In the late 1990s, our co-founder, Lisa Cerezo, started designing and building websites as a personal hobby. People started to ask about her skills and she soon found herself building and managing websites for a small handful of non-profit organizations.
In 2010, Lisa’s husband Jason (our other co-founder) was laid off from a stable career and decided to leverage his marketing and design experience to start a marketing firm. While servicing marketing clients, he found that many of them had websites that were less than professional. People started asking for website work and ThirdSide was born! In May of 2011, we began offering professional graphic design and web development services to small- and medium-sized businesses and organizations.
Being part of a community means giving back to a community. Each year, we give to local non-profit organizations through free or reduced-cost services or cash donations. Some of our recent projects have included websites for the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra, Feeding Our Kids, First Gig Rock & Roll Camp, and Rattle the Stars.
In early 2018, an opportunity was presented that allowed ThirdSide to expand to Portland, Oregon. We have established a firm base of clients in the area and expect to become a major player in the region by 2021. In Portland, we continue our mission of serving businesses and organizations who need more customized solutions than can be provided without the need for highly-customized, cost-intensive development.