Early on, CareerMatrix partnered with Clear Channel broadcasting, which helped the CareerMatrix name to become better known to the people of West Michigan. Our partnership also expanded into the annual Clear Channel/CareerMatrix Job fair, held at the Delta Plex in Grand Rapids.
Dial-up modems were the most common on-ramp to access the Information Super Highway, and the first CareerMatrix launch was hosted with a local Internet Service Provider (ISP) called iServ, but the limitations of the system soon became obvious and before long we began our own in-house development of a new CareerMatrix.com.
In the beginning, the only job posting package offered by CareerMatrix was a full year membership of unlimited job postings and resume searching. The cost back then was only $2,900 for the year.
Within a short time, we launched our new in-house version and hosted CareerMatrix on our own servers. Among the many improvements to the site, we also began offering single job postings for 30 days at a rate of only $75 each.
Four years went by very quickly and, when the owner was ready to retire in 2002, long time staff members, Dennis Hoyle and Tim Colthorp, formed a new company called NetOptions LLC, and purchased CareerMatrix to continue the growth and development of the site.