Spring Point Solutions Finalist in Competition
Spring Point Solutions of Portland, Maine was nationally recognized last week as one of eight finalists for their city’s section of the Rise of the Rest Competition.
The company is home to MotorBase software, a computer based system designed for motor repair shops. Termed “turnkey job shop software,” the product handles customer service enhancements, job tracking and history, scheduling and other customer tasks, such as customized enhancement and interaction. Sales nationwide have been strong, according to the company.
However, it was their new quality management system, QM Wizard, that caught the attention of AOL CEO Steve Case and crew, on the road with Rise of the Rest for its fourth annual tour. The competition focuses on startups, and celebrates entrepreneurship. Spring Point has covered the latter for two decades now, but was already an established motor repair service shop long before that. They fit the ‘startup’ mold because QM Wizard is a stand-alone module that doesn’t require usage of MotorBase or any other specific software. In essence, they had started a new business model within an existing company.
The competition also placed an emphasis on locally-grown businesses.
“The local business community urged us to enter” says Spring Point CEO Troy Locke. “They wanted to generate a buzz in local circles and part of the criteria was to be locally grown.”
This explains how Spring Point set itself apart and became a finalist and, ultimately, the runner-up for the Maine slot, amidst an influx of “close to 60 entries”. Both Locke and Jamie Stultz, founder and Chief Technical Officer, attended the University of Southern Maine. Stultz is the fourth generation of a family that started the shop in 1906 and operated under the name Stultz Electric until 2000, when they adopted the current name for good reason.
Icing on the cake: said name is inspired by a local landmark.
“Spring Point is named after a lighthouse in Maine,” Locke explains, referring to the Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse in South Portland.
Sounds good enough for an outright win in my book. View more coverage of the competition here, including live interviews with Troy Locke and others, from a local angle.