JONESVILLE — Local businesses have a new resource in Colden Co., an information technology company located in Jonesville.
“We are here to help businesses with all their business technology needs,” said Jim Lapointe, founder and president of Colden Co.
Lapointe started Colden almost 20 years ago, in spring 2003.
“We have grown to the point that we now have offices in St. Augustine, Florida, one in upstate New York, and now our office in Michigan,” Lapointe said.
Colden Company came to Michigan when it merged with CJL Technology, located in Jonesville, in 2021.
The company offers a wide range of services for its customers.
“The types of services we offer are pretty broad,” Lapointe said. “We do everything from help desk support to supplying businesses with computers, servers, switches, firewalls, really anything.”
Colden Co., a Microsoft partner, is also certified to help businesses with data security. Lapointe said that is crucial in today’s world.
“We can help businesses protect themselves from the myriad of hackers and cyber threats that are out there. Unfortunately, there’s a lot of them,” he said.
Cecil Lasich is a senior engineer at the company and is the Michigan operations manager, running the Jonesville office. He was born and raised in Hillsdale and, after serving in the military, returned to the area and started his own IT career.
“In February 2021, I joined Colden Co. as their Michigan Operations Manager and brought my already established customer base from my own business,” Lasich said.
Lasich said that Colden Co. can either supplement a business’ existing IT staff or completely manage its IT needs.
“Everybody’s needs are different,” he said. “We have a pro-active focus with our customers, much the same way as an internal IT manager. We help them determine their needs and appropriate budget on an ongoing basis.”
For three years in a row, Colden Company has been selected as one of the best-of-the-best by ChannelFutures. The competition is held globally for Managed Service Providers, also known as IT companies.
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“We’ve been rated as one of the globally top-managed service providers in the world for several years running now,” Lasich said. “We are up against companies that are a lot bigger than us and we’re pretty proud of the fact that we got that award.”
Lasich and Lapointe both emphasized the company’s emphasis on helping smaller businesses with all their technology needs.
“We’re not looking to be the biggest company on the block, but we feel like we’ve got great solutions for that small to midsize market,” Lapointe said. “We have specific skills that they want to take advantage of and that is what we’re focused on.”
— Elyse Apel is a correspondent for The Hillsdale Daily News. She can be reached by email at [email protected].