BCT Consulting Owner to speak at 60 Ideas in 60 Minutes

BCT Consulting Owner to speak at 60 Ideas in 60 Minutes

The Business Journal hosts their second annual headliner event “60 Ideas in 60 Minutes”, which will be held on Wednesday, September 11th at 7am. During the Power Breakfast, six local CEO’s and Community Leaders will each share their 10 best ideas that can be utilized to improve your business immediately. Some of the guest speakers include Fresno Police Chief, Jerry Dyer and the Owner of BCT Consulting, Eric Rawn.

The outstanding speakers will be sharing their best business advice at Pardini’s Catering & Banquets. You’ll be able to sit back and relax while each speaker takes on the stage for 10 minutes because there will be a summarized insert inside The Business Journal available September 13, 2019. Each speaker’s segment will also be captured on video and later distributed.

Tickets go on sale to The Business Journal subscribers, July 12th, at 8am and to the public Friday, July 19th.

BCT Hands Out $1,000 Employee Bonuses

BCT Hands Out $1,000 Employee Bonuses

The Christmas spirit is alive and well at a Fresno technology company that is showing its employees an extra-special holiday.

BCT Consulting is giving all of their nearly 80 employees a $1,000 Christmas bonus this year, as well as giving each of their employees the opportunity to pick out a Christmas tree at a local tree farm with their family.

“I want to recognize all of your hard work, loyalty, and dedication that has helped make us the number one technology company in the Central Valley!” Owner Eric Rawn said to his employees earlier this week. “We deeply care about our clients and employees just like family, and making sure they are taken care of is our highest priority”.

Rawn, a Fresno State graduate, started BCT as a one-man, part-time technology support business in 1996. The company specializes in offering technology solutions to many different local businesses, including tech support services, website development and online marketing.

He said that 2018 has been one of BCT’s most successful years in a number of different areas, exceeding goals having to do with customer service levels.

BCT was also recently voted the top Technology Company as part of the Best of Central Valley Business Awards.

BCT Consulting Voted Best Technology Company in the Central Valley 2018

BCT Consulting Voted Best Technology Company in the Central Valley 2018

FRESNO, Calif. —
BCT Consulting, Inc.is a managed service provider of innovative and cost-effective technology solutions for businesses, non-profits, education, government entities, and other organizations throughout California. Since 1996 BCT has provided their clients with tech support, website design, search engine optimization, data forensics and cabling, Internet-based phone service, web-based application, and mobile application development.

BCT Consulting Inc. has received numerous awards throughout the years but is recently celebrating their number one in “Best Technology Company” awarded by The Business Journal’s “2018 Best of Central Valley Business”. For the past five years The Business Journal has allowed readers to vote in 35 categories for their favorite businesses in the Central Valley. Within six weeks 150,000 votes were cast and the winners were announced Monday night at Ruth’s Chris Steak House where more than 120 representatives gathered anxiously awaiting the results.

BCT Consulting Inc. is also celebrating their Inc. 5000 Honor for nine years in a row. Inc. 5000 annually ranks the fastest-growing private companies in America. The recent honors for BCT Consulting Inc. show how the once single person technology consulting firm has grown to over 50 employees and has successfully served the Central Valley’s technology needs.

See all of the winners at The Business Journal

Valley businesses among the 5,000 fastest growing in the US

Valley businesses among the 5,000 fastest growing in the US

FRESNO, Calif. (The Business Journal)
Inc. magazine released its annual list of the 5000 fastest growing private companies across the nation, and once again, businesses around the Valley made the cut.

For the second year in a row, Visalia-based solar company, CalCom Solar made the list, ranking No. 23 for 2017. The company also made top three in the energy sector list.

“We take a very strategic approach to developing some of the largest solar farms in the agricultural and water management industries,” said Dylan Dupre, CEO of CalCom Solar, in a statement. “Achieving this honor for the second year running demonstrates that sustainability and business can go hand-in-hand in a progressively brighter future.”

CalCom helps design and build solar energy projects for farms, dairies, and water districts, and has maintained consistent growth since its founding in 2012. It is enjoying a three-year growth rate of nearly 9,700 percent and reported $59.3 million in revenue in 2016.

Construction company Pacific Gold Marketing in Fresno ranked in the top half of the list for the second year in a row, marking a 3-year growth rate of 805 percent. Revenue for the company was $9.4 million in 2016. It ranked at No. 560.

Visalia’s Pro-PT, a physical therapy business operating since 2001, now has four consecutive years of making the list, with a rank of No. 3,015 in 2017. Last year’s revenue was $8 million, and the current growth rate is 110 percent.

Scoring an honor roll tag for making the list eight times now, Fresno IT company BCT Consulting returned to the list with 135 percent growth and $10 million in revenue, with a ranking of 2,602.

HVAC installation and repair company Comfort Now in Visalia also made the top half of the list with 161 percent growth and $2.8 million in revenue. It ranked No. 2,264.
Fresno food importer/exporter OAG Global made the list at No. 1,397 due to its 292 percent growth and $18.9 million in revenue.

Lee’s AC Heating and Building Performance in Fresno had a 228 percent three-year growth rate and revenue of $9.6 million for a No. 1,713 ranking.

At 206 percent growth, Body Del Sol Medical Spa in Fresno ranked in the top half of the list with 2016 revenue of $2.4 million, ranking at No. 1,866

Fresno First Bank reported $14.2 million in revenue and 55 percent growth, ranking at No. 4,502.

Even the small town of Kingsburg had a company on the list with Payality, a human resources company with three-year growth at 46 percent and $2.1 million in revenue, ranking at No. 4,816.

Hackers Launch Massive, Global Ransomware Cyber Attack

Hackers Launch Massive, Global Ransomware Cyber Attack

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) —
A large-scale cyberattack paralyzed companies in almost every corner of the world Friday – demanding ransom from owners in exchange for locked files.

More than a dozen hospitals and companies, including FedEx, were hit. Monitors at BCT Consulting track the number of malicious attacks around the world. As of Friday evening, there were so many, the computer monitor froze.

“I think it would be safe to assume that World War III-style attacks were taking place throughout the web,” Brandon Griggs with the company said.

Griggs is the director of technical support and says this wave of cyber attacks is one of the largest, most organized he’s seen. The ransomware infects machines, locks them by encrypting data, and then extorts money to let users back in.

“What is typically the case, they will hold it ransom for a certain number of days, demand money for it, and if they don’t get it they delete your files,” he said.

At least 16 U.K. hospitals were hit and more than 75,000 computers were affected worldwide. BCT consulting hasn’t didn’t have any customers report problems Friday but says previous waves pushed California businesses to the verge of bankruptcy.

“Many companies have gone out of business,” Griggs warned. “We’ve seen police departments locked up, can’t process records that need to be done, doctors-patient information at hospitals.”

In most cases, the software infects computers through links or attachments in phishing emails. Experts say don’t click on those links, ensure security updates are installed and regularly back up your data.

“Businesses absolutely have to have offsite backups,” Griggs said. “It’s a daily occurrence that people called us and said, ‘We need backups, our data was infected.’”

The investigation into the malware is just starting, but experts say cyber attacks like this one will only grow worse and more sophisticated with time.

BCT Consulting Acquires Two Bay Area Tech Firms

BCT Consulting Acquires Two Bay Area Tech Firms

Fresno-based BCT Consulting has acquired two Bay Area tech firms in a deal valued in the “less than $5 million dollar range.”

That’s the word of CEO Eric Rawn, who made the announcement at a morning press conference with local officials including council member Steve Brandau and Fresno’s Mayor-elect Lee Brand.

Rawn said BCT Consulting plans to create up to 50 new jobs based on the acquisition of TeleDynamic Communications and Wireless Fiber Technology. TeleDynamic Communications, a 35-year-old firm, will allow BCT to expand its phone service technology for small to medium-sized businesses. The purchase of Wireless Fiber Technology gives BCT access to licensing deals and fiber optic and wireless network capacity.

Brand, who beat Fresno County Supervisor Henry Perea for the city’s top executive position last week, said this is the sort of organic growth he will encourage as mayor.

“It’s a top priority to develop these advanced industry jobs,” Brand said. “These are the kinds of jobs Fresno needs.”

The gathering stressed a vision for Fresno’s future as a technology hub. Larry Westerlund, Fresno’s director of economic development, recounted a trip to Silicon Valley with Mayor Ashley Swearengin to promote Fresno as an expansion zone to tech firm executives. Westerlund said the tech leaders were especially intrigued in the Central Valley as the first leg for the high-speed rail system, which promises faster connectivity between Fresno and Silicon Valley.

“The interest really turned up when we were talking about high-speed rail,” Westerlund said.

BCT Consulting, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, is no stranger to acquisitions. In 2013 BCT purchased Sigma Communications in Sunnyvale.

In August BCT Consulting ranked at No. 4,090 in Inc. Magazine’s 5,000 fastest growing U.S. companies, with 2015 revenue of $7.4 million.

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