Business

Ribbon Cutting for Yellowstone Computing

September 9, 2020

Last Thursday, September 3, Thorp’s Yellowstone Computing held a Grand Opening and Ribbon-cutting at their new location at 219 N Washington Street in downtown Thorp. Owner Joe Smoczyk actually began his computer apprenticeship at that very location at Scott’s Computing.

At the ribbon-cutting, Joe explained that it all began as a side job when people needed minor repairs or software help. Joe worked in the computer business at Scott’s Computing at the very same Washington Street location for six years before marrying his wife Tiffany in 2010 when the two of them began working for their own company, DeepCore5 Consulting. In 2014, Joe and Tiffany went full-bore, full-time and created Yellowstone Computing.  

Joe first had his office’s location in the basement of the home shared by Joes, his wife Tiffany and their two children. With a growing family and a need for easy accessibility, Joe discovered that the Wangs were selling or leasing the building that once housed their businesses. Joe entered into a long-term lease with the Wangs and, planning to purchase the property, began remodeling the space for his specific needs.

At Thursday’s ribbon-cutting, Clark County Economic Development Corporation (CCEDC) Executive Director Sheila Nyberg acted as emcee for the festivities, introducing the speakers and the Smoczyks.

Thorp Mayor Richard (Bubba) Wnek was the first to speak and welcomed the Smoczyk’s to their downtown location and expressed his pleasure at having Yellowstone so visible for Thorp and area residents. CCEDC’s Peter Kass acknowledged the impact of Yellowstone on the county and the privilege of having Yellowstone as part of an ever-expanding business base. Thorp Area Chamber of Commerce Vice-president Travis Rogers, Jr. spoke on behalf of the Chamber, seeing that Joe is current president of the Chamber, and mentioned Yellowstone’s irreplaceable impact on regional business and governments from Thorp to Gilman to Owen to Granton and all points between.

In Joe’s acknowledgment, he thanked all those who took part in helping with the renovation, including his and Tiffany’s parents and several Thorp businesses who brought the place back to life.

With the ribbon-cutting performed by the Smoczyks, and the speakers standing close by, the guests adjourned to the office interior where they were treated to snacks and beverages. Joe reinstituted Coffee and Cookies Thursday, an ongoing treat.

The office includes a reception area, meeting area, sales displays and workspaces. In addition, the site will include an office for Joe himself.

In a perfectly suited match, joining Joe and Yellowstone will be Derek Entrekin’s Edwin Marie Web Design. Derek describes Edwin Marie as “a boutique web design company that is both a veteran and female owned business. Our passion is for other small businesses that need help with their online presence to help achieve their maximum potential.”

Joe and Yellowstone Computing have become an indispensable part of the Clark and Taylor Counties community.

written by Travis Rogers of The Sentinel & Rural News.

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