Supplier in the Spotlight: Forbrich & Associates
Comprehensive technology support is the backbone of many organizations, providing a framework for employees to conduct business and protecting the business from an array of risks. LGBTBE Forbrich & Associates provides a variety of personalized services for business to operate comfortably, knowing that their technology needs are being met. We chat with founder Chris Forbrich about starting his business.
Forbrich & Associates in the Spotlight
- Name of business: Forbrich & Associates, LLC
- Name of founders: Chris Forbrich
- Date founded: 2006
- Date certified: 2016
- Location of business: San Antonio, Texas
- Number of employees: 3
1. What is Forbrich & Associates?
We are a full-service information technology firm offering network equipment, security, server and desktop support. For more than a decade, we have provided remote support to various industries, including government, energy, medical, legal and the small business community.
Our support team includes degreed computer professional with a wide range of experiences and are available to assist customers during regular business hours and after hours calls by appointment only.
2. What is unique about your business?
Our focus is on personalized service to each customer. Computers are now a part of almost every home and business.
Computers, they don’t always work as expected and that is frustrating to all of us. Our technicians understand and want to provide better service at a fair price to all our customers.
Our computer company was the first LGBT Certified business in San Antonio and has been working with other small businesses to share our experience and courage them to join the small, women and minority business community.
3. What were you doing before you founded your business?
Before I started my business, I was working as an IT Manager at a small Oil & Gas Company in South Texas. My business was originally a second job, fixing computers in people’s homes and small businesses in San Antonio.
I was working on my lunch breaks and after hours- picking up business from an ad with a local LGBT email bulletin and an ad in the Gay & Lesbian Yellow Pages.
I began to volunteer time with Stonewall Democrats of San Antonio and the Human Rights Campaign where many remember my work starting the first gay fraternity at the University of Texas at San Antonio.
After a few years, I decided to be in business full time and I have been there ever since.
4. What are your goals for your business?
We would like to continue to expand and provide more remote support to individuals and businesses throughout the country.
5. How has being a member of the LGBTQ community and an NGLCC certified LGBTBE impacted your business, if at all?
Even though we were the first business certified in San Antonio, we have had a hard time finding new business. Texas can be a difficult place for an openly LGBT owned business. NGLCC has been a great resource for us so far, and we are hopeful that other members of the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce and our affiliate chambers will call upon us for their computer needs.
6. What advice would you give to an LGBT person starting a business in your field?
I think that most people develop relationships with vendors through referrals and working through a chamber of commerce is a great way to get those referrals.
This blog post is part of a series celebrating National STEM/STEAM Day (November 8, 2017) by spotlighting LGBTBEs in the STEM field. Interested in having your LGBTBE in the spotlight? Email [email protected].