Celebrating 15 Years of
Web Site Design!
Who is Carolyn Von Ahnen, owner of Innovative Design Concepts?
I am a work from home mother of 2, and currently have a client base of
45+ customers. I am currently working with 3 computer / technology
firms to help their clients also develop web sites. Many of my
clients have been with me since 1998!
My goal is to help small businesses reach the masses via the
internet, by constructing web sites that are clean and easy to navigate and that
rank well with the search engines.
Who am I personally? 2012 response: I am a
breast cancer survivor! On 10/8/2009, I was diagnosed with an
aggressive, stage 2.5, tumor in my breast. I am 2 years Cancer
Free!! I am looking forward to finding my "new normal" and enjoying this
new year...and many more... with my darling children and husband! I've
started teaching Religious Education again, I now have 11
kindergarteners in my care each Wednesday - they are a joy!
I have recently become very involved with my daughter's non-profit dance troupe,
I am designing the program book for the recital, and organizing the design and
construction of props for the dance recital in May! In August I was
elected to the board as the recording secretary.
I served our church, as the Kindergarten Catechist for the 2011-2012
school year. This August I was able to serve as the Science Teacher for
our local Vacation Bible School's week long program!
I've been able to Give Back & Support the American
Cancer Society. In the June 2011 Relay for Life
I was the # 6 highest fund riaser earning
$1,165.00! In the
2012 RELAY FOR LIFE
this past June, I was ranked the #5 Highest
Fund Raiser of the event, bringing in $1,080.00 and my darling 14 year
old daughter Alyssa raised $255! THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
Before this life changing diagnosis, I had been a
very "hands-on" parent who was very involved with my children in all
types of activities that will help them grow into well rounded, good
- In 2007, I was elected as the new PTA President of the
Elementary School - but resigned due to health reasons in the Spring of
2008. Then served as PTA Advisor to the new board.
- I served for 6 years as a Girl Scout Assistant
Leader. We are in our last year of Juniors. Most of the girls
in our troop have been with us since Kindergarten!
- Spent 7 years as a Teacher for our Parish's Religious Education Class (PREP CCD.
Also volunteered for 2 summers, teaching Science in our week long Vacation Bible School classes.
- I serve on the Executive Committee of my
daughter's Dance Troupe and have undertaken the graphic arts job as
our Program Book Designer. My daughter is in here 4th year on
the Junior Competition Dance Team, which means more nights of
practice and traveling on weekends to compete!
- My son's is on the school's Science Olympiad Team. We will
be traveling with a group of his classmates to Colleges in South
Jersey to compete in science challenges.
- My son is also an avid soccer player, his team won the South
Jersey Championship in 2007. I guess, this makes me a soccer
I enjoy being busy and involved with my children, but
I also really enjoy my husband's hobby of Drag Racing! Yes, he drag
races in the NMCA. We travel to along the East Coast to watch him compete in the races. We
attend as many races as we can, so we can support "Daddy"!
welcome you to learn more about our Drag Racing Program at
www.VonAhnenRacing.com - if you are looking for East Coast
advertising ideas, why not consider auto sponsorship? Please visit our
web site for more information.
And when I am not busy a being wife and mother . . . I
enjoy creating, designing & working with my clients on their web site
projects! Thank you for taking the time to learn more about me! I
hope we'll get the opportunity to work together on your web site
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Published article from June 2000 - and original "About
Carolyn Von Ahnen" info.
About Carolyn Von Ahnen, owner IDC
am a graphic designer by trade and a stay a home Mother by choice.
I founded Innovative Design Concepts in late 1998. My web
is run from my home in southern New Jersey. I have the expertise
necessary to build effective, quality search engine optimized web sites.
I continually study at home by enrolling in a variety of Web Design,
Graphics, and E-Marketing Courses. Every effort is made to stay in
touch with the ever changing SEO trends by faithfully reading dozens of Internet Marketing
Newsletters & Reports that I subscribe to. My education is constantly being
continued as the Internet is ever changing!
Not long after my web designing career
began, my Interland Account Manager asked me to write an article for their newsletter.
I was asked to focus on Working from Home with my two little children at my feet.
I hesitated, but did
eventually write the requested article...and too my surprise...they
published it back in June 2000 in the Interland Reseller Newsflash in
the Reseller Corner section.
2000 - The
This is My Day
By: Carolyn Von Ahnen, Innovative
sneak out of bed before the little ones awake (hoping to get
some work done without interruptions), fire up the system,
quickly glance over and answer e-mail, and then the work begins: Typesetting - Layout -
Design. Uh oh, here comes the
pitter-patter of little feet - it's the baby still half asleep!
She climbs into my lap at the computer, and I keep tapping away
at the keyboard while she slowly awakens in my arms. Now it's
time for a brief break because she needs chocolate milk, and
just in time, here comes big brother. He'd like some milk too!
They sit together and watch their educational TV shows on PBS
and eat some cereal while Mom is busy making some phone calls.
Okay, it is time to hit the showers! Everyone gets cleaned up
and dressed. The phone is ringing again, and it's one of my
clients, I hush the kids and take the call, I immediately accesses their
web site and process some updates! My name is Carolyn Von Ahnen and
this is my DAY. I own and operate Innovative Design Concepts, a
Web Site Design firm based in Southern New Jersey. (Yes, they insisted on my
picture, that's me in
I started out in the office supply industry 13 years ago,
where I quickly learned the art of typesetting, layout and
design. I went on to initiate a printing division for the office
product company that I worked for. I met a wonderful man and
moved on to bigger adventures...getting married. Marriage took me
far away from my wonderful creative job. I took a customer
relations job near my new home. Although it paid well, I had to
sacrifice my creativity. A few years later, I decided to go back
to school to brush up on my printing skills and learn the newest
technology. So I enrolled in a year-long graphic occupations
course at Salem County Vo-Tech, where I earned the honor of becoming the first student
to design the monthly school newsletter and received various
honors and awards.
Excited about working again and utilizing all
of my newfound skills, just a few months before graduation I
became pregnant! I graduated with honors, had a beautiful baby
boy and became a fulltime Mom and Wife. The career will have to
go on hold again. Luckily for me, a few years later my father
approached me and asked me if I could "make him a Web
site" for his catering business. He figured it couldn't be
too hard for someone with my background to do just that. Thanks
to Microsoft FrontPage I have developed a budding career! Today
my father has a primary Web site, 4 mirror sites, and we are
currently building an e-commerce bridal shop!
I researched Web hosts and found Interland, who has proven to
be one of my most valuable Web management tools! I am proud to
declare to my clients that I offer hosting through Interland,
and when they ask why, I tell them because Interland offers the
most reliable uptime guarantee around and has the best tech
support team! Interland's customer service is available
24/7, allowing me to provide my clients with superior support! Now with the
additions of domain registration, shopping cart programs and
credit card processing agents, I don't have to shop around for
the best deals. I simply call my Account Manager to access the
valuable resources Interland has to offer!
I am currently a member of the
HTML Writers Guild
Association, both of which have
wonderful resources and educational courses available for new
and experienced Web designers. I am continuing my education
I want to thank Interland, the HWG and the IWA for all of
their help, encouragement and support! I am at home with my two
beautiful little children, sitting at my computer desk, (which
is located in their playroom), and I have the opportunity to
watch them learn and play. Meanwhile, I am getting to be
creative and interact with adults. And the best part is while I
am here with the kids, I am my own boss, I set my own hours, and
I can make money - all at the same time!
I have completed 16 Web sites, over 75 individual Single Web
Page Advertisements and I have three signed
contracts to begin work. The kids are not in daycare, and I am
working at home - life is good!
Thanks to all of My Clients for
Understanding and Appreciating my Work-at-Home Status, and for allowing
me to be a Mom and a Web Site Designer too!!
My Personal Philosophy:
Because the CUSTOMER...
- Because the customer has a need, I have a job to do.
- Because the customer has a choice, I must be the better choice.
- Because the customer has sensibilities, I must be considerate.
- Because the customer has urgency, I must be quick.
- Because the customer is unique, I must be flexible.
- Because the customer has high expectations, I must excel.
- Because the customer has influence,
I have the hope of more customers.
- Because of the customer, I.D.C exists! Thank You!