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One new business arrives in Bel Air, another could soon follow

GIO Technologies has moved into the converted house on Churchville Road that formerly housed AccuPay. GIO Technologies provides help desk support, network infrastructure support and cloud-based IT solutions for small and medium sized businesses.
GIO Technologies has moved into the converted house on Churchville Road that formerly housed AccuPay. GIO Technologies provides help desk support, network infrastructure support and cloud-based IT solutions for small and medium sized businesses. (Courtesy of Daniel Giordano / Baltimore Sun Media Group)

An information technology business has moved to Bel Air from Forest Hill, as the company's owner expands to serve local clients and bring what he calls a new face to the county seat.

"We're trying to be part of the community now," Dan Giordano, president and owner of GIO Technologies Inc., said Monday.

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The eight-year-old company, which employs six, including Giordano, moved into a converted house at 206 E. Churchville Road last month.

GIO Technologies could be one of two new businesses to arrive in town this fall. A new restaurant has also been proposed for the former Little NY Deli storefront on South Main Street.

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GIO Technologies' new location on East Churchville Road is the former headquarters of AccuPay, a payroll processing firm that closed in early 2013 amid allegations by some of its clients that their payroll taxes had not been turned over the Internal Revenue Service. The company later filed for Chapter 7 liquidation.

Giordano said he has been asked about AccuPay when he tells people his location. He said he bought the property in August.

The seller, according to state tax records, was Kieran Carden, whose relationship to AccuPay owners Kevin and Beverly Carden has not been previously stated in court records. An agreement between Kieran Carden and the trustee for the AccuPay bankruptcy case permitted the property's sale, according to a case filing from last December.

"Our focus has been outside of Harford County, so now we're trying to focus more on the Bel Air businesses and offer them support," Giordano said in explaining the move.

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GIO Technologies, which serves small and medium sized businesses in Maryland, Pennsylvania and New York, provides help desk support, network infrastructure support and cloud-based IT solutions, Giordano explained.

"We were looking for more space, just for the growth we've had," he said when asked why he chose the house on East Churchville Road.

Giordano, 35, grew up in Bel Air and graduated from C. Milton Wright High School in 1997. He earned a bachelor's degree in business information systems from Stevenson University.

He spent about 10 years working for a Baltimore insurance firm after college and then started GIO Technologies.

He said he wanted to "just to be able to develop a business where I could offer folks work in a great environment and help our clients out."

Giordano said he has been working with representatives of the Bel Air Downtown Alliance and the Harford County Chamber of Commerce.

Little NY Deli space

Richard Anderson has proposed a sit-down restaurant for the space formerly occupied by the Little NY Deli, which had been in business for eight and a half years.

According to a sign posted in the window at 111 S. Main St., Anderson is seeking town board of appeals approval to serve alcohol on the premises. A hearing on the request will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 28 at Town Hall, 39 N. Hickory Ave.

"The Town of Bel Air requires a special exception for any type of alcohol service," Bob Syphard, senior planner with the town's planning department, said.

Syphard said the applicant must also obtain a requisite license from the Harford County Liquor Control Board.

The planning department did not have contact information for Anderson.

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