HISTORY

Founded in 1954 in West Reading, PA, Edwards Business Systems is in its third generation of family leadership. Edwards Business Systems has grown from a mom and pop shop selling and servicing typewriters and adding machines into one of the largest independent office equipment companies in North America. With the acquisition of Virginia Copiers in 1993 – now Virginia Business Systems – the company successfully consolidated and strengthened its Mid-Atlantic focus and identity. Recent acquisitions of The Tamblyn Co. in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, PA, and Image Tec of Roanoke, VA, bring the total number of locations to 12–one of which is the original location opened by Joseph and Alberta Edwards in 1954. With EBS offices serving the Lehigh Valley, West Reading, Pottstown, Harrisburg, Lancaster, York, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, the Pocono Region and Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, and VBS serving Richmond, Charlottesville, Lynchburg, Roanoke, New River Valley, Shenandoah Valley and Hampton Roads, Virginia, the company provides service and support to a diverse roster of small, medium, and large-sized businesses throughout Eastern Pennsylvania and Central Virginia.

Virginia Business Systems and Edwards Business Systems have been in business for over 65 years, making it one of the oldest independent dealers in the country. “Growing with our clients for over 65 years” is more than a slogan, it’s a commitment. Additionally, Virginia Business Systems is consistently named an “Elite Dealer,” a prestigious designation awarded to top dealers as recognized by ENX magazine.

Virginia Business Systems offers technology from some of the best-known names in the office equipment industry, backed by knowledgeable professionals and the latest in digital technology. We pride ourselves in delivering fully integrated work environments to meet the demands of today’s businesses with dedicated people, high-performance products, customized solutions, and award-winning service to keep our clients productive and profitable. Advance your business with Fast Forward Document Solutions and satisfying results.

For more information about Virginia Business Systems, and to learn how you can get started today, please contact us!

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Mission Statement:

Our Mission is to do the best for our clients and to completely satisfy them by providing quality business systems and superior services.

To accomplish this, we dedicate ourselves to:

  • Training our people and providing them with the resources they need to advance their skills and knowledge.
  • Maintaining an environment that values and encourages personal and professional growth.
  • Upholding the highest ethical standards in all of our corporate relationships, with our clients and with each other.
  • Earning a financial return that ensures future growth and long term stability.
  • Reaching a balance between business and the environment, aspiring to be environmentally conscious and use sustainable principles in all aspects of our business.
  • And to be contributing members of the communities we serve.

Core Values:

Our team members are:

  • Committed – We will provide superior service.
  • Client focused – Everything we do is geared toward the well-being of our client relationships.
  • Respectful – We are committed to providing a workplace that values and encourages personal and professional growth.
  • Passionate – We are passionate about delivering on our commitments and in being the finest technology company in our markets.
  • Doing the right thing – Our employees are committed to always doing the right thing, in every circumstance.

1954

Founded in West Reading, PA and began by selling and servicing typewriters.

1959

Jim Edwards joins his parents in the business and opens the first branch office in Pottstown, PA.

1960s

The growing company expands into Pottstown and Allentown, PA.

1976

Edwards Business Systems makes multiple acquisitions to enlarge presence in Lehigh Valley, PA.

1982

New 14,000 sq. ft. Lehigh Valley Office opens in Bethlehem, PA.

1985

First year as a Main Stage sponsor of Musikfest in Bethlehem, PA.
Sponsorship continues today!

1993

Acquisition of Virginia Copiers, now Virginia Business Systems.

2000

Office Dealer Magazine Awards Edwards and Virginia Business Systems with the Elite Dealer Award

2005

Image Tec becomes the Virginia Business, Roanoke Branch

2006

Edwards and Virginia Business Systems awarded the
Ricoh President’s Award

2007

Virginia Business Systems moves into the new regional headquarters building in Richmond, VA

2009

Virginia Business Systems acquired Select Office Systems.

2015

Acquired Data Technologies and Apex Office Systems.

Xerox names Virginia Business Systems “Highest Growth Partner”.

2016

Virginia Business Systems voted one of 2016’s Best Places to Work in Virginia

2017

Acquired Imagistix

Xerox names Virginia Business Systems “Top Revenue Partner”.

2018

18th year in a row having earned the Elite Dealer Award.

Xerox names Edwards Business Systems and Virginia Business Systems the largest Xerox dealer in the country!