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If you are new to our site, or if you haven’t heard our story, we wanted to share a little about why Difference Created was started and what we are all about!
Who We Are
SARAH GIBSON. With a Bachelor of Arts in Telecommunication/Fine Arts (with a concentration in graphic design and photography) from Indiana University, I have drawn from my experiences to drive the web design and branding services for Difference Created. My whole life I have had a desire to help others in need, from life guarding to volunteering at a special needs summer camp. After September 11th I began working for America’s Most Wanted, and seeing life through the lens of an AMW camera gives you a different perspective. Being a part of something that unites families, brings closure, healing, and justice, it pushes you to want to create a difference. I want each project and venture that I take on to create a difference and leave something good behind.
MEGAN OSWALD. I found the passion to help small businesses and difference makers grow, while receiving a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Florida State University. During my senior year of college I got a full time job and spent a decade in management for an ever growing corporate firm. Through college and my time spent in corporate America I have had the chance to have some pretty awesome experiences. I spent a summer putting in Habitat for Humanity hours to help a friend get a home through them. I was able to travel to San Pedro Sula, Honduras and work with some pretty awesome college students who were driven to make an impact on their campus and city. I had the chance to travel to the jungles of Ecuador and help with a week long kids camp. It changes your prospective to spend time with those that you perceive to have so little, but laugh and live like they have it all. Over the last few years I have been able to watch and cheer on friends who have stepped out and taken on entrepreneurial ventures of their own. Through these experiences my drive to BE a difference maker, and CREATE a difference, has only grown.
Why We Started Our Business
In 2015, two friends working for the same company, decided that we wanted more for our lives than just the daily grind of the corporate world and so…. WE QUIT OUR JOBS! We quit the comfort of knowing what our paychecks were going to be every two weeks, paid vacations, bonus opportunities and knowing exactly what you were working on every day. We got some crazy looks (and some less than supportive comments), but we were determined. We didn’t know exactly how everything would work, but we wanted the opportunity to try our hand at something of our own and create a life that we were totally happy with. We both have learned that life is short, so there is no time better than TODAY to create a job you love and a lifestyle you can be proud of!
We wanted to create a business that inspires people, gives us (and others) the ability for us to give back to communities and causes that are important to us, and spread hope to people around the world. Passionate about working with non-profits and small businesses, we enjoy helping people and organizations, on their own journey to make a difference, grow their business and create the dreams they are passionate about.
We knew it wouldn’t be easy, but we knew WE HAD TO TRY! Our business has evolved a little each year. We didn’t have investors or a business loan, so we started by taking a lot of different types of work knowing, as we grew and had the ability focus more on our passion, we would. We are lucky that, in 2019, we were able to launch our Inspiration Created line, which is a passion project creating handmade goods that support causes near to our hearts. Not only do we get to work behind the scenes of organizations changing the face of their communities, we also get to make pieces that support these causes and bring a reminder to each home and business they are displayed in.
What We Do
Non-Profit Marketing --Our heart and passion is to make sure that a difference is created with everything we do! Some of our most fulfilling projects have been the ones we complete for our non-profit difference makers.
Let us help you share your passion and help you tell your Non-Profit’s story. With website design, social media, video, design and other types of communication, we understand what it takes to help your organization grow!
Small Business Support – Is it time to begin building the foundation for your business? Do you have all of the pieces and are ready to take them to the next level? Are you ready to make a difference? If you answered yes to any of those questions, then let’s work together!
We have spent years learning different systems and processes to help small businesses and soloprenuers be successful. We would love to help your business grow and let you get back to focusing on the things that make your business all that it is.
Shop Inspiration Created Products – Have you ever wandered around an event where local vendors have tents setup and they have brought some of their greatest creations or favorite finds? We LOVE those kind of events, finding unique items and getting to learn the story behind their passion project. Inspiration Created is a passion project of ours and we want this online store to give you the same feel - awesome finds, custom pieces, and stories that inspire!
Now that you know more about us, take a look around the site and let us know what you think or how we can help you create a difference!
Go Create A Difference!
Megan and Sarah
Culture of Learning
Part of being a Difference Maker is continually push yourself to learn more so that you can reach more. We believe that education, at all levels, is important and that is why we strive to be constant learners!
B.A. in Telecommunication/Fine Arts
Sarah received her Bachelor of Arts in Telecommunication/Fine Arts (with a concentration in graphic design and photography) from Indiana University. Gained great experience in Photoshop and Final Cut that were further honed by a career including tv production and photography.
B.S. in Business Management
Megan received her Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Florida State University. Gained experience in business systems and processes and was able to put much of what she learned into practice in her decade of corporate work and here at Difference Created.
Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Specialization
Sarah received this specialization from UC Davis. This Specialization covered the theory behind Google search and other search engine algorithms; practical, real-world skills that apply to digital marketing or online content development, including on-page and off-page optimization, optimizing for local and international audiences, conducting search-focused website audits, and aligning SEO with overall business strategies. (certificate)
Social Marketing Certification
Megan received this specialization from Hootsuite. The Social Marketing Certification is an industry-recognized certification that demonstrates an expertise with the essential elements of social marketing.
Continuing Education – Extended Campus
Megan took a number of continuing education classes that were focused on the non-profit sector. She received letters of completion for:
- Strategic Management
- Social Media Primer for Nonprofits