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Metropolitan Archives Hosts Presidential Visit

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The President Comes Calling
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Left to right: Doug Peters, Joe Incarnato and yes...
that's President Barack Obama!

The business of managing records and information isn't often given the limelight. That certainly wasn't the case on October 21st. This is the day that ASI customers Joe Incarnato and Doug Peters, co-owners of Metropolitan Archives in Landover, Maryland had the honor of hosting President Obama at their facility. The purpose? The President announced a package of initiatives designed to increase credit opportunities to small businesses. As a recent recipient of a small business loan to expand its business, Metropolitan Archives became the chosen site for the announcement, beating out nearly 40 other businesses in the Washington, D.C. area for the honor.

To the best of my knowledge, President Obama's presence at Metropolitan Archives is the first visit of its kind for the industry. For more details on how the Presidential visit came to be, check out the article below. I also invite you to join me in extending a heartfelt congratulations and "kudos!" to Joe, Doug and the entire Metropolitan Archives Team.

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Metropolitan Archives Hosts Presidential Visit

Metropolitan Archives co-owner Joe Incarnato introducing President Obama.
Left to right: Metropolitan Archives co-owner Doug Peters, Secretary of Treasury Tim Geithner and SBA Administrator Karen Mills.

It was a typical Friday afternoon when Metropolitan Archives owner Joe Incarnato received the call. It was a representative from the Small Business Administration calling with a few questions. Initially, Joe thought it might be related to their loan application, that is, until the representative mentioned there was a good chance they might have an important visitor soon.

“An important visitor?” said Joe. “Who? Is President Obama coming to see us?”

In actuality, Metropolitan Archives had been put on a list with 40 other small businesses, one of which would be the site for President Obama to announce initiatives to increase credit to small businesses. You see, the family-owned small business recently expanded with an SBA loan. Business is going so well that they’re already hoping to expand again, but they need another loan to make it happen. 

Following that initial call, Joe says “things moved pretty quickly the next few days.” On Saturday, November 17 th a team arrived for an onsite visit with Joe and co-owner Doug Peters and the decision was made that the records center would work well as the site of the President’s speech. On Sunday, Joe met with the Secret Service. Monday, an advance team arrived and began construction of the stage, erected lighting, and installed a secure DSL line. It was also on Monday at around 2:00pm that this surreal situation became even more extraordinary to Joe when he was asked if he’d be willing to make a few opening remarks and introduce the President. On Tuesday, nearly 100 people were busily completing the setup and testing the lighting and teleprompter. By 7:45am on Wednesday, November 21st, Metropolitan Archives was abuzz with activity. The Secret Service had arrived with dogs in tow to conduct a bomb sweep of the facility and area. Snipers took their positions on the roof, while a helicopter hovered overhead. “We knew the President was within a few minutes of arriving when the Secret Service agents started talking into their shirt sleeves,” said Joe. “It was just like you see in a movie.”

Joe started Metropolitan Archives five years ago and Doug joined soon thereafter. Like many small business owners, the two friends have known each other for many years, since middle school as a matter of fact. They wrestled together on the high school varsity team, attended the University of Maryland and joined the same fraternity. Together they have taken the company from an empty warehouse to occupying approximately 100,000 square feet with over 175 customers in the Washington Metropolitan Area.

Joe attributes part of their success to their decision to run their records center with ASI software solutions. “ASI is so helpful and their software has been such a big part of our success. We receive immediate assistance and feedback when we need it. This allows us to go back to our customers with answers quickly – which is huge.”

Joe and Doug are looking forward to continuing to build their business and see the President’s announcement to stand behind small business as critical – not only to the success of Metropolitan Archives, but for the many other small business owners who help create new jobs and revenue. Did Joe and Doug receive any indication from the President that they’ll be getting that second SBA loan? “Not exactly, but we’ve got a good feeling about it,” says Joe.

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If you have yet to contact ASI to upgrade your existing VCK software, time is running out for you to save. If you commit to upgrade to VCK-SQL by December 31st, you will receive 100% of your existing VCK software investment as a credit toward your upgrade.

The benefits of upgrading are many. Here is a handful of key enhancements offered by VCK-SQL vs. VCK:

  1. Data Entry has been improved. The Grid View in Data Entry has been removed and replaced with an “import from Excel” tool. For users wishing to enter one box at a time, Item View still exists, however, larger groups of boxes are entered into a formatted Excel file and imported to VCK-SQL.
  2. Additional security has been added to the Warehouse/Manual Scanning tab. This allows an administrator to give a user access to download a scanner, but not to manually scan boxes and files.
  3. Global Field Replace has been improved to more quickly change large numbers of selected records.
  4. When conducting a query using Just Ask!, search results can be unlimited. Previously, search results were limited

VCK-SQL will ship with step-by-step instructions and conversion tools which will enable you to perform your own conversion. If you wish ASI to perform the conversion for you, we are happy to provide you with a quote. Our intention is to provide you with the tools necessary to work on the migration at your own pace on a schedule that works for your business schedule.

For more information on how you can initiate your VCK-SQL upgrade, contact an ASI Sales Representative via email or call 1- 800-807-2093 (within North America) or 440-546-9771 (outside North America. And remember if you act today, you receive a 100% credit toward your VCK-SQL upgrade.

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ASI Participates in Shred Industry Forum

Shredding company business owners and sales staff converged in Orlando, Florida October 27th and 28th for an in-depth discussion of topics designed to help businesses identify and expose growth opportunities. Led by Ray Barry and Nick Wildrick of Total Training Services, the 2-day meeting included topics like "The HIPAA Changes and How to Use Them in a Sales Situation" for the sales attendees and "Measuring Success: How Smart Numbers can Improve Company Performance" for the owner attendees. ASI was proud to be an event sponsor and also hosted a demonstration of its Veri-Shred software for attendees.

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ASI Hosts Windows 7 Launch Party

On October 22nd, ASI began a new chapter in its emphasis on reliable software development with the launch of Microsoft Windows 7. Kevin Baird, Microsoft MVP and ASI developer hosted a launch party at ASI's offices in Cleveland, Ohio. Microsoft "goody" bags were distributed. ASI (a Microsoft Partner) has had Windows 7 for a couple months now and Quality Control Manager Richard Warren verified that so far ASI's desktop applications are running successfully on the new operating system. ASI continues to evaluate the effectiveness of the expanded benefits in the new Operating System.

As you consider your organization's upgrade to Windows 7, be sure to work closely with your ASI Support Team and any other software vendors. They can provide assistance and help evaluate and anticipate the benefits and potential impact (positive and otherwise) as you tackle the upgrade process.

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