Juwon T. Chambers’ Culture Technologies offers a variety of IT (information technology) services, including PC, laptop and tablet repair, virus and malware removal, computer networking, cybersecurity, web development, custom-built applications, cloud-hosting, network audits, penetration testing, managed service contracts and mobile device repairs.
Chambers started learning the ins and outs of IT while a student at Alcorn State University.
“I’ve been doing IT since 2003 as part of a mentoring program,” he says. The program allowed Chambers to have hands-on practical experience working on the university’s massive computer network.
Information technology drew Chambers’ interest as a career because he enjoys the challenge of figuring out how everything works
The South Carolina native settled in New Orleans when his mother, a Navy veteran, was stationed here. Chambers’ father is a Marine veteran. Chambers attended McDonogh 35, but finished high school in Mississippi. After graduating, he enrolled at Alcorn State University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in computer networking and information technology in 2008 and a master’s degree in workforce education and leadership, with a concentration in information technology, in 2010.
“That place saved my life,” Chambers says. He returned to New Orleans and settled down.
In August 2013, a twist of fate started Chambers down the entrepreneurial path.
“The last position I had, they let me go,” he says.
“It was the scariest thing I ever experienced. I went from earning a paycheck to being on my own,” he says. “You have to dig deep, have faith and believe in your skills. It was truly a defining moment and it made a man out of me. It put my faith to the test. Within an hour (of being fired), I received my first contract. Sometimes you can be in a situation where the universe tells you things, so I just took that as an opportunity to move forward.”
Being his own boss hasn’t always been easy.
“I’ve had some sleepless nights and some weeks where I’m just barely making it. But thank God I didn’t have to come home to my girl and say I didn’t have a job,” he smiled. Chambers and his fiancé are parents to a young son.
At Culture Technologies, Chambers focuses on professionalism and good customer service. Chambers makes house calls and works remotely on computers.
“My biggest obstacle, at first, was developing a smooth business operations system, which would help me provide greater customer service.” Chambers created a digital secretary system that allows him to respond to clients quickly and efficiently. As a result, his response time allows for quick service fixes, troubleshooting, and follow-up.
He says he named his IT business Culture Technologies because, “You either have it or you don’t,” he laughs. “Culture is very important. It’s in tune with the environment; specifically in New Orleans, which is a very special place.”
For more information on Culture Technologies, visit www.culture-tech.biz or call 373-3085.