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 Mall-based portrait services now in Trumbull, Westfarms

 

Newton, Mass.-based start-up EverPresent, which helps families digitize and share media collections, continues its growth and expansion this fall with new local business partnerships, additional hiring and increased investment. The company’s services are now available in Connecticut and Rhode Island.

 

The two-year-old company recently closed its second round of angel investment, bringing its total current investment to $1.2 million. Prominent investors include former Facebook executive Chris Kelly, former Reebok CEO Frank O’Connell and Bessemer Venture Capital partner Chris Gabrieli. It also recently hired its 50th employee, after expanding to a new production facility in Watertown, Mass., earlier this summer.

 

This month EverPresent announces three new alliances:

 

• Portrait Simple — With seven locations across New England, the mall-based portrait will now provide convenient consultation and drop-off locations for EverPresent services. In Connecticut, the service will be available at Portrait Simple in Westfield Trumbull Park Mall as well as Westfarms Mall in Farmington.

• Geek Housecalls — This in-home personal and home technology support company,will offer EverPresent clients free 30-minute support calls when they finish a digitizing project, along with in-home pick-up of old photos and videos for EverPresent projects. Founded in 2001, Geek Housecalls has served more than 20,000 families, helping relieve frustration caused by technology.

• The New England Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO-NE) is collaborating with EverPresent on a four-hour training program, focused on organizing and preserving family history; more than 40 members have already received training at EverPresent’s Newton, Mass., headquarters.

 

The partnerships expand EverPresent’s in-person services from its home base in Massachusetts to Connecticut, Rhode Island and New Hampshire, via the Portrait Simple locations. In addition, 60 new employees are now trained to educate clients on the company’s services and products through Geek Housecalls and NAPO-NE. 

 

“The digital age has created amazing advertising opportunities, but I think we too often forget the power of small businesses working together to bring old-fashioned customer service directly to clients,” EverPresent CEO Eric Niloff said.  “When preserving irreplaceable photos and videos, families want local, trust, convenience and customization. By bringing together trusted, respected local companies, we’re going to make a lot of families really happy.”