Byte Studios is fully a part of our community.
We support more non-profits and community organizations than any web design firm in Milwaukee. The majority of our clients are non-profits, community organizations, advocacy group and BIDs and city governments. And we don't do it for the money, we tend to do our non-profit work at cost.
The best part of working with non-profits is we get a chance to help the organizations that do things that, if given another live, we'd dedicate our entire lives to. By doing our job well, we help non-profits and community organizations raise money, tell their story, hire more talented staff, advocate for their clients and raise awareness of their very important causes. As any of our non-profit friend will tell you, expert advice and great ideas are just a phone call away, Our hearts and minds are fully with the community around us.
Caring about the community starts from the top down. Our president has spent his life giving back to the community. You may know him from his most recent escapade, the sale of The National, a cafe two doors down from our Milwaukee Studio. He and his girlfriend bought an empty place three years ago to add to the appeal of the Walker's Point neighborhood and create a community restaurant. He set up a solid business and then, per the plan, went looking for a responsible owner to guide The National forward.
He devised this sales process (and beautiful website), in which prospective buyers could knock money off the price by agreeing to run the business in a more community friendly manner. Terms included keeping organic and local food as a main staple, being part of the community, and staying open every day of the week, all important aspects of a community restaurant. If all the terms were met, the sale price of the cafè could be as low as $100 dollars. And that's exactly what happend. The CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley came to town to cover the sale. Check out their story here.
So what does this all mean?
It means a few things. It means we think outside of the box. Michale's no fool, and he knew that having a community friendly business in the neighborhood is important. He was willing to accept less money to see his vision carried out. It shows foresight and a genuine desire to improve the world around him. That is what you can expect from Byte Studios: a willingness to think outside the box, and look at the big picture. Our acknowledgement and consideration of the future carries over into our design and software. We would rather create something that will stand the test of time. We don't use trendy conventions or cut corners on our programming. One thing is for sure, we are not in it for the money.