Customer Spotlights

September 8th, 2014 - Customer Spotlights

Meet JohnPaul Bennet, an Education Enthusiast Who’s Taking a Page From Your Book

Ever gone through your old college notebooks to discover that most of them are half-used? Instead of letting them sit in storage purgatory, JohnPaul and his non-profit Turn the Pages Foundation will take them off your hands and turn them into new supplies for students at underserved schools.

Tell us a little about Turn the Pages and why you started it.

Turn the Pages is a non-profit dedicated to improving the pursuit of knowledge for students who lack access to essential school supplies. Every year, we collect supplies from sponsor schools, which we call “Page-Turners,” and match them with the needs of underserved schools, both locally and globally. We collect notebooks, pens, pencils, markers, binders, art supplies, textbooks, and reading books.

Lack of access to basic school supplies is a big reason children at underserved schools fail to advance to the next level, which is why we started the movement. We also wanted to give people who traditionally throw out supplies the opportunity to recycle by allowing children to reuse them.

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July 28th, 2014 - Customer Spotlights

Meet Laurie Scott, a Sarode Player Who Studied North India Classical Music with a Master for 25 Years

After returning to the States from India in her twenties, Laurie Scott wasn’t quite sure what to do with her life. Luckily, she discovered the Ali Akbar College of Music in California and has been devoting herself to its music ever since. Now with a new website, she’s teaching others about this form of music and its rich history.

How did you become interested in North Indian classical music?

I was surrounded by music as I grew up. As a teenager, I attended a concert of Ravi Shankar, the great sitar player, and it completely enthralled me. It affected me like no other music has. In my twenties, I lived in an ashram in India. We had really great musicians come and perform. My love for the music grew from there.

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February 26th, 2014 - Customer Spotlights

How Q-cord’s Onepager is Breaking Down Barriers for New York’s Most Famous Museums

Evan Stender is a product designer at 10-31 Industries, who builds museum displays and products for the likes of the MoMA, Sotheby’s, and the MET. But when the company realized that one of its most useful products was practically invisible on its own website, they used Onepager to increase product awareness.

Tell us a little about how Q-cord got started.

Q-cord is a retractable display barrier that was created by 10-31 Inc., a company my father founded almost 30 years ago. 10-31 sells a lot of items for the museum display market, but we rebranded Q-cord to set it apart as a unique, high-end product so that people weren’t coming to the same company for everything.

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October 10th, 2013 - Customer Spotlights

How Donny Uses Onepager To Help Local Businesses After Success With His Own Lawn Care Business

Donny Dauphin, owner of D3 Lawn Care in Bethlehem PA, grew his business through his website and social media. Now he’s helping other small businesses in the area get more customers by using Onepager and other online tools.

How long have you been doing social media marketing?

Officially, for about eight months to a year; unofficially, about three years. I have friends who own anything from a pet-sitting business to a local pizza place. They love what they do, but they need help distinguishing themselves from similar business. I’m specifically referring to creating an online presence. My goal is to get your small business visibility. Visibility increases customers. More customers equals more profit. If your business isn’t online, you’re missing out.

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October 2nd, 2013 - Customer Spotlights

Why Farmer Rick Quit His Desk Job To Start An Organic, Sustainable Farm

When Rick Reddaway realized he was born to farm, he left his office job and set up shop on a quarter acre of land. Since starting Abundant Field Farms, he’s been selling his fresh produce at farmer’s markets and local restaurants, taking “growing business” to literal and figurative heights.

Rick Reddaway Abundant Field Farms

Tell us about Abundant Fields Farm and how you got started.

It’s a very small farm, less than an acre.  I grew up on my dad’s property farm and loved it, but ended up working in the construction industry, specifically with elevators. I was in the project management side of that, then a couple years ago I kept realizing over and over that I didn’t like sitting behind a desk, that I’d rather be digging in the dirt. I just had this urge to farm, which was spurred by visiting farmers markets and buying organic and local products. So I took the plunge and quit—what to me was—a high paying job. I started out very small, selling at one farmer’s market and one small restaurant account.
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August 20th, 2013 - Customer Spotlights

How Harvester Barber Shop Used Onepager to Bring an Old-Fashioned Family Business Online

Amy Balentine built a website for her dad’s barber shop as a Father’s Day gift and found a simple website builder that worked across generations.

After recently moving back to Kansas City from San Francisco, Amy Balentine was thinking about a father’s day gift for her dad.

“I just started to think I should do a website for him,” Amy recently told us in a phone conversation.

Amy’s dad George is the owner of the Harvester Barber Shop in Saint Charles, Missouri. After working at the shop in the mid 60′s, he bought it a few years later and has owned it ever since.

“My dad is 70 and being that he’s a barber, he really doesn’t have much use for email,” she said. “He doesn’t have an iPhone or a Facebook account. He wasn’t very familiar with Yelp. He didn’t need a whole bunch of links or features. I had to explain to him that this is like a digital form of a billboard or newspaper ad.”

Here’s the rest of our conversation about how she used Onepager to bring her Dad’s business online.

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August 15th, 2013 - Customer Spotlights

Meet Sam Stone, the co-founder of a startup that helps businesses with their digital and social media strategy

Sam Stone is the co-founder of PromoteU, a startup that helps other businesses figure out their digital and social media strategies. Here’s his expert advice on why an online presence is the best initial investment, how to expand your audience with the right tools, and where to find the best gelato.

Sam Stone

Tell us a little about PromoteU and how you started it in the first place.

PromoteU was born out of experiences of my co-founder Sebastian’s father, who’s a dentist. Dentistry, like many other small businesses, is an industry where there’s a lot of interaction with customers, but it’s tough to figure out the best way to reach them. Sebastian found that some basic, really simple digital marketing—a Facebook page, text messaging marketing, basic web development—helped his dad’s business grow a lot.

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July 22nd, 2013 - Customer Spotlights

Interview with Richard Morisson, he started his own company to create Onepagers for local businesses

Richard Morisson is an independent web developer based in San Francisco who uses Onepager to create websites for local businesses. Here’s what he told us about starting his own company, helping others expand their businesses, and why a simple webpage makes all the difference.

Tell us a little about your web development business and why you started it in the first place.

I was working on a website to market my resume writing services in 2012 and found Onepager through a Google search. I was really impressed, so I started building my website with it. But I got so excited about Onepager itself that I put my resume writing service on hold to see if I could instead design websites for other small businesses. Onepager was more intuitive and easier to use than WordPress or WebSite Tonight from GoDaddy. Now I’m working on my fourth website for other small businesses.

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