JERSEY SHORE - Jason Clarke has been working on computers since he was a teenager and through the years has built up a client list of those in need of technical help and other related problems.
Now, he's hoping to take his business, Jason A. Clarke Computer Consulting & Web Design, to the next step and grow it.
Jason and his wife, Stacy, who serves as business manager, run it out of their 119 Calvert St. home.
The business offers virus removal, data recovery and backup, software and hardware diagnosis and repair, network designing, web design, and hosting.
"The biggest part of my business is site maintenance," he said.
Jason, a 2000 Jersey Shore High School graduate, believes computer owners too often are quick to toss away their machines when they encounter problems.
Most of the time, he said, a computer just needs some upgrading or maintenance.
"When people have trouble they immediately want to get a new one (computer)," he said. "Upgrades are affordable. I always tell people, 'don't give up on it.'"
Clarke said he he's had a good success rate with fixing computers and helping customers.
"I am in the business to save people money," he said.
Jason became interested in computers as a young teenager after his parents bought him his first one.
He began playing around with it and learning its workings.
By his sophomore year of high school, he was pretty set on what he wanted to do.
Soon, he was building a list of people who would become longtime customers.
"I love it," he said of his business. "I am up to my neck in computers. (But) I love learning the new technologies."
Clarke works with both individuals and businesses.
His list of clients include Stout's Pro Auto, Hollick's Coal Yard & Fuel Oil Service and Cindy's Smiling Sammy's.
He's up for big jobs too, he said.
Clarke completely upgraded the computer system for St. Joseph's School in Danville.
"I pretty much built them a network from scratch," he said.
He offers a remote support system, allowing customers to take advantage of online help.
Clarke spends a good deal of time making house calls for customers.
The business also provides pickup and drop-off services.
"It's always busy," his wife said of the business. "But it's a team effort."
Often, the two will go out together on calls to service computers.
Clarke, a Jersey Shore native, said there's no place he'd rather grow his business than in his hometown.
His business sponsored a billboard at the Jersey Shore Little League major field and a Hometown Heroes banner.
Next year, he hopes to support the community's annual Town Meeting celebration.
More information on the business is at www.jasonaclarke.com.
The business can also be found on Facebook.