This article has been updated. An earlier version misstated the number of employees that Tech Help has.
One local IT support company acquired another recently when Tech Help acquired Ovation Technical Services.
Ovation Technical Services worked with small and medium-sized businesses on issues ranging from network and server monitoring to maintenance and support. Those are basically the same services that Tech Help provides, said Brooke McClary, marketing manager for Big Fresh. Tech Help is the IT division of Big Fresh, which is a website design and development company.
“It was really obvious that the goals of Ovation aligned with ours,” McClary said. “The owner, Mark (Knittel), he’s a really great guy. We had a good report with him so it was an easy decision.”
Ovation started in 2006 and had clients in Whatcom and Skagit counties. Ovation’s four employees will be moving into Big Fresh’s offices at 2211 Rimland Drive, in the Barkley neighborhood.
Tech Help now has 10 employees and clients in Whatcom, Skagit and Island counties. The combined tech teams will work together to serve the companies clients, McClary said.
“The combined company will significantly expand the services and skills available for both sets of clients, and I am sure that the acquisition will be beneficial for them and our employees,” Knittel said in a news release.
Big Fresh is owned by NVNTD (pronounced “invented”), which was founded by Doug DeVries and Mark Lee, founders and co-owner of Tech Help, along with local real estate developers Troy Muljat and Ben Kinney.
Tech Help started in 2000 and joined Big Fresh in 2002.