OWNER: Denise Limon
YEARS IN BUSINESS: 2
WHAT SHE SELLS: Website design, website maintenance and updates, search engine optimization, hosting and website usage training
WHY YOU SHOULD GO: Denise truly cares about each client’s business. She works until the website is the best it can be.
Professional. Kind. Knowledgeable. Creative. Intelligent. Affordable. All of these words have been used by Denise Limon’s clients to describe her and her website services. With a background in advertising, Denise understands the importance of a good first impression. Creating websites that are unique, yet user-friendly, is important to her, and she is dedicated to making each website present well on all electronic devices – phones, tablets, and computers.
Denise, when and why did you decide to start your business? I have degrees in advertising and education. Experience and knowledge from both backgrounds have helped me in the world of web design, especially my advertising background, which I loved. I have two daughters who are becoming more independent. I decided I wanted to get back into advertising, and I love the amazing world of technology. So web design seemed liked a natural progression. I started taking LBCC online classes in web design, and I really liked it. I started up Lemon Twist two years ago.
Tell us more about your services. What are your specialties? I consult with my clients to find out how they want their business represented on the web. I ask a lot of questions to get a feel for the image the business owners want projected. I also re-design and update websites to fit current technology and mobile applications, I offer monthly maintenance services to ensure websites are current, and I provide Search Engine Optimization so that websites display higher in search result.
What does being featured as the Local Business of the Week mean to you? It’s great advertising within my own community and a great way to connect with other small business owners.
What does your business do better than anyone else? Why should folks patronize your business? I’m told I’m easy to be around and very patient with clients, and that my concern with their business interests is a very comforting feeling. I genuinely want people to love the website I design and feel comfortable talking to me about what may be not absolutely perfect about the site and work together until it is.
What challenges have you faced as an independent local business owner, and how have you met those challenges? As a single person operator, I find the work flow can be a challenge. Sometimes I get more work than I can handle and that can become hectic. I’m learning better time management skills. Eventually, as my business grows, I would like to collaborate on larger projects with more people and eventually work as part of a team.
What do you feel is the impact of local independent businesses on Corvallis? I’ve lived in Corvallis for 13 years, and I think that independent businesses are what make Corvallis unique. The quaint nature of our city is in large part due to the community of thriving small businesses and their owners.
How important is sustainability to you and/or your business? Have you taken steps to increase the sustainability of your business model? I continually take classes to make sure my skills are up to date so that my customers’ businesses are represented as effectively and efficiently as possible, thereby cutting down on wasted effort and energy on the part of their customers. I want to do things the smart way, not the hard way, use less energy, time, effort and resources to get the most effective results. In a small town like Corvallis, business is sustained in large part by word of mouth. Happy customers make a business successful.
Please give us your one-sentence take-away message about your business. My number one goal is my customers’ satisfaction.
(Interview and article by Ron Garnett – October 7, 2014)
The Local Business of the Week program is designed to help the Corvallis community identify our locally owned independent businesses by featuring one business each week. The program is part of the Buy Local First campaign co-sponsored by the Corvallis Sustainability Coalition and the Community Independent Business Alliance (CIBA).