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DWJ tech services aim to help small businesses succeed

DWJ, Inc, an information technology company designed to help small businesses grow, is run by, from left, Jamaz Hall, Derontay Pettigrew and Winifred Pettigrew.

DWJ, Inc, an information technology company designed to help small businesses grow, is run by, from left, Jamaz Hall, Derontay Pettigrew and Winifred Pettigrew.

If you run a small business and you don't have a computer system or the system is more than five years old, Derontay Pettigrew wants you to give him a call. It's time for you to invest in updated technology.

"We try to explain to customers how computers make their businesses run better," Pettigrew said. "A computer will make life easier and make their business more profitable."

Derontay Pettigrew and his wife, Winifred Pettigrew, along with business partner Jamaz Hall, recently opened DWJ Inc., at 2365 Wall St., Suite 230 in Conyers. DWJ offers information technology solutions for small businesses, said Pettigrew, and the company's customer base includes businesses as varied as restaurants, medical professions and law offices.

Pettigrew said that his business recommends what type of computers and networks systems are best for certain businesses, installs them, maintains the systems and even offers security for the computer systems. The business also offers computer repair services for businesses and residences.

The Pettigrews met while serving in the U.S. Army; both had jobs working in information technology for the military. An Atlanta area native who graduated from Heritage High School in 1998, Derontay performed network infrastructure and design and computer maintenance in locations including the Middle East. Winifred, who hails from Detroit, also worked in computer communications for the Army.

After the two completed their time in the military -- Derontay served for five years, Winifred for six -- the two worked for government agencies including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, National Security Administration, Pentagon and U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

The couple lived in the Washington, D.C., area but had to endure a two-hour commute to their jobs, which took away time from their growing family -- they are now the parents of four children, ages 8, 7, 5 and 2. In 2010, they moved to the Conyers area to be closer to family.

The Pettigrews attend Strayer University in Lithonia and both plan to graduate this winter, Derontay with a bachelor's degree in computer forensics and Winifred a bachelor's in network security.

Strayer is where they met business partner Jamaz Hall, a Salem High School graduate, who ran the on-campus computer network, and whose father taught at the college. Hall holds a bachelor's degree in computer science and a master's in network security.

Pettigrew said it seemed like a natural progression that the three should go into business together.

"The benefit our small business clients get is not just a wealth of knowledge from the three of us but we make sure also that we are giving a quality product to our customers," Pettigrew said.

To learn more about DWJ, visit www.dwjinc.com or call 770-918-0006.