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Archive | February 23, 2010

Couture Cardstock Wins British Airways Travel Grant

Back in September, Scrapbook Update told the scrapbook community about a grant program from British Airways to help small businesses with travel expenses to aid them in expanding internationally.

Well, now we’re happy to announce that congratulations are in order for Scrapbook Update friend and advertiser Couture Cardstock! Shortly before CHA Winter took place in Anaheim, British Airways announced that Couture Cardstock was selected as one of the 100 grant winners:

For its Business Opportunity Grant program, British Airways hand selected the winning companies primarily based on how a year’s worth of business travel and face to face meetings, along with other valuable business support, would positively impact each business, its growth and ability to meet objectives for 2010. The grant includes airfare for 10 round-trip Club World business class flights, five free global shipments with British Airways World Cargo, $1,000 toward hotel accommodations at Courtyard by Marriott, five Regus Businessworld Gold Cards offering access to its business lounges worldwide, a Canon MX860 Printer, and three face-to-face business introductions through ExeConnect.

Couture Cardstock is very excited about the opportunities offered by the British Airways Business Opportunity Grant to explore doing business in the European and Australian markets, according to their President, CarrieAnne DeLoach:

Couture Cardstock is thrilled to have been awarded this opportunity to attend trade shows in Europe and Australia. We look forward to sharing Couture Cardstock products, ideas, and techniques directly with our customers in the United Kingdom, France, and Germany. We encourage those interested in learning more about the Couture Cardstock products which are available for direct purchase and via wholesale to contact cdeloach@couturecardstock.com.

Scrapbook Update, for our part, is immensely excited to have played even a small role in helping to bring such an opportunity to a member of the scrapbook community. Congratulations to CarrieAnne and the whole Couture team!

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Splitcoast Stampers Sold

Splitcoast Stampers co-founder Daven Nolta announced Friday that the site has been sold for the second time in under two years.

NameMedia, which acquired the site 19 months ago from co-founders Daven and Tracy Nolta, has sold it to Internet Brands.  Two other properties, Craftster.org and Dave’s Garden, were bundled in the sale. Splitcoast was founded in 2002, and averages over half a million unique visitors every month.

Internet Brands operates over 90 websites that pull an average of 50 million monthly unique visitors. It is a public company, listed on the NASDAQ (symbol: INET). The company just reported $27.7 million in revenue for the 4th quarter of 2009 with $4.3 million in net income. These results were up over the 2008 numbers.

In the sale announcement, Nolta also indicated that he would no longer be involved in Splitcoast Stampers “in any official capacity”. Community Manager Jenn Balcer is also leaving her position. Creative Director Beate Johns and Advertising Account Manager Lori Craig will be continuing in their positions.

Wade Hewitt will be in charge of Splitcoast Stampers for Internet Brands, and actually attended CHA with Splitcoast before the announcement was made. In a post introducing himself on the site’s message board, he revealed that Internet Brands had originally been in discussions about purchasing Splitcoast at the time of its sale to NameMedia. Hewitt has also made forum posts reassuring members that the company has no plans to convert Splitcoast into a paid membership community, and that the site’s current arrangements for features like the private forum for Stampin’ Up demos will remain unchanged.

Hewitt also discussed technical changes that are in progress at Splitcoast. Migration to a new ad server is complete and in early March the transition will be made to hosting the site on servers at Internet Brands’ web hosting facility.

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