As Arday Ardayfio ’02 reflects on the fast success of his company, Blueprint Computer Solutions, he admits it wouldn’t be possible just anywhere.
Fargo-Moorhead was key.
“Here I don’t have to make my case or build trust,” he says. “Here I know somebody who knows somebody. It makes things a little easier.”
Now with clients in 29 states and an employee base of about a dozen people, the company has broadened its reach beyond the Red River Valley. But the area provides a solid foundation from which to seek new opportunities.
It’s a philosophy that has paid off well for Ardayfio, who was recently named to a 40 Under 40 list of a local business magazine.
He started Blueprint Computer Solutions to provide technology services to small and mid-sized businesses. A call from a hotel led to the company offering around-the-clock troubleshooting of Wi-Fi services in hotels, nursing homes and apartment buildings across the country.
And just this year, it began serving as one of the main sales agencies in the region for Xerox copiers.
“I could run this business from anywhere,” Ardayfio says. “But it would take longer to do what we’ve done. This is a place where people want to build and create.”
After graduation, Ardayfio worked for Concordia as an admissions representative. One day he walked into a local clothing store to purchase a suit. There he met one of the owners who then introduced Ardayfio to the Fargo Kiwanis Club, which Ardayfio eventually led as president.
His biggest issue is finding enough good people to fill positions. With 2 percent unemployment in the community, it’s a job seekers’ market.
Even that won’t hold him back.
“As long as you’re willing to work, there’s opportunity,” he says.