Spotlight On Business
Sagir Builds On Computer Experience, Starts SP Technologies
Sagir Patel, the owner of’ SP Technologies in Abbotsford, often recognizes a client is experiencing computer problems before they do.
“We get the message before they know,” he said, and problems have the potential to bring down an entire company.
Sagir, with his extensive IBM technical background, ensures computer issues are short-lived. With networks and servers, those who attempt to fix issues themselves can make matters worse, he said.
The father of two children, aged 13 and 8, established SP Technologies with the support of Community Futures South Fraser in 2013. His wife works in healthcare.
“As an IBM contractor, there was so much required travel and time away from family. I decided I wanted to start an IT company and make it big,” he said.
When he engaged with South Fraser Community Futures (CFSF), a world of business education, marketing and research opened up to him.
His biggest business challenge was building a people network, getting to know others, and building trust.
“I was encouraged to attend Chamber of Commerce meetings and before long it didn’t matter I didn’t have extended family support in Canada,” he said.
His client list now includes lawyers and big business specialists. After a year in business, he was nominated 2014 New Business of the Year at the Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards. Recently he was honored as the gold winner for computer repair and service for the Community Votes program.
Sagir is from a region near Mumbai in India. With his contacts there and the advantage of the time difference, he can connect with computer specialists there, access custom software and website design, and enjoy some price benefits.
“I enjoy the freedom of working for myself,” said Sagir, who went on to serve on the CFSF advisory panel which examines the feasibility of businesses proposed by an array of entrepreneurs.
Sagir’s business and residential services range from computer sales, repair, and upgrades to internet security and data privacy support through backup services based in Canada. He offers Microsoft product support, remote setups, data cabling and is a reseller for brands including Xerox, Brother, Lexmark, Lenovo, Dell, HP, and Acer.
And what does he do with the spare family time he has now? He enjoys building Lego and Hot Wheels track cities with his kids.