Our Chico Story
By: Andrea Eldridge, CEO and co-founder of Nerds On Call, an on-site computer and laptop repair service company.
After Nerds On Call Computer Repair had spread our wings in Northern California, we started to really take off. The next location we were looking at expanding into was Chico. The city is near our home base Norther in California, but significantly far away enough that we would be able to draw in new customers and efficiently cover a broad swath of the North State in tech-support goodness.
In March 2005, we opened our first office for Nerds On Call Computer Repair in Chico. At the time, we rented an office above Hula’s BBQ.
Back in the days before we had a comprehensive database that the techs could access, we had to do all of the mapping through a very old and inconvenient process (paper maps). When we moved into Chico, our handlers had to learn all sorts of new skills in order to navigate the Skyway, East Park, and Park avenues that really threw them for a loop as they started to get oriented with the city. Fortunately, we resolved that issue shortly!
For a while, a tech of ours named Alex would walk around the Summer Market with signs advertising Nerds On Call Computer Repair Chico, and also taught a photo editing and basic computer training class to a group of Chico women as part of an effort to help educate the community.
Eventually, the space above Hula’s BBQ, although filled with delicious smells, became too limiting and we moved around the corner to the location at which we are currently situated.
During the Christmas season of 2010, Nerds On Call in Chico held our Stuff the Bus Toy Drive. We gave a twenty-dollar gift card for our services to anyone who made a donation of a toy worth at least five dollars. All the donated toys went to the Chico Salvation Army for providing disadvantaged children with Christmas presents.
While visiting Chico on their frequent trips, Ryan and Andrea Eldridge, the founders of Nerds On Call, enjoy visiting Bidwell Park and the Chico Museum – Sierra Nevada for when the kids aren’t with them.
Nerds On Call has loved being in Chico for all these years and we hope to have many more good years in the beautiful city with the wonderful people!
Nerds On Call Computer Repair Chico also services the greater Chico area, including Willows, Vina, Tehama, Stirling City, Richvale, Paradise, Oroville, Orland, Nelson, Magalia, Hamilton City, Glenn, Gerber, Forest Ranch, Durham, Corning, and Artois.