The Utility Company™ Announces Leading Office Equipment Dealer R.K. Black Inc. as Utility Service Provider Franchise in the Mid-Western United States

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The Utility Company, a global managed service franchise that provides information technology (IT) as a utility to small and medium-sized businesses (SMB), today announced a cornerstone organization for its market-defining Beyond Managed Services™ franchise program. R.K. Black Inc., is a 52 year old, 90-employee independent office equipment dealer headquartered in Oklahoma City, with offices in Kansas City and St. Louis.

The Utility Company, a global managed service franchise that provides information technology (IT) as a utility to small and medium-sized businesses (SMB), today announced a cornerstone organization for its market-defining Beyond Managed Services™ franchise program. R.K. Black Inc., is a 52 year old, 90-employee independent office equipment dealer headquartered in Oklahoma City, with offices in Kansas City and St. Louis.

The Utility Company was founded to address the two major problems plaguing businesses today:

  • Over-spending - the fact that the average business spends $360 per user per month on technology for an industry total of $400 billion annually.
  • Under-utilization - unfortunately only 15% of this investment in technology is actually utilized.

Today, the convergence of technology including network/desktop, business applications, Web/Internet, copier/printer and telecommunications provides businesses with an increasing desire to consolidate (or converge) their suppliers, as well.

Beyond Managed Services allows the IT and vertical channels, such as office equipment dealers and telecom resellers, to painlessly add recurring technology service revenues to their existing business. Through our Utility Business System we have created a turnkey model for SMB service organizations and professionals to deliver managed IT services to businesses primarily ranging from 5 to 100 employees.

To expand their service business, visionary office equipment dealers like R.K. Black are seeing the need to manage the entire customer infrastructure to provide more value to their customers as their customers are becoming increasingly more reliant on technology. In fact, with the majority of today's copier and printers now being networked, the dealers are already being asked to become the trusted single-source technology provider.

"R.K. Black is one of the top service organizations I've seen - the quality of their leadership, depth of personnel and attention to customer service is unparalleled and clearly the reason for their success," stated Mark Scott, President of The Utility Company. "Having them as one of our flagship Utility Service Providers takes our franchise system to a new level. The combination of their expertise with our services provides businesses in the Mid-West with one source for technology."

"Office equipment dealers, like us, are now faced with the challenge of diversifying our business to remain competitive in the marketplace and address the convergence of technology," stated Chris Black, President of R.K. Black Inc.

"Our partnership with The Utility Company allows us to expand our portfolio of services into other areas of technology and provide our customers a complete solution at a fixed fee per month.

"Adding the Utility Service Center remote monitoring and management services and the 1-866-My-Utility Live helpdesk will also allow us to automate a lot of our current office equipment support contracts and proactively uncover what are network issues versus copier/printer issues before we dispatch a technician," stated Cynthia Black, Vice President.

An upcoming Webinar entitled "How to Address Technology Over-spending and Under-utilization" will be held on Tuesday, June 26, 2007 at 8:30 am (CST). For more information on this or to learn more about our Connected Office services in the Mid-Western U.S. please contact Greg Fetters at 913.568.2799.

About The Utility Company™
The Utility Company is a global managed service franchise that provides information technology as a utility to small and medium-sized businesses, delivering the required hardware, software and service for a monthly fee per user. Our Connected Office™ technology service program empowers people to operate, communicate and manage their business more effectively to increase productivity, performance and ultimately profit. Our customers are supported by the Utility Service Network delivering on-site service and business-technology consulting across North America - technology sales, professionals and service organizations can review the Beyond Managed Services™ franchise opportunity on our website. Learn how to make technology work for your business today at http://www.theutilitycompany.com

For more information contact:
Aaron Bradley
Marketing Manager
1-866-My-Utility ext.7675
abradley @ theutilitycompany.com

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