Why "Igniting Business?"
One might ask why is your company called "Igniting Business?" We feel that small businesses, especially when first beginning, often have trouble getting that initial push or next step that unlocks significant growth. That step may exist in the form of rebranding the company, finding and implementing technology that helps clear a logistical hurdle, or even setting up an e-commerce website to sell their product. Whatever the case may be, Igniting Business would like to serve as the spark that ignites your business into the next phase of growth.
How We Began
The founder of Igniting Business, Ben Seidel, is a web developer and technology fanatic who began creating websites for corporate clients while still in his teenage years. As Ben developed websites for small businesses, he found that these companies needed affordable and professional IT services and marketing consulting that they could trust. Most of these small businesses were overlooked by IT and marketing firms due to their small size and limited budgets. To meet the growing needs of Ben’s clients and by applying both his experience in technology and education in marketing and economics, Ben envisioned Igniting Business. In January of 2012, Igniting Business LLC was officially recognized by the state of Missouri as a company offering web design, IT services and marketing specifically geared towards helping small businesses grow.
Growing Igniting Business
By applying hard work and reliable customer service, we created great success in the mid-Missouri market. We also saw demand for our services grow outside of Columbia as we picked up clients in smaller towns like Boonville, Ashland, and Jefferson City, as well as larger areas of Kansas City and St. Louis. In 2014, we saw an opportunity to both grow our business and better serve our clients in the Kansas City area. In August of 2014, we opened up our office in Lee's Summit, MO. Currently, we have both our Columbia and Lee's Summit office fully staffed and look forward to helping many more small businesses. We are also continuing to serve clients all over the nation stretching from Juneau, Alaska, to Washington DC.
In January of 2017, Igniting Business celebrated 5 years of business. Our firm has had many wonderful achievements over the past 5 years, and we created the timeline below to help show some of those highlights. Note that you can hover over the timeline where there is an icon mark for more information. We hope you enjoy learning a bit more about our history as we continue to grow in 2017!
Began Blogging on Web, IT and Marketing Topics
IB Serves First Out of State Clients
IB's First Office Opened in Columbia
Support Ticket System and Monthly Newsletter Added
Tech Up-To-Date Program Introduced
Online Marketing Services Expanded
IB Opens KC Office Located in Lee's Summit
IB Hosts 1st Annual Joint-Office Staff Retreat
IB CoMO Moves Office to the Village of Cherry Hill
IB Serves Over 200 Small Businesses
IB Moves KC Office to New Location and Expands
As still a young and emerging company, we strive to uphold our values and provide quality services to our clients. At the core of Igniting Business are three values that drive every decision our company makes.
Leading with Integrity – We strive to be the leader in our industry when it comes to knowing and practicing the best and most ethical marketing, technology and web techniques. We will not compromise our integrity for "getting ahead," nor will we sacrifice quality for simply increasing our bottom line. Ultimately, you can rest assured that, working with Igniting Business, you will enjoy the latest services, technology and developments in the industry.
Practicing a Lifestyle of Learning – We believe that learning does not stop with a college degree, nor does a college degree determine the value of a person's skills. At Igniting Business, our staff utilizes University classes as well as paid professional training courses and seminars to keep our skills up-to-date. Team members also have the ability to cross train in areas other than one's specialty in order to broaden horizons and allow our staff to fully pursue their interests.
Building Relationships – We put people first. Our clients, their customers, our staff, and the community in which we reside are the focus of our efforts. Without healthy relationships, ethical and successful business transactions cannot occur. Thus, in everything that we do, people come first.
Igniting Business - Today and Growing Into Tomorrow
Igniting Business is currently owned and operated by Ben Seidel (President and Founder) and his wife, Caitlin Seidel, CPA (VP, Operations and Finance). We believe that our calling is to help small businesses grow and we spend each day working to fulfill that calling. We have been blessed throughout our history to have supportive and trusting team members, clients, family, and friends. We truly believe God has blessed our lives and our company and has his sovereign hand over the path on which we are journeying.
We have big dreams for Igniting Business. But they all boil down to one thing: Be a faithful servant of God. Through our servanthood, we hope to grow the Igniting Business team and instill a sense of family and community in our work environment. We also hope to grow our client base, but only for the sake of helping small businesses in America succeed. Wherever God may lead our company, we thank all of those involved in our history for your generous support.