Bruce Kullberg, founder of Unicom Services and Kullberg Designs, has received local and national recognition through his innovative and creative services. Bruce started his computer career in the early 1980’s when he purchased a Texas Instruments TI-99/4A personal computer which was connected to a black & white TV and cassette tape recorder. He self-taught himself on how to write Basic Language and wrote a few programs including a ‘Galaxy Invader’ type program which was free to download on CompuServe. After that, he was forever hooked on computers.
Over the years we have sponsored, partnered and donated time and money to help with community events. This includes local educational and veteran organizations plus other outreach organizations.
Kullberg Designs has been selected for the 2019 Best of Lewis Center Awards in the category of Web Designer
LEWIS CENTER August 20, 2019 -- Kullberg Designs has been selected for the 2019 Best of Lewis Center Award in the Web Designer category by the Lewis Center Award Program.
Each year, the Lewis Center Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Lewis Center area a great place to live, work and play.
Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2019 Lewis Center Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Lewis Center Award Program and data provided by third parties.
[Caption: Pictured in his basement office is his first ‘real’ computer, an IBM PCjr, purchased in 1985. It was a major upgrade from the TI-99/4A (pictured in background header above which was purchased in 1981). Check out the PCjr's 5.25" floppy drive (360K storage), 16 colors max monitor, dot matrix printer, joy stick to the left of computer, and a blazing 300 baud modem. A 300 baud modem would transfer 1mb in approximately 7 hours.]
International Entrepreneurs Network: Bruce Kullberg was the founding Systems Operator (Sysop) of the International Entrepreneurs Network on CompuServe Information Services. IEN was the largest business-related online community during that time consisting of entrepreneurs and business professionals with memberships exceeding over 50,000 members worldwide. IEN was a service offered by The Entrepreneurship Institute, and was online for five years.
Strictly Business!BBS, a national online exchange for small businesses, providing educational and practical information for entrepreneurs and business professionals. Started in 1988, SB!BBS was online for 5 years via a dial-up service (Bulletin Board Service) operating out of his basement.
The Daily Reporter Online: Bruce created and maintained one of the first daily newspapers to be accessible "online" in the United States (and possibly internationally) through a national dial-up bulletin board system (pre-WWW / Internet*) in 1990. The BBS was online for several years before the Internet took over. The Daily Reporter is based in Columbus, OH. *Internet started in April of 1993.
Columbus News Connection: An online news release retrieval service and informational service for public relation professionals. This service was founded in 1989 and was online for several years.
[Caption: Building custom computers during the week and stocking up on computer parts and accessories, Bruce packed up his van and travel Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan and Pennsylvania for a two-day weekend computer extravaganza, selling systems and parts.]
Once the Internet became available to the public in the early 1990’s, the Online Bulletin Board Systems (BBS) was soon a thing of the past. With faster Internet speed, more information available and easy connection, people welcomed the World Wide Web. Most of the first sites were text only, but with the development of HTML, web browsers made it easier to navigate and offered pictures, colors, animation, videos and interesting graphics and fonts. The WWW changed the world as we knew it. [History of Internet]
In the early 1990’s, Bruce was creating HTML websites and started building and selling custom computer systems and parts. He started a new company called Unicom Information Services in 1991. Even though he was online with Unicom, and had created a website for himself, national celebrity Jerry Springer’s Show and others, the computer hardware side of Unicom was developing into a full time business. After a few very successful local computer fairs, he started participating in organized computer shows across the mid-west selling custom computers and parts.
Building custom computers during the week and stocking up on computer parts and accessories, Bruce would pack up his van and travel to cities in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan and Pennsylvania for weekend computer shows. Once local box stores and Internet retailers made purchasing computers and parts easily accessible to everyone, the computer shows became a thing of the past. During this time, Bruce had become a PowerSeller on Ebay, shipping custom-built gaming systems across the U.S. By the late 1990’s and early 2000’s, the computer market was changing, he shifted his efforts back into the website development and graphic designs which was still one of his major passions.
Unicom Services - Unicom offers domain registration, web hosting, web site creation supporting different platforms and devices (mobile, tablet, etc), plus other services directed to the Internet at a very competitive price. Along with web site creation and maintenance, Unicom offers domain registration, do-it-yourself web site creation, plus a wide selection of web-support products and services at UnicomWeb.com.
Graphic Designs and Logo Designs - Bruce has created thousands of logo's and graphic design for businesses and organization. His creative designs can help to bring your message alive and convey a lasting impressive and message. Also, he can work with you to create online or print advertising, newsletter, business cards or more!
In 2014, Bruce decided to expand the company name from just Unicom Services by adding Kullberg Designs to better identify this part of the business. "I felt there was a need to better focus on who we are as a business, and present ourselves so the public had a better understanding of what we do", explained Bruce. "Currently we include the Unicom Services name and logo on our sites since many people know the Unicom name, and I want to make sure the understand we are the same organization."
Kullberg Designs has created many websites for local businesses, associations and others. Each website is custom made, using either Bootstrap or WordPress platforms. Selecting a platform usually has to do more with the clients needs and budget. The nice thing about us is we keep our overhead very low so we can pass the savings on to our clients. Besides, creating websites and graphic designs is a passion, not a necessity. So each one is delivered with a bow around it - we take the utmost pride in it's creation. You can also find us on Facebook, Twitter, Linked-In and other social media services.
[Caption: Supporting our community, we participated in Orange Township's community 4th of July Parade. Pictured are: L-R: Kristin (daughter), Karolyn (sister-in-law), Sarah (niece), Snowflake (loyal companion), Debbie & me.]
Bruce has been directly involved with his community serving on many different boards. These include the Advisory Board for the Orange Township Economic Development Board and the Ohio Senior Citizens Organization. Also, he served two terms as Vice President of the Orange Township Business Association (OTBA), and 8 years as Vice-Chairman/Trustee for the Oak Creek Association. He receive the OTBA Spirit Award for his contributions to the association and business community in 2011, and Certificate of Appreciation from the OTBA in 2013.
In 2016 he created the OrangeCelebration.com website to offer a family-friendly directory of events and activities in his community including information and resources. Even though he receives some financial support from local businesses, he offsets the cost of updating, maintaining and promoting the service from personal funds.
[With his family on the beach, one of his favorite places to be.]
Bruce is a native of Columbus, Ohio. He served in the U.S. Army in 1970 during the Vietnam War. After attending the Defense Information School (DINFOS), by the time he was 19 years old, he was Editor of the Ft. Greely, Alaska weekly newspaper, The Buffalo. He was also a journalist with the Ohio National Guard during the early 1970's. Access Ft. Greely on Facebook which Bruce created and maintains for those who have served at this remote military base. He was Honorable Discharged from the U.S. Army and Ohio National Guard, and received Certificate of Achievements for his performance and contributions to his duty while proudly serving his country.
Having attended Ohio State University, he also has experience in others areas. This includes serving as President of Kullberg Flooring Inc. (3rd generation), National Network Director of The Entrepreneurship Institute, Systems Operator for Int'l Entrepreneurs Network on CompuServe, and involvement with several start-up manufacturing ventures including Creative Marble Products, Inc., and Lunch Bag Lingo, Inc. with his brothers David and Andy. He is married and lives in Lewis Center, Ohio.