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HostWorks' Efforts for Girl Scouts Mile Hi Council Recognized

TechDenver.com, Colorado's local and national daily for tech news, published an article highlighting HostWorks' development and project management on behalf of the Girl Scouts Mile Hi Council in their July 1, 2004 edition. The article, written by Adam Cole, focuses on how HostWorks developed both internal processes and external marketing support in the project resulting in a hard working, multi-tasking project that fulfilled several items on the Girl Scouts' wish list. HostWorks, with a long history of Denver-area not-for-profit support, was pleased to take on the project. Below is the complete article as presented in TechDenver.com: Mile High Girl Scouts Make eCommerce Play By Adam Cole Posted on Thursday, July 01 @ 04:16 PM Denver-area Girl Scouts now have a technological boost in their quest to become the world's largest cookie retailer: community members can throw a chocolate covered delight into an online shopping cart, thanks to a new site launched last week. HostWorks of Denver assisted in the development of the project. “We’re very pleased how this turned out,” said Paul Gilpatrick, CEO and founder of HostWorks. “I feel that we built a product that will help them tremendously. Any time you’re able to do something for a non-profit, it means a lot.” Besides an innovative new way to sooth the sweet tooth, the site gives all the ins and outs to being a Girl Scout, including info on arts and crafts and other activities as esoteric as moon watching. Girls now have a special place to share artwork and stories while parents, alumnae and Girl Scout supporters can surf through their own areas. “With our new Web site, we are able to more fully realize our goal to be the foremost experts on girls and advocates for girls in our community,” said Jean C. Jones, president and CEO of Girl Scouts – Mile Hi Council. “Our site is now a virtual 24-hour resource for families, offering the majority of our Girl Scout programs and services online.” Some of the developed sections include Just for Girls, Activities & Programs and even an En Español section. You can earn your Buffalo patch over the Internet or check out Girl Scout fun presented in multi-media fashion in viewable camp videos and images. Also featured is the council’s first online fundraising initiative called “Commit To A Girl” is also part of this new Web site. This three-year friends asking friends campaign focuses on the challenges that face girls today and how Girl Scouting is making a difference. “There is a tremendous amount of things going on,” said Gilpatrick. “The goals were to help the community, help educate the whole Girl Scout environment, create resources for the members, and I think this new site does that.” HostWorks, who spent six months on the project, also built an administration backend system along with the front-end site that easily allows Girl Scout leaders to upload new information. The Cold Fusion development shop and complete web service provider, hosting included, is in its eighth year of existence and has built up 450 clients in 29 states and 3 foreign countries, applying its services such entities as Gates Rubber Company and the Colorado Lottery. As part of their site development, HostWorks has created a suite of products like the shopping feature, which is called StoreWorks. Other products include PortalWorks, MailWorks, SurveyWorks and SearchWorks. Gilpatrick is proud to be standing after almost a decade in the business, though he can’t share the success with any of his competitors; everyone that was around since he began has since gone belly up. “Our industry is a little embarrassing,” said Gilpatrick. “We’ve just focused on our core competencies since day one, which has been Cold Fusion development and backend/b-b integration.” Gilpatrick is a serial entrepreneur, founding TREEV in 1986, which offered a new way to store data for community banks using laser disc. But for now, Gilpatrick is content on pushing HostWorks farther and farther. We think the Girl Scouts should award him a merit badge for his efforts. ###

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