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Clever Ducks New Office Wins Three Awards

  
  

Clever Ducks Building Wins Three Awards

Clever Ducks was honored with an award for the exterior improvements made to their building at 1313 Broad Street, San Luis Obispo during the Downtown Association Beautification Awards held at MO | TAV in downtown San Luis Obispo, CA, on March 8, 2013.  The annual ceremony was hosted by Deborah Cash and Landy Fike of the Downtown Association. The 7,200 sq.ft. of open space, which previously housed a furniture store, was renovated using green materials, also earning them the 2012 SLO Chamber of Commerce Green Award and recognition by SLO Green Build. The fa├žade was designed by Pierre Rademaker to harken back to the Mission Revival period,  giving it a fresh feel, while remaining consistent with the tone prevalent to downtown San Luis Obispo. Clever Ducks is proud to be a contributor to the enhancement of the beauty of downtown San Luis Obispo. The office has high speed fiber optic connectivity and was designed to support modern IT service delivery for small business.

There is still a 1000 sf suite available with a Pacific Street entrance and private parking. For further information go to http://www.andersoncommercialre.com/pdf/1301broad.pdf.

San Luis Obispo IT Services Company Expanding into New Location

  
  

Tech company moving into former A&R Furniture location in San Luis Obispo
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By Stacy Daniel | sdaniel@thetribunenews.com

Clever Ducks, an information technology services company in San Luis Obispo, is moving into the building that formerly housed A&R Furniture.
Clever Ducks employs 10 people. However, Clever Ducks Chief Operating Officer Amy Kardel said the company is expanding, and several new employees will be hired in the coming year. In anticipation of its growth, Clever Ducks purchased the A&R Furniture & Interiors building for $825,000.

Along with the expected increase to its staff, Kardel said there are several other reasons the company decided to move to its new location at 1301 Broad St.
Currently located at 1413 Monterey St., Clever Ducks operates out of a 3,700-square-foot space. The new space is 7,200 square feet.
Another reason for the move, Kardel said, is that the new location is more convenient for Clever Duck employees.
“We need a good location to roam, you know, get out of the office for a moment and get coffee or lunch, because we’re in front of our computers all day,” Kardel said.
Clever Ducks also wants to have a greener workplace.
The company is investing $325,000 to remodel and update the building. Many of the structure’s original features will be re-purposed and incorporated into the reconstruction plan. Energy efficient, green building materials will also be used. A barn that is currently located behind the building on Broad Street will be transported to a ranch in North County. The 2,400-square-foot space where the barn stands will be paved to make way for a parking lot. The building will also have a remodeled, 2,000-square-foot corner suite for lease.
“We’ve been looking at various locations for about two years and it was just a good business decision to buy now,” Kardel said. “Garden Street Terraces is just one block away. I think when that is done it’s really going to give this area a boost.”
Construction is expected to be completed sometime in March.

Read more here: http://www.sanluisobispo.com/2012/01/12/1904822/tech-company-moving-into-former.html#storylink=omni_popular#storylink=cpy

Music that helps provide the best IT services on the Central Coast!

  
  

Today is all about music. This is how we go about keeping the beat while keeping up IT services.  Our staff likes to listen to music in the lab while implementing computer systems for our clients. So what keeps us Ducks working so hard for IT perfection?  Ratatat. It is famous for their hip-hop feel, electro-rock, and of course the trippy, sliding guitar sounds that are unmistakable.

Here’s a link to a playlist:

http://www.pandora.com/#!/stations/play/705820443327892310

For more information and bands go to :

Ratatat http://www.ratatatmusic.com/ or  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ratatat

Beta to the Max http://betatothemax.com/

CoLD SToRAGE http://www.coldstorage.org.uk

Trash80 http://trash80.net/

Quack-a-doodle doo! San Luis Obispo Business Telecom Blue Rooster

  
  

Clever Ducks has worked for years with Jeff and Janice to provide our clients with first class telecom services. We love their comprehensive approach to customer service and fair pricing. We work with them to select the right data services to match our client's business computer network needs for internet and telephone services.  

And you can click here to see the fun we had when their mascot came to visit us. It was also pretty exciting for us that they picked a fun bird name for their new company: Blue Rooster Telecom. So, let us know if you want to take a closer look at your phone and internet bill and we'll get the team on it.

Who says IT geeks don't like exercise?

  
  

Clever Ducks is sending out two walking teams at lunch to celebrate Heart Health Month and wearing red raise awareness of heart health today. It is a beautiful day in San Luis Obispo at 70 degrees. Okay, we might talk about computer networking a bit, but we are out in the fresh air and getting that heart pumping! First team down to the mission plaza and back wins! We live in paradise, so get out and enjoy it!

What are you doing to get it pumping and keep it that way? And we'll be making a contribution to the American Heart Association to help further their efforts to raise awareness.

Awesomely Resolved.

  
  

I love it when one of our winery IT support clients here on the Central Coast emails to say one of our sys admins gets the Rave of the Day. They said their issue was "awesomely resolved". Now that is something to celebrate in addition good taste of wines from Arroyo Grande to Paso Robles Wine Country. And the Cheers to our competent, responsive team of techs that keep the computers running that make the wine!

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HP Computers for Small Business: Innovation in Microservers

  
  

Clever Ducks likes what HP is doing for IT services for small business. (The headlines with their CEO aren't great news for the company, but HP has always had great engineers and their products reflect that!)

As a company focused on meeting the needs of small business, we really see a need for their new smaller servers as a first server for organizations who have yet to take that first step in their IT infrastructure. Check out this interview with Clever Ducks co-founder Amy Kardel from the tradeshow to our industry, Comptia's breakaway to hear why we like it!

As an autorized HP reseller, we specialize in finding the right HP server - big or small to match our client's needs so that they have the right IT services and hardware for their business. We can do great pricing on deals where we are displacing other vendors or if there is a high volume, education or goverment client. Let us help you find the right fit in the HP server line for business.

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Hey, can you spare a click?

  
  

We need some serious clicks…and know you can click with the best of them!

We are finalists in a close race in the Comptia PitchIT video contest with our team video!

Could you take a minute to vote for Clever Ducks? Just click here and vote for Clever Ducks before August 3.  http://pitchit.comptia.org/AttendeeVideos.aspx

We will donate the $500 prize to EUS (Evangelical Student Union) a non-profit organization serving college students in Bosnia & Herzegovina through free English classes, libraries, seminars, and spiritual activities.  In their Sarajevo student center, EUS is currently creating a computer workspace for students.  Clever Ducks will donate 100% of the award money to EUS to help purchase computers and equipment to help students connect to the web and do homework. Most students there do not have their own PC. It is hard to believe that in Europe there are students with limited access to the Internet. We want to help. Thanks for your help!

 

Clever Ducks Hosts Mixer at the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art

  
  

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For those of you that weren't able to attend last night's mixer, you missed out!  About 300 San Luis locals were in attendance to learn about the museum's plans for a new building as well as their art program offerings.  Clever Ducks had a chance to mingle with other Central Coast businesses while enjoying a live jazz performance and catered food/drinks by Chow, Sweet Earth Chocolates, and Creekside Brewing.

Amy Kardel, owner of Clever Ducks says "It was one of those perfect SLO nights, warm with no fog and with lots of folks from our great community coming out to mingle. Thanks to everyone who came!"

Clever Ducks to Sponsor July Chamber Mixer at SLO Museum of Art

  
  

Clever Ducks is pleased to announce their sponsorship of the event, to be hosted at the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art on Wednesday, July 21 5:30pm-7:30pm.  Catering will be provided by Chow, Sweet Earth Chocolates, and Creekside Brewing.  There will be a live Jazz performance, wine spritzers and the chance to mingle with other local businesses.  The event is in celebration of the Museum's new name (they were formally known as the SLO Art Center), their plans for a new state-of-the-art building, and all the fun, educational art programs they offer.

Consider yourself a Clever Ducks guest and come mingle with us!

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