Columbus, OH TeamLogic IT Franchise Owners Launch Student-Laptop Program
Supporting community-based education and IT awareness is baked into the DNA of TeamLogic IT, taking different forms across the country
After almost a decade in business as TeamLogic IT technology franchise owners, Dwight and Allison Blankenship have achieved many milestones. And as busy as they are, they still find time to help local schools and students connect to the technology they need to succeed.
Their Columbus, Ohio, TeamLogic IT franchise is changing lives for students in need through their “Students Need TLC” (TeamLogic IT Laptop Campaign) program. As the COVID-19 pandemic set in and schools around the world shut down, TeamLogic IT got to work. The Blankenships were aware that local schools would be using Chromebooks for distance learning but didn’t think that there was enough for every student.
Building community support for computers & kids
“We knew that there would be students in need and wanted to see how we could make a difference and help during this critical time,” says Allison. “I thought, ‘we have some laptops at home, and some at the office. I wonder how many other people would be willing to contribute?’”
The Blankenships, who are TeamLogic IT Million Dollar Club members and also took home Franchise of the Year honors in 2017, started to reach out to the local community for assistance and received a great response.
“It’s been a team effort,” says Dwight. “Some of our office colleagues have reached out to local organizations in the area; some have gone and picked up devices; and one of our office techs has refurbished each device. It’s been a rallying point for our team. It’s given us a real purpose during this time.”
Putting the “team” in TeamLogic technology franchise
When the office receives a device, the hard drive is wiped clean and the Google Chrome system is installed. If a laptop is broken, the Columbus TeamLogic IT franchise team augments what is needed, whether that is a power cord or a new hard drive.
“We have given out at least a dozen devices and have more in the pipeline,” says Dwight. “The campaign is starting to go viral, and we are hearing from people outside of the group who received our initial letter.”
After refurbishing, devices are given to the wife of a colleague at the TeamLogic IT office in Columbus, who is a teacher at the local elementary school, West Broad Elementary, on the westside of Columbus. And they have made a huge difference: “Since receiving their laptop, these students have caught-up on all of their assignments and participated in online classes,” said sponsoring teacher Myra Cintula.
“The students and their families that have received these laptops have expressed such gratitude and are blown away by the gesture. We hope to continue the “Students Need TLC” program into the foreseeable future and address other communities in need,” says Dwight.
TeamLogic IT is the technology franchise small and medium-sized businesses increasingly rely on for turnkey support. TeamLogic IT’s managed IT services contracts give clients peace of mind around their technology needs, and provide franchise owners with a steady, predictable revenue stream. The company now serves a wide and growing variety of clients in every business sector, from tourism and hospitality to healthcare, legal and accounting. Along the way, TeamLogic IT has grown to more than 200 locations around North America and continues to expand in both new and existing markets.