Semi-finalist Q&A: GetYourITstart

GetYourITstart is a web based computer training for individuals and small business, offering personalized computer programs. Information from their grant application is available here. Read below for more, and if you have questions for our semi-finalists don't hesitate to ask them in the comments section.

Also, don't forget to cast your vote! YOUR vote will determine which entrepreneurs most deserve to be amongst the finalists.

How did you come up with the idea for your business?

While working as a software developer for eight years; I found the most enjoyable part of my job was not actually part of my job at all. Everywhere I went people would ask me to show or teach them something that would help them take their current skill sets to the next level. From absolute beginners to seasoned workers, it didn’t matter. They were all interested in improving their ability to work with software or computers in general.

Like many others in this economic downturn I decided to a follow my passion to help others get the computer training they needed, and fulfill my ambition to start my own business. I am very good at what I do; my zeal to succeed and my will to help others succeed seems like a perfect match.

What makes your business unique? Why do you think it will be a success?

Computer training is not unique; our method and style are. We provide live interactive online training that is not pre-recorded. Location is not a problem. Training can be anywhere you have your computer. And we provide computer training solutions. GetYourITstart is built on the premise "you no longer have to buy the whole CD to get the songs you want." The same should hold true for computer training. Choice is our watchword. The client knows what he wants to learn, and we provide that in the structure and schedule that fit his needs.

What are some of your top business-related accomplishments, or business lessons learned?

We have broken new ground in the field of computer education. We have given the consumer choices and made him an active participant in their learning. When clients train with GetYourITstart there is no wasted time going over unwanted material; they are invested in their success from the start. They learn faster, with more comprehension and save a good deal of time and money in the process.

Why should the Idea Cafe regulars vote for you?

GetYourITstart has taken the field of computer education and made it available, affordable, and convenient. The client is in charge and we are responsive to his needs. Learning has become personalized while not becoming a luxury only a few can afford


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