Internet Databases Celebrates Ten-Year Anniversary

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Internet Databases celebrated its ten-year anniversary on May 3, 2009.

She got tired of hearing me talk about starting a business. She supported me 100% and felt I would regret it in the future if I didn't give starting my own company a good try.

At a time when the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that roughly six in ten businesses do not even make it to the four-year mark, Barry Welch, President, CEO, and founder of Internet Databases said, "We are both proud and grateful to celebrate this milestone."

Internet Databases began as a custom web applications development company in 1999 while Barry's wife, Allison, was pregnant with their second child. "She got tired of hearing me talk about starting a business. She supported me 100% and felt I would regret it in the future if I didn't give starting my own company a good try."

That year, Hooker Furniture became an Internet Databases client, setting the stage for what would become the focus of Welch's work - developing web-based applications for the home furnishings industry.

In 2007, he made the switch from solely developing custom applications to releasing his first software product: FurnishWEB, an online data management system for the home furnishings industry. In 2008, he added his 20th client, Huntington Furniture.

When asked if there were surprises along the way, Barry Welch said, "I've been surprised by the amount of confidence and faith put into us by organizations much larger than ours. I've been surprised by how differently similar companies in the same industries operate. I've been surprised that people are interested in our story."

Any company that stays in business 10 years is a story.

About Internet Databases
Internet Databases is a custom web development company founded in 1999 and located in the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Blacksburg, Virginia.

Internet Databases Website: http://www.internetdatabases.com
Barry Welch's Blog: http://barrywelch.typepad.com

About FurnishWEB
FurnishWEB was developed by Barry Welch, founder and president of Internet Databases. It features sales force automation tools, online catalogs, online order processing, and an extensive furniture photo library. Launched in 2007, FurnishWEB's user-base includes over 2000 dealers, 450 sales reps, and 250 staff from the home furnishings industry. Welch has been developing software tools to serve the home furnishings industry for over a decade.

FurnishWEB website: http://www.furnishweb.com
FurnishWEB on Handshake 2.0: http://www.handshake20.com/furnishweb

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