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About Johnny Forbes, Compu-Tune Up Founder and Owner

Forbes gained computer experience during four years service in the Air Force, in intelligence.  He moved to Charlottesville in 1998 and worked for BI, Inc., a home and electronic monitoring company.  In 1999, he launched Compu-Tune Up, with help from an important advisor and investor, Henry Weinschenk, owner of Express Car Wash.  Having paid off all his investors within the first year, Forbes has grown the business to a staff of six, primarily serving small businesses in a wide variety of fields in the Charlottesville area.  Forbes and one of his staff members are fluent in Spanish.  He donates IT services to Charlottesville’s Boys & Girls Club.  For more information on Compu-Tune Up, please visit www.computuneup.com.

Compu-Tune Up of Charlottesville Becomes First IT Company in Central Virginia to be Eligible for Federal Contracts

(Charlottesville, VA)  Compu-Tune Up is pleased to announce it has just received federal 8-(a) certification to provide information technology services under federal contracts.  In addition, Compu-Tune Up also has federal “SDB,” or Small Disadvantaged Business, status since the firm’s owner Johnny Forbes is a first generation American, the son of Hispanic immigrants. With both 8-(a) and SDB status, Compu-Tune Up is among a very small group of businesses with both designations.  Compu-Tune Up is the only IT company in Central Virginia with 8-(a) certification.

“This means our business will explode,” says Forbes, who expects to expand throughout the region and add employees in a wide variety of positions over the next year.  “A lot of credit for our certification belongs to Charlottesville’s Center for Innovative Technology office.  Without CIT’s Greg McMullin, I might not have realized that I qualified for 8-(a) certification.”  For federal contracting, Compu-Tune Up will now be listed specifically as an IT Service Provider and a Value-Added Reseller. 

“Johnny and his staff are good networkers and that is how this all got started,” says McMullin, who met Compu-Tune Up business development manager Richard Johnson at a local business event.  After some initial meetings, McMullin began advising Compu-Tune Up last November.  They did market research with big government contractors in the IT field and found that these companies needed 8-(a) contractors in order to fulfill federal contracting requirements. The CIT guided and advised Forbes regarding the paperwork he needed to submit and how to best present his company in his application.  “Their willingness to work with us and follow our instructions really led to their success,” adds McMullin.  Compu-Tune Up received notice it had been certified with 8-(a) status last week (3/28/05).

This week, Forbes will travel to Washington, D.C., to attend a Technology Exposition, where he will meet representatives from government agencies, including the Department of Defense, seeking contractors with 8-(a) certification.  “Compu-Tune Up offers experienced IT service, and as both a minority and veteran-owned business, we fill a critical category for them,” says Forbes.

In addition to federal certification, Compu-Tune Up qualifies for Virginia State contracts reserved for businesses with 250 or fewer employees and those owned by women and minorities, called SWAM contracts.  Virginia Governor Mark Warner has pushed to increase the number of contracts reserved for SWAM businesses, in an effort to bring Virginia closer to the average for SWAM contracting among other states.  Virginia is among those with the lowest SWAM contracting percentage.

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USDA Official

By Tribune Staff Reporter

Richard Johnson of Compu-Tune Up, Incorporated and David White, president of Exit 10 Advertising and another Charlottesville native along with Information Consultant, Sherman White, meet with USDA

official, Dana 'Danny' Covington, Thursday, October 16, 2007.

At the invitation of Covington, all three were given valuable insight into the procurement process of the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) and the opportunities therein for Minority-owned businesses for government contracts and minority set-asides.

Covington, a high level Bush appointee, and native of Vicksburg, Mississippi, is a seasoned Black bureaucrat assigned to the Department's RUD agency as a special consultant to an Undersecretary of the Department.

Like its sister agency, HUD, RUD's primary responsibility is to provide services for America's rural communities. Such services as electrification, intra-structure development and maintenance, internet and cable services, police cars, fire trucks and etc. are provided by RUD - Rural Urban Development agency.

During the visit, Richard Johnson, made Covington - a former Postal Commissioner and candidate from Mississippi for Congress - aware of the multitude of computer services his firm could provide in the most remote areas of the country in such areas as hardware procurement, systems integration, IT maintenance and training.

David White, a seasoned advertising executive and president of his own agency, Exit 10 advertising, described the communication products that would benefit such agencies as Homeland Security, the Department of Agriculture, and a host of other government agencies that are mandated to utilize Minority-owned firms in the completion of their missions.

Over the meeting's duration, Covington identified key contacts in the Department of Agriculture and other government agencies he thought would benefit from the services and products offered by both White and Johnson.

Undoubtedly, both Compu-Tune Up and Exit 10 will be busy in the weeks and months to come pursuing the many sales leads provided by Covington.

CHARLOTTESVILLE FIRM COMPU-TUNE UP LANDS CONTRACT

WITH ASHBURY INTERNATIONAL GROUP

(Charlottesville, VA)  Compu-Tune Up of Charlottesville, Virginia, has secured a three year contract with Ashbury International Group to provide comprehensive IT service, including purchasing, networking, service and training.  Compu-Tune Up provides turn-key IT support to Ashbury International, a Charlottesville based defense contractor.  Ashbury International is an equipment systems integration specialist with a business emphasis in the intelligence, homeland security, infantry and special operations communities.

Morris Peterson, President and CEO of Ashbury International, chose Compu-Tune Up for Ashbury’s IT needs because he says, “our internationally mobile small business, depends on reliable, high performance IT, and we need an IT support firm we can absolutely rely on, without question.  We have been extremely satisfied with the way Compu-Tune Up seamlessly maintains and upgrades our IT system, responds to situations 24/7 and equips us to do our business with unparalleled IT support.”

Ashbury International Group Inc. a small minority owned business is a Prime Contractor for the US Army, US Navy, US Marine Corps, US Special Operations Command (US SOCOM) and the US Army Special Operations Command (USASOC) and numerous other federal agencies.  The company provides advanced integrated equipment systems to American warfighters in support of the global war on terrorism and national security.

Ashbury's has three business units that include Tactical Systems Integration, Training and Security.  The firm works with its global partners to provide total systems solutions for the US Armed Forces in various areas of technology to include lasers, thermal imagers, night vision, optics for reconnaissance, surveillance and target acquisition.

Johnny Forbes, President of Compu-Tune Up, is developing his business around its core strength: providing comprehensive IT service, particularly preventive maintenance, for individuals and businesses.  “We cater to businesses that do not need their own IT departments or full-time staff but rely on high performance from their IT and require regular maintenance, farsighted purchasing, networking, and training.”   

Compu-Tune Up was founded in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 1999, and specializes in providing a full range of IT services and equipment to small businesses.  The company’s clients include medical and dental practices, real estate firms and a wide array of other small businesses.  In 2006, Compu-Tune Up received federal 8-(a) certification to provide information technology services under federal contracts.  In addition, Compu-Tune Up also has federal “SDB,” or Small Disadvantaged Business, status since the firm’s owner Johnny Forbes is a first generation American, the son of Hispanic immigrants. Compu-Tune Up is among a very small group of businesses with both designations, and is the only IT company in Central Virginia with 8-(a) certification.  Compu-Tune Up also qualifies for Virginia State contracts reserved for businesses with 250 or fewer employees and those owned by women and minorities, called SWAM contracts.  

Compu-Tune Up was founded in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 1999, and specializes in providing full IT service and equipment to small businesses.  The company’s clients include medical and dental practices, real estate firms and a wide range of other small businesses. 

Last year, Compu-Tune Up received federal 8-(a) certification to provide information technology services under federal contracts.  In addition, Compu-Tune Up also has federal “SDB,” or Small Disadvantaged Business, status since the firm’s owner Johnny Forbes is a first generation American, the son of Hispanic immigrants. Compu-Tune Up is among a very small group of businesses with both designations, and is the only IT company in Central Virginia with 8-(a) certification.  Compu-Tune Up also qualifies for Virginia State contracts reserved for businesses with 250 or fewer employees and those owned by women and minorities, called SWAM contracts.   

 
     
 

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