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Babson Business:

Name of business: CUSTOM MADE VENTURES CORP, owners of

• Mission: To connect Custom Woodworkers with customers in an online craft fair.

• Began Purchased in 1/2009

• Where: Boston, MA

• Founder: Michael Salguero,, 857-233-5125
• Babson MBA student

• Employees: 15 Freelancers, Consultants and Advisors

• How The Idea Began: A friend and I were looking for a custom coffee table, we searched through the Internet, but kept coming back to, the site had a great base of subscribers, really good search engine placement, but was in need of a total overhaul. We realized that by adding some business expertise and Web 2.0 techniques to what had been created, we could start to change the way people buy furniture.

• Initial Preparation to Germinate Idea: Took Babson Professor Kevin Mulvaney’s class, “How to Buy a Small Business,” “How to Buy a Small Business the Search Experience,” and “M&A for Entrepreneurs”… took 60 day due diligence period with 30 days to close to raise money and solidify business plan.

• Favorite Thing about the Business: Helping Woodworkers to manage their business and leads better.

• Worst Thing About the Business: Existing inherited website is very hard to use.

• Biggest Challenge: Catering to the needs of a large subscriber base.