We are incredibly proud of all of our LOOM Coworking Members and love seeing all of their growth personally and professionally. Learn more about MICHAEL DeVORE who is the Owner of DeVore Enterprises. See how Michael and his team are committed to creating and launching websites for their business clients and much more!
Where are you from? I am from Hampton, South Carolina.
Education? I graduated from Claflin University in Orangeburg, SC and majored in Business Administration. I also received a Graduate Certificate in Project Management from Walden University.
Sports? I played basketball in high school.
What is your company and who are your customers? My company is DeVore Enterprises. I create websites for small business owners using no-code software.
How did your company start? I co-founded a healthcare startup called Live Chair Health back in my college dorm in 2013. The startup grew and many people really loved what I was doing with the app. This led to various business owners asking me to help them create websites and mobile apps.
What do you do on a daily basis and why? On a daily basis, I am speaking to potential clients, sending invoices, attending meetings, designing websites, and researching new software.
What’s your past life? How did skills and background that got you here to where you are? While building my startup in college, I was flown out to Microsoft’s headquarters to present my mobile app in national competition with my team. We placed in the top 5 as finalists. Later that year, I was 1 of 10 college students to win the Ozy Genius Award. Steve Jobs’ wife was the judge who chose my idea. I was awarded $5,000 and flown out to Silicon Valley, CA for the first time to experience the tech culture. During this time, I was able to meet with a few millionaires and ask for advice, which I used to help me grow my startup. As a super fan of Shark Tank, I enjoyed meeting Mark Cuban the most. After that experience, I worked with my co-founders to grow our startup and I learned through hands on experience how to utilize different software, hire talent, manage projects, and win customers.
What are some new customers you are targeting and new services being offered? I am looking to work with more small business owners. Lawyers, accountants, plumbers, bakers, consultants and other types of entrepreneurs. I am working to meet the requirements of the Wix Partner program. Therefore, I will be creating websites starting at $500 (plus the yearly Wix plan fee) for all my client projects this year. I am also willing to work with my clients, if monthly payment installments will help make their website more affordable as they are launching a new venture.
What are your personal and professional goals? I want to help more small businesses within our community gain an online presence to reach more customers, especially during this pandemic. Online sales can really help businesses.
Other than your work, what are you most passionate about? I am passionate about helping college students navigate their career paths, spending time with my family, and making investments into stocks/cryptocurrency.
Why did you initially come to LOOM? I came to LOOM because it was recommended by a friend of mine who hosted events there previously.
How do you feel you have benefited or grown at LOOM? The networking opportunities have been very beneficial.
What is the best way to contact you? Email firstname.lastname@example.org