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StackMaster LLC Full Service Digital Web Agency

A full-service digital agency with a projected $650k+ revenue this coming fiscal year looking for working capital to support expansion.

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Project Description

​​We are a full-service digital agency that specializes in web design, development, support, and mobile applications and have clients in both the private section and public sector, with our largest client expanding to over a projected half-million dollars in revenue this coming fiscal year start in October 2021. We are raising working capital to fund our marketing efforts as we expand and work to get 8A/GSA certified.

We specialize in open-source software and web development  (Drupal, WordPress, ReactJS, React Native, etc.) but have also expanded into Salesforce to increase our target market and raise our overall profitability.  We are especially skilled in Enterprise level open source sites that utilize integrations with a large number of tools, including Shopify, HubSpot, WooCommerce, and PayPal to name a few. We have developed thousands of websites over the years across our team of experienced, talented staff and have a passion for what we do!

 

We have a team of over 12 long-time staff members who are largely senior-level UI/UX experts, software engineers, and project managers who have worked together for over 15 years. Our long-standing working relationships are a big part of what has allowed us to grow and prosper over the years, as we have proven to deliver quality products and have evolved our approaches over time to be a boutique-style experience for our customers. Our Discovery and Requirements Gathering processes are custom-tailored to each client while using proven industry-standard methodologies to deliver quality results. 

 

Given the expansion of our major client, we are looking to get working capital to stabilize the invoice growth process, employ a business development coordinator to continue to drive in new sales, continue funding our marketing efforts, and ultimately grow while we are going through the process of attempting to obtain 8A/GSA certification with the SBA. In addition, the company founder Dr. Shallon Brown has written a book about high turnover rates in the software industry and the manuscript has been accepted by a publisher and they are ready to proceed with publication once she raises some capital to fund the book creation process (approx. $4k).

 

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About The Founder

 

Dr. Shallon Elizabeth Brown has been in software engineering for over 20 years and specifically worked in Drupal since 2007 on Drupal Core 5. She recently completed her Doctorate in Information Systems Engineering, where she graduated at the top of her class with a 4.0 GPA as the youngest person to ever obtain such a degree from her department and the first African American woman in the world to publish a manuscript on open source technology. Her manuscript was titled “Motivations in Open Source: A Quantitative Study on Drupal in Academia” which was the first doctoral manuscript in the world to ever be published on Drupal at the time of publication. She was chosen as the Keynote Speaker for Baltimore’s 2017 Drupalcon Higher Education Summit where she got to present the findings of her work. She has developed hundreds of Drupal websites for major organizations, such as Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Medicine Cardiovascular Research, the IRS, Columbia University, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, Fluke, and Expedia. As an API integration and build migration specialist, she has a passion for mentorship in engineering and loves working with other developers to expand into new toolsets for web development. She has most recently begun working to obtain AWS cloud certifications as well as developing more full-stack PHP applications with Laravel, React, and Django. In addition, Dr. Brown’s doctoral specialization is Adult IT Education where she specifically wrote about pedagogy in Information Technology and theories on how adults process and respond to web applications.

 

https://stackmasterllc.com/

 

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Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. How will StackMaster LLC use the funds?
    We will use the funds for working capital, marketing support, conference attendance, employing a business development coordinator to accelerate growth, and expansion. In addition, we want to support our initiatives that further our brand recognition and reach such as book publication.
  2. What makes StackMaster LLC different from other digital agencies?
    We have been in business for 7 years and have an established team of proven experts in our fields that have developed thousands of websites across virtually every market and industry type. In addition, we have a well-tested, proprietary methodology for administering web development and support, including custom security audit processes, boutique-style UI/UX requirements gathering and design, and custom retainer packages that provide our customers with a premium experience regardless of their technical debt or prior vendor experiences.
  3. Why is now the right time to raise investment capital?
    We have several major clients who have grown exponentially in the past several years, such that we need just 1-2 more to make our organization a projected $2-5 million per year revenue company. This would allow us to fully grow to be a more salaried employee model and ultimately become sustainably profitable in the long term and give our employees more incentive to stay with us as we grow. Stability and reliability of the product are key in our industry, and to accomplish this we need to maintain our staff and reduce turnover as much as possible. A salaried model serves this goal the best. To achieve this, we need to hire a full-time business development coordinator and continue our marketing efforts.
  4. What is our value proposition?
    Surprisingly, very few digital agencies are run or founded by actual software engineers. Most are founded and run by marketing executives and sales-based background individuals. This often creates a dichotomy between what the company seeks to achieve and what true technical limitations and parameters exist. StackMaster, LLC is founded, owned, and operated by a software engineer with over 20 years and a doctorate directly in their field of software engineering who specializes in open source web development. This is a powerful advantage, as from day one, customers know that their experience and solutions are driven by the science of the product being developed and not the sales or marketing pitch. 

    In addition, we pride ourselves on making our employees the core of our business model. They are always our number priority and our strongest asset. By making their expertise, hard work, and advanced skills the cornerstone of our business, we ensure that our business makes every effort to keep morale high, which we believe is the key to creating exceptional products.

    Finally, we are one of the few web companies that have experts in Drupal, WordPress, and Salesforce that have decades of experience in their respective fields. There are few companies with experts who have done Drupal since Core 5 and built WordPress plugins from scratch as early as 2005. This seasoned experience allows us to diagnose issues faster and provide advanced technical guidance that is invaluable to our clients.

 

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Just Because I Care

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10,000.00 USD
Up to 10 hours of free web consultation

Up to 10 hours to talk with you and your group about your digital goals, vision, or general questions related to the web, e-commerce, mobile application development, or technical questions on how you can improve your digital strategy and web presence as an organization or individual.

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5,000.00 USD
Up to 5 hours of free web consultation

Up to 5 hours to talk with you and your group about your digital goals, vision, or general questions related to the web, e-commerce, mobile application development, or technical questions on how you can improve your digital strategy and web presence as an organization or individual.

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25,000.00 USD
Up to 25 hours of WordPress site support

Up to 25 hours of support for your WordPress or Drupal website, or assistance with the design and/or creation of a new site.

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50,000.00 USD
100 hrs of site design/creation/support

Up to 100 hours of website design, creation, or support for an open source based website (WordPress or Drupal only). This includes a Discovery process, requirements gathering, wireframes, designs, and/or development assistance. This may also include support for your existing Drupal or WordPress website including consultation, redesign, or security patches.

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Monetary Contribution

Just Because I Care

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10,000.00 USD
Up to 10 hours of free web consultation

Up to 10 hours to talk with you and your group about your digital goals, vision, or general questions related to the web, e-commerce, mobile application development, or technical questions on how you can improve your digital strategy and web presence as an organization or individual.

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5,000.00 USD
Up to 5 hours of free web consultation

Up to 5 hours to talk with you and your group about your digital goals, vision, or general questions related to the web, e-commerce, mobile application development, or technical questions on how you can improve your digital strategy and web presence as an organization or individual.

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25,000.00 USD
Up to 25 hours of WordPress site support

Up to 25 hours of support for your WordPress or Drupal website, or assistance with the design and/or creation of a new site.

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50,000.00 USD
100 hrs of site design/creation/support

Up to 100 hours of website design, creation, or support for an open source based website (WordPress or Drupal only). This includes a Discovery process, requirements gathering, wireframes, designs, and/or development assistance. This may also include support for your existing Drupal or WordPress website including consultation, redesign, or security patches.

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