Kalisha Eagle repairs computers and helps adults become computer literate
Published: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 1:37 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 1:37 p.m.
A strong desire to empower adults with computer skills inspired Kalisha Eagle to start her own business that specializes in computer sales, service, support and training.
Eagle started Kalisha Eagle Enterprises, also known as Keen Inc., in 2011 to be a resource for adults who want to start their own business or become computer literate.
"I was meeting a lot of people who wanted to start their own business but didn't have the computer skills needed to help ensure their business venture would be successful," said Eagle, who works with her clients by appointment only in her office at 726 NW 8th Ave., Suite G. "So I decided to start this business to teach people how to use the technological resources they can use to help them."
She said she receives joy from helping people gain a good understanding about how to use computers and how computers work. She said people often become more self-confident when they become computer literate and that helps them to achieve goals they have set for themselves.
She said the motto of the business is "No Adult Left Behind" because it sums up the core of her mission.
"It is important to keep adults up-to-date on changing technologies with computers because the more they know about computers, the better off they will be in life," she said.
Eagle said having computer skills gives people more opportunities to be successful and increases their social status among their peers.
She remembered seeing a lady struggle while using a computer to take the Test of Adult Basic Education at City College in Gainesville. She said the test is timed and the lady used most of her time trying to figure out how to use the computer mouse.
"It was frustrating watching that," she said.
Eagle, 33, is a 1998 graduate of Eastside High School. After high school, she earned several college degrees, including an associate's of arts in business administration and an associate's of science degree in computer information services, both from what was then Santa Fe Community College. She also has a bachelor's degree in management and organizational development from what was St. Petersburg Community College in St. Petersburg.
Eagle serves communities within a two-hour drive from Gainesville and will travel farther, if it is feasible.
Maxine Brown of Ocala said Eagle has done extensive work on the computers at her church in Ocala, where Brown is an administrator and a member.
"She has cleaned up our computers to make them work faster and she has removed viruses off our computers," said Brown, adding that she is more than pleased with the work Eagle has done for the church. "She has also removed and replaced a motherboard on one of our computers and she has replaced a card that brings color to a monitor. She is an awesome computer specialist."
Eagle said she loves educating people about computers so that they don't spend their hard-earned money unnecessarily buying new computers. She also has a passion for teaching people about computers, no matter their level of computer literacy.
"I do one-on-one computer training catered to the needs of the individual I am training," she said.
She said helping adults is very rewarding and she loves seeing people gain the confidence they need to open a business or go back to school.
"If the adults are not left behind, then the children won't be left behind," Eagle said.
For more information, call 352-246-2992.