Text Handshake

Posted by Handshake 2.0 at 7:22 AM on April 29, 2010:

Nice to see you... oh, I got a text!
Barry Welch, founder of Internet Databases and developer of FurnishWEB, a portal for the home furnishings industry, and Anne Giles Clelland, president of social media public relations agency Handshake Media, share a Handshake 1.0 at Our Daily Bread in Blacksburg, Virginia.

Photo credit: A really nice guy at Our Daily Bread :)

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Here's how to get your Handshake 1.0 on Handshake 2.0.  Here are all the Handshake 1.0's on Handshake 2.0 - so far!  Can't wait to see yours!

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Internet Databases is a client of Handshake Media, Incorporated, the parent company of Handshake 2.0.

Portal Handshake

Posted by Handshake 2.0 at 7:00 AM on December 23, 2009:

Barry Welch, Anne Clelland, Kelly Queijo


Barry Welch, founder of Internet Databases and developer of FurnishWEB, a connectivity portal for the home furnishings industry, Anne Giles Clelland, founder of Handshake 2.0, a connector of people and portals, and Z. Kelly Queijo, founder of SmartCollegeVisit, a college visit portal with tools and resources for planning campus visit travel, share a Handshake 1.0.

Photo credit: Andrew Cohill

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It's still who you know!  You're invited to send us an image of you shaking hands with someone you know - a Handshake 1.0 - and we'll consider posting it in on Handshake 2.0.

Here are all the Handshake 1.0's on Handshake 2.0 and here's how to get your Handshake 1.0 on Handshake 2.0.

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Design NineInternet Databases and SmartCollegeVisit are clients of Handshake Media.

For Home Furnishings Industry, FurnishWEB a High Point

Posted by Handshake 2.0 at 3:23 PM on October 15, 2009:

"I found [FurnishWEB] to be the best and most complete site I have used."
 - Amy Perrin, Sales Representative, Sitcom Accessories

Hearing that from a FurnishWEB user was a high point for Barry Welch, founder of Internet Databases and developer of FurnishWEB, a dealer and sales rep portal for the home furnishings industry with a comprehensive online order, inventory, shipping and tracking system.  "What comes first for me is my clients' satisfaction.  If they're pleased, I'm even more pleased."

Barry Welch travels from his corporate office in the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center to High Point, North Carolina this weekend for the National Home Furnishings Association's High Point Market, considered one of the top showroom and merchandising design events in the United States for the home furnishings industry.

Welch will co-present two sessions on Take a Critical Look at Your Company with Bob George of FurnitureCore.com and Impact Consulting.  Barry Welch will talk about ways FurnishWEB can be part of a solution to handling changes in the evolving home furnishings industry.  

For those unable to attend the session, here's the flyer Barry Welch will present about FurnishWEB (.pdf)and a video introducing FurnishWEB.

The Take a Critical Look at Your Company sessions with Bob George of FurnitureCore.com and Impact Consulting, and Barry Welch, founder of Internet Databases and developer of FurnishWEB, will take place on Wednesday, October 21, 2009, in the NHFA's Retailer Resource Center, Space 527, Plaza Suites with the 8:30 AM workshop for retailers and the 1:30 PM workshop for manufacturers.  Workshop attendees are invited to pre-register for the workshop.

Video credit:  Z. Kelly Queijo.  Thanks to Amy Perrin for permission to use her quote.

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FurnishWEB, a client of Handshake 2.0, is an online data management system for the home furnishings industry that expedites and systematizes order processing and product inventory tracking to optimize partnerships between manufacturers, dealers, sales representatives, staff, and customers.

You can follow FurnishWEB on Twitter, become a FurnishWEB fan on Facebook, and read Barry Welch's blog.

FurnishWEB is an enterprise of Internet Databases, a custom web development company founded in 1999, located in the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Blacksburg, Virginia.

Tracking Furniture Trends with FurnishWEB

Posted by Z. Kelly Queijo at 6:58 AM on September 10, 2009:

What's the hot seller in the home furnishings industry in Phoenix, Arizona? How about Nashville, Tennessee? FurnishWEB is designed to answer.  In addition to tracking orders placed and shipped, a sales rep can also monitor sales trends based on product, style, customer, placement, and year-to-year performance. Barry Welch, developer of FurnishWEB, explains how it works.


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Z. Kelly Queijo writes about business and technology, people and their passions.  She is a frequent contributor to Handshake 2.0. You're invited to follow her on Twitter at @zkellyq.

Video credit:  Z. Kelly Queijo

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FurnishWEB, a client of Handshake 2.0, is an online data management system for the home furnishings industry that expedites and systematizes order processing and product inventory tracking to optimize partnerships between manufacturers, dealers, sales representatives, staff, and customers.

You can follow FurnishWEB on Twitter, become a FurnishWEB fan on Facebook, and read Barry Welch's blog.

FurnishWEB is an enterprise of Internet Databases, a custom web development company founded in 1999, located in the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Blacksburg, Virginia.

Inside the Furniture Buying Process from Barry Welch

Posted by Z. Kelly Queijo at 7:06 AM on September 3, 2009:

As a home furnishings industry product and service provider, Barry Welch found a home furnishings industry customer experience less than desirable when he and his wife tried to buy a recliner from a company that did not use FurnishWEB, the product he developed to solve just the problems he encountered.

In the video, Barry Welch explains how the shopping experience could have been different for him as the customer, for the salesperson, and, ultimately, for the manufacturer.

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Z. Kelly Queijo writes about business and technology, people and their passions.  She is a frequent contributor to Handshake 2.0. You're invited to follow her on Twitter at @zkellyq.

Video credit:  Z. Kelly Queijo

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FurnishWEB, a client of Handshake 2.0, is an online data management system for the home furnishings industry that expedites and systematizes order processing and product inventory tracking to optimize partnerships between manufacturers, dealers, sales representatives, staff, and customers.

You can follow FurnishWEB on Twitter and become a FurnishWEB fan on Facebook.

FurnishWEB is an enterprise of Internet Databases, a custom web development company founded in 1999, located in the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Blacksburg, Virginia.

An Entrepreneur Who Gives

Posted by Handshake 2.0 at 6:00 AM on August 1, 2009:

In a comment on his post on the Four Hour Work Week, Jim Flowers writes, "I don't see anything there related to giving, only taking."

Here's an entrepreneur who gives:  Barry Welch, founder of Internet Databases and developer of FurnishWEB, was featured in the August 2009 issue of Valley Business FRONT for his philnathropic work in Haiti.

Barry Welch, founder of Internet Databases, developer of FurnishWEB featured in Valley Business FRONT

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An Entrepreneur in Haiti by Z. Kelly Queijo describes more about Barry Welch.

FurnishWEB, a client of Handshake 2.0, is an online data management system for the home furnishings industry that expedites and systematizes order processing and product inventory tracking to optimize partnerships between manufacturers, dealers, sales representatives, staff, and customers.

FurnishWEB is an enterprise of Internet Databases, a custom web development company founded in 1999, located in the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Blacksburg, Virginia.

What Barry Welch, Founder of Internet Databases, Knows Now

Posted by Handshake 2.0 at 6:00 AM on July 25, 2009:

Handshake 2.0 asked Barry Welch, founder of Internet Databases and developer of FurnishWEB this question:

“If you could speak to your 10-year-younger self - the one who founded Internet Databases 10 years ago – and remember the doubts you had then, what statement of reassurance would you offer yourself?  In other words, what do you know now that would have been fortifying to know then?”

A younger Barry Welch, founder of Internet Databases, and his wife, Allison Welch

Barry Welch replied:

"It's going to be okay."

Ten years ago, with a toddler at home and a pregnant wife, I had many doubts about taking the leap from a decent job with a steady paycheck, benefits and a vacation package to starting my own business.  My supportive wife Allison had heard me talk about running my own company for several years.  "Do it or you'll eventually regret it,” "No time is the right time,” and "Do it or be quiet about it!" were some of her comments.

She was right…but I had so much inertia to overcome.  "How will we pay the mortgage?", "How will we find customers?", "What if they don't like my product?" were questions plaguing me. 

I decided to interview three company owners I admired both in my industry and in other industries. 

The feedback I received was far from encouraging. 

The first owner, whom I perceive to be a very successful entrepreneur, opened the interview by saying if he had to do it all over he would not start a new company.  Because of constant work obligations, he missed suppers with his family, his children's sporting events, vacations, and quiet time with his wife.

The second company owner told me he was sick and tired and fatigued and frustrated from trying to make it work, and just that week had decided to close his business.  "Don't do it! " he said, "Keep your security and your sanity." Instead of gaining support, I got promises of dark days ahead if I pursued my dream.

I entered the last interview expecting more of the same, but what happened caught me off guard.  This business owner was happy.  He enjoyed a typical work week of 40-50 hours and expected the same of his employees.  He loved running his own business and the professional learning process that came along with it.  And, to my surprise, he wanted to be my first client if I took the leap.  The catch, however, was he needed me to start on the project within two weeks!  Obviously, I took the chance and have been running my own company since.

Over the past ten years, I've come to realize that if I am sincere, honest, open-minded and persistent, people and circumstances arise to help me through situations.  Time and time again what I've needed, whether I realized it or not, arrived in my path.  Knowing this would have made stepping out as an entrepreneur much less gut-wrenching.  I don't want to give the impression that I don’t have hard times, emotionally draining times, and difficult decisions to make.  But I find comfort knowing that if I follow my principles, things have a way of working themselves out.

"It's going to be okay."

And pursuing a difficult dream is much better than wishing I had.

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FurnishWEB, a client of Handshake 2.0, is an online data management system for the home furnishings industry that expedites and systematizes order processing and product inventory tracking to optimize partnerships between manufacturers, dealers, sales representatives, staff, and customers.

FurnishWEB is an enterprise of Internet Databases, a custom web development company founded in 1999, located in the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Blacksburg, Virginia.

Handshake from Internet Databases

Posted by Handshake 2.0 at 6:00 AM on July 20, 2009:

Jilian Metz and Barry Welch, Internet Databases


Jilian Metz, Project Manager and head of Customer Care at internet Databases, keeps projects organized and running smoothly for Internet Databases and provides front-line customer support for FurnishWEB.  She shakes hands with Barry Welch, President of  Internet Databases. Barry provides the vision and structure for the company and performs sales and marketing functions.

FurnishWEB, a client of Handshake 2.0, is an online data management system for the home furnishings industry that expedites and systematizes order processing and product inventory tracking to optimize partnerships between manufacturers, dealers, sales representatives, staff, and customers.

FurnishWEB is an enterprise of Internet Databases, a custom web development company founded in 1999, located in the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Blacksburg, Virginia.

The Cloud Can Offer Small Companies an Advantage Over Larger Companies

Posted by Handshake 2.0 at 6:09 AM on June 22, 2009:

Handshake 2.0 Takes on The Cloud For our series Handshake 2.0 Takes on The Cloud, we asked experts on cloud computing:  "From your point of view, what are - or will be - the benefits of cloud computing for small-to-medium businesses?" 

Barry Welch, Internet Databases:

I see cloud computing as something bigger than signing up for a web-based subscription service.  I see it as moving operational applications (accounting, inventory tracking, claims processing, etc.) to virtual computing space.  One advantage is that computing power and storage capacity can grow and morph easily, quickly and cheaper than traditional procurement of new hardware and network capacity.  New virtual servers can be cloned and brought online in minutes.  They can shrink and grow following actual demand. And you only pay for the amount of resources used.

The small and medium sized company can gain significant advantage over larger companies with legacy systems by leading the way into the very flexible computing environment.  They can provide their users and clients highly available, redundant, and robust computing for a fraction of the cost of traditional servers.

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We're compiling links to Handshake 2.0's entire cloud computing series on our introductory post.

Catherine Fong contributed to this post.