Local entrepreneur receives Small Business Association award

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) – Mike Williams, president of technology company iTech, recently received the “Emerging Leaders Award” from the US Small Business Association. But, it’s barely “emerging”—it’s been in business for 20 years.

“All of the technologies that we support for our customers, whether it’s printing, security systems, and IT,” Williams said.

“I think Parkersburg lacks the technology resources to help us take it to the next level. A lot of people are saying, I have to go to Columbus or Pittsburgh because nobody locally can be able to do it, so there’s a void in the region for it and we tap to fill that gap.

Williams started iTech in 2001, when he was the only employee. Today, his company has 30 employees. Williams says he’s proud not only to receive the SBA award, but also to support his employees.

“I want you to feel like you own the business. You make decisions. We can have a discussion about that decision, but at the same time I want you to take ownership of it. If you owned the business, is Is that how you would have handled this situation?”

Williams is also trying to support downtown PKB by buying, restoring and working in a historic downtown building.

“Three years ago, everything was open downtown. For the past three years, it has been difficult. And sometimes organizations make an investment to come downtown because we don’t want our downtown to die,” Williams said.

Williams said the building was built in 1896 and was at one time a theater before becoming the Parkersburg Office Supply Building. Williams said he decided to keep the old Parkersburg Office Supply signs on the building to preserve the building’s history.

And while it preserves history, it looks to the future.

“We have about 30 people working in this building. I expect us to be about 50 employees and hopefully double our revenue over the next two to three years.”

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Andrew B. Reiter