2009 was an interesting year. The US stock bottomed in mid March. There is a high umemployment and underemployment (folks working part-time) rate in both California and the United States. Our financial system is trying to fix itself, with a lot of help from the Federal Government, but most importantly, there is a sense of optimism in the air for the American people. Almost everyone agrees that the worst is behind us, the question now is, how long will this recession/downturn last, and what can everyone expect in 2010.
I'm not a economist, nor do I provide business forecast and prediction for a living. However, given the number of businesses Web Advanced works with each year, we get to see a glimpse of the business world through the eyes of our clients. Almost everyone that we work with believe that 2010 will be a better year than 2009, and everyone is optimistically cautious about building, protecting, and growing their businesses this year.
Web Advanced, like the rest of the world, had its ups & downs in 2009. We had a relatively slow start to the year, picked up momentum in Q2, and finished out the last 6 months extremely well. Amongst the accomplishments, WA was awarded the interactive contract for Bosch Siemens Home Appliances in North America, built relationships with Disney, Black & Decker, Allergan, and many global brands, as well as extended our relationships with numerous regional and local small & medium size companies. Additionally, Web Advanced was named one of the fastest growing companies in the country (#599 out of 5000) by Inc Magazine, as well as being awarded for 3 interactive media awards - link.
While we are proud of our accomplishments, we are more proud of the cohesiveness of our team, as well as the bonds formed & successes that we built with our clients.
As many of our clients tell us, they associate Web Advanced with three things. Responsive, flexible, and very business-minded. These qualities are our best qualifies and form the foundation of our brand. It is our goal to continue to support and build our companies through strategic and close relationships, as well as helping our customers to become successful. As we approach 2010 with cautious optimism, we would like to remind all of our friends, families, clients, website visitors, and blog readers - be careful, stay frugal, and always save for the rainy days (especially if it rains longer than you expected).