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Design firm Elefant Design & Strategy looks to add 3 jobs

Elefant Design & Strategy has got the growth part down. Now it wants to focus on the work.

The Troy-based design firm made a name for itself in design for everything from website development to print. The 1-year-old company has grow by more than 100 percent.

"We are really focused on the design process," says Elena Kapintcheva, partner & designer with Elefant Design & Strategy. "Creating goals, conceptualizing, and execution."

The firm is currently comprised of two partners. However, it plans to hire three designers in January. It needs the extra help to aid in its growing workload coming from a broad range of customers, such as local restaurants and coastal non-profits.

"We definitely want to continue to grow," Kapintcheva says. "By hiring more talent we want to expand our design reach."

Source: Elena Kapintcheva, partner & designer with Elefant Design & Strategy
Writer: Jon Zemke

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Prime Office Innovations grows helping firms go digital

Moving the paper trail to the digital age seems like a job that should be been completed over the last decade. That turns out not to be the case as is evidenced by Prime Office Innovations' growth.

The Macomb Township-based company has been helping business digitize their paper trail for 12 years. Prime Office Innovations likes to say that it "helps companies move from print to possibility" when it comes to digitization. It’s a harder sell at times than one would think.

"You still have diehards who want to have paper in their hands," says Kevin Macklem, co-owner of Prime Office Innovations.

Converting those die-hards has turned into an increasingly profitable business model for Macklem and his team. The company has hired three people over the last year, including two new technicians and one new sales professional. The company now has a staff of 14 employees and two interns and is looking to hire a new business development manager.

Prompting that hiring spike is double-digit gains for the company. Both its revenue and its profits are up by more than 10 percent in the last year.

"The challenges (of the recent recession) are behind us now," Macklem says. "I'm seeing more spending in the manufacturing sector, automotive supplier spending specifically."

Source: Kevin Macklem, co-owner of Prime Office Innovations
Writer: Jon Zemke

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HBR Labs launches VeriShow online collaboration tool

HBR Labs is promoting its new VeriShow technology this summer, positioning its online collaboration software to become a fixture with high-end retailers.

The Farmington Hills-based tech company's platform is designed to connect companies and customers online quickly and painlessly. VeriShow provides spontaneous video conferencing, chat, and assistance by simply clicking on the “Live Help” button between customers and customer service representatives.

"It's designed to allow any company that needs to engage customers to do so instantly," says Yuval Moed, CEO of HBR Labs.

The 7-year-old company is focusing on selling to high-end retailers in the car dealership, real-estate, fashion and banking industries. HBR Labs created the multimedia software platform 18 months ago but is ramping up its marketing of the product now that it has worked the bugs out of it.

"We perfected the technology so it's now a pleasure for everyone to use," Moed says.

HBR Labs employs a staff of eight people after hiring one new person (a quality control professional) over the last year. It currently has open positions for two sales professionals to help market and sell VeriShow.

Source: Yuval Moed, CEO of HBR Labs
Writer: Jon Zemke

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123.net hires 10 people as it grows wireless business

123.net is hiring in Southfield, and with good reason.

The Internet/data center company has hired 10 people over the last year, including six people for its wireless Internet division. It’s in the process of adding summer interns right now, and the firm plans to hire more staff later this year. The reason?

"Demand," says Jim Hart, director of wireless operations for 123.net. "We don't add head count because it's speculative. We add people because there is a need."

The 17-year-old company has been hard at work expanding its tech center at its headquarters in Southfield. The 130,000-square-foot structure at 24700 Northwestern Highway just brought an extra 15,000 square feet of data center space online.

123.net wireless Internet product has led the company's recent growth spike. Hart explains the speed of that product's deployment has been second to none.

"There is a demand for it," Hart says. "People just want it."

123.net also has two interns on top of its staff of 40 employees. It is currently looking to add three more summer interns. The company plans to use its internship program as a talent pipeline for future employees.

"We're hoping to convert a couple of them as soon as their internships are complete," Hart says.

Source: Jim Hart, director of wireless operations for 123.net
Writer: Jon Zemke

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Design Source Media moves to bigger space in Warren

Design Source Media is moving from Sterling Heights to a bigger space in Warren, which will help accommodate its growing staff.

The website design firm has hired two people over the last year, a copy writer and technology consultant. It’s also looking to hire a new web designer. The 2-year-old firm currently employs nine people.

Prompting that expansion is the firm’s growth into creating websites for new industries. It has traditionally done work for landscaping and construction firms. It is now aiming to do more work for athletes, sports teams and manufacturers.

"We want to understand that industry (manufacturing) better," says David Lee, president of Design Source Media.

The firm has also spent the last year refining its business practices, making them more customer-friendly.

"The client knows exactly what phase we're at in the web-development process," Lee says, "and what steps need to be taken next."

Source: David Lee, president of Design Source Media
Writer: Jon Zemke

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ePrize becomes HelloWorld, hires 50 people

What was once ePrize is now HelloWorld. It's the same tech firm based in Pleasant Ridge, just bigger and looking to grow more.

"It's a culmination of the last few years," says Matt Wise, CEO of HelloWorld. "We started to pivot the business three years ago; ePrize was a great name when it was just a promotions company."
 
Catterton Partners, a private-equity firm, acquired what is now HelloWorld three years ago. The acquisition was the culmination to what became the poster child of local startup success stories. The firm's founder, Josh Linkner, went on to co-found the high-profile Detroit Venture Partners with Dan Gilbert while the now 15-year-old firm continued to grow.

Wise explains that HelloWorld is a more fitting name for the company as it currently stands. The firm got its start as a digital promotions firm. Today its software platform is more comprehensive and focuses on enabling brands to connect with consumers through a variety of different experiences. Among those new avenues are mobile marketing, live-event activation, in-store activation and loyalty programs.

"We build software applications that help people connect with the brand," Wise says.

HelloWorld has also been growing rapidly. The firm has hired 50 people over the last year, mostly software developers, operations and sales personnel. It now employs 440 people and is looking to hire another 12 people in sales, operations and software development.

Source: Matt Wise, CEO of HelloWorld
Writer: Jon Zemke

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Company Folders recalibrates biz model, aims to add 5 jobs

Company Folders is one of those Internet firms that lives and dies by Google searches. The Keego Harbor-based company recently had a near-death experience but came back stronger than ever.

The 10-year-old company creates software that helps make presentation folder selection easier to understand and use. You can check out its folder design gallery here and the freebies it offers here. Company Folders enjoyed a lot of success because it leveraged good search engine optimization, often appearing at the top of a number of Google searches.

Then Google, which accounts for a vast majority of Internet searches, changed its algorithm in 2012. The new algorithm penalized firms that raised their ranking by linking to websites that Google deemed as low-quality, a practice Company Folders used often.

"When they rolled out this new algorithm all of the websites took a hit," says Vladimir Gendelman, founder & CEO of Company Folders. "Company Folders was one of those websites."

That meant the Company Folders' revenue plunged. Gendelman retooled its business model to restore its SEO that included getting rid of the bad links, adding a blog, writing stories for other publications, and instituting a loyalty marketing program. He then jumped through the hoops Google put up to get back in its good graces. The end product was a higher conversion rate from searches, more tools available to its customers and a stronger overall business.

"For the whole year we are up about 15 percent," Gendelman says.

The company has also grown its staff to a dozen people. It is currently looking to hire five people for jobs like account manager, UIX design, social media manager and SEO manager.

Source: Vladimir Gendelman, founder & CEO of Company Folders
Writer: Jon Zemke

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Trent Design grows staff thanks to manufacturing website work

There is no denying that Trent Design is a new economy company. The marketing firm specializes in design, specifically website design. So it’s a little amusing that the biggest driver of its recent growth is an old economy sector, manufacturing.

Trent Design has handled the website designs/redesigns of a number of big-name manufacturers over the last year, including Brasco International. Trent Design is currently working on new websites for Pennsylvania Steel and Jac Products. The trend started when Eaton Steel first reached out to Trent Design to redesign its website a couple of years ago. That led to a number of Eaton Steel's sister firms and manufacturers it works with following suit.

"We have done several manufacturing sites, which has helped us get even more manufacturing website work," says Marilyn Trent, principal of Trent Design. "I feel manufacturing can use our help."

That has allowed the Rochester-based company to hire a new brand strategist over the last year. It now employs five full-time employees, three part-timers and the occasional intern. Many of these employees have stayed with the firm for many years after they hired in. "When I hire them, they stay with me," Trent says.

Trent Design also opened an office in Detroit's Midtown neighborhood a couple of years ago. Trent thinks she could add another person or two to her staff in the next year but still wants to keep her company small.

"I want to keep a boutique-size agency that does great work and provides great customer service," Trent says.

Source: Marilyn Trent, principal of Trent Design
Writer: Jon Zemke

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SmartFinds Internet Marketing moves to bigger Birmingham office

Last year was a bit of a transition year for SmartFinds Internet Marketing.

The 27-year-old firm has moved to a new home, hired a handful of people and started to sharpen its aim on the services it provides.

"We have been focusing our message to our clients that we are marketeers more than a technology company," says Melih Oztalay, CEO of SmartFinds Internet Marketing. He further explains that in his experience that tech companies are more "order takers" while marketing firms work more collaboratively with their clients to shape messages in digital worlds.

SmartFinds Internet Marketing has been based in downtown Birmingham for most of its existence. Last year it moved into a bigger space, which measures about 1,000 square feet in more elbow room, on the other side of Old Woodward Avenue above Jos A Bank.

SmartFinds Internet Marketing has also hired four people in the last year, mostly account managers. Those were replacement hires for the company that currently employs 15 people but is aiming to grow that number in 2014.

To do that, Oztalay is turning the firm so it can provide more responsive web design. It is also looking to better keep up with Google searches.

"It's no longer about keyword searches," Oztalay says. "It's going to be about optimizing conversation."

Source: Melih Oztalay, CEO of  SmartFinds Internet Marketing
Writer: Jon Zemke

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123.net hires 5 as it builds out new space in Southfield

123.net continues to build out its data-storage capabilities in Southfield. The 17-year-old company began working out of its 130,000-square-foot structure at 24700 Northwestern Highway last year. Its offices occupy the top floor of the seven-story building. It expects to wrap up work on Phase 1 of the project early next year, which will bring 15,000 square feet of data center space online.

"We are expanding our data center facility in the building," says Dave Curran, channel sales manager for 123.net. "We expect to have 100,000 square feet of data center space." He adds that his company is working to turn the building into a tier 4 data facility.

123.net employs 30 people. It hired five over the last year and had three openings for marketing, engineering and sales professionals. The company expects to hire 12 people in 2014 to support its projected revenue growth of 25 percent.

"We're always looking for good people with solid backgrounds," Curran says.

Source: Dave Curran, channel sales manager for 123.net
Writer: Jon Zemke

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Biznet Internet Solutions transitions to mobile apps

Biznet Internet Solutions has been in the website-building business for years, but now the Southfield-based company is making the steady transition to mobile apps.

"In the product cycle curve, websites are in decline and mobile apps are on the upswing," says Kevin Krason, founder & chief visionary officer of Biznet Internet Solutions.

In response to this trend, Biznet Internet Solutions is creating a new product line called DocApps. The new platform will allow doctor practices to create and deploy customizable apps to help run their practices. The idea is to help them streamline everything from patient referrals to lowering the number of patient no-shows to improving patient care.

"It (DocApps) is actually going to be a new company," Krason says.

Biznet Internet Solutions has grown to a staff of 10 people over its 19 years. Krason is optimistic the company will begin hiring even more people over the next year as DocApps begins to gain traction and Biznet Internet Solutions completes the transition to more mobile work.

Source: Kevin Krason, founder & chief visionary officer of Biznet Internet Solutions
Writer: Jon Zemke

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Snapshot Design's growth in mobile leads to more hires

Some businesses grow. Some businesses evolve. Snapshot Design is doing both.

"We have evolved more than anything," says Tom Veselenak, partner with Snapshot Design.

The St. Clair Shores-based company specializes in building e-commerce avenues for direct marketing firms and other website-design functions. It has a core customer base of about 40 clients with revenues that range between $20 million and $150 million.

Those customers have engaged Snapshot Design to help redesign their websites to accommodate users from a broad range of mobile devices. Snapshot Design has launched eight of these sites so far this year. That is the most it has ever done in a year and there are still more in the pipeline.

"The amount of people using mobile devices to shop is growing dramatically," Veselenak says. "For many of our customers it is very necessary."

That has allowed the 12-year-old company to expand its staff to 15 employees and the occasional intern. It has hired three people over the last year, creating jobs for software programers and project managers. The company gets most of its talent from local universities.

"We are very proud of that," Veselenak says.

Source: Tom Veselenak, partner with Snapshot Design
Writer: Jon Zemke

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Computing Source expands rapidly with 23 new hires

Computing Source has experienced some exponential growth in the last year, tripling its staff in the last year and acquiring a local company.

The Southfield-based legal-support firm just acquired Evidence Express, a demonstrative evidence and trial graphics company based in Metro Detroit. Computing Source has also hired 23 people over the last year, expanding its staff to 35 employees. It is also adding some interns.

"I would like to see us continuing on this aggressive growth streak," says Mark St. Peter, managing director & CEO of Computing Source.

Computing Source refers to itself as an "all-in-one digital evidence solution for legal professionals." It specializes in providing electronic discovery, computer forensics, copy/scan/print services, hosted document review, contract attorney staffing, expert testimony, trial technology services, demonstrative evidence and trial boards and paralegal on-call support.

It currently has offices in downtown Detroit, Birmingham and Chicago. It is also looking at opening offices in Ann Arbor and Grand Rapids later this year to serve the legal communities there.

"Our 3-5 year goal is to be a dominant player in the Great Lakes region," St. Peter says.

Source: Mark St. Peter, managing director & CEO of Computing Source
Writer: Jon Zemke

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Coupon Wallet helps biz coupons transition to digital

A new start-up at the Macomb-OU INCubator aims to help businesses make the leap from paper to digital when it comes to the savings they offier.

Coupon Wallet is developing a software platform that help small businesses create digital coupons, helping them reach a larger audience. The technology includes managed marketing services and point-of-sale integration.

"It's meant to help brands transition out of the paper world and into the digital world," says Christopher Papa, chief marketing officer & partner of Coupon Wallet.

The Sterling Heights-based company was spun out of PocketCents Network, which has been advertising online for several years. The Coupon Wallet will focus on enhancing creating digital coupon but also aggregating information that will help users make more constructive business decisions.

Coupon Wallet was launched last fall and has grown to team of five employees and three interns. It recently tok up residence at the Macomb-OU INCubator to help help grow the business and leverage the business accelerators numerous assets.

"The rent is very cheap and everything is included," Papa says. "There is also being surrounded by professionals."

Source: Christopher Papa, chief marketing officer & partner of Coupon Wallet
Writer: Jon Zemke

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Homegrown Bold Media continues growth streak in web development biz

Bold Media got its start from a local college grad looking to make his way in his hometown by starting his own web-development business.

That mission was accomplished within a few years of its founding in 2008. The Livonia-based firm's progression to a growing small business is cementing Bold Media as a local company with staying power. It has developed 250 websites in its five years and expanded its services offerings to a number of different areas, such as search engine optimization, digital marketing and site hosting.

"It (Bold Media's growth) was just word of mouth and excellent customer service," says Haitham Fakhouri, owner of Bold Media.

He launched the company right after graduating from Eastern Michigan University with a bachelors in computer science. The idea was to create his own job instead of trying to chase one in a down economy or moving away in search of one. Today he employs five people after hiring two new employees over the last year. Bold Media also has one job opening now.

"Instead of moving out of state, I decided to open a business in my community," Fakhouri says.

Today that local business is looking to begin making the jump to a medium-size business. Bold Media hopes to land larger clients in 2013 and to continue to grow into a bigger role in the local business world.

Source: Haitham Fakhouri, owner of Bold Media
Writer: Jon Zemke

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