Small business website design in Racine and Kenosha, Wisconsin
Since 1996, we've been helping small businesses market themselves to the world through effective websites.
Here are some examples:
James and Scott Schemming have been providing high quality auto body repairs in Racine for 28 years. However, their collision center is located on a street which now dead-ends at the airport fence, so it doesn't get the traffic it used to.
Having never advertised before outside of modest ads in the Yellow Pages, they knew it was time to establish a Web presence and start showing among competitors in Web searches. They had no logo and only one photo, but Scott supplied a few pages of handwritten notes about their body shop, and now his words are online and their website is getting found.
Many are familiar with Anupy Singla as a Chicago TV journalist, but she's also an Indian food maven who's authored a cookbook of easy, authentic, and healthy Indian recipes: The Indian Slow Cooker. To help Anupy reach readers, we moved her blog to the WordPress platform and added social networking features, publicity sections, and a PayPal purchase system.
Anupy writes her own blog posts, embeds her own YouTube videos, and can easily create gorgeous photo galleries to keep readers up to date on all the latest — including her Indian Spice Tours of Chicago’s Devon Avenue.
The original website for Bob and Kristine Carlson's auto repair shop in Racine was kind of a do-it-yourself project. Bob knew it needed some SEO (Search Engine Optimization) tweaking. We proposed a full site remodeling to improve the J.C.'s Mufflers branding and message at the same time.
More than just mufflers and brakes, J.C.'s is a locally-owned, full-service auto repair shop. The website now conveys that. It features sections on the automotive products and services Bob offers — and since it's built in WordPress, Bob can add or edit sections himself as necessary. There's even a spot on top for the cute cartoon mechanic Bob displays on his truck.
Jacor, Inc. had an existing website, but without ecommerce, so orders for its airplane hangar weatherstripping had to be taken by phone. They contacted us seeking a shopping cart solution for their relatively simple product line.
Accepting credit cards, however, can be a complicated business. There are PCI (Payment Card Industry) compliance issues to consider, and not all shopping carts systems can meet those requirements. Additionally, Jacor's hangar door seals are sold in many different widths and lengths, plus two thicknesses. This project was challenging, but we delivered a compliant system, on budget, that accepts online orders and accurately calculates shipping costs.
As the new owner of this established veterinary practice, Isaiah Gray wanted to remodel and rebrand both his animal clinic and its website. He knew exactly how it should look, and even met us with a Photoshop mockup of the site as well as a rapidly approaching deadline.
We translated Isaiah's vision as closely as possible into WordPress templates that would accomodate his excellent photos of dogs and cats, showcase his cutting-edge facilities, and provide lines of communication between his animal hospital and its patients, old and new.
Not only is Scott Jung an experienced hair stylist and hair colorist, he's also a talented do-it-yourselfer. He built his Racine hair salon himself, and he wanted a business website he could edit himself to showcase his salon and the Moroccanoil, Aquage, and Nexxus Phyto Organics products he carries.
Following the art deco look of Scott's logo, we put together a small business Web design incorporating enlargeable photos of his salon, his stylists and his hair products, as well as email forms for easy communication, and a page detailing the benefits offered to entrepreneurial stylists via his booth rental opportunity.
After selling her gourmet coffees at local markets and community festivals for several years, Jan Antauer found a charming commercial space in Historic Dublin, Ohio for her full-service, independent coffee shop.
Both the store and her website needed a branded remodeling. We set Jan up with a custom-themed WordPress templates so she can easily post news items, add links to cross-promote community businesses and organizations, and share her coffee knowledge.
With classes in Racine and Kenosha counties, Arcade has been a leader in Wisconsin driver education since 1950, but their website was wordy and outdated. Worse, they weren't receiving enrollment submissions properly.
We shined up their classic logo, shot some current photos, streamlined and optimized their copy, simplified their online forms, and created a rotating Flash banner. Now they get conversions nearly every day, and a Content Management System lets them edit their class schedules as necessary.
Kelly Rudnicki has five kids, including a son with severe food allergies. Out of this experience, the suburban Chicago "Food Allergy Mama" authored a baking book of allergen-free recipes. It was published last October.
To create an online community around the food allergy issue and help introduce her book, we created her custom WordPress theme and MailChimp mailing list. Now, with no prior experience, Kelly runs the blog all by herself. At last check, she has attracted over 2,100 comments, 680 Twitter followers, and 660 email subscribers — and sold quite a few copies of her book.
After we added some features she requested, Kelly emailed:
First of all, a HUGE thank you for doing so much to improve my site and SO QUICKLY! WE are so grateful to have you and your expertise. Mike and I read through the list of everything you did and were astounded at how much you accomplished for us, and on a moment's notice. Thank you so much!!
KMR Partners manages direct marketing campaigns for an impressive client list. KMR president (and Kelly's husband) Mike Rudnicki was happy with his existing website, but not happy about engaging a Web design firm every time he needed to edit some copy. To solve this, we rebuilt the existing KMR Partners site to the letter inside WordPress. Now Mike can revise his site at will, while staying consistent with its original design theme.
Mike posted this recommendation on LinkedIn:
Mark has done a fantastic job for both my company as well as my wife's company Food Allergy Mama, Inc. He is an expert in his field and has been a very valuable partner. I would recommend Mark for any of your web design and development needs.