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Less than two years after its founding, a Raleigh-based technology company is opening a second office in Wilson and looking to hire 50 people by the end of the year.
Billy O’Boyle, an Elm City native, was a part of ShareFile when the data company was acquired by Citrix and grew from about 40 employees to hundreds. In May 2016, he set out on his own and started North State Consulting and hired his first employee less than a year later. As the company grew, he expanded into a Raleigh office, eventually growing to a staff of 36.
“We take a comprehensive approach to building and growing software companies,” O’Boyle explained. “Most other companies will either do consulting, sales or recruiting, but we do all three.”
Last summer, O’Boyle talked about opening a second office and downtown Wilson provided the perfect fit in the Upper Coastal Plains Business Development Center.
“Flexible office space is essential for technology companies because we grow so quickly,” O’Boyle said. “It is hard to predict what your company will look like in three years. You may need space for 100 people, but there is no need to buy space for 100 until you get to that point.”
North State Consulting will have an informational session for job-seekers and community leaders from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 17 at the business development center, 121 Nash St. NW. O’Boyle said he hopes to hire 10 people in April and another three to five people every month. Employees will focus on selling software to company executives.
O’Boyle said he understands growing up in a rural community and feeling the need to move out of state to find technological jobs, but he said he is eager to offer those opportunities in his hometown.
“Our employees love the opportunity to interact with executives, be heard and understand the backside of the technology business,” he said. “Just building a great technology does not necessarily mean you’re going to have a successful company. The business side of technology is huge and not many people get that exposure and experience early on in their careers.”
As for his son, Liam O’Boyle, that experience definitely has started young as the 6-year-old is North State Consulting’s vice president of operations.
News of the expansion reportedly has spurred interest from software company executives in the Triangle and across the country, wanting to find out more about economic development in Wilson.
“I do believe any tech company should consider Wilson, either in addition to or as an alternative to Raleigh,” O’Boyle said. “Young companies need inexpensive space, great amenities and a workforce that is hardworking and ready to go.
“Wilson has all that.”
For more information on North State Consulting, visit northstateconsultingllc.com/.