BURLEY — In February, David Burgess and Colby Otte were shocked to learn that King’s Variety Stores, their employer of seven years, would be closing.

Burgess was the IT manager; Otte was primarily responsible for printing- and marketing-related tasks. But after King’s closed, they both started their own business ventures.

In March, Burgess began Hero Tech Systems — teaming up with other professionals to provide consumers and businesses an array of technical services. With more than 35 years of combined technical experience, Hero Tech Systems employees can diagnose computer malfunctions and provide system upgrades and maintenance. They can guide you through purchasing the correct equipment for your needs — making sure you do not buy unnecessary computers and software.

The company also offers custom programming and website design to tailor your programs directly to your business.

In June, Otte began Breakpoint Media — a marketing and design agency with services specifically tailored for small businesses. He has more than 10 years of experience as a graphic designer, with additional expertise in social media marketing.

Breakpoint Media services include social media management, print and online advertising, local search engine optimization, email and text marketing, graphic design, event promotions and more.

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