New computer business geared to student needs

By Bryan Malenius

A new business in DeKalb provides a full line of computer services to NIU students.

Jim Williamson, owner of The Computer Lab, 817 W. Lincoln Hwy., said his business has been growing since it opened two months ago. The Computer Lab offers not only inexpensive computer rentals, but quality laser printing and electronic Fax services as well, he said.

“Our core hours have us open until 10 p.m., but as the semester close draws nearer, I can stay open to accommodate,” Williamson said. “We’re here to serve the students.”

Williamson, a 1991 graduate of NIU’s technology department, said he has enjoyed owning his own business.

“I had a lawn care business when I was 13, which basically paid for my college education. Now owning my own computer lab, I just really like what I’m doing,” Williamson said.

Williamson said that while computer rental is the foremost thrust of his business, he can answer questions concerning “anything else that has to do with computers.” This includes training, consulting and advising, he said.

Williamson said his computers are all IBM compatible, but the store has Macintosh in the works. “We have a lot of room for expansion here.”

Top of the line hardware and software aren’t the only advantages to the Computer Lab’s services, he said.

“We offer a good value and a great location near campus. There’s plenty of parking space here in the University City Plaza,” he said. “We also do transparencies and even slides. I’ve had business majors come in to use those services for their presentations.”

Williamson said he thinks the lab will be a fantastic benefit to students.