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Two teachers from the Centre school district have moved their business from a home to 125 E. Main, Marion.
Andy Hansen has had Central Services and Technology of Marion in operation in his home since 1997. But with the closing of the doors of a previous computer store in the East Main location, Hansen said a new opportunity opened for him.
Taking coworker Russell Hake into partnership, the two men decided it was time to expand.
“We want to take care of previous customers as well as add to the client base,” Hansen said.
Warren Younger, a native of Hays, moved to the area to manage the new business, which will cater to personal computer users and networking for businesses.
The men said next spring they will offer classes for computer novices as well as those who are ready for more advanced computer activity, such as Web-page designing.
“We are going to try to keep costs under $100,” Hansen said, “but it depends on if college credits will be available or not.”
According to Hake, they have already designed spreadsheets for farmers and cattlemen.
“We try to show them how to better organize things, such as with grain and their rationing, or marketing livestock inventory, all kinds of things,” Hake said.
Hansen said they hope to be involved with area businesses too, especially in networking systems. The men, certified in Novell systems, are anxious to meet the needs of this area.
“It doesn’t really matter where you hang your shingle in this business,” Hansen said. “With computers there is so much you can do. And geographically, Marion is the best place to be. We are in the center of so much potential.”
Hansen previously worked for Younger at a similar business in Hays. He sold out to a larger firm several years ago and Younger then left Hays and went to Denver, Colo., for a short time where he worked with wireless networking. Younger is certified with Novell, as well.
“We are not certified with Windows NT just yet,” Hansen said, “but plan it to be a future goal.
Another goal Hansen would like to see the business move into is virtual touring for real estate.
“With a special camera we can set it up that people are able to go into a house and look all around using the Internet,” explained Hansen, who went on to say this would be a plus for the local real estate market.
Although Central Services & Technology emphasizes commercial networking and PC setup, the business is willing to go into homes for consultation and says the “ball park” figure would be $35 per hour.
“Technology is reaching out into rural areas, and we are here to bring it into this area,” Hansen said.
The new business also is stocked with special items for Christmas.
“We are carrying digital cameras, printers, and computers at competitive prices,” explained Hansen. “We also are Cellular One dealers with cell phones of different styles.”
Hansen said they are participating in a program to accept unused cellular phones to take to the Wichita Women’s Crisis Center for battered women.
Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. until noon on Saturday, and will be open Sundays through Christmas.
For more information about the cell phone program or for any computer questions, call 316-382-9100.