Susan Labandibar is the founder and CEO of Tech Networks of Boston, a single source for computer networks and web technologies for Boston-area businesses. The firm is one of the first established IT service companies in the country to incorporate IT energy use reduction into all of its offerings.
National Recognition for Tech Networks of Boston: MSPmentor.com named Tech Networks as one of the 250 Most Influential IT Service Providers in 2008. The firm is also ranked 27th on Business Week’s list of 100 fastest-growing urban businesses. Local awards include the Green Business Award from the City of Boston and the Mass High Tech TechCitizenship Award.
Volunteerism and Philanthropy: Susan serves as President of the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Boston, an 18-year old non-profit organization of business leaders committed to changing the way the world does business. She also serves on the board of Inner City Entrepreneurs, a national organization focused on job-creation in low-income urban areas. Susan is a member of the City of Boston’s Community Advisory Committee on Climate Action.
Environmental Activism: Tech Networks of Boston’s new Hutan program enables non-profits and social businesses to help stop rain forest destruction in Indonesia by donating 20% of new managed service contract revenues to Orangutan Foundation International (OFI.) Susan is working with OFI founder and primatologist Dr. Birute Galdikas, who has studied and protected a population of 6,000 wild orangutans and their habitat for 38 years.
In the spring of 1994, few people would have imagined that Susan Labandibar was about to launch a successful computer business. She had just returned to the US after a year of biking through Europe, living in an eco-village, and marching through France on an anti-nuclear protest.
Tired of feeling at odds with society, she wanted to focus her attention on building a build a strong business that exemplified her core values: Honesty, industry, compassion for others, and concern for the environment. Thus, Tech Networks was born from an idea and a few thousand dollars in savings. This home-based business met the demand in the college market for an affordable personal computer delivered to the student’s home with free installation and setup.
Within 18 months, she and two employees opened a retail store located in a Federally-designated Economic Enterprise Zone in South Boston, Massachusetts. The store offered new and used computers, as well as computer classes and computer repair. In 1998, the company began to help small businesses install broadband Internet connections, centralize information storage, and safeguard their data.
Today, Tech Networks of Boston is a Microsoft Gold Certified partner with 25 employees. The firm is a primary IT service provider to over 100 Boston-area businesses of all sizes. The retail store still serves the computer needs of smaller companies and individual consumers with PC repairs and sales of new computers, including the award-winning Earth-PC.
Tech Networks’ community vision is to make Boston a more sustainable place to live and work. Philanthropic efforts include donations of 1% of gross revenues, pro-bono IT services, and unique sponsorship initiatives, such as the Sustainable Business Leaders Program, Boston Charity Events, and the Hutan Program for saving rain forest habitat in Borneo.