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05/31/2005 - Squeaky Feat Has New Triangle Headquarters

The Squeaky Feat Collaborative has moved to new headquarters at 522 W 1st Avenue. Their new upstairs location is bright, cozy, and “just right”. Squeaky Feat is three companies: HeyCats! Web Solutions, owned by "Alpha Cat" Carol Bjork; Design Spike, Inc., owned by Laura Bracken and Alex Gousak, and Fried Circuits, owned by Jeong Lee. They are joined in their new headquarters by Zeon IT Solutions owned by Laura Padden.

HeyCats! develops database driven Web sites using Microsoft systems. Design Spike designs database driven Web sites based on Linux systems. Fried Circuits does systems, systems support, and network design

The Squeaky Feat Collaborative has been working together since January 2004. Well into their second year, they are proving wrong those who say “collaboratives tend to be short lived.” “We work with each other a lot,” says Bracken. They also send each other business. After Bracken’s article about SpyWare appeared in the Spokesman-Review, readers asked for help cleaning up their hard drives. Bracken sent the work on to Lee.

Design Spike’s work is exemplified by their work on, is a web-based publishing outlet for teachers and home schooling parents. Owned by Teacher Curriculum Inc., the Web site publishes K-12 curricula in various competency areas that, for a small fee, teachers can download and use to supplement their own teaching materials. Further, teachers can submit materials to Teachers Curriculum for publication, and, if accepted, will receive royalties for each sale of their material.

This complicated PHP-programmed Web site required a huge backend database. The site includes e-commerce, 1,632 different curricula posted on-line, a searchable catalogue, and educational games. One of the owners is the author of Frindle. Frindle teaching materials are among the site’s largest sellers. What’s a Frindle? Visit

HeyCats! has also been busy. Developing in .NET, Bjork created a Web based wellness tracking system for the Upper Columbia Conference of the Seventh Day Adventists. Used by the employees of the Upper Columbia Conference, the system has helped substantially reduce their cost of health insurance – both for the employer and the co-pay by the employee. The Web site is used to teach good nutrition, exercise programs, and even personal and spiritual growth. According to Bjork, although the program was created specifically for a client, it would be easily adaptable to other situations.

HeyCats! is also a subcontractor for the Washington State Department of Health anti-smoking project. HeyCats! manages four big Web sites for this project. “We probably spent in excess of six hundred hours last year on this project alone,” says Bjork.

Bjork also works with TINCAN on their technology-based initiatives. HeyCats! will produce the technical content for the ITEST grant.

In addition to SpyWare clean up work, Fried Circuits keeps busy building networks for smaller companies. Lee has done a lot of networks for local attorney offices.

“It’s been a busy year for all of us,” says Bracken. For more information about Design Spike, Inc., visit to: For more information about HeyCats! visit to: Fried Circuits Web site is still in development.

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