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College programs hope to spark new businesses

Friday, May 08, 2009   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Matthew Montoya
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Matthew Daneman
Staff writer

With years of education and experience under their belts, David I. Lewis and Teheran K. Simmons know information technology backwards and forwards.

What the two don't know as much about is to how to turn that expertise into signed contracts with their Henrietta-based virtual training and education startup company TecqueLabs.

"We think of how to solve problems, not necessarily how to translate that into dollars," said Lewis, the company co-founder and CEO. "We still talk too technically."

But the company — which is targeting small and midsized businesses for its IT consulting work — is in the midst of signing one customer and meets later this week with a prospect.

Lewis and Simmons are among a growing crowd of area entrepreneurs getting classroom help for their business aspirations. TecqueLabs was among more than a dozen young or starting-out businesses on display Monday at Monroe Community College's Brighton campus as part of the school's new Emerging Entrepreneurs Scholarship Program. Read more here.

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