Dylan Solberg has found a permanent home to grow his computer repair business.
Solberg, 26, moved on March 25 his Billings Tech Guys into an available 2,000 square-foot showroom at 2341 Broadwater Ave. The space had at various times been home to an auto-body shop, fitness gym and a title-loan office.
It’s the first brick-and-mortar home for the Scobey native, who had run the business as mobile for the past 16 months. The move allows Solberg to expand beyond his core service business and boost retail sales, he said.
“A lot of customers want to see and touch TVs before they buy,” Solberg said last week.
Billings Tech Guys started in computer repair and virus removal and has since advanced to installation of security cameras, smart home equipment, home theaters and business networking. The business has three full-time employees.
Solberg studied computer science at Montana State University Billings and graduated from the University of Montana in 2014 with a master's degree in business.
Less than a month in, Billings Tech Guys operates in a mostly vacant show room near the busy 24th Street West corner. A few big-screen TVs play in the background, and cameras and laptop computers are also on display.
Solberg said he plans to boost inventory in the coming months.
He added that he is launching a new service: a virtual reality, 360-degree tour of homes to help them sell. His target customers are real estate agents listing homes and home owners preparing to sell.
Billings Tech Guys will set up the camera and record all the images, then provide a web address for the virtual tour, he said. After testing in Billings, Solberg said he hopes to expand the service elsewhere in Montana, including Bozeman, Red Lodge and Missoula.
Billings Tech Guys is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
Housing board rating lifted
The credit rating for the Montana Board of Housing recently got a shot in the arm, which the agency says will boost its low-interest mortgage lending, state officials said.
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Moody’s Investors Service recently upgraded the Board of Housing’s rating to A1, the highest level, from A2, according to the Montana Department of Commerce.
The upgrade came as a result of improved quality control measures that lowered risks to investors, Pam Haxby-Cote, director of the Montana Department of Commerce, said in a news release.
Commerce officials added that the upgrade makes the Board of Housing more credible, which, in turn, gives investors more access to lower cost bonds. Those rates are then passed on to Montana borrowers.
Morrison-Maierle adds coordinator
Morrison-Maierle announced last week it has hired longtime Billings Clinic employee Faith Voges as new project coordinator in its Billings office.
The engineering firm said Voges will handle day-to-day operations and requests for proposals.
Voges is a University of Wyoming graduate who worked at Billings Clinic for 29 years.
Morrison-Maierle has 300 employees at 12 offices nationwide. The firm has six offices in Montana, four in Wyoming and one each in Arizona and Washington.
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