Philadelphia, PA – May 4, 2009 – Cre8pc.com announced today that it has been recognized as one of the top 200 mom-owned businesses in StartupNation’s 2009 Leading Moms In Business Competition. The competition, sponsored by VerticalResponse, recognizes the achievements of mothers across the country that run outstanding businesses.
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“Moms across America were honored in this year’s ranking, showing that they’re capable of starting and running successful businesses while managing to balance family, career, home and self,” said Rich Sloan, co-founder of StartupNation.”Well over 600,000 votes were cast in support of several thousand contestants. What an incredible achievement to be named a winner, and what an inspiration for anyone looking to start their own business.”

“It’s challenging for anyone to start and run a successful business – particularly in this economy. These women are setting the standard for innovation and creativity,” said Janine Popick, founder and CEO of VerticalResponse.

Cre8pc.com began as a way to supplement then single mother of two, Kim Krause Berg’s, income while working full-time in web design and search engine optimization, which she taught herself. VerticalNet hired her from her web designer job at Unisys, where she became trained in Internet software QA testing and taught herself usability testing. Laid off in 2001, Kim was hired 6 hours later by one of her own private Cre8pc clients to do usability and software testing full-time. In 2002 she launched her web site usability testing business, UsabilityEffect.com, which combines her SEO background with Cre8pc.com with today’s human-computer needs.

Also, in 1998, she launched the Cre8pc Web Site Promotion club in Yahoo!, which later because Cre8asiteforums in 2002. She founded the Cre8tive Flow blog and Akesana.com. Cre8pc changed its focused from SEO to a multi-niche blog in 2002. Kim’s proprietary usability audits and requirements gathering services have been in demand around the world. She teaches a usability course, is a speaker at Internet Marketing conferences and has written for countless magazines, blogs and web sites.

Kim explains,

“I taught myself web design on a 286 PC, 25mhz in my kitchen and was hired for after my first job interview in 1995, after being a stay-at-home mom for 3 years. I worked hard to be able to support my kids because I refused to accept child support or alimony from my divorce. In the early days, the Internet was filled with generous mentors and that tradition is one I’ve woven in my work to this day. I’d be nowhere without the volunteers who help me with Cre8asiteforums and the passion of many of my clients. I believed I didn’t have to depend on anyone for anything and I set out to do exactly that.”

Kim was ranked #30 out of the top 200 Winners Circle. Read the full Press Release (Word Document) or email cre8pc@gmail.com to have it emailed to you.

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Kim Krause Berg’s long background in web design, SEO and usability includes software application functional and user interface testing, accessibility, information architecture and persuasive design. She shared her passion for Usability and SEO through her site and private consulting at Cre8pc for 17 years. Kim founded Cre8asiteforums in 1998. In the fall of 2012 she sold her forums to Internet Marketing Ninjas and retired from private consulting to join their Executive Management team where she continues her work in usability testing, customer experience and conversions design.

My Online Course: Web Site Usability 101

Member:

American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T)

Information Architecture Institute

Usability Professionals Association (UPA)