About Sylvia Tooker and Bear Data Services

Sylvia Tooker at her computerMy name is Sylvia Tooker, and I am the founder and owner of Bear Data Services. Based in Dallas, Texas, I provide virtual web design services to small businesses, solo professionals, and private practitioners nationwide.

Why I Design Websites for Small Businesses

Having previously worked for small businesses in administrative and office management positions, designing websites for them is a natural fit for my detail-oriented skills and experience. I prefer being self-employed to working in a corporate environment. Working one-on-one with solo and small business owners makes communication easier resulting in a more personalized service for my clients.

My First Website

I designed my first website in 1996 when my handwriting analysis teacher, aware that I was also studying computer programming at the time, asked if I could figure out how to help him build a website to sell his books and courses on the newly expanding Internet. Intrigued by his ideas, I found resources from which I could teach myself to code HTML. What began as a fun website design experiment turned into an exciting new career!

My Business Goals

I am commited to providing web design, website maintenance and web consulting services that are:

  • affordable
  • professional
  • customized to meet your goals
  • responsive to your needs

Always learning...

dfwwp-classroomOnline and web design technologies are constantly changing, so upgrading my web design skills is a necessity.

I attend online webinars as well as in-person classes and workshops. I am also a member of online and local web design groups, including:

 

Awards

Well, so far I only have one.

I was named an All Star Service Provider by Constant Contact for 2011!

A big thanks to my clients who have hired me as a consultant to guide them in their use of Constant Contact's Email Marketing Services. My clients' hard work and successes along with the training I receive from Constant Contact have made this award possible!

Here's what Constant Contact had to say...

"Your efforts last year to reach your clients and engage with them and their audience were exemplary. Your clients noticed and responded positively—as did their customers, too. This status is an annual designation that only 10% of our customers achieve, which makes your accomplishment as a Solution Provider even more noteworthy."

 

In the Media

The Girl's Guide to Starting Your Own Business: Candid Advice, Frank Talk, and True Stories for the Successful Entrepreneur

The Girl's Guide to Starting Your Own Business book coverBy Caitlin Friedman, Kimberly Yorio

I was honored to be one of 50 women business owners interviewed by Caitlin Friedman while doing research for the book that she co-authored, The Girl's Guide to Starting Your Own Business. Here is an excerpt from our conversation which appears in the book:

"When it comes to directly marketing your web site, Sylvia Tooker, owner of Bear Data Services, an Internet consulting and design business, advises entrepreneurs to, 'ask yourself, what are my customers' interests? What are they searching for online?'"

 

Need more information about me or my web design services?

Please contact me with your questions or comments.