NerdsToGo: new addition to Main Street in Milwaukie
Milwaukie computer-service business NerdsToGo invites the community to take part in a full afternoon of activities for the new business' grand opening on Feb. 8.
"From noon to 1:30 p.m. we will be out doing community service picking up litter on Main Street, followed by the ribbon cutting at 2:30 p.m. and happy hour from 3 to 4:30 p.m.," said co-owner Rory Dunnaback.
NerdsToGo, which Dunnaback owns with his father John, set up nearly two months ago at 11049 S.E. Main St.
"We provide full service IT for residential and commercial customers. We work on both PCs and Apple products," Dunnaback said.
"We are a mobile repair business, as well as having our shop in Milwaukie. We will come to our customers, any time and any place," he noted.
Services include data transfer, virus protection, virus removal and hardware repair.
"We also sell new computer equipment, repair mobile phones, teach classes and install home security systems and home automation solutions," Dunnaback said.
"We have phone repair and protection for those who are hard on their phones [and] we build computers for those who consider themselves gamers," he noted.
Dunnaback added, "We have classes for folks who need help using computers and we remove viruses for folks who frequently surf the internet."
"My dad and I had been talking about starting a family business for several years. This past summer we started to research franchises and felt that the computer business is only going to continue to be a need in the community," Dunnaback said.
"We also wanted to start a business that highlights many of our family's strengths [and] my dad wants to create a legacy to leave behind for our family," he added.
Dunnaback said he and his family have managed businesses around the world and worked on projects that included technology.
However, "we do not consider ourselves to be technicians, [so] we have brought on Alex Schoebel, and he is the newest member of our family," Dunnaback said, adding that he hopes to have four technicians by the end of the year.
Schoebel has had technology roots in his family since he was in elementary school and built his first computer in seventh grade.
"His dad worked for Intel for 18 years and [Alex] often visited to learn more about the tech industry," Dunnaback said, adding that Schoebel worked in the IT department while attending college at Southern Oregon University.
Helping the community
Dunnaback said he picked the location for the store because he lives in Milwaukie and feels the future is bright for the city.
"I think that Milwaukie is strategically positioned to easily drive to all parts of the city and service both sides of the river," he said.
"As a business owner and resident of Milwaukie, I want to be recognized as someone who contributes to our community prospering," Dunnaback said.
At NerdsToGo, community service projects so far include adopting Main Street and doing litter removal, assisting the Oregon City Homeless Solutions Coalition with their business planning, serving as a mentor in the North Clackamas School Lunch Program, serving as a volunteer to teach business skills to kids of all ages through the Junior Achievement Program, and leading the Boy Scouts in Clackamas County to earn their computer science merit badge.
Dunnaback also relishes the opportunity to solve problems.
"A few weeks back we were called by Safe Trans, a company that provides rides to school for children with disabilities. They could not access the data on their servers that they needed to dispatch their drivers for the next school day," he said.
"We came to their location and worked through the night to get them back online so that they could operate the next day."
Dunnaback added, "I believe that a community can come together to solve any problem. At NerdsToGo, our employees each have a unique set of experience to contribute. We strive to share these experiences as well as to create new memorable ones."
What: NerdsToGo will host a grand opening celebration
When: Noon to 1:30 p.m. picking up litter on Main Street in downtown Milwaukie; 2:30 pm. ribbon cutting; and 3 to 4:30 p.m. happy hour.
Where: 11049 S.E. Main Street, Milwaukie. Follow the bright yellow signs down the alleyway and go up one floor.