Monday, December 29, 2008

Just In Time For The New Year

Well it's been a long year! We've seen a ton of activity internally and of course the country's seen a ton of activity from all angles. The new year is only a few days away. I for one am looking forward to many things in 2009 including a new administration to lead the country (hopefully in a much different direction) and a new outlook on the economy. I really don't see how we can do much worse.

On a great note: we officially released on Veteran's Day 2008 (read our PR on the release of It's been a little over a month and we have already crossed the 500 mark for business listings. We have several thousand pre-registered listings (signed up before went live). We have been contacting these businesses to resubmit their information. It's been a slow process but day-by-day things are increasing.

Here is a list of some of the important pieces we've been able to implement in 2008:
1) Addition of over 500 veteran owned businesses
2) Set up of site-wide sponsor program
3) Dozens of enhanced listings
4) Site linked to by numerous veterans organizations, blogs, sites and government agencies
5) Set up of nearly 1,000 categories
6) Nearly 1,000 pages linked into Google, 750 in Yahoo and over 2,500 in MSN/Live
7) The addition of a "Why The Military Helped Me Become A Better Business Owner" quote area that runs throughout the site.
8) The addition of over 100 business quotes for the aforementioned quote area
9) Did our first trade show, though it was really small and only a local event, but an a trade show no less

As you can see, 2008 was a very productive year, especially if you take into consideration the site didn't go live (well it's still technically in Beta) until 11/11/2008. 2009 promises to be a spectacular year. Here is a short list of some of the many changes and additions we anticipate making in 2009 (most by the 1st quarter):

1) Have over 2,500 veteran owned businesses listed (End of Q1 2009)
2) Have at least 2 corporate sponsors
3) The addition of states to the directory (to search purely by state instead of categories)
4) 2,500 links to from other sites, organizations and directories
5) Creation of a starter package for businesses to include certificates and more
6) Printing and distribution of t-shirts, posters, and, most importantly, stickers and magnets for cars so consumers and fellow veterans can show their support
7) 20 articles written about and/or articles is referenced in
8) Creation of a Blog on in order to keep interested parties updated on the goings on of the directory
9) Get to 50,000 unique monthly visitors (End of Q1 2009)
10) Establish and run first web-based newsletter for VOBs and SDVOBs
11) Establish and run first web-based newsletter for site supporters and visitors
12) 5,000 links in from Google; 5,000 in from Yahoo and 5,000 in from MSN/Live respectively
13) Add a testimonial section for businesses that have bought from or plan to buy from VOBs and SDVOBs
14) Set up a lead generation form where visitors can send an email directly from the directory to a business listed
15) Admin panel for listed businesses working in order for each to access and edit their respective listings (End of Q2 2009)
16) 250 banner ads by sponsors running (End of Q1 2009)
17) Officially release from Beta into a fully functioning directory (End of Q1 2009)
18) Blow out release party (End of Q1 2009)

This is a very aggressive plan to try and get many features added and working properly by the end of the first quarter of 2009. Soon (hopefully) we'll have a blog working directly on When we do, I will begin to make post directly there.

I hope and wish you all great success in 2009. Now more than ever is a time for fellow Americans to hope and pray for a better future. It's also imperative that we all search out and conduct business with other American owned businesses... or... as we have been working on: United States Military Vetearn Owned Businesses and Service Disabled Veteran Owned Businesses.

Cheers and salutations in '09!


Tuesday, September 23, 2008

First Veteran's Conference for

Well we have finally signed up and later this morning will be exhibiting at our very first conference exclusively as The signs came out great as did our show handouts. We will upload photos of the show in due time. If you are going to be at the show (8th Annual Veteran's Enterprise Conference at Brevard Community College in Central Florida) be sure to stop by our booth and say "hello".

On other news, we have just hired a Jr. Web Developer who will be starting later on this morning as well.

Cheers to all!


Saturday, August 23, 2008

Quick Update

Things are still rocking along at eWareness. We've hired several additional staff members including our first, full time sales person. She is still learning the ropes but we are very excited to have somebody onboard full time to handle all the emails and phone calls.

eWareness is excited to also have been recently listed on Website Magazine's list of Top 50 SEO firms. I'm sure this comes as no surprise for many of you who are clients and partners; however, the listing is causing use to receive even more leads than we normally get.

We are still plugging along with the project. Every day we get closer and closer to release into Beta. What has us very excited is we have crossed over the 1,000 mark of businesses that have pre-registered for their free listing.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Veteran Owned Businesses Directory

Well the Veteran Owned Business Directory is really starting to come along. Our character series is looking great. Please take a look at and let us know what you think about the characters. We are working around the clock (literally) to try to wrap up everything in time for the big Veteran Owned Business conference this Summer.

Please... please... please: if you know of any veterans who own businesses or manage businesses. A listing on is totally free!

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Great in '08

Hello one and all,

It's now 2008 (actually has been for a week and a half).

Things are rolling along as fast as ever. eWareness is making a fast track toward getting up and running and packed with Veteran Owned Businesses in time for several large Veteran Owned Business trade shows. We plan on exhibiting in Las Vegas this summer. With nearly 1,000 sign ups already, it's clearly apparent the Directory is shaping up to become the leading authority on businesses that are owned and/or managed by veterans and service disabled veterans.

Other than that, we've been actively looking at areas in Charlotte for a second location for eWareness. Our office will remain headquartered in Melbourne Florida. With growing demand from businesses all over the United States, we've decided try and find an affordable, second location where the cost of living is a little lower than other parts of the country but with a large pool of talented employees. I'll update you more as the Charlotte issue comes along.

Other than that, things are cooking. We've hired 1 full time web designer and one part time web designer. Both are settling in ok.

I hope all is well and I wish you the best success in '08.