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Who’s at Your Table?  Who’s On Your Team?

One of the biggest frustrations I hear from business owners is the feeling of being alone. They feel like they don’t have anyone to go to that understands the pressures of being a business owner, how much sleep is lost making the right decision, how much stress it takes to make fiscally responsible decisions, and how isolating it is when big decisions need to be made.

It’s honest. It’s humbling. It’s real. There is so much to know. Finance. Human Resources. Operations. Customer Service. Employee/Team Building. Sales vs Service. Legal. Public Relations. Advertising. Marketing. Online and Social Media.

How can one person know it all?
How can one person be an expert in everything?
Want to know the answer?

Let me be honest right back…..

You can’t. You can’t be 100% on all of these things. You can’t know everything there is to know all the time. Here’s the big one… You can’t be successful all of the time. It’s impossible.

Success comes with failure. Success comes with challenges. Success comes with humility. Success comes with… building a team of experts and trusting them.

Who’s on your team? Do you trust them? Do they compliment the areas that you struggle with?

We’ve been in the trenches where you are. We are business owners ourselves. We understand the struggle. It’s real. We are here for you.


Is My Website Secure?  What is SSL?

Howdy, CanvasHosters!  It’s your old pal Lawrence here with a friendly reminder that as of July of this year, Google is calling out websites that still use http protocol instead of https.

If your website isn’t coded for https, then visitors will see a menacing looking message in their address bar that reads “Not Secure”.

While this poses no real threat, it can turn off potential customers who may not know any better, resulting in lost sales or other valuable exposure to your market.

Here is a great article which details this a bit more: https://www.fastcompany.com/90207043/chrome-is-calling-out-insecure-websites-starting-today

CanvasHost can now perform a full website/code conversion for most of your hosted websites for a flat fee of $200 (which is a fantastic deal given the current standard rates for web development of this kind).

There is minimal to zero downtime for your website during the conversion and it generally takes about 3 hours to complete.

If your website doesn’t have an SSL certificate installed that’s no problem either. We can now install a free auto SSL via cPanel for any of your domains on our network.

So contact us  today and schedule your https conversion by emailing design@canvashost.com or sales@canvashost.com and we’ll get it all taken care of for you!


Customer Spotlight: First Street Taqueria

This weekend we were able to explore the delicious menu at First Street Taqueria.  Wow, were we impressed.  Not only were the tacos and salads amazing, but the service was outstanding as well.  First Street Taqueria is also a Canvas Host customer.  Stay Tuned for their website currently under construction and designed by our own, Megan Ferrell, but while you are waiting head on down to Beaverton for a house-made margarita.  Jana Decarli and team, you have outdone yourselves once again!!!


Your Business is a Canvas of Dreams

When I first started Canvas Dreams, I wanted to pair my artistic background with technology, and build compelling, creative website services for my customers. We came to realize that the services we provide to our customers, are not as important as how we deliver them. We have built a reputation for being a friendly, personable, and approachable web host. We care about our customers, and we try to help, beyond the point where most competitors would have given up.

We’re not perfect, but looking back on an almost 17-year track record, I’m proud of our accomplishments, and the thousands of customers we have helped. In 2002, I had no idea where this would all lead. I just knew I wanted to try.

What was your dream when you started your business? What did you set out to achieve? Did you write up a business plan or mission statement? Did you draw up an org chart to see how your staff fit together to form a complete picture? Do you actively work on your business, building it to the next level or iteration? Do you retrain yourself and your team, to keep the brains fresh and ideas flowing?

A business is a blank canvas that is never finished. You paint it with your dreams, and you have to keep dreaming. If you stop innovating, your business can hit upon stagnation, a loss of direction, and a forgotten mission. Without focus, a business may amble on for a while, but it runs the risk of going off the road. A business needs a leader with clear vision, and a team united around that vision.

To last, a business must evolve, and its leadership with it. It’s why those years ago, we rebranded to Canvas Host, to highlight our emphasis on web hosting as our primary offering. I am blessed with a personality that is adaptable to change, but I recognize not everyone can do it as easily, or at all. Nevertheless, the evolution of a business will determine its outcome.

Over the years, change brings challenge. We have seen many customers’ businesses grow and decline, start and end, succeed and fail. At the start of this year, we decided to do something about it, and now offer a complete range of business consulting services: Operations, HR, finance, sales, marketing, and IT, to name a few.

We’ve already helped a number of companies get back on track: Their books cleaned up, the team refocused, the leadership counseled, new strategies introduced, and gently nudged out of the nest and back into the world. There is a limit to what we can provide, and we can’t force a business to spread its wings, but we can lead by example, and show that real change doesn’t have to be feared.

We’re pleased to announce a reboot of Canvas Dreams, the parent brand of Canvas Host, to showcase our business consulting capabilities, tell the stories of the brands we’ve helped, and demonstrate how our services could help improve your own business.


Canvas Dreams Now Offering Business Consulting Services

Canvas Dreams, LLC is the parent company of Canvas Host. In 2013, we re-launched our brand as Canvas Host, to focus primarily on web hosting.

Since that time, many businesses have contacted us for assistance in a variety of areas.

It is a proven fact that many small businesses struggle through their first 5 years. We listened to you, and we’re thrilled to offer a range of new services designed to help your business!

As of August 1, 2018, Canvas Dreams LLC now offers business consulting services.

Our company has been in business for over 16 years, a Certified B Corporation for 7 years, and has been an Oregon Benefit Company since the designation was formed in 2014. We believe in balancing people, planet, and profit equally.

We have been where you are and have learned successful procedures to run efficient, sustainable systems. With more than 25 years’ experience in management and operations, our business experts can help you organize your business, creating efficient systems in human resources, inventory management, finance, and operations.

We feel that by making these consulting services available, we can better assist your company in its growth and stability.

Canvas Dreams is here to support you and help you make those dreams a reality.