Free web design offered to aid small companies struggling during pandemic

A Houston-area software development business is offering to produce more than 100 totally free websites for organisations who require an online existence to survive during the coronavirus crisis.

Snaju, which generally operates a now-empty office across from NASA’s Johnson Area Center, is using an overall of $25,000 in grants for basic, one-page websites to offer little business a combating possibility, said co-founder Zackary Pedersen.

” We’re a small business ourselves, it came naturally to us,” Pedersen said.

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Airplane DS Houston and Oceaneering are amongst its bigger clients, Pedersen said. He is a second-generation software application engineer – he and his father began Snaju when he was in high school.

The aim of the grant program is to offer sites for business that don’t have one yet. Normally, website advancement from Snaju begins at about $350, and more complicated jobs can run as much as $10,000

The grant consists of the expense of developing the sites, as well as hosting it for a year and setting up a domain name.

Texas’ economy has been hit hard by the lockdown imposed by local and state governments in an attempt to halt the spread of the coronavirus. More than 1 million Texans submitted unemployment claims in the past month. Nationally, more than 20 million have lost tasks.

And recently, the federal program designed to supply relief to small businesses announced that its funds had actually been exhausted.

Up until now, only about 20 services have actually sent applications, Pederson stated. Among those came from Gaby Rodriguez, who with her partner Adrin have just started an automobile detailing and oil modification business called Nino Provider. They come to their clients’ homes and do the work there.

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” We began last year, just doing our household’s cars and trucks, and then we began doing our buddies’,” Gaby Rodriguez said.

Adrin Rodriguez, who worked at a carwash up until it was closed under stay-at-home orders, saw a notice on Facebook about Snaju’s grants and Gaby applied.

” If this works and it increases our service, we will be able to spend for the website after the very first year,” she said. “It will be worth it.”

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