Connecting to the MBDA Business Center-Atlanta has allowed me to access resources that I never knew existed. I am developing telehealth mobile software with Georgia Tech, meeting major decision makers in healthcare, and expanding my business in ways that I never thought of.” – Charles Weems, Founder & CEO, Weems Design Studio, Inc.
The Weems Design Studio, Inc. (WDS), a global outsource provider of business process solutions, was founded by Charles Weems, III in 2006. Weems’ affinity for software and graphic design evolved into a company that provides clients with a host of services and client premise solutions for a spectrum of business-critical communications which includes: just-in-time manufacturing, receivables, securities filings, insurance and health care transactions and other applications. WDS targets businesses in financial services, health care, manufacturing and government.
Weems became a client of the MBDA Business Center-Atlanta seeking to gain new contracts and to increase revenue. As a result of the first one-on-one consultation, The Center staff identified three services that Weems Design Studio, Inc. could benefit from: the Health Technology Action Collaborative (H-TAC) program, strategic planning and implementation services and CEO training.
Through H-TAC, WDS met, vetted and signed a partnership agreement with ICATT, a MBDA Business Center-Atlanta client, which resulted in a contract with the National Parks Service for approximately $200,000. Likewise, through connecting with the Georgia Institute of Technology’s healthcare initiative, WDS is developing a new mobile telehealth product with Georgia Tech. Furthermore, business consultations with the center have helped WDS secure approximately $5 million in contracts with the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Revenue for WDS topped $5 million in 2013, a 100 percent increase from 2012. Overall, the CEO training that Weems completed has prepared him to manage the exponential growth of his business in a sustainable manner. The Center continues to assist WDS through its strategic planning and implementation process.