Down a nearly hidden corridor inside the Washington Square Mall, a small multimedia company is doing big things for local businesses on the digital landscape.
Inside a group of office suites, formerly the Travel Travel location, Minnesota Multimedia is doing everything digital from advertising designs to web developing for its client base.
The owner and sole-operator, Kyle Meacham, said building his own multimedia business gives him freedom from illogical employers and pride because he makes his own rules and shapes his own path forward.
"I label Minnesota Multimedia as web development and design," said Meacham. "And I also do print and graphics. I actually manage the largest digital sign in Detroit Lakes, it's right next to Lakes Country Upholstery."
It's 14-feet by 48-feet, he said. His company manages the 10 to 12 advertisements that cycle every six seconds for motorists that drive by on Highway 10.
Meacham moved around a lot as a child. He grew up in Dodge City, Kansas and moved to Detroit Lakes when he was in third grade. He was enrolled in special education classes by his parents at the school after being diagnosed with autism. Upon graduation, he attempted to go to college, but only lasted a couple of weeks since he struggled so much with mathematics and handwriting, he said.
This led to Meacham joining the workforce where he has known a wide range of employers, but, ultimately, he didn't receive a sense of purpose until he decided to start his own business. He moved into the Washington Square Mall in August.
"I got tired of not having a purpose," said Meacham. "I love that I can work from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. and I'm not going to be told that I have to stop working because I'm a workaholic."
He said also likes the freedom of setting his own schedule and building something of his very own from the ground up based entirely on his own credibility and skill.
During a recent event at The Pavilion in Detroit Lakes, Meacham volunteered to run the children's games outside of the event, but he also had a laptop with him. In addition to keeping an eye on the kids, he was running a ticketing portal for an online Florida film festival on his open screen.
His company, Minnesota Multimedia, develops websites for clients, including the city of Detroit Lakes who had Meacham build the city's 150th birthday website. He said the prices for website construction can vary between $500 to $1,000 depending on the site's complexity and usage, but, Meacham added he doesn't mind putting in long hours at all.
"I had (the DL150.com website) done in less than a month," he said. "Right now, I'm managing eight websites. I did have nine, but some people keep their websites and some people don't."
Minnesota Multimedia also has a stable of realtor-clients that contract with Meacham to post their listings uniformly on different real estate websites, since the process can be very time consuming for the busy realtors living on-the-go.
"The realtor would normally do this all by themselves and that's a lot of work," said Meacham. "There are so many realtors and so many brokerages out there."
He also does print, digital and graphic design for local businesses who want to upgrade their advertising.
Meacham said he encourages any local business that wants to update their online persona or create digital advertisements unique to their business to visit Minnesota Multimedia's website.
"On my sign (outside the office) it says, 'ethical, professional and honest,'" said Meacham. "That's pretty much me. I like being ethical, professional and honest about everything."