About Us

Our History

We're kind of like a matchmaker – In the business of building "perfect match" websites.

We don't believe in cookie-cutter solutions. Each business situation is unique, so we tailor each website solution based on the specific needs of each client.

A Little Bit About OUR ORIGINS ...

Located in historic, downtown Newburyport, MA, Sonora DesignWorks was founded in 1993 by Jim Somers and his wife, Heidi. Initially launched as a marketing and graphics firm, the small agency evolved quickly to specialize in website design and development when the Internet became a mainstream marketing channel.

The Sonora name was inspired by a somewhat unintentional side trip that the Somers family took through the Sonora Pass in California while trying to find a shortcut back to their hotel. The "adventure" that followed – unknown territory, nearly empty gas tank, setting sun, curious animals coming out of the wilds – seemed a fitting analogy to starting a new business.

Whether your business is a brand new start-up or an established Fortune500 company, when you work with our team, you get a website that's a perfect fit for you in terms of design, functionality, and budget.

YOU ALSO GET: Decades of Expertise

We are an established and well-respected agency with deep roots in the industry. In fact, we've been building websites since websites were invented.

All our talent – in-house and freelance – is locally sourced from a tight network of trusted career professionals who are passionate about their craft and the quality of the work they produce.

In addition to our skills and experience in design and development, we also have a rich base of business and marketing knowledge that helps us provide valuable and strategic guidance about specific solutions.

Our Peace of Mind Promise

We understand that building and managing your website is only a small part of what you have to worry about each day. We want to make it the easiest and least stressful part of your day. You can trust us to do more than just get the job done. You can count on us to get it done right, on time, and on budget. We're here for you.

And, after your site is launched, we'll still be here for you. Whether you just need occasional updates or opt for one of our maintenance plans, we'll help you keep your site up-to-date and running smoothly.

Service You Have to Experience to Believe

We love what we do, and we want you to love how we do it.

We approach each project as a partnership. Our main goal isn't to sell you "a website." It's to help you identify and create The Website that will best support and grow your business. Whether you're starting from scratch or updating an existing site, we make sure the end result is a website you can't wait to show off.

With Sonora, you'll never feel like just another number. The people who answer the phone are the people who are designing and building your website. It's kind of like having your own in-house web team.

Learn more about our services, or – if you'd like to pick our brains (no strings attached) – feel free to drop us a line.

You can also check out our portfolio or see what other people are saying about us.

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