It had been a dream dormant since 1999. After receiving her Master’s Degree in Educational Technology (Human Resources Specification), Miss Amber Hawkins started her journey of obtaining a job in one capacity or another to become a computer trainer. Her knowledge of knowing IBM and Macintosh platforms bridged a connection to additional work experiences that included conference planning, volunteer management, program development, and drug prevention education. Unfortunately more than five unforeseen layoffs almost shattered the dream (or so she thought).
After another layoff in late Spring 2004, a friend suggested becoming a business owner. It had been a passing thought but nothing seriously taken. During that time, her friend talked about ASSETS Toledo, a non-profit organization that helped individuals learn what it took to become self-employed. About mid-August 2004, Amber Hawkins decided that everything else was tried, and that it was time to take that step of faith.
She received her Small Business Management Certificate in December 2004. Miss Hawkins was determined to begin the path of entrepreneurship. With $1,000 of her own money from unemployment checks invested, Your Computer Needs of Toledo, LLC was birthed January 1. 2005. Though a smaller than anticipated customer base exist, Your Computer Needs of Toledo. LLC informed many of its existence via word of mouth and flyers. Furthermore, networking events were heavily attended, as well as many business cards and brochures printed and distributed.