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Lexington, KY
Lexington, KY
Marcus Simpson
Technology Consulting Group America

I would give Lexington an A- in just about any area. It has low crime, lots of white-collar jobs, good cost of living, friendly people -- and, of course, the University of Kentucky is a big part of our city as well. The economy in the last year has been really bad, but Lexington's weathered it pretty well. Housing here dropped less than in the rest of the nation.

Lexington's not dependent on any one industry. It really has a lot of services-oriented industries. There is a large Toyota Camry plant in Georgetown, 15 minutes away, and the health care industry is big here. Even in a bad economy, people still need health care.

We decided to launch our own business because we saw the opportunity to work with small and medium-sized business. Large companies already had their own IT people and network engineers, and they could afford to hire a team to resolve network issues, but a small business owner didn't have the resources to hire IT specialists and pay them $70,000 a year.

The fit for us was to become a company that small businesses could outsource their IT to and pay less than they would to have a salaried person. Most of our clients are in health care, and we're very familiar with HIPPA and other industry requirements. We provide IT support, spam filtering, hosted services and managed services. We want to continue to grow the business and gain market share here. -Maya Payne Smart

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