Presenting Your Homepreneur of the Year: Marco Barberini, the 24-Year Old Gas Jockey turned Pet Tag Mogul

The judges made their final tallies and have declared Marco Barberini of OvernightPetTags.com our Homepreneur of the Year!2010-02-01-marcoandheatherbarberini21

Marco’s vision, story, and growing success stood out from an impressive group of finalists. The 24-year old former gas station employee from a tiny Michigan town began his CityMax.com site in 2006 with no HTML experience. In 2007, he ended up quitting his job to focus on his business and has now tagged over 32,000 pets!

In an interview, Marco said: “A few years ago, my wife Heather and I realized we were tired of working paycheck to paycheck and started focusing on Overnight Pet Tags. We built out our site with CityMax.com and eventually started ranking in the search engines. Our online sales have increased by 100% each year and our dream is to tag every pet in the United States.”

OvernightPetTags.com is currently generating $6,000 – $8,000 in monthly online revenue and, according to Marco, requires only 7 to 10 hours of his time each week.

As Homepreneur of the Year, Marco is the winner of a $10,000 prize package, including a round-trip flight to Vancouver, Canada, three days in a beautiful luxury hotel, the Red Carpet treatment, a day of 1-on-1 expert consultation at CityMax.com HQ, and a complete redesign of his website. He’ll also receive a life-time subscription to CityMax.com for himself and five small businesses of his choosing.

Our two runner-up winners are:
2010-02-01-meredithpattersonnewMeredith Patterson (MeredithPatterson.com), an enterprising musical theatre and TV actress who has appeared on All My Children.

2010-02-01-unusual-threads-michael-maryMichael and Mary Ferrari (UnusualThreads.com), a retired couple who are generating millions of dollars annually with their online celebrity fashions business.

Our runner-ups will each receive a custom redesign and website makeover ($1,000 value), plus a lifetime subscription to CityMax.com for themselves and three small businesses of their choosing.

Congratulations again to all of our inspiring winners!

If you know someone you’d like to nominate for Homepreneur of the Year (online home-based business, please email homepreneur@citymax.com.

2009 Homepreneur of the Year Finalists

2009-12-01-homepreneur_imagePresenting the finalists for 2009 Homepreneur of the Year! We were overwhelmed by the amount of amazing entries, and thank you all for your submissions. You have some truly incredible small business website success stories and made it hard to pick just eight finalists!

From the Pet Tag Prince to Grandma Cuddles, these finalists come in all shapes, sizes, and ages! Now it’s up to you. Check out their stories on the voting page and help us choose who should be the Homepreneur (home-based business owner) of the Year!

Small Business Contest Winner

It’s November and we’re wrapping up our Small Business Month competition. We received an overwhelming number of impressive entries, so picking a winner was a bit of a challenge!

We are very pleased to congratulate Wendy Lau of Blue Wonder Cloth (www.bluewondercloth.com) as the winner of the $10,000 Extreme Small Business Makeover bundle!

About the Winner

2009-11-06-blue-wonderBlue Wonder Cloth has sold environmentally friendly cleaning products for over 15 years – before it was “in” to be green! Wendy has been selling products through her website for nine of those years and is one of CityMax.com’s first customers. She did so well that she bought out the business’ original owner almost five years ago and hasn’t looked back since.

Wendy’s advice to aspiring entrepreneurs:

“Find a really good product. It must be something you really believe in, and it should fit the parameters of success – for example, is it easy to ship? Is it breakable? Whether you’re selling a service or a physical product, with the competition out there, you have to feel it’s going to be #1.”

Thank you to everyone that entered the contest – you have some fantastic stories and we can’t wait to learn more!

A CityMax.com Halloween

Did you have a great Halloween? Sure hope so!

We had a little competition going on over here with our pumpkin carving contest – 3 teams, 3 designs, one winner.

The pumpkins, in order – team 1 (bats), team 2 (CityMax ghoul), and team 3 (Mario).

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Team 1 took the prize, because what you can’t see in this picture is the flashing light and smoke (dry ice) pouring out. Way to go Team 1!

Who would you have voted for? Let us know on Twitter – @CityMax!