2011
News Archive

8/29/2011

Saratoga named to CRN’s inaugural Next-Gen 250 list of North American VARs

2011 CRN Next-Gen 250 ListJohnson City, TN (August 29, 2011) – Saratoga Technologies, (www.saratogaus.com), today announced Everything Channel has named the company to the first ever 2011 CRN Next-Gen 250 list. The CRN Next-Gen 250 is an annual listing of innovative and nimble business and technology integrators, solution providers, and resellers in North America offering solutions and services in cloud computing, mobility, unified communications, virtualization and other emerging technologies. The CRN Next-Generation 250 list is comprised of the most exciting new solution provider organizations (founded 2000-2011) bringing new and emerging implementation ideas and business models to the market. . To view a sample of the listing visit www.crn.com

"In today’s competitive environment solution providers have to do more than just talk about innovation. The ability to quickly implement new processes, models and technologies is what drives margins and the bottom line," said Kelley Damore, VP, Editorial Director, Everything Channel. "The CRN Next-gen 250 highlights the most interesting new solution providers who are demonstrating such innovation and uncovers the new techniques and technologies that are driving their success."

"We've always tried to foster innovation in the way we deliver technology solutions to our clients and this recognition shows that we are succeeding," said David Temple, president of Saratoga Technologies.  "Now as we move into offering a full range of cloud computing solutions we look to add even more value to businesses in the region."

About Saratoga Technologies
Saratoga Technologies is a technology solutions company that offers products, software, services and solutions in the information technology industry and is focused on enabling their customers to benefit from technology. Having offices in Johnson City, Knoxville, Morristown and Sevierville, TN as well as Abingdon, VA, Saratoga specializes in managed computer networking services, server support and repair, laptop repair, disaster recovery, computer repair, network security, printer and copier repair, print management, telephone systems, voice over IP (VoIP), structured cabling services, phone bill auditing, video conferencing, computer consulting services, accounting software such as Microsoft Dynamics GP, Microsoft Dynamics CRM, document imaging and management, web design, email hosting, web hosting, spam filtering, search engine marketing, search engine optimization, internet online backup, hosted exchange, application development, database programming and other technical services.

About Everything Channel
Everything Channel is the premier provider of IT channel-focused events, media, research, consulting, and sales and marketing services. With over 30 years of experience and engagement, Everything Channel has the unmatched channel expertise to execute integrated solutions for technology executives managing partner recruitment, enablement and go-to-market strategy in order to accelerate technology sales. Everything Channel is a UBM company. To learn more about Everything Channel, visit us at http://www.everythingchannel.com. Follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/everythingchnl.

About UBM plc (www.ubm.com)
UBM plc is a leading global business media company. We inform markets and bring the world's buyers and sellers together at events, online, in print and provide them with the information they need to do business successfully. We focus on serving professional commercial communities, from doctors to game developers, from journalists to jewelry traders, from farmers to pharmacists around the world. Our 6,000 staff in more than 30 countries are organized into specialist teams that serve these communities, helping them to do business and their markets to work effectively and efficiently.

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8/24/2011

Saratoga Technologies ranked #44 nationally in the Accounting Today 2011 VAR 100 list

2011 Accounting Technology VAR 100Johnson City, TN (August 24, 2011) - Saratoga Technologies was today ranked #44 in the Accounting Today  2011 national VAR 100 list. Only two Tennessee based companies made the list of the country’s top accounting technology solutions providers.

“To be nationally recognized five years in a row as a leading accounting, ERP and CRM software solutions provider is truly an honor.", said Angela Corvin - General Manager of Saratoga Technologies business solutions division.

Saratoga Technologies is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner providing support on Microsoft Dynamics GP, Microsoft CRM, and Microsoft SharePoint.

About Saratoga Technologies
Saratoga Technologies is a technology solutions company that offers products, software, services and solutions in the information technology industry and is focused on enabling their customers to benefit from technology. Having offices in Johnson City, Knoxville, Morristown and Sevierville, TN as well as Abingdon, VA, Saratoga specializes in managed computer networking services, server support and repair, laptop repair, disaster recovery, computer repair, network security, printer and copier repair, print management, telephone systems, voice over IP (VoIP), structured cabling services, phone bill auditing, video conferencing, computer consulting services, accounting software such as Microsoft Dynamics GP, Microsoft Dynamics CRM, document imaging and management, web design, email hosting, web hosting, spam filtering, search engine marketing, search engine optimization, internet online backup, hosted exchange, application development, database programming and other technical services.

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8/23/2011

Saratoga listed among America’s fastest-growing companies for 4th straight year

2011 Inc. 5000New York, NY (August 23, 2011) - Inc. Magazine unveiled today its annual exclusive list of America’s fastest-growing private companies. Inc. magazine ranked Saratoga Technologies NO. 4,534 on its fifth annual Inc. 500|5000 with a three-year sales growth of 17%. The list represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy—America’s independent entrepreneurs. Online retailer ideeli tops this year’s list. Saratoga Technologies joins Spirit Airlines, television maker Vizio, Honest Tea, Dunkin Donuts and Metrokane, makers of the Rabbit corkscrew, among other prominent brands featured on this year’s list.

In a stagnant economic environment, median growth rate of 2011 Inc. 500|5000 companies remains an impressive 94 percent. The companies on this year’s list report having created 350,000 jobs in the past three years, and aggregate revenue among the honorees reached $366 billion, up 14 percent from last year.

Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found at www.inc.com/5000.

Methodology
The 2011 Inc. 500 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth when comparing 2007 to 2010. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2007. Additionally, they had to be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent—not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies—as of December 31, 2010. (Since then, a number of companies on the list have gone public or been acquired.) The minimum revenue required for 2007 is $100,000; the minimum for 2010 is $2 million. As always, Inc. reserves the right to decline applicants for subjective reasons. Companies on the Inc. 500 are featured in Inc.’s September issue. They represent the top tier of the Inc. 5000, which can be found at www.inc.com/500.

About Saratoga Technologies
Saratoga Technologies is a technology solutions company that offers products, software, services and solutions in the information technology industry and is focused on enabling their customers to benefit from technology. Having offices in Johnson City, Knoxville, Morristown and Sevierville, TN as well as Abingdon, VA, Saratoga specializes in managed computer networking services, server support and repair, laptop repair, disaster recovery, computer repair, network security, printer and copier repair, print management, telephone systems, voice over IP (VoIP), structured cabling services, phone bill auditing, video conferencing, computer consulting services, accounting software such as Microsoft Dynamics GP, Microsoft Dynamics CRM, document imaging and management, web design, email hosting, web hosting, spam filtering, search engine marketing, search engine optimization, internet online backup, hosted exchange, application development, database programming and other technical services.

About Inc. Magazine
Founded in 1979 and acquired in 2005 by Mansueto Ventures LLC, Inc. (www.inc.com) is the only major business magazine dedicated exclusively to owners and managers of growing private companies that delivers real solutions for today’s innovative company builders. With a total paid circulation of 710,106, Inc. provides hands-on tools and market-tested strategies for managing people, finances, sales, marketing, and technology. Visit us online at www.inc.com.

About the Inc. 500|5000 Conference
Each year, Inc. and Inc.com celebrate the remarkable achievements of today’s entrepreneurial superstars—the privately held small businesses that drive our economy. The Inc. 500|5000 Conference & Awards Ceremony brings together members of the Inc. community, both a new class of Inc. 500|5000 honorees and the list’s alumni, for three days of powerful networking, inspired learning, and momentous celebration. Please join us September 22–24, 2011, at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland, located minutes from downtown Washington, D.C. For more information about the 2011 Inc. 500|5000 Conference & Awards Ceremony and to register, visit www.inc500conference.com or call 866-901-3205.

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7/8/2011

Saratoga expands its presence in Abingdon, VA with move into new building

Saratoga Technologies | Abingdon, VA | Ribbon CuttingAbingdon, VA (July 8, 2011) - Saratoga Technologies announces the grand opening of their new Abingdon office with an official Washington County Virginia Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting ceremony. Saratoga is moving from Main Street to Valley Street. Starting July 6th, 2011, their new address will be 165 East Valley Street, Suite A, Abingdon, VA 24210.

David Temple, President, Saratoga Technologies said, "We have been growing significantly and we needed a larger facility so that we can better serve our Southwest Virginia customers. We are extremely thankful for the confidence that our customers have shown in us and we want to ensure that we continue to give our customers the highest quality service."

Saratoga Technologies purchased and completely renovated both the inside and outside of the old Virginia Department of Health building located on East Valley Street in Abingdon, VA. They will be occupying half of the building and the other half is available for commercial rent or lease. For more information on the property leasing terms contact Saratoga directly at (276) 619-5676.

About Saratoga Technologies:
Saratoga Technologies is a technology solutions company that offers products, software, services and solutions in the information technology industry and is focused on enabling their customers to benefit from technology. Having offices in Johnson City, Knoxville, Morristown and Sevierville, TN as well as Abingdon, VA, Saratoga specializes in managed computer networking services, server support and repair, laptop repair, disaster recovery, computer repair, network security, printer and copier repair, print management, telephone systems, voice over IP (VoIP), structured cabling services, phone bill auditing, video conferencing, computer consulting services, accounting software such as Microsoft Dynamics GP, Microsoft Dynamics CRM, document imaging and management, web design, email hosting, web hosting, spam filtering, search engine marketing, search engine optimization, internet online backup, hosted exchange, application development, database programming and other technical services.

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7/5/2011

Saratoga Technologies acquires Bristol, TN based Axiom Imaging Solutions

Saratoga Technologies | Axiom Imaging SolutionsBristol, TN (July 5, 2011) - Saratoga Technologies (www.saratogaus.com) announces the acquisition of Axiom Imaging Solutions located at 1430 Bluff City Highway, Bristol, TN 37620. This makes Saratoga’s third acquisition in Bristol and their 21st overall.

Jim Liggett, Vice President of Axiom explains; “I believe our experience with copiers, printers, digital duplicators and graphic equipment will lend themselves well to the vision of technology solutions at Saratoga. After serving our customers for 38 years in imaging solutions I feel they should rest assured knowing that they will continue to receive the same quality service and even more solutions with Saratoga.”

The transition will be completed by July 15, 2011. Axiom will move to, and operate out of, Saratoga Technologies’ Johnson City office located at 101 Med Tech Parkway, Suite 307, Johnson City, TN 37604. Jim will join the Saratoga team as Technology Solutions Consultant. Patty Liggett will join as office assistant. In addition, Bill Wilcox, Jesse Oliver and Chris Dover will be joining Saratoga as Print/Graphics Technicians.

“Axiom has been doing business for well over 30 years and that’s impressive no matter what line of work you’re in”, said David Temple, President of Saratoga Technologies. “They were able to do it because they offered great customer service and value to their clients. We see them as a natural fit for the Saratoga family and look forward to welcoming them onboard.”

About Axiom:
AB Dick Products was founded in 1973 as a graphics/duplicator and copier company serving the greater Bristol, TN/VA market. In May, 2005 the name was changed to Axiom Imaging Solutions.

About Saratoga Technologies:
Saratoga Technologies is a technology solutions company that offers products, software, services and solutions in the information technology industry and is focused on enabling their customers to benefit from technology. Having offices in Johnson City, Knoxville, Morristown and Sevierville, TN as well as Abingdon, VA, Saratoga specializes in managed computer networking services, server support and repair, laptop repair, disaster recovery, computer repair, network security, printer and copier repair, print management, telephone systems, voice over IP (VoIP), structured cabling services, phone bill auditing, video conferencing, computer consulting services, accounting software such as Microsoft Dynamics GP, Microsoft Dynamics CRM, document imaging and management, web design, email hosting, web hosting, spam filtering, search engine marketing, search engine optimization, internet online backup, hosted exchange, application development, database programming and other technical services.

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6/9/2011

Saratoga Technologies acquires Knoxville, TN based AlterCorp Technology Group

Saratoga Technologies | AlterCorp Technology GroupKnoxville, TN (June 9, 2011) - Saratoga Technologies (www.saratogaus.com) announces the acquisition of AlterCorp Technology Group located at 625 S Gay Street, Knoxville, TN  37902.  This makes Saratoga’s second acquisition in Knoxville, TN and their twentieth overall.

Adam Huskey, President and CEO of AlterCorp explains; “When I was approached by Saratoga Technologies about joining their team, I was honored. As the leader in East Tennessee for technology services, Saratoga represents the strongest, most dynamic, and forward thinking company in this region.  With near constant accolades and awards from all segments of the market, in addition to the shear breadth of services offered, I knew that my customers would have a more holistic experience in all their IT needs.  My staff and I are very excited about joining the team at Saratoga. We believe our high end skills and engineers will lend themselves well to the vision the senior management team has in place.”

The transition will be completed by June 30, 2011.  AlterCorp will move to, and operate out of, Saratoga Technologies’ Knoxville office located at 1209 Euclid Avenue, Knoxville, TN  37921.  Adam Huskey will join the Saratoga team as Director of Technology and Damon Huskey will be joining as a Network Engineer.

“I have known Adam for years and have never met a more competent technology engineer in my career.  This acquisition strengthens our expertise and capacity in Knoxville”, said Ron Jenkins, Chief Operations Officer of Saratoga | Knoxville. “We are accelerating our growth plans in the Knoxville area and are actively looking for IT companies as well as printer/copier companies that want to join our team.  Our goal is to offer businesses and organizations in this region unparalleled technology solutions and customer service.”

About AlterCorp:
AlterCorp was founded in 2007 as an information technology company serving the greater Knoxville, TN market.  Specializing in high end consulting and technical services AlterCorp provides the most comprehensive solutions and skilled experience for their customers.

About Saratoga Technologies:
Saratoga Technologies is a technology solutions company that offers products, software, services and solutions in the information technology industry and is focused on enabling their customers to benefit from technology. Having offices in Johnson City, Knoxville, Morristown and Sevierville, TN as well as Abingdon, VA, Saratoga specializes in managed computer networking services, server support and repair, laptop repair, disaster recovery, computer repair, network security, printer and copier repair, print management, telephone systems, voice over IP (VoIP), structured cabling services, phone bill auditing, video conferencing, computer consulting services, accounting software such as Microsoft Dynamics GP, Microsoft Dynamics CRM, document imaging and management, web design, email hosting, web hosting, spam filtering, search engine marketing, search engine optimization, internet online backup, hosted exchange, application development, database programming and other technical services.

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5/19/2011

Saratoga SVP named vice president of Tech Data's TechSelect Advisory Council

TechSelect PartnerSan Antonio, TX (May 19, 2011) - Allan Walters, Senior Vice President of Saratoga Technologies was today voted in as vice president of Tech Data’s TechSelect Advisory Council.  TechSelect's Advisory Council is made up of ten members that act as an advisory panel to 25 billion dollar Tech Data.  The AC is an unbiased voice for the general membership and collaborates on ideas with Tech Data and its vendor partners. Members of the council encourage loyalty and growth through Tech Data and they also encourage participation of the general membership in TechSelect initiatives and activities.

“I look forward to serving the members of TechSelect and working with the executives at Tech Data to help improve the TechSelect experience”, said Walters. “I have never been involved with a more dynamic and innovative IT community.”

About TechSelect:
TechSelect was created in September 1999.  Since then, membership has grown to over 450 resellers with more than 20 participating vendors.

TechSelect is a national community of solution providers with proven leadership in the IT industry.  The Community is a unique cooperative among VARs, manufacturers and Tech Data, working together to deliver technology and business solutions that meet the needs of the membership.

TechSelect's mission is to foster strategic relationships that help leading value added resellers (VARs) maximize sales and profitability through:

• Peer-to-peer educational opportunities, best practice sharing
• Exclusive business partner promotions
• Third-party services, such as leasing, insurance industry memberships
• Marketing funds
• Networking with vendor partners and Tech Data representatives

About Saratoga Technologies:
Saratoga Technologies is a technology solutions company that offers products, software, services and solutions in the information technology industry and is focused on enabling their customers to benefit from technology. Having offices in Johnson City, Knoxville, Morristown and Sevierville, TN as well as Abingdon, VA, Saratoga specializes in managed computer networking services, server support and repair, laptop repair, disaster recovery, computer repair, network security, printer and copier repair, print management, telephone systems, voice over IP (VoIP), structured cabling services, phone bill auditing, video conferencing, computer consulting services, accounting software such as Microsoft Dynamics GP, Microsoft Dynamics CRM, document imaging and management, web design, email hosting, web hosting, spam filtering, search engine marketing, search engine optimization, internet online backup, hosted exchange, satellite internet, application development, database programming and other technical services.

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2/7/2011

Saratoga Technologies awarded 2010 Business of the Year by Business Journal

Tri-Cities, TN/VA (February 7, 2011) - Saratoga Technologies named 2010 Business of the Year by The Business Journal.  Read the full Business Journal article below.

2010 Business of the Year

When The Business Journal first called David Temple, president of Saratoga Technologies to discuss the fact that Saratoga was in the running for Business of the Year, we found that he was ouf the country for two weeks.  Many small business owners in the Tri-Cities would have had to think long and hard about whether they could afford to leave the building for two weeks in the economy of 2010.  But that's how business has been for Saratoga.  Good.  The company's bottom and top lines rose again in 2010, a year after Saratoga made the Inc. 5000 (No. 2989) with 71 percent sales growth for the three previous years.  While other companies were cutting staff, selling out or failing outright, Saratoga continued its trend of growth through acquisition.  The obvious question for Temple, once we caught up with him was, "How did you do that?" Temple's answer, in so many words:  He never stopped thinking big.

Saratoga management has always been willing to take strategic risks to grow, even when others thought the risks were too great.  "We have been very focused on achieving our vision and mission," Temple says.  "But what makes that so important is that our original vision and mission was big enough.  Thinking back, many laughed at the vision and mission and thought we were crazy.  Well maybe we weren't so crazy."

Saratoga's aggressive growth strategy was on full display as 2010 ended.  On December 14, the firm announced the purchase of Abingdon, Va.-based Office Computer Professionals.  Two weeks later Saratoga announced the completion of its merger with East Tennessee Business Machines, under which ETBM has moved its operations into Saratoga's Johnson City offices.  "Some people are skittish about growth through acquisition," says Allan Walters, senior vice president.  "They see it as just throwing money around.  But we have a very specific strategy in which what we're doing makes perfect sense.

"We don't just acquire companies," says Walters.  "We bring their people on board.  That's key.  We want the owners, the principals to come in."

"Think of it from their perspective.  Let's say they're running a successful five-person business.  Well, at that level, it's hard to grow.  You get bogged down in running the business and have less and less time to actually do the things you love to do in the first place.  Most people in our business are tech people.  We unburden them from those administrative tasks."

Walters says that by taking that weight off the key players in an acquired company, Saratoga frees those individuals up to spend seven or eight hours a day working on their core competencies, rather than an hour and a half, with the rest of the day tied to a desk.  "We buy good companies.  Often they're doing very well on their own.  We just take those burdensome tasks off their backs so they can do even better."

There's another level of profitability that these acquisitions bring, says Walters.  "By bringing in these new companies, we're also bringing in their client lists.  So we have new clients that might be able to benefit from all the other products and services we have.  So we've opened up our entire portfolio of products to a whole new client base.  And all those products and services are being presented to the clients by the same reps that they already have a good relationship with."

So Saratoga has been able to add personnel while most companies have been cutting, says Temple.  "We have continued to add staff and now have around 65.  During the past tough economy we have been fortunate to not have to reduce our numbers at all."

David Temple"Our culture is very different from most companies and it is important for any new employee to very quickly assimilate themselves into it," adds Temple.  "We are always looking for competent staff who are prepared to take responsibility as opposed to defer for decisions.  As we have grown this has become a very significant challenge and being able to add great quality staff is key to continued growth."

That growth is tightly managed and targeted, says Temple.  And the growth strategy has changed as technology has changed, though the mission and vision of the company have remained steady.  "To a large degree our original mission is now only able to start being fully realized as technology has caught up, specifically in the whole area of cloud computing."

To date, about 70 percent of Saratoga's revenues have come from the company's networking solutions division.  A little less than ten percent have come from copier/printer.  But the company is looking to the cloud for its next wave of growth.

With that being the case, the firm's most recent acquisitions have come in the field of printer solutions.  "The paradigm shift is cloud technology," says Walters.  "People pay a monthly fee and get the effects of software and servers and services like a utility.  We're embracing that model.  But what a cloud can't replace is a piece of paper.  People still want to hit 'print.'"

Most of Saratoga's areas of service have already matured in the marketplace.  That is to say, IT costs, personnel, asset management, maintenance, software and the like are all fairly well optimized.  But in 2010, the company went all-in on the printing side of the business, buying printer/copier sales and service companies to expand its own portfolio.

"Printing is the last place where people waste thousands of dollars without even knowing it," says Walters.  "Most people don't manage their printing.  They may have a closet full of toner.  That's money out of their cash flow that's just sitting in a closet doing nothing.  So there's a great opportunity to save money if printing is managed effectively.  It's one of those places where we can make a lot of money and the client can save a lot off money at the same time.  They no longer buy printers, toner and supplies.  We include hardware, installation, maintenance, toner, everything but paper and power."  Saratoga monitors every printer remotely from its offices in order to see that maintenance is performed on a just-in-time basis.

Allan Walters"This isn't something where the ROI is spread out over six year or some extended timeframe," says Walters.  "Printing management is a way to save our clients money today."

So it should have come as no surprise on January 19 when Saratoga announced its acquisition of Kingsport-based copier company Clear Impressions, marking the third copier company acquisition for Saratoga and the nineteenth overall acquisition since 2001.

Terry Larkin, owner and founder of Clear Impressions echoes the sentiments of Temple and Walters have expressed about such deals.  "The copier business is changing and is becoming more about technology and printing solutions than about equipment.  I wanted to join a full service technology company so I could continue to offer my customers more solutions.  Saratoga was the obvious choice with all that they offer and they have a great team of people that I will be a part of."

Following the Clear Impressions deal, Saratoga is an authorized dealer and repair center for HP, Sharp and Xerox printers, copiers and MFPs.  The entire staff of Clear Impressions will join Saratoga.  "They will be a natural fit and a welcomed addition to our printer and copier business division," says Temple.

It's important to note that the company's success in 2010 wasn't entirely due to growth, says Walters.  "Actually our profitability rose more than our sales in 2010.  More people made do with older equipment in the down economy.  So we did more service calls, even though we sold less new product.  The higher margins on service relative to sales meant we actually were more profitable."

And at Saratoga, as at most businesses, discipline played a key role as well, says Temple.  "I have always believed in professional leadership which as much as possible needs to look into the future and then adjust for now.  Our business plan process identified the likelihood of a tough economy and our planning then took that into account.  Some very specific actions were taken like not to over extend ourselves and so we have been fortunate to never have had the need for debt."

"Our financial independence and strength has allowed us to continue to grow and to ensure success.  In addition a strong focus on our customers and their needs including zero tolerance for anything but the highest level of service.  We have also spent the past 12 months looking at our own internal systems so as to find better, more productive ways to service our customers at even higher levels."

Still, in the end, says Temple, "Growth will continue to be our focus in 2011, both by organic and acquisition growth.  We are well set for the future and look forward to an ever improving economy."

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2/7/2011

Saratoga Technologies sponsors 2011 Christian Storytelling Festival

Christian Storytelling Festival | 2011

Providence Academy & Saratoga Technologies Announce:
Stephen McDowell at Church -Sermons Added to Schedule of Events

Providence Academy Administrator Jerry Williams announced today that two more events have been added to the 2011 Christian Storytelling Festival (CSF) schedule of events. Mr. Williams shared, “We are excited that Stephen McDowell, the President of the Providence Foundation, will be at two local churches as part of the Christian Storytelling Festival 2011.”

Dr. Reggie Weems, Senior Pastor at Heritage Baptist Church in Johnson City, TN, shared “One of our founding father traditions was an annual Fourth of July sermon that reviewed and emphasized the principles that our nation was built upon, and the mighty works of the hand of God in the battle for freedom. Fourth of July sermons of this type were heard from pulpits all over our land in the early years of our country.” As part of the Christian Storytelling Festival, Stephen McDowell will be sharing a Fourth of July Sermon on Sunday, March 27, at Heritage Baptist Church in Johnson City, TN, at 9:30 A.M.

Stephen McDowell will also be sharing a Fourth of July sermon Sunday at 6:00 P.M. at First Baptist Jonesborough. Senior Pastor Joel Cook said, “We are excited to have Stephen McDowell joining us at First Baptist Jonesborough. His stories will help us bring a biblical worldview back to history.”

Stephen McDowell at Church- Sunday, March 27
Pulpit Message: A Modern Rendition of a Founding
Father Tradition - A Fourth of July Sermon

9:30 A.M. - Heritage Baptist Church, Johnson City, TN

6:00 P.M. - First Baptist Jonesborough, Jonesborough, TN

Featured Storyteller- Stephen McDowell

The featured storyteller for the CSF 2011 main event (March 26) at Providence Academy will be author, historian, and President of the Providence Foundation (www.providencefoundation.com), Stephen McDowell. See www.christianstorytellingfestival.com for more information. Stephen has traveled across the U.S. and to 30 different nations training people to apply biblical truths in all spheres of life. Drawing examples from history, Stephen tells stories that teach liberty, justice, and prosperity.

Free Home School Assemblies

Featured Storyteller Stephen McDowell will be sharing stories about George Washington, The Apostle of Liberty, at the home school assemblies. Allan Walters, Vice President of Marketing at Platinum Level Festival Co-Sponsor Saratoga Technologies, Inc., said, “We believe that there is great interest amongst the community at large in learning more about George Washington, a great role model and heralded American hero.”

Both home school assemblies will be held on Friday, March 25. The first assembly will be 10:00 – 11:30 A.M. at First Christian Church in Johnson City. For more information, see our website (www.christianstorytellingfestival.com).

The second Home School assembly will be 1:30 – 3:00 P.M. at Abingdon Bible Church in Abingdon, VA. The assembly in Abingdon is sponsored by Cornerstone Christian Academy (CCA). CCA will open in the fall of 2011. CCA offers a Christ-centered classical education for grades K-9. You can learn more about CCA by going to their website (www.cornerstoneabingdon.org), or you can pick up additional information at the assembly. Mr. Williams shared, “This is a great opportunity for those living in the Abingdon area to participate in the Christian Storytelling Festival while also getting a chance to learn more about the exciting school that will be opening in the Abingdon area this fall.”

Festival Proceeds Support Need-Based Scholarship

The 2011 Christian Storytelling Festival is the 5th annual event, and the proceeds from this event go to support the Providence Academy Annual Scholarship Fund. “This year almost 25% of our students attend Providence Academy through the help of this need-based support. Our goal for this school year is to raise $220,000 for our scholarship fund,” said Development Director Mark Koscak.

Storytelling Showcase

This year’s Christian Storytelling Festival will once again include a Storytelling Showcase on Friday, March 25, at 6:30 P.M. at Providence Academy in Johnson City, TN. Local storytellers will inspire and entertain at the Storytelling Showcase. See details at www.christianstorytellingfestival.com to enter the showcase. The theme of this year’s Showcase is “Stories of Hope and Inspiration.”

Platinum Level Co-Sponsor Saratoga Technologies, Inc.

Saratoga Technologies, Inc., founded in 2001, is a regional information technology solutions company headquartered in Johnson City, TN. Their six main areas of focus are: Computer Networking, Printers/Copiers, Telecom, Software, Business Solutions, and Internet. Saratoga has acquired some 19 companies and has grown from 5 employees to over 65 and from a single location to 5. Saratoga has won numerous state, local, and national business awards and has a total annual revenue of just under 9 million dollars. Saratoga supports the community in various ways through sponsorships, volunteerism, and support for numerous non-profits in the area.

Providence Academy

Providence Academy is a K - 12, Christ-centered and classical school with 474 students. Our campus is a 45 acre, 67,000 square foot facility at 2788 Carroll Creek in Johnson City, TN. For more information on Providence Academy you can visit our website at www.providenceacademy.com. For the 2011 - 2012 school year, there are a limited number of openings available in K – 6, and open enrollment in grades 7 - 12.

For questions and further information regarding the Home School Assemblies, the Christian Storytelling Showcase or the Christian Storytelling Festival, you can check our website www.christianstorytellingfestival.com, or call the Development Office at Providence Academy (423) 854-9819, ext 3013.

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1/19/2011

Saratoga acquires Kingsport, TN based copier company, Clear Impressions

Kingsport, TN (January 19, 2011) - Saratoga Technologies (www.saratogaus.com) acquires Kingsport, TN based copier company Clear Impressions marking their 3rd copier company acquisition and their nineteenth acquisition overall since 2001.

Terry Larkin, owner and founder of Clear Impressions explains “The copier business is changing and is becoming more about technology and printing solutions than about equipment.  I wanted to join a full service technology company so I could continue to offer my customers more solutions.  Saratoga Technologies was the obvious choice with all that they offer and they have a great team of people that I will be a part of."

Saratoga Technologies is now an authorized dealer and repair center for HPSharp and Xerox.

The transition will be completed by the 21st of January, 2011. Clear Impressions will move to, and operate out of, Saratoga Technologies’ office located at 101 Med Tech Parkway, Suite 307, Johnson City, TN 37604. The entire staff of Clear Impressions will be joining Saratoga's team.  Saratoga will fully support the clients of Clear Impressions as well as the Kingsport, TN market.

“Clear Impressions is a solid company and Terry and team have built a reputable copier business over the last 29 years”, said David Temple, president of Saratoga. “They will be a natural fit and a welcomed addition to our printer and copier business division.”

About Clear Impressions:
Founded in 1982, Clear Impressions served Kingsport, TN and surrounding areas as a quality copier sales, service and repair company.

About Saratoga Technologies:
Saratoga Technologies is a technology solutions company that offers products, software, services and solutions in the information technology industry and is focused on enabling their customers to benefit from technology. Having offices in Johnson City, Knoxville and Pigeon Forge, TN as well as Abingdon, VA, Saratoga specializes in managed computer networking services, server support and repair, laptop repair, disaster recovery, computer repair, network security, printer and copier repair, print management, telephone systems, voice over IP (VoIP), structured cabling services, phone bill auditing, video conferencing, computer consulting services, accounting software such as Microsoft Dynamics GP, Sage MAS 90 / 200 and Intuit QuickBooks (ProAdvisor), Microsoft Dynamics CRM, document imaging and management, digital dictation, web design, email hosting, web hosting, spam filtering, search engine marketing, search engine optimization, internet online backup, hosted exchange, satellite internet, application development, database programming and other technical services.

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