Thursday, August 30, 2007

protocol 80 to Instruct Course for the Small Business Institute

We will be giving an instructional course in this series in October:

The Small Business Institute, developed by Pitt-Bradford’s Business Resource Center and the Bradford Area Chamber of Commerce, was designed to address topics that are critical to the success of today’s small business. Small-business owners and entrepreneurs often wear many different “hats,” and these workshops will help to tackle real-world issues such as management, finances, human resources, Internet usage, marketing, and business writing. Complete all six workshops in the series and receive a certificate of achievement. In addition to the Business Resource Center and the Bradford Chamber of Commerce, this series is co-sponsored by Clarion University SBDC.

Each session will be held from 6:00 to 8:30 pm. in the Outreach Services Classroom, 2nd floor Seneca Building, Bradford, PA

$25 for each session if you register separately

$125 for the entire six-week series

$100 for Chamber members when they register for the entire series

Monday, Sept. 17, 2007

Ten Ways to Protect Your Business: Planning for Success #PW45

Presenter: PA Institute of Public Accountants, James Embrey,

of Kersey & Associates, Warren, PA.

Monday, Sept. 24, 2007

Finance 101: Understanding the Financial Side of Your Business #PW46

Presenter: Jill Edwards, Ben Franklin Venture Investment Forum

Monday, October 1, 2007

Marketing Strategies for Business Growth #PW47

Presenter: Gregg Johnson, Clarion SBDC

Monday, October 8, 2007

Your Business & the Internet: Web sites, Security, Ecommerce & Beyond #PW48

Presenter: Jeremy Callinan & Donnie Kemick, protocol 80

Monday, October 15, 2007

The Nuts & Bolts of Human Resources for Small Business #PW49

Presenter: Bruce Gallagher, VP – Human Resources, Zippo Manufacturing Co.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Grant Writing Workshop #PW50

Presenter: Gwen Auman, Grant Writer and Fund Developer,

Elk Regional Health Center

Monday, August 13, 2007

Would you like to own a piece of the Hamsher House history?

One of our clients, Bradford Regional Medical Center is now featuring The Hamsher House Collection ©
now offering:

* Silent Auction Bids for one-of-a-kind uniquely framed views of the Bradford Hospital School of Nursing, The Hamsher House. Highest bid amount wins. In case of tie, blind drawing will be held from among those ballots. Bids must be received by midnight Sept. 30, 2007. Written bids accepted at HeartStrings Gift Shop at BRMC.

Most recently on display at The Art Exhibit during Bradford's Summerfest and Zippo's 75th Anniversary Celebration Weekend.

These five framed artworks are among the last official photography taken in Summer 2006 by world-class photographer Craig Melvin for BRMC. Graphic design by Mary Kelly Chesebro for BRMC and art direction by Kimberly Maben, Director of Communications for BRMC.

Only one of each of the five pieces available framed, each depicting onsite scenes and original verses from The School of Nursing yearbooks.

All proceeds benefit the Bradford Hospital Foundation's McKean County VNA & Hospice Fund.

more information here -

Saturday, April 7, 2007

Additions to our web hosting packages - new webmail and stats

Our protocol 80 web hosting packages have been updated to include the latest AJAX-based webmail available from SmarterMail and the newest version of SpamAssassin to keep as much spam out of our client's mailboxes as possible. If you are one of our web hosting clients, your webmail is available here -

We also wanted to take this opportunity to let you know about the web statistics program available for free with your hosting: SmarterStats . SmarterStats for your site as a protocol 80 web hosting client, is available here: . Please let us know if you do not have a login, and are interested. SmarterStats includes the following key features:

  • Track your website's growth and forecast internet trends
  • Features over 130 report items, plus Geographic Reporting
  • Email Reports available right to any email address
  • Enhanced data mining

view all features

You can read more about the changes in our webmail and email server below. We appreciate your business and please let us know if you have any questions, thanks!

SmarterMail 4.0

More Protection

  • SpamAssassin—on the primary server in Windows or as a distributed stand-alone server in Linux.
  • Greylisting—most spam is stopped at the perimeter.
  • Outbound Spam Checking—prevents abuse and blacklisting of your domains.
  • SmarterMail 4.0 creates a virtually spam-free environment—95% or better protection.
  • ClamAV anti-virus right out of the box—local or remote—for 95% or better protection.

Improved Interface

  • New Web interface—auto-complete addressing; email preview window; intuitive, "word-processor" style spell check; much more…
  • Multiple Skins—professionally rendered skins are included and Administrators can create custom skins.
  • POP Retrieval—external mail retrieval is a snap, so you can link your other mail accounts to this one. - your source for frangible bullets and ammunition is now live - one of our most recent projects, is your place for access to the world’s finest frangible ammunition and projectiles. Our store features only the lead-free frangible projectiles and frangible ammunition products manufactured by SinterFire.

SinterFire, the originator of the metal composite projectile, is known the world over. Their patented manufacturing process has created a lead-free frangible projectile no other frangible bullet can match.

Made from a copper/tin composite the SinterFire Bullet does not contain lead. By design, its controlled frangibility causes it to break apart upon contact with an item harder than itself.

Inherent accuracy and transparency to its lead counterpart, have made the SinterFire Bullet the frangible bullet of choice. Major ammunition manufacturers like Winchester, Federal, ATK/CCI-Speer, and many others all feature frangible lines of ammunition utilizing the SinterFire Bullet.

At, their goal is to make sure that everyone has access to the safety and environmental benefits of SinterFire bullets and ammunition. is the exclusive retail web store for SinterFire Ammunition and Bullets.

Updates to

One of our clients , B & D Enterprises, has recently had us make more additions and updates to their website , including the addition of a new product set they have available from SanRex. B & D Enterprises is one of the Internet's largest and most popular sources for discrete power semiconductors, Power modules, Snap-In Electrolytic Capacitors, Axial-Lead Capacitors , Photo Couplers, Relays and a wide range of other electrical components.

Thursday, March 29, 2007

protocol 80 on the Radio

This morning we had the opportunity to show our radio-friendly faces on WESB, a Bradford, Pennsylvania radio station, in a segment called the 'Live Line'. On the show, we discussed the tremendous opportunity for businesses and individuals in a small, rural area such as Northwestern Pennsylvania, to establish an International business presence through a variety of online business models.

We also had 3 of our clients involved with the discussion:

All three of them did an excellent job highlighting their specific online business models and showing how effective the web has been in growing their businesses. We have had a great time working with all of them and watching their online businesses grow, particularly in such a small, rural economy.

Look for a feature on our homepage with the audio from the excerpt in the coming days!```

Monday, March 26, 2007

Never Ending Alpaca Farm is now Live!

We are very excited to announce the launch of a new web site that we have been working on for some months now, The site is a great overview of the Farm and it's animals! The farm is located in Portville, New York, so we are just 30 minutes away, which made meeting very convenient. In this project we developed the entire design and flash content, and are also hosting the site.

Look for to grow over time!

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

eBay is a Viable Business Platform, and protocol 80 will show why!

protocol 80 has the opportunity to give an introductory seminar on the basics of eBay with a business twist on March 21st and March 28th from 6:30pm-8:30pm. Registration for the class can be done through the University of Pittsbrugh at Bradford.

The class will focus on the basics of eBay and how to use it. There are so many advantages to using eBay, even if it is an extension of your current online offerings. Where else in the world do you have a captive audience, ready to buy?

Saturday, February 24, 2007

protocol 80 to Develop an Asset Management System

One of our nicest clients, Belser Hale Excavating has an immediate need for a system to track and manage all of their large equipment and machines. The system we're developing will keep track of the maintenance history for each machine, and provide a to-do list of upcoming services based on service hours or mileage. The system will also track parts used during services and repairs, allowing the staff to quickly find needed parts when a new maintenance is being done.

As with any system, ease of use is a very high priority! We intend to develop this application using ASP.Net 2.0 (C#) and SQL Server 2005 Express. The reporting mechanism will be all written in .net and allow for various levels of data retrieval.

The system will have user management as well to secure the app and provide a level of accountability.

We are very excited about this application, and will provide an update when the system is in use!

protocol 80 Teaches Dreamweaver to Local Business Owners

On February 9th and 16th, protocol 80 gave a course through the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford on Adobe/Macromedia Dreamweaver 8. The courses was an introduction to Dreamweaver, covering the very basics of creating a simple web site in Dreamweaver, and using the Dreamweaver environment to create and manage web sites.

The course was offered through the Business Resource Center at UPB as a non-credit course, targeted at small business owners and medium to large business employees responsible for updating corporate web sites.

The course covered basic text formatting through common HTML elements such as Headings, and displayed CSS as a mechanism for reusing text formatting and alignment. Basic forms were covered as was a very basic introduction to Flash.

This is just one of the many courses protocol 80 has given at UPB. Some of the other courses we've done include:

Your Business Online
  • a managerial perspective to planning an Internet business
  • Deciding to develop in-house or hire a vendor
  • Warning signs that a project is going bad, etc..

Web Authoring Certificate Courses - End to end web design and graphic design for the web. Individual courses included:

  • Introduction to HTML
  • Advanced HTML
  • JavaScript
  • Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Search Engine Optimization
  • Adobe/Macromedia Flash
  • Adobe/Macromedia Dreamweaver

Tuesday, January 9, 2007

Roseart Lighter Company's Online Store is Now LIVE!

We want to send a big congratulations to the Roseart Company for the launch of their new online store! As you may have read in another pots of ours, we were able to achieve 50% reimbursement of the cost of the project through eBizITPA, and NWIRC.

The Roseart Lighter Company store has over 140 elegant and collectibe products to choose from! They make excellent gifts for any occaison! Again, congratulations to the Roseart Lighter Company!