Business Q&A with Computer Expert Zach Tomlin
Young entrepreneur Zach Tomlin said that he chose to venture into the business world because "there is no better way to learn than by actually doing."
Zach Tomlin grew up in Carroll County. He graduated from Westminster High School in 2003 and attended some community college classes. Then in his mid-20's, he opened Tomlin Technology in Westminster, saying "in my experience there is no better way to learn than by actually doing."
Tomlin attributes some of his success to having hardworking role models and to growing up in a family of small business owners. He said that starting a business in a small hometown like Carroll County has helped him network and get clients.
"I love it here and there was no doubt that I'd run my business here," Tomlin said.
When not knee-deep in computer repair work, Tomlin can be found spending time with his three children or volunteering with the Salvation Army. He said that technology is constantly changing and people need to stay educated in order to be safe and secure. Want to learn more about this small business entrepreneur? Read on.
Patch: Tell me a little about your business--how you got started and why you chose to operate in Carroll County.
Zach: Tomlin Technology provides computer repair, networking and consultation services. We work for all types of customers from college students, the elderly and busy professionals to mid sized companies with upwards of 50 end users.
I was raised in a family of business owners and it seemed like a natural part of growing up. I saw my grandfather and dad work hard everyday. They passed this trait onto me and it lead me to this point in my life.
Carroll County is my home. My dad grew up in Westminster and my mom's family (Kibler) have been very active in the community for a couple generations. I love it here and there was no doubt that I'd run my business here.
Patch: What are some challenges you face, both as a small business owner in Carroll County and also in your industry.
Zach: I haven't had many challenges beyond the typical late nights and tight budgets that come along with any start up. Doing business in the economy of the past few years has taught me a lot about staying lean and keeping overhead low. This helps you keep prices down for your customers.
Patch: So what is good about doing business here and what successes have you celebrated with your business?
Zach: Since Carroll County is my home I know tons of people here. This has helped me acquire tons of clients.
We have passed the second year milestone. We are continuously growing and have helped a lot of people. I'm very humbled by the success that Matt (recent partner) and I have achieved so far. It's more than I hoped for this early on.
Patch: What else do you want people to know about you as a member of the small business community, your business or your industry?
Zach: I feel like we are all in this together and that by helping each other it makes us all stronger. Small business is the cornerstone of the American economy and everyone should always shop local when they can.
Technology is always changing and it's important to educate yourself in order to stay safe and secure.
Want to learn more about Zach and Tomlin Technology? Visit www.tomlintech.com.