Dan'sOffice Equipment Company
Owner Dan Boyle
One of the more prominent gay-owned
businesses in Austin is Dan's Office Equipment Company, located at 2816 Nueces
and open 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday
Owner Dan,Boyle's face lights up in a
smile when you mention his outfront gayness. Dan is an enthusiastic CONNECTIONS advertiser. He says "the rates are
very reasonable." and tells us that many
people have told him they saw his ad.
Dan started servicing typewriters in 1969.
He moved to Austin in 1972 and opened a
repair shop servicing office equipment -
typewriters, calculators, and dictation
Today, Dan's Office Equipment Company sells, services, and rents office equip
ment. They specialize in servicing IBM,
Adler, and Smith-Corona typewriters. They
service the Sanyo phone-answering equipment they sell, and they also sell tabletop
copiers that retail from $800 to $1,295.
On January 12, 1981, the company
moved from its San Gabriel location to
larger and nicer quarters at 2816 Nueces,
next door to McDonald's, off Guadalupe,
across the street from Hot Lips, another
Dan Boyle employs himself and seven
other people. Dan says his staff knows he is
gay and they are open-minded and liberal.
His staff interacts well with his gay clients.
Dan's Office Equipment offers service
contracts for office or home. The University
of Texas at Austin, the City of Austin, and
Travis County are included among Dan's
service contract customers.
The first Austin gay bar Dan went to was
the Pearl Street Warehouse. He gave out his
■ business cards there. The reactions he got
were "interesting." Some people accepted
his cards while others threw them down.
Some were suspicious, "They didn't know
what 1 was up to." A few thought Dan was
using his business cards to try to get a date,
Dan says he did get one or two business
contacts as a result of the experience.
The gay community has supported
Dan's business very strongly. Dan says the
Austin gay businesses he knows of, including bars and organizations, bring their
business to him. CONNECTIONS was
typed on an Adler office typewriter rent-
purchased from Dan's until this issue -
Editor. Dan is sure he has gay customers
by Wayde Frey 2816
he doesn't even know about.
In turn, Dan says, his accountant is gay,
his hairdresser is gay, his doctor is gay, and
so is his lawyer.
Dan Boyle and Ed Deacon participated
in the Austin committee for the March on
Washington in 1979. In February, 1981,
Dan participated in a panel discussion of
gays in business and in the professions,
held at a meeting of the University Gay
Students Organization at UT*Austin.
He is a past president (1977) of the
Austin Office Machine Dealers Association.
He was a board member for a four-state
area ofthe National Office Machine Dealers
Association. Dan says he wanted to
participate in the activities of his
professional association, but he did not
enjoy the social aspects of their con-
ventions, where all the straight men
brought their wives to the banquets, and
Dan came by himself.
He is also a past president of the Austin
Executive Association, which is composed
of about 35 young local business leaders.
Dan Boyie says he receives both
personal and monetary satisfaction from
Dan's Office Equipment Company. He
enjoys the challenge and responsibility of
owning his own business as well as the
freedom of not having to answer to an
employer for his sexual preference.
Dan says he wanted to start his own
business because "1 was tired of having my
boss ask me what I had done over the
weekend ! Now, nobody asks me what I did
over the weekend. Maybe that's because
I'm the boss, now.''
Service Technician Vince Flores
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