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Young entrepreneurs offer web services to Mabton

MABTON - Four young entrepreneurs approached Mabton City Council, offering to provide web site services to the city for a fee.

High school sophomores Christian Salinas, Erik Calzada, Derrick Nash and high school junior Miguel Brambila have been studying technology under the tutelage of instructor Mike Surmeyer for the last three years and are finally ready to go into business as the Mabton Web Boys.

The boys told council members they are capable of upgrading existing web pages, creating websites and being available for tech support.

"We provide different ways for businesses to be known throughout the valley through the internet," said the group's spokesman, Salinas.

During the initial part of the presentation, Salinas said that his specialty is website framework and design. "You could pretty much call me the architect of the web page."

Nash said that his specialty is memorizing all the HTMLs and codes and knowing where to put them.

Calzada told council, "I'm really good with graphics, where they should go, when they look good against the background and when they don't."

Brambila said he specializes in uploading flash animation and video.

To prove their capabilities, the Mabton Web Boys showed council members a sample web page, made just for the sales pitch, that included a page on Mabton's history, city data from the 2000 census, and pictures from around town.

"These are just some ideas we have for the website," said Salinas. "It's pretty much up to you guys."

Salinas said they are capable of incorporating a Google map so people visiting the site would have directions to Mabton, as well as creating a contact link to send emails directly to city staff.

The Web Boys came well prepared...they researched what other cities pay their web site techs, which is upwards of about $1,000.

The boys offered their services for about $300, which the council is currently considering.

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