A final toast to 2021

Here’s to a year that’s now in the rearview mirror, but not forgotten. We had many wins and we’re proud to share this recap as a proper 2021 sendoff. Cheers to what’s to come in 2022!


A group of people wearing outdoorsy attire clink glasses of champagne while standing in a circle.

15-year anniversary

iBec Creative recently turned 15 years old, and it’s incredible to see all these candles. While so much has changed over the years, the core of our business has remained the same.

Relationships.

Some people have been here since the start of the iBec story, some just joined, and some (who we haven’t even met) will shape our next chapters.

Whether it’s our team, clients, or vendors, we’re all here to make good things happen. We’re passionate about our brands, our work, and our impact on the world. We’re grateful for all the people that fuel our purpose, and we’re ready for another year ahead.

p.s. As a thoughtful anniversary gift, look at these ornaments the team gave Becky (and Figgy!)

Handmade ornaments hanging from a lighted fig tree in the iBec office

A big footprint

We don’t just talk about doing good. We make it happen. And, we showed up big time in 2021.

Check it out!

We volunteered over 235 hours within our community at 15 different places including:

We donated over $12,000 to nonprofit organizations including:

We provided over $36,000 of pro bono work including:

Becky volunteering at USM's Count Me In Campaign

One of Maine’s best

Earlier this year, iBec Creative was ranked as #4 in the Small Company Category (15 to 49 U.S. Employees) in the 2021 list of Best Places to Work in Maine – a big jump from our #11 spot in 2020!

Entryway of iBec Creative Office

Proud certification

Becky McKinnell started iBec Creative the day after graduating from the University of Southern Maine in 2006 at 22 years old.

15 years later, iBec Creative was named as a Certified Woman Owned business.

The WBENC Certification is the most widely recognized and respected national certification for women-owned businesses in the U.S. and we’re so proud to celebrate this full circle recognition alongside Becky.

Becky McKinnell

505!

We have officially launched 505 websites since first opening our doors!

Our purpose has always been to help our clients thrive. It’s never felt so important in these past few challenging years as a strong online presence has become non-negotiable.

We help clients digitally transform their businesses, strengthen their eCommerce functionality, ensure accessibility for all people, and build websites that support their biggest goals.

If your website is on your 2022 priority list, let’s go for #506 together. Email us at: hello@ibeccreative.com

iBec Creative's Website Counter with 505 websites launched

B Corp submission

We submitted our B Corp application for certification, and we’re waiting for the next steps.

While the application was a huge undertaking, we also did a lot more for B Corps in 2021:

Becky McKinnell was part of the Portland Regional Chamber (in partnership with Great Works Internet) panel discussion: GWI Presents: B Corporations - Business as a Force for Good alongside some local B Corp pioneers spearheading this movement here in Maine.

She also submitted a testimonial to the Maine Committee on Taxation, in support of LD 846 - An Act To Promote Benefit Corporations, the best way to magnify the tremendous work that’s being done by benefit corporations to positively impact Maine’s people, communities, and our environment. It passed.

iBec, along with other talented people, launched the Maine Certified B Corp website: mainebcorps.com to showcase the amazing work B Corps are doing in our state, and to provide ongoing resources to local entrepreneurs.

B Corp graphic including environment, community and employees around the B Corp certification

New faces

As we said before, this business is all about our people. We hired seven new employees this year (two are no longer here), and we’re grateful to work with so many incredible people on the best team around.

If you’re interested in joining our crew (even if you don’t see a current job listing), we’d love to hear from you. Email us at: hello@ibeccreative.com

Riding waves

We took a boat cruise around Casco Bay at the end of the summer. It feels fitting as our last goodbye to 2021. We managed those waves, and we’re ready for 2022.

Happy New Year, everyone!

The iBec Team Posing as a group while on a sunset cruise aboard the Portland Discovery Land and Sea Tour.  Everyone is laughing and smiling.
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