Marc Rapaport, the founder of Blue Sky Projects, had clients before he even opened the doors to his business. In the early 1990’s after working as a webmaster under contract for a dozen Microsoft websites, he had friends and businesses lined up at the door wanting website development. “So I put together a team.” He says, “And I never looked back.”
What’s unique about his skills? Having owned several businesses throughout the years, Rapaport’s experience in many areas shaped his ability to know both the business and development sides in many industries. “My experience includes working with groups involved in shopping malls and centers, as well as real estate companies. I have traded commodity futures and also started a firm that built and sold framed pictures,” he explains. “So I have been on the trade show floor, worked with salespeople and the public and it brought an understanding of e-commerce too. Many web development companies are very technically-based, which of course is good, but not as many understand the business side as well. We have always been very focused on business results for both our clients and Blue Sky.”
This is where Blue Sky Projects distinguishes itself. Clients rely on Rapaport’s ability to bridge the gap between the business owner and the technical team. As Jessica Campbell, owner of Spa Scotta said, “Blue Sky Projects was good with the details. As an online consumer, I had a good idea of how I wanted things to work, but Blue Sky Projects was able to suggest back-end things that help my business run smoothly.”
A current project is a venue for online classes. “It’s a start-up,” Rapaport says, “And we are all refining the spec as we go along.” The site will include a combination of online classes in the Human Resources field and also will include live and pre-recorded webinars. Also available through the site will be coaching resources.
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