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Techy Waterville

August 2022 Featured Business

by Clare Milton

2022 brings Waterville an exciting new venture to Upper Main Street’s Elm Plaza. It’s a collaboration of 21st century technology and a 14-year-old entrepreneur. Parker Redlevske, son of Tyler Redlevske, mom Amy Irwin, and step dad Jon Irwin, found themselves in a whirlwind of opportunities earlier this spring, thanks to their forward-thinking son, Parker.

Parker has always been a “fix-it” kind of kid. Jon is the owner of “Wireless Technology Solutions,” a commercial phone installation business. Jon and his staff decided to take a “10x Business Bootcamp” in Miami, in January 2022. One staff member couldn’t attend, so by chance, Parker filled his spot. They attended a workshop featuring Grant Cardone, an International Entrepreneur. His workshop was “Business & Sales Training for the 21 Century.” Grant offers techniques to grow and achieve your business goals in today’s climate.

During a question and answer session, Parker, then 13, asked “What advice would you give me on starting a business?” Grant brought him on stage and told him to “Leverage your age and skills!” He gave Parker a goal to raise $10,000 in a certain length of time and he would match it. Parker did just that. The video soon went viral. Parker had skills and training in cell phone and personal computing devices repair.

Surprisingly, soon after they returned home, they were invited to a video webinar session with Tim Phelps, one of the owners of “Techy Company,” a retail franchise company offering sales, repairs, installations and protection for all of our tech devices. They specialize in same day repairs and lifetime warranties. Repairs are done on-site by highly trained staff.

The plan came together and the opportunity to locate Techy Waterville in the old Verizon store location in Elm Plaza, was a perfect fit. Techy covered the cost of the build out so Parker, his sister Natalie, Tyler, Jon and partner Nick Rancourt constructed the displays and readied the store for opening. They quietly opened in May 2022. 

Let me take a moment to tell you about this young man. Parker is a typical teen, only he’s driven to start his adult career a little early. His passion is to help people deal with technology and educate us on how to better use it while staying up on the cutting edge of new trends. Parker intends to personalize his high school experience using a combination of online and in-person classes. He intends to utilize his time and abilities to the fullest.

Parker and staff receive weekly mentoring from Tim Phelps and his staff, who are only a phone call away for tech support needed.

Parker recently welcomed Techy founder Tim Phelps to Waterville to celebrate the Mid-Maine Chamber’s Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, and to enjoy their Grand Opening celebration. Mix 107.9 and 93.5 True Country were on hand to give away a lot of tech prizes and promote a drawing for a year of free cell phone service. The drawing will be open for three months. Stop by and meet Parker, explore Techy Waterville and sign up for the drawing!

Techy Waterville is a friendly, welcoming store where it’s okay to ask the questions you’re afraid to ask your grandkids. They will repair your devices usually the same day and upgrade your tech experience with a smile!

110 Elm Plaza, Waterville, ME • (207)509-8009 • • Store Hours: Mon–Sat 10AM–6PM

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