As a native of San Antonio, Michael has always been in tune with the local music scene, nightlife and culture of the South Texas city. While working as a webmaster for four years, Michael learned about the powerful impact that online technology and social media have in bringing people together. His technical experience in graphic and web design, coupled with his love for entertainment, led him to create entForm.com, an online entertainment news portal and e-commerce marketplace.
Rather than compete against or replicate existing local entertainment websites, entForm collaborates with other websites to feature their articles and events on one central website for the convenience of San Antonio residents and visitors alike. After extensively researching the strengths and weaknesses of similar websites, Michael determined that the best way to differentiate entForm was to actively engage its users. In addition to searching articles and events, users will be able to submit their own articles, music and photographs, as well as comment and share information with their social network friends.
The one-stop-shop website will also have an e-commerce component. Users will be able to sell and purchase a variety of items through the site’s online marketplace in a secure and appealing manner. Advertising opportunities will be available to local businesses looking to reach new audiences and grow their own sales.
Michael is excited to launch his new business venture. To augment what he has learned in his four years as a webmaster, Michael has sought opportunities to learn more about managing and operating an online business. Michael is a member of Geekdom, a collaborative workspace for self-proclaimed geeks in San Antonio. He is also enrolled at Internet Business Mastery Academy where he will receive internet entrepreneur mentorship.
With his loan from Accion Texas Inc., Michael will be able to purchase the equipment and software necessary to execute the first phase of his business plan. Eventually, he hopes to hire additional employees and add new features to the website.
LiftFund. (www.liftfund.com) is an award-winning nonprofit organization (previously known as Accion Texas) with a mission to provide credit and loans to small and start-up businesses that have limited or no access to credit from commercial sources. Established in 1994 in San Antonio, LiftFund has helped Texas and Louisiana entrepreneurs strengthen their businesses, stabilize and increase their incomes, create employment, and contribute to the economic revitalization of their communities. Learn more at www.liftfund.com.