I'm still looking for work.
I picked up yet another domain name for my menagerie. www.Buylocalspringfield.com
There are all kinds of local non-profit organizations with people who know about getting grants or have themselves set up to legally accept donations for their causes.
I'm just a technical person who knows a little about computers, the Internet, graphic design, video production and photography.
Here's what I have to date.
There are blogs, Google accounts, MySpace pages, Ning.com accounts, and many message board accounts associated with most of the aforementioned sites.
I'm not really a business person, but if I were to start a business, my model would be unrecognizable.
I can't just do the typical in-your-face advertising everyone else does. I did that for eight years working for the cable company. I have this idealized sense of justice and service to small local businesses who are being steamrolled by multinational conglomerates and I'm tired of the same type of advertising.
It's better to just be easily accessible, direct, concise and associated with community support programs. The main contest is exposure, exposure exposure. The opponents are the national franchises and multinational conglomerates.
I only have my one PC and a few gadgets.
I wish I had an office somewhere accessible to local businesses.