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Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 -Mason County Journal- Page A-21 th i / :  / Timothy McClatchey is co-owner of the Mason County firm LinkTech Engineering. Journal photo by Lloyd Mullen Family brings, tech to the table By LLOYD MULLEN Iloyd@masoncoun com Timothy McClatchey, was given his first Comput- er almost 20 years ago. The co-owner of LinkTech Engineering remem- bers the experience as eye-opening. "I was a little 10-year-old boy and was probably the only one in a 5-mile radius with a computer," he said. That was when he started working on soiware development. "It changed the way I looked at life. That's where my life has been ever since," he said. Timothy's father, Leon, gave him the computer. Four years ago, the father and son teamed up to create LinkTech. McClatchey's wife, mother and sis- ter are also involved in the family business. "A lot was going on," McClatchey said. "I was 25, my dad just turned 60. We were getting older. I got together with my wife. I was growing up, trying to be more mature and all of that fun stuff." Timothy said his businesses provide IT consult- ing services. "Ideally, we just want to be able to make a posi- tive impact on the world," he said. "Technology isn't going away. A lot of people have a concern about where it's going, the want to make sure we can guide it in the right direction." The direction McClatchey said he wants to head in, is one of ease. "Making it work first of all, of course. We have some plans to improve upon things, making it eas- ier to access, more avail- ability," he said. "Better software, easier access to the web. Everything we build and develop follows the strict standards that are laid out for it." McClatchey and his fa- ther handle the engineer- ing and technical aspects while the rest of his family promotes the business. "It's very much a family business," he said. Working with his family hasn't put any strain on their relationship, he said. 'TCe've been exploring tech together," he said. "The advancements of computer tech. It's helped our bond grow. It's given us that unified dream. The culminating of that idea .between us." The McClatcheys mainly focus on Windows and Linux operating systems, but have worked on Ma- cintosh in the past. Most of their work involves net- work administration and integrating work stations "Ideally, we just want to make a positive impact on the world." Timothy McClatchey, Link Tech Engineering with servers. The company is working on a side project, Neu- ron, a customer relations management (CRM) software. "It's easier to use than anything else really out there," he said. "It really won't be as expensive as all of the other ones out there. It's fully customiz- able." Typically, Mc- Clatchey said, CRM software can be customized, but is very difficult to understand. With Neuron, he said, it's a walk in the park. "We're modeling this based on software that companies have asked me to develop. Based on the feedback I receive, it helps me to determine what I'm going to put in it and I work off of that," he said. The biggest challenge McClatchey said he faces is getting the word out about his business. "The best part for me is running the business," he said. "It's what I want to do. It's that dream that me and my dad have. It's exciting." For more information on LinkTech Engineering, go to linktechengineering.net. BUSINESS BRIEFS North Chamber hosts small business meeting The North Mason County Chamber of Commerce hosted its monthly lun- cheon, Feb. 26, at the Theler Commu- nity Center & Wetland Trails. Calvin W. Goings, the regional admin- istrator for the U.S. Small Business Ad- ministration (SBA) spoke at the event. The focus of the SBA is to help small business start, grow and succeed. Goings spoke about national initia- tives that have direct local effect. Before joining the Obama Adminis- tration, Goings worked with the Wash- ington Credit Union League. For more information about the North Mason County Chamber, go to northmasonchamber.com. Shelton Chamber hosts 'State of the Community' The Shelton Chamber of Commerce will have its annual "State of the Com- munity" luncheon at the Colonial House at 222 W. Pine St., from noon to 1 p.m. today. Each year the chamber invites repre- sentatives from Mason County, the City of Shelton and the Port of Shelton to make presentations on relevant issues, chal- lenges and successes from the past year. Lunch will be catered by The Strip Steakhouse. For more information, go to shelton- chamber.org, or call 426-2021. Compiled by reporter Lloyd Mullen