Techie Wayne's interest in problem solving started a long time ago. His experience includes 20 years as a troubleshooter in the plastics industry, and he has been tinkering computers since 2001. Today, he spends his days homeschooling his son and his nights fixing computers. His company's services cover everything from screen replacement and virus removal to tune-ups and data recovery. He works on laptops and can even build custom computers from scratch. Taking pride in his straightforward approach, he charges by the job instead of hourly and only charges $10 for his time should the client decide not to go through with repairs.
Equipped with a music-education degree and a lifelong passion for teaching piano, Bill Cantola comes to clients' homes to help them learn piano the way they desire. Rather than forcing them to repeat scales for the sake of tradition, Cantola teaches clients to play their own selections of music while infusing each session with information about technique and music theory.
Elite Bartending School's classroom looks just like any full-service bar, with rows of liquor bottles, glasses, and taps. Only, instead of customers, instructors (who are themselves professional bartenders) sidle up to the counter, overseeing students in hands-on lessons. During 40-hour professional classes, they teach their charges about standard bar equipment, the latest cocktail recipes, and speed techniques to keep the drinks flowing. They incorporate RAMP alcohol-awareness training into their curriculum, ensuring that aspiring bartenders spot the signs that indicate someone's on the verge of being over-served. At every step, they emphasize customer service in their training, making sure that their graduates have not only the skills to make a drink, but also to put a smile on a customer's face without resorting to the use of a sharpie.
At the ripe age of 8 years old, Steven Teague began fiddling with his uncle’s Hewlett-Packard computer, sparking a deep interest in computers that eventually led the tech-savvy kid to found his own help center, Crucial Computers LLC. Today, Teague offers computer troubleshooting, repairs, and installations for a variety of systems; he even goes so far as to provide same-day and afterhours services in cases of emergency. From configuring wireless networks to to setting up newly purchased computer systems, Steve can not only handle it all, but also teach it. The shop offers hands-on computer-building classes, with each session capped at 10 students for attentive instruction.
Manhattan Elite Prep's staff of teachers and consultants carries firsthand experience navigating the complicated labyrinth of school admissions. Some were students whose high test scores and poignant essays got them into top PhD and Ivy League MBA programs. Some consultants served on admissions committees of coveted schools and know what experience, qualities, and acrobatic feats make student applications stand out. Now, this team of insiders at a firm with more than 10 years of experience pools its knowledge to help students who are serious about acing tests and placing in their top schools. They emphasize efficiency, packing as much information as they can into the time allotted, and exceeding beyond minimum requirements. Courses covering entrance tests teach students to work smarter, ruling out wrong answers and budgeting their time wisely, and essay consultants pare down applications to deliver rich content in a limited word count. Customers may complete classes online or interact in-person with their instructors as well as fellow students.