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Turn your website into a cash machineTM

Vortex's 4 Steps to Website Success

Discovery and Strategic Planning

Every business has unique needs, and the first step to creating any website involves discovering what those needs are and how to achieve them.

  • Who is your ideal client?
  • What sets your business apart?
  • What are you really selling to your clients?
  • What do your clients get?

Design / UX / Wireframing

Crafting an engaging user experience makes the difference between a client bouncing off your site and becoming a lifetime client.

Our expert design team will ensure that your website is ergonomic, easy to use, and maintains a consistent brand with your business.

The Build

Our local programming engineers will build your website based on best practices, craft keyword-rich SEO, and ultimately bring your vision to life.

We work with you every step of the way to ensure your total satisfaction. Oh, and no outsourcing. Ever.


Once the website is launched, the real work begins.
What good is a website if no one knows it exists?

Using Google AdWords, Facebook Advertising, Social Media Marketing, Email Marketing, Search Engine Optimization, Direct Mail, and more. We will make sure your ideal clients find your website.

Jonathan Sabin CEO
Jonathan Sabin


As the principal of Vortex Business Solutions, a full service business acceleration consultancy, web development and visual communications company, Jonathan consults with startups, entrepreneurs, and mature companies interested in increasing their client base and advancing their business.

Jonathan believes that everyone has a passion that drives their vision, yet few businesses have the entire team needed to become successful. Vortex Business Solutions emerged with the sole purpose of helping businesses make their vision possible. Drive More Business to your Business!

Jonathan first began building computers as a teenager in 1968 utilizing old IBM 960’s, and the journey has never ended. In 1996, he launched his first business eCommerce website. From System Administration to Web Dev. and Internet Marketing, he has logged 35,000+ hours in computer and web development and 60,000+ hours in the business world having made over 1,050 bi-weekly payrolls.

Jonathan has had business ownership in everything from jewelry and colored stone retailing to restaurant partnerships, to a design and photographic studio, to PR and advertising in NYC. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in 1978 and worked in industrial/commercial photography throughout North America for decades. Vortex Business Solutions represents the culmination of 45 years of business experience.

"At Vortex Business Solutions, we take your Passion and Vision and apply it Strategically to the Market place."

Molly Cook Art Director
Molly Cook

Art Director

Molly Cook is a Professional Art Director and Graphic Designer at Vortex Business Solutions.

Molly’s expertise has culminated in 35 years of experience and includes skills such as developing creative identities, graphic and marketing solutions, and meeting individual clients’ needs. She is passionate about providing her clients with the tools to promote their products or services.

As an art director for Vortex, Molly is able to look at the entire brand identity, across the board, in all venues from print to social media. With the extensive hands-on graphic design experience she understands not only the visual aspect but also the technical side, optimizing the clients’ overall experience.

When Molly is not working, she enjoys a variety of wellness activities such as yoga, running, hiking and spending time with her family and friends. Her home is her sanctuary. She loves to entertain, especially on the deck — when the weather is cool and the fire is roaring! This scene is complete when her daughters and their families are there to share time.

What Molly loves most about working at VBS is being a part of a team with a vision and working on projects that are truly cutting edge.

“At Vortex I am (willingly) challenged to push my talents, learn new methods and stay current for complete client satisfaction!”

Justin Sines Development Engineer
Justin Sines

Development Engineer

Justin Sines is a Web Developer at Vortex Business Solutions. His job skills include HTML, CSS, PHP, Javascript, WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, Business Catalyst, DotNetNuke, Photoshop, and MS Office.

Justin is most passionate about sports and technology, and when he is not working, he enjoys being at home, hanging out with friends and family, attending or watching sporting events, and playing video games.

Justin loves working at VBS because the team members are awesome!

“As a web developer, I use a variety of web technologies and content management systems to create, develop, and maintain clients’ websites to provide the best possible online experiences for clients and their audiences.”

Cody Bontrager Development Engineer
Cody Bontrager

Development Engineer

Cody Bontrager is a Web Developer at Vortex Business Solutions. His job skills include HTML, CSS, PHP, Javascript, and Photoshop.

Cody is most passionate about sports, technology, music, and the Green Bay Packers. When he’s not working at Vortex, he enlists his free time outdoors with camping and being active. He also enjoys spending time with friends and family and watching sporting events.

As a Web Developer at Vortex, Cody helps create and modify websites with different web technologies. With an innovative mind and programming experience, he’ll work until the client’s goals are met.

“With content management systems and web technologies I produce a creative and user friendly site to fit each client and their business needs.”

Will Aden Web Design Engineer
Will Aden

Web Design Engineer

Will Aden is a content writer and web programmer at Vortex Business Solutions. His skills include HTML, CSS, WordPress, Microsoft Office, Final Cut Pro, Adobe Photoshop and Premiere, Audacity and Python.

At Vortex, Will makes sure that all of the websites are up-to-date and working correctly. He also writes SEO for sites, creates content, and codes wherever it’s needed. He enjoys the wide range of projects and tasks he gets to work on everyday. He sees new obstacles as exciting challenges to overcome.

In his free time, Will enjoys performing music, playing video games, reading, going to local concerts, and watching TV shows and movies. He also writes for blogs about various video games and TV shows. No matter what he’s doing, he’s probably thinking about what article he’s going to write next.

“Through coding and writing, I hope to help our clients get their message across as effectively as possible.”

Melinda Ragona Graphic Designer, Project Manager
Melinda Ragona

Graphic Designer, Project Manager

Melinda's communication between clients and programmers keeps projects running smoothy everyday.

As a print and web designer, Melinda has experience with non-profit to small business identity branding and marketing, including collaboration of informational advertising materials.

Melinda specializes in logo design and photography manipulation. She has strong experience in wire-frame design, project management and design principles.

In her free time Melinda loves to enjoy fine food and wine with her family, tend to her vegetable garden, yoga / work out in the gym, and she raises Monarch butterflies with her young daughters every summer.

"I love working with Team Vortex because I enjoy creating cutting edge and beautiful Web Designs and helping clients create a strong web presence."

Lizzie Tonner Project Manager, Photographic Assistant
Lizzie Tonner

Project Manager, Photographic Assistant

Lizzie is a project manager and photographic assistant at Vortex Business Solutions. She is responsible for managing the communication between client and developers, and assists with pre and post production camera work.

Her background is in journalism, which she studied at the University of Iowa. Her skill set lies in communication, content writing and digital photography.

In her free time, Lizzie enjoys thrift shopping, collecting vintage clothing, and trying out local diners.

“I love being up-to-date on local news and events. Working at Vortex connects me with the movers and shakers of the community, leaving me feeling inspired daily.”

Sam Lovan Marketing
Sam Lovan


Sam Lovan is a Digital Marketing Intern at Vortex Business Solutions. He is responsible for marketing research, analysis, and developing business campaigns.

Sam loves managing creative content and coming up with innovative solutions, meshing well with the team at Vortex.

In his free time, Sam searches for new books to read, is a huge basketball fan, and loves going to Hawkeye football games.

"Vortex enables me to enhance my creativity, my marketing knowledge, and sharpens my analytical acumen"

Michael Thompson Development Engineer
Michael Thompson

Development Engineer

Michael Thompson is a web developer at Vortex Business Solutions. His skills include HTML, CSS, JavaScript and WordPress.

Michael is passionate about technology and his dogs, Macy and Toby. When he's not working at Vortex he enjoys spending time with family, petting dogs and eating the best food he can find.

As a web developer at Vortex, Michael helps the team in developing and designing websites that best fit the needs of clients to give them and their future customers the best possible experience.

"Being able to work with various web technologies and the team at Vortex I am able to develop websites that help give the client the precise experience that they want in their website."

Jessica Kramer Social Media, Digital Marketing
Jessica Kramer

Social Media, Digital Marketing

Jessica Kramer is an intern at Vortex Business Solutions. Her job skills include social media engagement and digital marketing.

Jessica is a junior at the University of Iowa, majoring in Communication Studies and minoring in Sport and Recreational Management. Outside of work, Jessica enjoys spending time with her friends and family, traveling, staying active, and of course, hanging out with her dog.

"I am beyond excited to have the opportunity to work in an environment like Vortex. The positive energy and dynamic truly sets us apart. I cannot wait to bring my fresh ideas and creativity to the team!"

Buddy Spirit Leader, Head of Security

Spirit Leader, Head of Security

Buddy is the Spirit Leader and Head of Security at Vortex Business Solutions. His skills include begging for food, being adorable and soft to touch, and lightening everyone’s day with his doggy nuzzles. Buddy’s loving and curious personality helps bring laughter and happiness into the office environment and keeps stress levels at a minimum during intense deadlines.

Buddy was rescued by Jonathan and Pamela Sabin after the 2008 flood that devastated Iowa City and Cedar Rapids.

Our History
Vortex History

Vortex Business Solutions, Inc. is a full service, customer-focused, web design, marketing, SEO, visual communications and business acceleration firm. Since the launch of our first website in 1996, Vortex has applied the principles of business, advertising and marketing accumulated over 40 years to tell the stories of hundreds of businesses, help those businesses attract more clients, and ultimately become more successful.

Tell your story, and turn your website into a cash machine™. Call us today at 319.354.0019.


44 High Circle Drive NE
Iowa City, IA USA

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