We’re invested in supporting Michigan and working toward a thriving, diverse economy in our state. Our brainchild, BRIM, is an annual symposium that brings leading executives and entrepreneurs of Michigan together for a day of education, inspiration and networking. It’s proven to be rewarding and exhilarating, and a whole lot of fun. See last year’s agenda.
The Traverse City Women’s Resource Center serves survivors of domestic and sexual violence. It operates largely thanks to a volunteer staff, including many Oneupweb employees. Sure, our employees have big hearts, but we’ll let you in on a little secret: so does our CEO. For all the hours Oneupwebbers spend supporting the less fortunate in our community, we’re rewarded not only intangibly, we also earn extra vacation time for doing it. Everybody wins two-fold, and we like that kind of ROI.
When a cyclist told us he was going to bike from San Francisco to Los Angeles (545 miles) in seven days, we said, “you’re nuts.” And then we put our heads together to find a way we could get involved. The annual Aids/Lifecyle ride, with over 3000 participants, helps raise money to provide critical services to people living with HIV and Aids.
Independent movies, free nightly movies at the Open Space, the chance to meet directors and actors, and big names like Madonna, Phil Donahue and Michael Moore. The annual Traverse City Film Festival is an exciting event for our town, and one that Oneupweb is pleased to support. In 2008 we sponsored the Looney Tunes movie. In 2009, we decided to take it a step further, signing on to become the Open Space venue sponsor.
Seven relentless Oneupweb employees, including CEO Lisa Wehr, hopped in Pearl, a 1970’s motor home, embarking on a five day tour of Michigan. Making stops in Ann Arbor, Lansing, Grand Rapids and Traverse City, Oneupweb set up shop in local parks and offered their online marketing consultation services and advice for free to any Michigan business that stopped by. Simply because it’s what they could do to help other Michigan businesses continue to survive and thrive. Want to learn more? Check out the Flickr photo set.
It all started with the realization that food pantries need items donated at times other than Christmas. So Oneupweb decided to step in. The result was 38 shopping carts, 3 dogs, 840 boxes of rice, 420 boxes of spaghetti noodles, 720 cans of pears, 840 boxes of mac & cheese, 360 jars of peanut butter, 360 cans of soup, 1440 cans of tuna (say it with us, that’s a lot of tuna!), 840 containers of oatmeal and an inspirational trip down Bayshore Drive that was covered by 9&10 News.
Oneupwebbers jump on bikes and hit the trails, all in support of Traverse City's annual Smart Commute Week. In 2009, over 25,000 miles were traveled by all of the Commuter Cup team members preventing over 20,000 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions during the 4-day period. In 2010, we went the extra mile and decided to not only Smart Commute, but take our would-be gas money and donate it to the TART Trails to purchase bike helmets for kids. We've also earned ultimate bragging rights by taking 1st place in our division in both 2009 and 2012.
The State Theatre is located on Front Street in the heart of Traverse City. For years it sat empty until Michael Moore restored the movie theatre and opened it to the public. Today, it is a favorite among residents and tourists. And it’s completely run by volunteers, including Oneupweb. From taking tickets to making popcorn, we’re all happy to chip in.
So the band can’t ride, you chide? They need money, honey? They’re in the red, you said? What should a school band program do to beef up their bottom line? Make a movie, of course! That thought process is exactly what brought “Step & Close” to the world! Begun as a simple recruiting device, Oneupweb’s documentary on the Traverse City West Marching Band Program exploded into a feature film. Over 1500 hours were put on the books by various Oneupwebians with the end result being a sold out Traverse City State Theater for premiere night and thousands of dollars raised for the TC West Band Program. And it doesn’t stop there as Oneupweb hopes to spread the doc as a recruiting tool for other school’s band programs.
At Oneupweb, we’re all about having a good time. So when Suttons Bay elementary told us how much fun the students have acting and singing in plays, we jumped on board. With the UpGrade Our Schools program developed and financed by Oneupweb, first through fifth graders at Suttons Bay Elementary School know the thrill of preparing for opening night.
The Talented and Gifted class from Traverse City Central Grade School spent an afternoon at Oneupweb. Students enjoyed a tour of the building and learned about search engine marketing from some of our resident pros.
Through the Adopt-a-Family program, Volunteers of America provides holiday gifts and meals to those who would otherwise go without. Oneupweb is a proud participant of this program.
We’re making a difference in our community one build at a time. Oneupwebbers roll up their sleeves up and get their hands dirty (literally) for Habitat for Humanity. Our crew assists with builds in the Traverse City area and also volunteers their time at the ReStore resale outlet in town.