Biz Magazine Features Wendy as local Mompreneur to Watch

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Get Online NOLA’s founder, Wendy Dolan, was featured in the May 2015 issue of Biz Magazine. The article celebrates The Ultimate Juggling Act between entrepreneurship and motherhood by highlighting seven  New Orleans moms who are “drawn to take on the demands of two all-consuming occupations at once by a desire to control their own schedule, leave a legacy for their children or make a difference in the world (or a combination of all three) all are examples of real wonder women determined to leave their mark on the city they love.”

Find Wendy’s interview below, and click here for the full article.

 

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FauDo and Get Online NOLA – Wendy Dolan

Founded: 2010 and 2013

Business: Get Online NOLA specializes in building affordable websites for local small businesses and nonprofits by offering a customizable gallery of web designs. Dolan also offers teaching workshops. “We’ve become a resource. It’s not just a one-time web build and we’re gone,” she says.

Success: Working from home, Dolan says she had such little overhead that she was profitable almost right away. From 2011 to 2012 her business grew by 100 percent. It grew by 50 percent last year. In October 2014, her husband was able to leave his job and come to work for the company. Dolan was named as one of the 100 most innovative, influential and active people in tech and entrepreneurship in Louisiana, by Silicon Bayou News this year.

The Journey: Originally from Houma, Dolan was working as an artist and graphic designer when she moved to Los Angeles with her husband in 2008. There, both worked as freelancers – she designing company websites while he wrote the code. “Eventually my husband got so busy that he began teaching me code so I could help,” she says. “From there, I was hooked – I used online resources to keep learning. When Dolan got pregnant in 2010, the couple decided to move back to Louisiana, where her husband took a job and she decided to focus on FauDo, a full-service marketing company that she had founded that year. “I soon found that there were all these businesses that really needed websites but couldn’t afford my services, so I thought, ‘I’ll do something they can afford.’” Get Online NOLA was born.

Kid: Kai, age 3

Finding Balance: “Working from home, I’ve had to become really strict about shutting off. From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. every night I shut off my cell phone and do not check emails.”

Lessons Learned: “While the typical gap is 67 cents on the dollar, women in technology are earning more like 95 cents on the dollar compared to their male counterparts. After being surprised by my own love for coding, I’m now passionate about seeing more women consider themselves in different roles.”

Advice to Entrepreneurs: “Listen to your clients – to what they want and need. For me, that was so valuable.”

The Future: “Our big goal is to expand regionally. We hope to be in Baton Rouge, Lafayette, and Houma in the coming years.”

Wendy Dolan Mompreneur Get Online NOLA

Photos by Cheryl Gerber


WordPress Workshop at Treo

Take Control of Your Small Business or Non Profit WordPress Website

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Today’s workshop has been designed to help small business owners and non profit staff who want to build a WordPress website on their own, or learn how to maintain the site they already have. The WordPress software is very easy to use, as long as you know your way around.

Today we’ll be covering the following skills:

  • Adding blog posts
  • Adding & updating pages
  • Uploading image galleries
  • Changing and customizing themes
  • Adding and updating plugins
  • SEO best practices
  • and more…

Please feel free to ask for individual help if you have an issue on your existing site.

THANKS TO TREO!

We’d like to extend a big THANK YOU to the folks at TREO for letting us use their beautiful Gallery Space for today’s workshop. Did you know that the owners are the same hubby and wife team who own and manage the beloved Finn McCools?  Stick around after the workshop for one of their gorgeous signature cocktails or delicious small plates (we love the Crawfish Empanadas.)

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Women in Tech – WordPresss Workshop at Propeller

New Orleans business people, bloggers, and aspiring techies met at Propeller  this Saturday for a Wordpress workshop. Over the course of the four hour bootcamp, participants learned all the essentials about building a website with Wordpress.

This was the second annual website workshop hosted by New Orleans Women in Technology and Get Online NOLA’s education arm, Code NOLA. The event was FREE, thanks to our generous sponsor (and proud New Orleans owned tech firm), 365 Connect.

Big round of applause for our organizer and coach, Jaelle Scheuerman; coaches Jacqui Nelson, Jeremy Dolan, and Bethanie Petrie; and volunteers, Shercole King, Alba Huddleston, Chris Huddleston, Lauren Dean,  Maya Pelichet, and Sarah Lohmeier