IT outsourcing company CMIT plans franchise expansion in Sacramento

Friday, November 30, 2012

Austin-based CMIT Solutions is targeting the Sacramento area for five franchises of its outsourced information technology services business in the next few years.

The company has added 17 new franchises across the country this year, bringing the company up to 137 locations, according to Sheri Vandermause, vice president of franchise development.

CMIT offers its clients outsourced computer management, storage, help desk and other services so the clients can fully outsource their IT needs.

Its clients tend to be businesses or offices with fewer than 200 employees who decide to outsource computer, networking and technology needs.

“We bring the technical resources of a big company to small companies.” Vandermause said. CMIT offers its clients redundant around the clock computer information backup.

Founded in 1997, CMIT originally was called Completely Managed IT, but it moved to the CMIT name a decade ago.

The company has established ties with — and its clients get deals from — Intuit Inc., Microsoft Corp. and Dell Inc.

CMIT requires a $50,000 franchise fee and the company likes to see its franchisees have about $80,000 in working capital.

The franchisees are not typically technicians or programmers, Vandermause said, adding that many have corporate experience with management and finance backgrounds.

Thor Severson runs an existing 9-year-old CMIT operation based in Carmichael, which is doing business in eastern Sacramento County, Reno and Irvine. It is one of the top three CMIT offices in the nation.

The new Sacramento region offices would be set up to target business in Roseville, Elk Grove, downtown Sacramento, Stockton or elsewhere in the Central Valley, Vandermause said.

The company also is trying to expand in Detroit, Las Vegas, Southern California and Washington, D.C.


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