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Techsoft Academy to teach software to bloggers, business owners

Courtesy of Janel Norton Thomas Giella Jr., 30, the owner of Techsoft Academy, receives the third place award from Krista Covey of the Pasco Economic Development Council at the recent SMARTstart Challenge.
Published Feb. 26, 2015

DADE CITY — Last month, Thomas Giella Jr. launched Techsoft Academy, a business he hopes will meet a need for business owners and bloggers whose work requires the use of lots of software — confidence.

"Anyone can set up a blog," said Giella, 30. "Kids can do it; adults can do it."

But, he said, the technology a person has to navigate after that can be overwhelming.

"People don't know unless they're told," he said.

Techsoft Academy tells them. The business is a division of Gear Spinners, a Web development company Giella launched in 2014. Techsoft is designed not solely to serve people who want to use Wordpress for blogs, but also people who use accounting programs or other business software.

Starting this weekend, Techsoft will host classes one Saturday each month at the SMARTstart business incubator in Dade City. Classes, which range in duration from 45 minutes to an hour and a half, will include website basics and introductions to Wordpress, QuickBooks and Google for Business.

Each instructor currently works in the industry that uses the software he or she teaches, and the classes, Giella said, are cheaper than the alternative — college.

"They're learning from people (who) are building websites, integrating Google apps for businesses, working in Quickbooks accounts," he said. "You're getting the most updated information at the current time."

People who register for the classes early pay $25 per course. The regular registration fee is $39. Eventually, Techsoft will offer courses in workplaces for business owners who want their employees to learn together.

"It helps when everyone knows what's going on," Giella said.

And the classes, he said, will equip participants with the ability to use software correctly.

"We want people to be confident," he said.

For information about Techsoft Academy, call (813) 235-0554 or visit

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