Coordinating Workflow with Contractors

The key to working well with contractors is to keep the workflow moving smoothly. Over the years, we have partnered with a number of contractors that we trust, allowing us to offer a wide range of services for our clients. We have talked before about the strategies we employ to effectively work with them, but [...]

Reflecting on a summer interning at Vault

Working with the next generation can be a win-win For the past two years, McNary Marketing and Design has been able to work with high school students as summer interns through Kirkwood Community College’s Workplace Learning Connection program. (Other areas might have similar programs – check your local community college.) This year we were lucky […]

Dev/Iowa: Just What An Entrepreneur Needs

On Wednesday, July 9, 2014 I was asked to come and address a classroom of aspiring developers at Dev/Iowa, presented by the University of Iowa John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center. The students have heard from a number of professionals in the software/web development arena this summer, so my talk took a look at the "business" side of the [...]

The workplace is changing: Workplace Revolution

I’ve worked in non-profit, corporate, and now self-employment environments in the last 15 or so years and during this time one thing has remained true: change. Aggressive change has been seen in technology, services, client needs, and employee work. Perhaps the largest changes has been in our workplace expectations – including mine. This week in Cedar Rapids an […]

Take the Leap, a Step-by-Step Process Wrapup

On March 26, 2014, I presented to a room full of entrepreneurial souls interested in my story from my corporate position to self-employment. The event was part of Vault Co-working's Startup School. This was a great chance for me take a moment, consider how and why I had come to my current place in life, and [...]

Join me for Taking The Leap & WordPress Security talks this Wednesday!

On March 26, 2014 I'll be presenting two - yes count them two -  free talks sharing a bit of my knowledge on entrepreneurialism and web development.  You still have time to join me and my fellow Creative Corridorians at the events (see signups/info below). Vault Startup School: Lunch w/ Joshua McNary [Beta]: Take the Leap, [...]

Join me at Startup Weekend Cedar Rapids this weekend!

Have you heard about Startup Weekend Cedar Rapids this weekend? I am participating and you should as well! Startup Weekend is a grassroots movement of entrepreneurs learning the basics of founding startups & launching ventures. Come to the Cedar Rapids edition on February to March 2 to share ideas, form teams, & launch startups. Be part of […]

Marketing, Sales, & Productivity: Presentation Double Dip

Image above via Nick Palatiello and @MAPPSorg. Last week at the 2014 MAPPS Winter Conference at the beautiful Lodge at Torrey Pines along the Pacific Ocean, I had the honor to present two talks to the leaders of numerous geospatial mapping firms.  I was pleased to attend and represent my friends at Aerial Services. It was [...]

Technology, Marketing, & Solutions

My work in recent years has been based on helping small businesses utilize technology along with marketing ideas to better their experience/clients. It has looked like taking “tools” and enacting them (website, systems, and services).  What the client may not even know is they are paying me for is my ability to “converge” the issues […]

My Standing Desk Experiment

Last week I setup an affordable standing desk solution. A colleague and I had ordered some supplies from IKEA and made Home Depot run with intention of setting up “A standing desk for $22” as seen on This setup uses your existing desk and adds simple, but good looking, tables on top of it […]