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2015

Business Woman

of the Year

Amy Simpson

MicroAge Contributing in Business and the Community

by Joanne Culley

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or 12 years, Amy Simpson has been the owner and CEO of MicroAge Technology Solutions, which has been in the city for 32 years. She describes the company as a one-stop shop for business computing in Peterborough, offering clients everything from managed print solutions, servers, desktops and notebooks to fully redundant network infrastructures and ongoing support. Their offerings suit businesses of any size, from a small veterinary clinic to a large school board or government office. ?The speed at which technology is changing is phenomenal and it?s our job to keep on top of it,? says Simpson. ?It?s up to us to make recommendations to our clients about the best hardware and software for them. We are always current to ensure that our clients get best of breed solutions, while considering budget.? Simpson and her staff assess the needs of each business, make recommendations, implement, then proactively monitor, manage and maintain their IT infrastructure. This reduces failures, keeps security features updated and keeps systems running at optimal levels. ?We have been protecting our clients from breaches in security for many years,? she continues. ?We aim for prevention and because we can monitor our clients remotely, we can often tell before they do if there is a problem, and fix it before there are serious losses.? A solid back-up strategy is also now more critical as cybercrime focuses on small business. On-premise and Cloud-based storage is part of every recommendation. Simpson is embarking on an exciting new initiative as part owner in MicroAge Canada, which has 31 franchises across the country and is 100 percent Canadian. She attends director meetings regularly at the Montreal head office to assist with strategic decisions that affect the future of the company. Community involvement remains an important part of her life. She has been a member of the Rotary Club for ten years and is co-chair of the annual auction committee raising funds for Habitat for Humanity. For the past four years she has helped organize the Bear?s Lair competition where new businesses pitch their ideas to potential investors to create new jobs in the city. Simpson is a strong supporter of other women, and has been a member of the Women?s Business Network since she came to Peterborough. She served on the board for five years, was president in 2008. She was cochair for the WBN 50th Celebration which included a gala, education day and trade show. ?I would advise other women thinking of starting a business to take a chance, even if you don?t have all your ducks in a row,? she says. ?Surround yourself with a good team, and watch your vision grow.?

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