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From the turkeys here at Glerin!

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In the spirit of Throwback Thursday, thought I'd share a design from back in 2006.

Did you know we've been doing this since 1996?!?

James Dietz is an award-winning military and aviation artist whose work is collected worldwide, and even hangs in the White House. Back in 2006, our Ballowax small business division was actually a separate company (owned by Glerin and a couple of partners) that provided e-commerce order fulfillment services. We were contracted to develop a site to sell collectibles that featured Dietz's art; the new online store offered full-featured e-commerce including live interaction with USPS.com for shipping, live chat customer support, and the ability for customers to manage their existing orders.

We actually developed our very first e-commerce site in 1997 and had to code everything from scratch!

There were no shopping cart programs available for small businesses back then (and no PayPal!), and this was also our first MYSQL database-driven project.

That 1997 site was developed to sell a 3-volume set of books - individually and in 2- and 3-book sets. Because credit card companies hadn't yet developed a widely-used method of allowing small businesses to authorize online payments, we collected the payment information through a secure, encrypted form and had to manually process the orders after they were received.

We also sold the books through Amazon.com way back in 1997! Sometimes it's hard for me to believe how much things have changed since the beginnings of Glerin, and looking back at our old projects helps rekindle old memories. Do you remember when you first started using the web or having your first website developed? I'd love to hear your old stories.

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With over 100 entrées on the menu and delicious house specialties, these restaurants will make your tummy happy!

The Mi Carreta family of Mexican restaurants was founded in South Boston, Virginia in 2003 and has grown to 8 locations in Virginia, North Carolina, and New Hampshire.

Mi Carreta menu image lightboxThe huge menu includes vegetarian options and a kids menu. Owner José Torres wanted to include the entire menu on the site because, let's face it, most of us want to see what we're going to get. Each section of the menu has its own website page (lunch, dinner, appetizers, soups & salads, etc.), and clicking on the photo of a dish opens a larger image in a lightbox view.

directions to Mexican restaurantsGet directions to each restaurant or visit their Facebook page, find out about career opportunities, or learn a bit of Spanish vocabulary; before long you'll be able to tag your dining photos on Instagram to have them appear on the Mi Carreta website.

Visit the website and start drooling!


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instagram iconInstagram is the perfect social media for lazy people :)

  • It's sooo easy to use (who hasn't shared a photo?!?),
  • it's currently one of the most popular social media channels, and
  • you can autopost to Facebook and Twitter when you post to Instagram.

Our next free workshop will help you learn how to use Instagram to market effectively the lazy way.

Click here to register.

Due to the Thanksgiving holiday we're doing both Farmville and South Hill the same week this month. Dates, times & locations are:

Wednesday, November 19, 6:30pm in Farmville - Longwood Small Business Development Center; 315 West Third Street, Farmville, Virginia 23901; click here for a link to the location on Google maps.

Thursday, November 20, 6:30pm in South Hill - Southside Planning District Commission; 200 S. Mecklenburg Avenue South Hill, Virginia 23970; click here for a link to the location on Google maps.

Find out how to leverage the VGA hashtag campaign for your business, and make sure to bring your smart phone or tablet!

The workshop will last between 1.5 and 2 hours.

Click here to register.

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