Entrepreneur of the Year

Entrepreneur of the Year

DANBURY, CONN. — Jim Kennedy, founder and chief executive officer of The Network Support Company in Danbury, will receive the 2013 Macricostas Entrepreneur of the Year Award from Western Connecticut State University at a luncheon at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 10, at the Amber Room Colonnade, 1 Stacey Road in Danbury.

Kennedy, whose pioneering business ventures in computer and information technology services span more than three decades, will be recognized for his entrepreneurial achievements as recipient of the annual WCSU award sponsored by the foundation of Brookfield industrialist and philanthropist Constantine “Deno” Macricostas and his wife Marie. Reservations for the luncheon at a fee of $50 per person may be made by calling the Office of Institutional Advancement at (203) 837-8279 or online at www.wcsu.edu/ia/entrepreneur.

“It certainly is an honor to know that others whom I respect believe I have done something worth celebrating,” Kennedy said. “However, I know that everything I do is enabled by others, so I understand this is a group accomplishment.”

Founded in 1996, The Network Support Company provides a broad range of customized service packages targeted for the specific needs of small and mid-sized businesses, including IT design, upgrade and management; cloud services; managed backup and disaster recovery services; security and firewall protection; technical engineering support; cabling; and Web development. From its Danbury headquarters and branch offices in Norwalk (Conn.), Allentown (Pa.) and Melbourne (Fla.), the company serves clients in Connecticut, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Florida and 12 other states.

The company’s objective is to provide superior quality in managed IT services and technical expertise for businesses of 10 to 2,000 employees comparable to that provided by the IT departments of major corporations. Its customized packages meet IT requirements for a wide breadth of sectors including manufacturing, financial services, legal services, municipal governments and nonprofit organizations.

The Network Support Company makes a substantial investment in technical training, cutting-edge technology and highly disciplined, process-driven operations with the goal of offering the best quality of IT services and solutions to its clients. The company has received numerous awards for technical and workplace excellence. Recent recognitions have included citations by MSP Mentor as one of the Top 100 Managed Service Providers in North America in 2012, and by Hearst Newspapers as one of the Top 10 Places to Work in Southern Connecticut in 2013.

Kennedy observed The Network Support Company has become the fastest-growing company in its market area over the past 17 years. “I am very proud of the fact that our engineers hold more than 100 certifications, and more than two-thirds of these have been achieved while they have been employed at TNSC. Our employee turnover has remained very low at less than 2 percent. We are a trusted adviser to all our clients, and a large number have been with us for many years.”

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