Local IT company offering support to small businesses

Friday, May 01, 2020

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BELLINGHAM – NP Information Systems (NPI), an information technology company based in the Pacific Northwest, is offering its support for little or no cost to help small businesses in Skagit County shift to remote work, NPI President Vince Preece said.

“We know it can be a struggle to get systems extended to work from home,” Preece said. “If you are a startup or small business, let us help you.”

Support services offered by NPI to small businesses during the COVID-19 crisis include setting up a VPN to access files remotely and safely and to help getting communications systems set up.

NPI has limited conference call bridge services it’s offering at no cost to small businesses in Skagit County with 25 or fewer employees on a first-come first-served basis

The service enables companies to conduct conference calls by providing a phone number and a PIN that everyone calls into.

“We have some excess capacity that we are willing to offer to businesses at no charge,” Preece said. “If there are companies out there struggling to communicate with their workforce, a bridge service is a great tool to accomplish that.”

The bridge service does not include video conference, though. Preece said today the most popular video conferencing services are Zoom and Microsoft Teams. He said one lesser known service that businesses on a budget should consider is Sangoma Meet, a new and free video conferencing service with no time limits.

The service is secure and feature-rich, he said, though there are plans to monetize it in the future.

“It’s free now, but just understand that it may not always be that way,” Preece said.

Preece said NPI, which has about 33 employees, is happy to help fellow local small businesses.

“We are all in this together,” he said. “You hate to see small businesses struggling. If we can help give us a call.”

Contact Preece at vince@npinfo.com to inquire about these services.

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