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Chad Springman, owner of Blue Sun Enterprises, works at his desk. His company specializes in computer and smartphone repair.
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“The color blue is associated with both wisdom and relaxation, and the sun is the source of knowledge,” explains Chad Springman, when asked about the significance of his business’ name. “The combination is a relaxed knowledge, knowledge being used for good.”
Blue Sun Enterprises, specializing in computer and cellphone repair and custom builds, may have moved to its Alton location just a few weeks ago (Sept. 1, to be exact), but Springman has been fascinated by technology for more than half his life.
“When I was 13, I took apart our home computer, and I couldn’t put it back together, and so my mom got mad,” he says, laughing. “I learned to put it back together so she couldn’t get mad anymore.”
Springman is no stranger to business management.
“At one point in time, I managed roughly 450 customer service representatives for Sykes (Enterprises),” he says.
He also has plenty of experience in computer repair through his previous employment at GreeneTech in Jerseyville as well as independent house calls since May.
Springman says freedom is the most rewarding part of running Blue Sun Enterprises.
“I’m able to give my customers what they want as quickly as possible without having to run it past someone else first,” he says.
His “future first employee,” Lamont Poole, stopped by in the course of the interview. Poole is preparing to start an electrician apprenticeship, and Springman believes that having someone with an electrical background will be a huge help for the success and expansion of his business.
Enthusiastic about the future of Blue Sun Enterprises, the young owner holds grand ambitions.
“Soon, we’re going to have a 3D printer and scanner combination so that anyone can bring in a part or design to be rendered in plastic,” he says. “A little further into the future, we’re going to get a Virtuix virtual reality platform combined with an Oculus virtual reality headset, which is at the leading edge of virtual reality.”
Springman says he hopes Blue Sun Enterprises eventually can fill a gap in Greater Alton, something he’s noticed “missing from the community” since childhood — there aren’t “a lot of places for geeks to hang out in Alton,” he says.
He also discussed plans to start a potential 3D arcade after expanding Blue Sun Enterprises into multiple locations.
Springman says the biggest challenge he faces maintaining his business is building an adequate customer base.
“Once people find us, they’re happy,” he says. “We’re professional, and our rates are sometimes half that of other computer repair businesses in the area.”
Tentative hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday, but Springman says he often is at the office and if the door says “open,” he is ready for business.
Blue Sun Enterprises is at 37 E. Delmar in Alton. For information, call (618) 433-8808, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website at www.bluesunenterprises.co.
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