Getting your logo on stuff!

Box of Pens

Box of Logo Pens

One of the things that I have had to figure out is how to get my logo on marketing materials.  I believe that shirts and pens are two of the most effective ways to advertise.  You will always see me in a blue shirt with the Blue Gurus logo on it.   I do have “off duty blue” for evenings and weekends where the shirt is blue but no logo.  :) Read more

Logo created

Blue Gurus Logo

Blue Gurus Logo

The logo is complete! We hired Infusion Creative to create the logo. It is interesting how much work goes in to creating a business logo, but when you plan on printing, placing and posting it all over the world, you have to get it RIGHT! :)

Next step is to get the web site up and running which we plan on getting done by the middle of June. It will be nice to get all the information together so that we can clearly explain how we help clients grow their small businesses! We help them sell more and then deliver faster!

Personal Tangent : Atlantis Drainage Solutions

Atlantis Drainage Solutions

Atlantis Drainage Solutions

For the past 5 weeks I have been multitasking. I have been starting a new business and getting my house ready to put on the market with my friends over at Group O’Dell. I did a lot of projects to get my home ready, and one of them was setting up proper drainage for the downspouts off my roof. Too much water was getting into the crawlspace when it rained hard enough.

I asked around and found that Atlantis Drainage Solutions was a good company that I could trust to do the job right. And they did. Their staff was professional and experienced. Not to mention friendly. Anyway, the drainage problem is fixed and I am really happy with the results. I would recommend Atlantis Drainage for any kind of residential water control needs.

Office Space : College and Metcalf

Infusion Logo

Infusion Logo

I have a home! A good friend of mine, Matt Simpson, owns Infusion. They are a web site and brand delivery company. Matt and I have done business together over the past 2-3 years and when he heard that I was looking for a place to call home he invited me to office with him. They are located at 6340 College, right next to the Overland Park Convention center. It is a fantastic space that they just moved into and completely remodeled. This gives me immediate access to a lot of great infrastructure including a conference room, phone system, fax, copier, etc. The lesson here is to accept the generosity of others. Matt and I have always helped each other grow our businesses and this is taking that relationship to the next level.

My new mailing address is:
Blue Gurus
6340 College Blvd.
Overland Park, KS 66211
P.S. Sorry for the 2 week delay in posting, I have been busy moving my household, getting my old house ready to sell and getting the new office set up! Whew! Anyway, I should be back to making regular updates within the next week or so.

CPA : Vande Brake & Baker, LLC

Vande Brake + Baker

Vande Brake + Baker

 I have chosen Mike Vande Brake to be my CPA. Mike and I met at Church of the Resurrection many years ago in a Crown Financial Bible Study. Since then, we are involved in the same ACA group and run into each other often. He also got a strong recommendation from my good friend Shawn Kincade. Too many things pointed me in Mike’s direction. He has already been responsive and knowledgeable, even before I am a paying client! That is just good service and his reward is my business. Looking forward to working with Mike. We are going to set up Quickbooks (the hosted version) and my initial chart of accounts in 2 weeks. He is also helping me get a clean start by making a hard separation between my personal expenses and business expenses. One thing I am going to have to do is fund my Commerce Bank business account so that I can turn in an expense request for the startup costs. Legal, web hosting, Exchange hosting, domain registrar, etc. Sound advice!

Bank : Commerce

Commerce Bank

Commerce Bank

 The banking relationship is decided! I have chosen to bank with Commerce Bank. Many factors contributed to this decision, but again, it came down to people. I have known Keith Asel for a while now and respect him. I also met Rebecca Gubbels about 3 times one week because we were going to the same kinds of networking events. Rebecca and I hit it off like old college buddies. Not only that, my attorney, John Gilliford recommended her as well while we were setting my LLC up. Small world. Anyway, opening the accounts on Wednesday! This is good because there have been quite a few small things that I have had to pay for with my personal funds that really need to come out of the business. I will fund the business checking account with a loan and cut myself expense checks for the things I paid for personally. I am close to picking my CPA as well, and will post that soon.

Attorney : Gilliford Law Firm

Gilliford Law Firm

Gilliford Law Firm

I have selected Gilliford Law Firm to set up my new entity. I have worked with John Gilliford in the past and have always been impressed. He is up front, to the point and reasonable. He knows all the little details that I would never think to ask and he is really helping me get a head start on setting up my business. Once he is done filing paperwork with the state where I am incorporating, I will be excited to share the name I have chosen. :) We meet on Thursday to knock everything out. Good progress.

Hosted Exchange 2007 for a song

Apptix

Apptix

I first learned about Apptix when I set up a hosted Microsoft Sharepoint site a year ago. I enjoyed working with them and their customer support was excellent. Also, the price point was compelling for a small business owner. I learned that Apptix acquired Mi8 about 3 years ago. Mi8 was a well known hosted Exchange provider prior to the acquisition. I needed to move my terryinc.com domain to a Hosted Exchange platform so that I could sync email, contact and calendar traffic with my iPhone.

The steps for converting from a simple POP3 email account at my web hosting company (http://www.crystaltech.com/) to a full-blown hosted Exchange account were straight forward. Read more