The WP Business Network
WP Business Network Founders created a website, an organization, and a concept, all served from this foundational web location. Obviously it is about WordPress, and about those who work with and/or who use WordPress for business. The concept came out of an idea, a seed planted in a discussion between the co-founders, Rick Figley and Steve Henry. Recognizing that the whole is always bigger than the sum of its parts, together they set out to create and to build, but most of all to explore and to share. Join them, join us, on this great adventure...
Co-Founder Rick Figley
Before computer technology became available to the masses in the early 80’s, Rick was into music, starting as a guitar player at 7, later playing clarinet in Junior Hhigh, French Horn and Banjo in High School. Picking up a little keyboard and drums as well.
As he got older he took up photography in about 1974 getting a used Nikon from a friend and learning the ins and outs and electronics around 1975, learning about Integrated Circuit chips and building his own small digital circuits.
Rick began using a computer in 1982 when he bought his first PC, an Atari 800 computer. Many do not even realize that Atari made computers as they are only familiar with their game machines. Atari's computers were at the time the best available. In the mid 80’s to early 90’s Rick’s online activities were Bulletin Boards and CompuServe.
His earlier photography interests led him to the then developing Video Camera craze, where he first began with family videos, which led him to shooting and producing videos for industry and special events, when he shot a lot of bands, combining his music talents with knowing better than most videographers what to capture with bands. Rick also became a contractor with the local cable company to shoot for them.
With the Internet going public/commercial, from what had been called the ARPAnet, going commercial it became the Internet. In the mid 90’s he began working with an Internet provider and was asked by the owner to build websites to fulfill orders to the company. That was the beginning for Rick building websites. Rick worked for that company and several others until the .com crash in 2001. No one was hiring so he began on his own.
Ten years later Rick became aware of WordPress and soon realized WordPress to be the best platform to have websites on. A few years before in attempting to make selected website pages editable for clients, though this was a MUCH easier solution. There were a few other similar systems referred to as Content Managements Systems, though WordPress was and still is the simplest CMS to use and also the most search engine friendly. Rick gradually converted all his websites to be exclusively WordPress. It gave and gives him the ability to do the same thing in less time and with much better functionality, look and feel and adaptability.
Co-Founder Steve Henry
Rev. Stephen B. Henry PhD. is known by many online as the Wiz. Despite living in Kansas, that nickname has nothing to do with Oz. It comes from Wizard Mithrandir, the elfin name of Gandolf, the wise old wizard in author J. R. R. Tolkien's fantastic trilogy, The Lord of the Rings. Long before the movie was even a dream in Peter Jackson's imaginings, Steve was an avid fan of the books and used the name in role-playing games, both online and off. Oh, and you can call him Steve.
Steve's story isn't much different than many others. He grew up on a small hobby farm in rural Ontario, Canada. He learned about hard work and business at an eary age. He helped with his older sister's paper route before he was 12. By age 14 he had his own 123 customer route that took him trudging through miles of country roads through winter snow and summer heat.
As a young teen he ran a greenhouse, growing vegetables to sell in the neighborhood. During his high school years he drove hundreds of miles on weekends to attend antique shows as a vendor. Later, in his 20s, this experience would lead him to organize and run three major multi-dealer antique shows of his own. Business was, it seemed, in his blood.
Steve owned and operated many diverse businesses; a rock shop and hobby store, a used book store and book search service, a security alarm business, a jewelry manufacturer, a retail gift business, a private investigation firm, a computer sales business, an antique store operator, an Internet service provider, a website developer, a programmer, and several others. Many were great successes. Some were sold. Some were miserable failures.
And along the way, working for others from time to time, he was a new car salesman, a security sales manager, a corporate facilities administrator, a roofer (you know, shingles and tar!), a high school teacher, a college instructor, a retail manager, and a communications consultant. Steve probably still doesn't know what he wants to be when he grows up.
Along the way Steve discovered books and computers, two things he has always embraced and which now form the spine of his current activities. Building on what others might call a mismatched, ramshackle, resume, but what he sees as significant and important experience, Steve now coaches, consults, and mentors online business professionals from a wide array of disciplines. No matter what they are doing, they feel Steve understands their business problems and needs; because he does!
Drawing from his successes and his failures, and building upon his hard-won experience and expertise, Steve is now a published author, online business consultant, web presence developer, and guide/mentor to many current clients. Steve works with individuals, including both home-based and traditional small businesses, providing assistance with planning, marketing, product development, launches, and web presence. Steve is proficient with business planning, website development, search engine optimization, social media communication, spiritual marketing, and personal success strategies.
You can contact Steve by email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or
by phone: 620-728-1371 (afternoons and evenings Kansas time are best).
His websites can be found through Our Hutch LLC.
Here are some of his books: