Birmingham's Core3 Solutions doubles staff in 2 years, aims for 8 more people

Once upon a time, Detroit Wheel and Tire did most of its e-commerce business on eBay. It was a practice that cost the firm thousands of dollars a month in fees until Core3 Solutions made them go away.

The web-design firm outfitted Detroit Wheel and Tire with its own web site from top to bottom, getting eBay out of its pockets. Just another day of saving their clients money for the Birmingham-based firm.

"Everything we do is custom," says Curtis Hays, director of business development for Core3 Solutions. "If a customer comes to us with a need, we will fulfill that need."

Core3 Solutions can do that because it handles all of its work in-house. That philosophy has allowed the 11-year-old company to grow to 12 people, including six hires in the last two years. It's aiming to round out its employee count to between 15 and 20 people by the end of 2009.

To accomplish that Core3 is striking out into other computer-based areas, such as handling IT needs for small businesses. It also recently opened up a retail store in the ground floor of its offices in Birmingham's emerging Triangle District. Core3 Solutions hopes to open another office soon in a nearby metro area, like Grand Rapids, Toledo or Chicago.

"We're pretty much already covering all of Metro Detroit," Hays says.

Source: Curtis Hays, director of business development for Core3 Solutions
Writer: Jon Zemke
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