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Our Approach

Our Story

My Mantra

“The quality of a person’s life
is in direct proportion
to their commitment to excellence,
regardless of their chosen field
of endeavor.”

Vince Lombardi

My Story

Brass Tacks Marketing & Design is a “small-in-size, but big-in-aspirations” home-based business.  I have been the owner of my own home-based graphics design and marketing company for the past 10 years. Brass Tacks Marketing & Design was formerly known as Jewel Kae Graphics. It was time for a fresh brand and to expand the scope of my business.

So I launched this exciting new endeavor in April 2018. Any given day you will find me at my desk, creative juices flowing, phone ringing, fingers flying over the keyboard of my Mac desktop, shoes laced and ready to go, to tackle whatever the day brings...

My story? I'm a small town girl from Wisconsin.  I married my college sweetheart nearly 35 years ago. He became a Naval Aviator and, true to his promise, he has shown me the world! We have had 20 different addresses in the past 35 years. I'm thrilled to be in Washington State in our forever home and very enthusiastic about living in the Columbia Gorge area.

Always interested in writing and other artistic expressions, I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Graphic Design from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. My resume is eclectic and includes art director for a national SCUBA diving magazine, administrative assistant for a non-profit foundation, electronic court reporter, kindergarten special education teacher’s aide, and membership and marketing coordinator for a Chamber of Commerce. I earned my Master of Business Administration degree with concentrations in Marketing and Management from SUNY Stony Brook in December  2012.

I believe volunteer experience is just as important as work experience. My volunteer “jobs” included being actively involved in military spouses groups and parent organizations at nearly every duty station and being an steering committee member for several leadership workshops and organizations.

My most rewarding "jobs" have been being a mom to my two children - now independent young adults - and being a wife to my wonderful husband.  Being a military family has given us so many valuable life experiences and allowed us to travel the world.

That's my story - I'd love to hear yours! Nothing is more exciting and inspiring than to hear about entrepreneurs and small businesses that are striving to succeed. You can reach me by email, phone or simply by clicking that button right down there at the bottom of this page. I look forward to hearing from you!

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Julie Williamson

Creative Director/Owner
Graphics Designer
Marketing Maven
Website Reviewer
Grammar Nerd
Aspiring Author

Getting Down to Brass Tacks...

Let's brainstorm together! Give me a call, send me an email, reach out to me. We can discuss what you need to make your business a success and how I can help make that happen.