

What was our impact last year?

Our goal is to recycle 100,000 pounds by 2020, and we are well on our way. Since 2014, we’ve collected over 54,000 pounds of e-waste.

What do you accept?

We accept PC’s, laptops and servers. We’ll even securely wipe your hard-drive. No one will be able to access your personal information. We do not accept monitors or printers.

Bring your old electronic equipment to iPoint Technologies April 20th – 21st from 10 am to 4 pm. We’ll help you unload your equipment, get you a free gift card, and even enter you into some fun raffles to win prizes. See you there!

3 Must-See Local Attractions to Jumpstart Your Spring

The mad dash of the winter holidays is officially over. This might mean that you’re finally taking a deep breath after spending the last three months decorating, redecorating, and entertaining. Maybe you’re already gearing up for spring cleaning and this weekend’s Daylight-Savings Time. (Pro-Tip: be sure to spring your clocks forward this Saturday!)

Whatever your March plans, you’ll find the iPoint Team soaking up the sun and enjoying these 3 fun local attractions:

#1: Lucky Joe’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Old Town Irish Party

Hosted by Wilbur’s Total Beverage, downtown Fort Collins’ annual Parade and Irish Party are the perfect way to spend your St. Patrick’s Day weekend. Start your morning with family-friendly fun as you watch dancers, bands, and floats parade down N. College Ave. Then, finish off your afternoon enjoying a “green beer garden” and live music.

#2: Fort Fun

What better way to enjoy the beautiful weather than playing mini golf, racing Go Karts, and riding in bumper boats? Challenge friends and family to a friendly game of laser tag or fly down their Giant Slide. No matter what you like to do to enjoy the weekend with family, Fort Fun has got you covered.

#3: Counting down the days until Ripe Tomatoes’ Wood Fired Pizza opens

Spring is in the air—and so is the smell of authentic Italian pizza. If you like pizza—And who doesn’t like pizza? —you’ll love Ripe Tomatoes. This mobile pizzeria uses locally-sourced non-GMO ingredients to dish up some of the best pies in Northern Colorado. If you need us, we’ll be counting down the days until they reopen their woodfire pizza ovens for the 2018 season.

The weather is warming up, and there are so many great ways to spend your sunny days. Fort Collins has endless exciting activities to offer, from green beer and Irish fun to Go Kart racing and oven-fired pizza. If you see any of the iPoint Team soaking up the sun at Fort Fun, feel free to challenge us to a game of laser tag, and if you catch us at Ripe Tomatoes . . . buy us a slice. We hope to see you around!