(company with fewer than 250 employees)
AWARD CRITERIA:A qualified Nominee is a company WITH FEWER THAN 250 EMPLOYEES that has defined, introduced and marketed a technology-based service. Through this service the company has shown success in addressing an industry need or market niche.
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2011 TECHCOLUMBUS INNOVATION AWARD WINNER!
Christopher and Tonia Irion, Founders
e-Cycle empowers businesses and organizations to take a more responsible, secure and profitable approach to wireless recycling. Founded in 2005 by Christopher and Tonia Irion, e-Cycle was established on three guiding passions: a love of technology, environmental protection and charitable giving.
e-Cycle collects wireless devices from businesses, reimbursing them for devices that retain value and recycling all others at no charge through an ISO Certified, EPA-registered facility. e-Cycle has a strict zero landfill policy. The information on every phone is either deleted or destroyed through the industry’s most rigorous data security measures. Once the data is completely scrubbed, e-Cycle resells the devices overseas where the used technologies are greatly needed. e-Cycle was recently ranked the #5 fastest growing, privately-held environmental services company in the U.S. by Inc. magazine, and the #3 fastest growing, privately-held company in Central Ohio in the Business First Fast 50. CEO Christopher Irion recently won the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the Cleantech category for the South Central Ohio and Kentucky Region, and was recently honored at the national awards ceremony.
2Checkout.com (2CO) has been in business for 11 years and is a processor of online payment transactions for ecommerce websites. 2CO manages the payment process for 60,000+ online sellers and millions of buyers located in 205 countries around the globe. 2CO supports 30+ global currencies and 20 languages during the purchase checkout process. 2CO is one of a small handful of truly global payment processors, and has more global reach than most of its competitors. The company also offers industry-leading risk and fraud management tools.
889 Global Solutions
Judy Huang, CEO
889 Global Solutions, Ltd. is an innovative Ohio-based one-stop contract manufacturer sourcing work to China. Founder/CEO Judy Huang’s business skills and knowledge of China’s culture, language, and business practices simplify outsourcing and logistics for American businesses, giving clients savings of 20%-45% possible from Asian manufacturing. 889 works with healthcare and industrial clients whose demanding production and quality needs include GMP, ISO and FDA approval during manufacturing. Product lines include minimally invasive surgical instruments, disposable and durable medical goods, metal fabrication, industrial components, and consumer/promotional items. 889 has supervised production of FDA 510(k) approved nasopharyngeal airway tubes and tracheobronchial suction catheters. During the qualification period, nearly 60% of 889’s revenue came from healthcare manufacturing, increasing from 0% just a few years ago. 889 has been profitable for 11 straight years. Clients include a Fortune 200 medical products company, Sensotec (Honeywell), InfoSight, NASCAR, and the California Angels. A Rotarian, Judy serves on the boards of Franklin University and the Community Capital Development Corporation, is an active member of Xenos Christian Fellowship, and serves as a role model, particularly for women in business.
all R friends
Direct care staff
all R friends provides direct care for adult individuals with developmental disabilities. Our staff provide a safe, loving environment for individuals to come and learn skills which increase their ability to live independently. Staff help teach computer, cooking, social, life and job skills and more, while also going into the community. Our staff maintain a positive and happy environment on a daily basis, which, in return, has a positive impact on the folks we serve. We are making a positive difference in the lives of those we serve; we are like family. Our staff know the importance of everyone feeling that they have a purpose.
Jeff Crompton, Principal
AltaSim Technologies’ unique multiphysics computational analysis capabilities support companies operating at the intersection of innovation, application of technology and novel product development across the spectrum of markets, technologies and company size. AltaSim’s approaches to Virtual Product Development (VPD) allow the customer to design, evaluate and predict the behavior of new products and technology in a virtual environment thereby reducing the need for physical prototypes. Benchmark studies have shown that AltaSim’s approaches can reduce the cost of technology development by up to 90% and the time by up to 50%. AltaSim Technologies is putting powerful, practical, cutting edge simulation tools into the hands of the end-user, positioning them to create new jobs, innovative products and novel technologies more efficiently. AltaSim Technologies has helped companies develop new technology for monitoring prosthetic heart valves, environmentally responsible energy production, patient treatment protocols for novel radiation therapy, manufacturing processes for next generation aero-engines, medical imaging technology, simulation of large scale electronic circuits, novel construction methods for US Navy ship structures and new automotive manufacturing processes.
Alex K. George, CTO
Astute Solutions was founded in 1995 on the belief that engagement with customers should be leveraged as a strategic advantage. That fundamental belief has guided our company’s growth and evolution throughout our 17 years in business.
As advancements in technology evolved the world’s communications channels, so then, did our offerings. From the call center to the web or the ever-expanding social world, we sought to develop innovative services in response to and anticipation of our customers’ growing needs.
Astute Solutions has built a Social Media Service that we call Social Relationship Management (SRM). This service uses consumer opinion from over 150 million sites to help our clients learn from their consumers. This service aggregates incredible quantities of data, then provides a range of tools to do everything from identifying macro trends to interacting with individual consumers.
AWH - Allen, Williams & Hughes Company
Christopher Slee, President
AWH has successfully tailored our processes and infrastructure to deliver innovative software products using the Agile methodology, cloud development, and collaborative physical workspaces. We deliver large and small applications on time and under budget by working closely with clients, encouraging team collaboration, and utilizing cloud computing technologies.
BCR-Point of Sale
Jamie Bliss, President
BCR Point of Sale (POS) is Ohio’s fastest growing Point of Sale company. We provide solutions and service to the Hospitality, Retail and other related markets.
We were approached by the Memorial Tournament, Jack Nicklaus’s PGA event at Muirfield Village, to provide a POS solution for their annual tournament. BCR combined several technologies along with service to their internal and external teams to exceed the expectations of tournament director, Dan Sullivan.
BOEHM Automation & Label
David A. Deagle, President & COO
BOEHM has a 60 year history in Ohio manufacturing; providing the most innovative and technologically creative Marking, Coding, and Labeling solutions into the Food, Beverage, Pharma, Chemical, Industrial Manufacturing, and Consumer Goods space. BOEHM integrates machinery into the production lines that applies the traceability marks which communicate codes/symbologies which may be human-readable and/or machine readable. Think “Born On” date on the bottom of your soda can, or the automotive part number & 2D Data Matrix “barcode” on transmission & engine parts which Honda or Ford may receive from their Tier One supplier. BOEHM creates solutions for this technology and then uses the “Track and Trace” ability of our equipment by creating databases which help protect consumers against recalls and mis-labeling by being able to bring up the “products license plate” within its automation systems.
Centennial Associates LLC
Steven Cohen, Managing Director
Founded in 2003, Centennial Associates LLC is a small boutique management consulting firm. We assist the management of start-ups, not-for-profits, university licensing groups, and corporate executives in corporate development and licensing groups of large corporations. We assist them as they acquire new technologies, establish new businesses or strategic alliances, develop strategy, raise funding, invest as LP’s, license technology and grow revenue to enhance shareholder value.
Gordon Scherer, CEO
DataCenter.BZ offers datacenter and mission critical IT solutions, including colocation, virtual data centers and disaster recovery. DataCenter.BZ’s customer base comprises national and international government entities, Fortune 1000 companies and small to medium sized businesses.
Its facility and infrastructures are built to guarantee that power and connectivity are never a problem, ensuring customers’ IT infrastructure is available 24x7 and providing customers with peace of mind that they always have unlimited access to their data. With direct access to over a dozen carriers, customers’ telecom costs are reduced while network uptime is dramatically improved, all while substantially lowering customers’ own capital and operating costs. DataCenter.BZ’s campus represents one of Ohio’s largest collections of carrier/municipal/private fiber networks and serves as a critical point of interconnection among the carriers, dark fiber networks and last mile providers in Central Ohio. By providing use of such power and connectivity assets as a service to a range of Central Ohio’s government and businesses, together with 24x7 support, DataCenter.BZ allows customers to operate more securely and profitability, with greater IT performance in an increasingly network dependent world.
Dynamit is a digital agency and consultancy. We deliver technology solutions and innovative thinking to our clients to overcome business challenges they have today while creating new opportunities for tomorrow. Our work across industries is a true strength with client relationships in quick-service restaurants, manufacturing, utilities, healthcare, media, not-for-profit, travel & tourism, logistics, business-to-business (B2B) and consumer packaged goods sectors.
We employ a logical process and a multi-disciplined team working with client stakeholders in marketing, strategy, commerce, communications and IT across organizations. Our ability to take responsibility for entire projects -- from strategy to design to development and integration -- has enabled us to build beautiful, user-friendly websites that drive impactful results.
Bryan Smith, Regional Vice President
Expedient Communications offers a wide range of managed hosting services such as virtualization, cloud computing, remote backups, management of equipment, storage area networks and more. These proven managed services combined with their eight top tier data centers enables Expedient to deliver premium colocation, network and managed services solutions to commercial, education and government entities. This blend of services, all under one roof, and the scale of the organization really sets Expedient apart from the competition. It enables them to have a complete view of their clients’ technical environment and makes Expedient accountable for ensuring that their customers’ systems will interact properly and have 100% uptime.
During 2011, Expedient opened the most hardened commercially available data center in central Ohio. With the addition of this facility, companies in this region now have access to a single source provider for their primary computing and disaster recovery services. Previously they would have needed to work with multiple companies which can creates gaps in accountability or they would need to move their systems outside of the region. In two words Expedient provides DATA AVAILABILITY.
Alec Shankman, CEO
GotCast.com is Hollywood’s largest interactive community for entertainment executives, talent, and fans. Talent executives have cast nearly 15,000 projects on GotCast helping GotCast’s members to secure thousands of roles in TV and film. With nearly half a million members around the country, GotCast is the premier online destination for auditions, casting calls, and networking within the Hollywood community.
GotCast’s social media-based contest platform, MediaBlastr, is the premier crowd-sourcing resource for Hollywood and Madison Ave. MediaBlastr powers talent and content contests sponsored by top brands like L’Oreal, Dove, Mercedes-Benz, Garnier Fructis, Sony Playstation, Maxim Magazine, and VH1. Each campaign powered by MediaBlastr results in millions of organic impressions and unprecedented levels of engagement.
Halcyon Solutions, Inc.
Sanjay Dudaney, CEO
Since 1992, Halcyon Solutions has delivered on-time, on-budget, state-of-the-art technology innovations to its Fortune 500 clients. The company specializes in Custom Software Development (J2EE/.NET), ERP (SAP, Oracle), Data Warehousing, Business Intelligence and Microsoft Technologies (SharePoint/CRM).
Check Ohio First is a service developed by the first Public-Private partnership between the State of Ohio and Halcyon that seeks to bring growth and business opportunities to the State of Ohio and serve as a catalyst to economic growth in the State. The service allows businesses to register and provide marketing-ready information to buyers. Buying agencies can search for providers using virtually any search criteria that represents their buying process. Check Ohio First can also facilitate the collaboration process between groups of companies through the use of online webinars, team sites and social media. An innovative feature of Check Ohio First is the ability to create a secure online working environment for a project team with representatives from various companies. The secure team environment provides various collaboration aids, use of social media tools and the ability to conduct webinars and online presentations.
Derek Edwards, Co-Founder & CEO
Hungerly is enabling the gourmet street food scene to thrive by putting mobile food vendors on a level playing field with brick-and-mortar restaurants. We are addressing the disadvantages presented by varying locations and hours by offering a mobile marketing, sales and logistics platform built around real-time maps, centralized ordering and automated marketing across multiple channels. Not only do we drive business but we empower gourmet mobile food vendors to focus on what they do best: make good food and provide the unique one-on-one customer experience that can only be had at a food truck or cart.
Karen Hough, Founder & CEO
ImprovEdge believes anyone can improvise. The company has been providing business training using improvisation as the learning catalyst for over 12 years. By breaking the boundaries of how to provide adult learning, both in-person and via technology, ImprovEdge has continued to be a leader in cutting-edge business training in leadership, inclusion and diversity, negotiation, sales and creativity. Social media and digital learning becomes surprising, engaging and improvisational in these new formats. ImprovEdge won the Athena PowerLink Award for outstanding woman-owned business, is a certified Women’s Business Enterprise and clients include JPMorgan, Coach, Turner Broadcasting and Battelle among many. The company has a presence in seven cities and its work is based on original research with Wharton Business School and Otterbein College. The founders met as undergraduates at Yale University, cut their improv teeth with the Second City of Chicago, and now include the author of the #1 Amazon Bestseller in category, The Improvisation Edge: Secrets to Building Trust and Radical Collaboration at Work.
Jason Barr, COO
Developed by home improvement industry experts for remodelers and contractors, improveit! 360 is a business management application designed to control chaos, accelerate growth, lower costs and improve operational efficiencies. With improveit! 360, remodelers are able to generate and close more leads while reducing their marketing costs, automating communications, tracking every customer interaction from one centralized location, and getting a 360° view of their operation for better decision making. Built on the force.com platform, the application is remotely accessible via the web, highly secure, reliable and scalable.
Aladin Gohar and John Bishop, Co-Founders
John Bishop and Aladin Gohar founded IT Martini because IT Professionals in Columbus weren’t socializing as an IT Community. There weren’t many opportunities to do so. In the Summer of 2008, nearly two hundred IT Pros attended the very first IT Martini event.
The demand for IT Community events in Columbus was apparent, so more were hosted. Hundreds of IT Pros began participating in the IT Martini Hour format featuring panel discussions, DEMOs, and local charities.
The format quickly caught on with IT Communities outside of Columbus during the Summer of 2009. At that point, the IT Martini mission began: to connect IT Pros in YOUR IT Community with events that focus on leadership, entrepreneurship, philanthropy, and FUN.
Julie Wilkes, Inc & The Julie Wilkes Studios
Julie Wilkes, Founder & Owner
Julie Wilkes, and her divisions of Julie Wilkes Inc, offers an innovative and unique approach to inspiring people to live their best life every day. As a personal trainer, fitness, yoga and pilates instructor, life coach and motivational speaker, Julie found that she could reach more people, in powerful ways, by leveraging technology. Julie built her own iphone app that provides daily motivation, workouts, life coaching and ’pay it forward’ challenges. In addition, Julie leverages her own public ’webshow’ channel to offer a weekly talk show on various health and life topics as well as various workouts, guided meditations and breathing exercises. She also conducts ongoing health, happiness and ’life empowerment’ webinars. Julie also sends her subscribers a weekly videoemail, in which she challenges her listeners with a healthy goal to focus on over the following 7 days. Julie has been able to use technology to reach people in personal, inspiring and educating ways to empower them to be healthy, happy and living life to the fullest.
Pathways To Success, LLC dba PTSPhysicians
William R. Bennett, Founder and CEO
PTS Physicians primarily produces high quality benchmarks for hospital-owned physician practices. Anticipating changes in healthcare delivery in the U.S., several hospitals have acquired physician practices to be able to provide a continuum of care. A major problem faced by hospital administrators is the absence of trustworthy benchmarks to assess the performance of physician practices.
The benchmarking market is dominated by MGMA and AMGA, both of which collect self-reported summary data from physician practices, aggregate the data, and generate benchmarks for distribution. Several concerns about the validity of these benchmark data, their timeliness, and their stability over time have been expressed. PTS developed a process by which transaction level data are collected, cleaned, standardized, and used to generate benchmarks. The superiority of these benchmarks has been noticed by various hospitals and industry partners, which enabled us to sign up over 500 hospital-owned practices last year. PTS is also developing a major application which integrates physician data with hospital data, thus enabling further analysis to isolate the drivers of quality of care. PTS qualifies under the Business Approach category.
Pearl Interactive Networks
Merry Korn, Founder and CEO
Pearl Interactive Network is a for profit social enterprise that delivers high quality contact center services that include: call center, help desk and administrative services. While our primary goals is to deliver quality service, we provide opportunity to people with skills and talents who have challenges to work such as: Disabled Veterans, people with disabilities and people living in geographically challenged areas (such as Southeastern Ohio).
Through accessing a VOIP phone system and creating a software bridge with assistive technologies, we have been able to employ people with strong skills and talents who have a range of disabilities. As of January 2012 we will have close to 60 employees and an additional 40 who will be subcontracting through a relationship in Philadelphia. We are in the process of launching a bricks-and-mortar contact center located in Logan, Ohio. This development furthers our mission of creating jobs for skilled and talented people located in geographically challenged areas. Logan, Ohio has double digit rates of unemployment.
Larry Chaffin, CEO & Chairman
Pluto Networks is a worldwide leader in emerging technologies specializing in WAN Acceleration, Security, Networking, Voice and Video. We have earned a reputation with our customers for providing solutions that provide great return on investment. Pluto Networks offers an integrated family of core technology practices with a concentrated focus and a proven track record. Unlike many companies, we don’t have 25 or even 50 different vendors to sell to our customers. We offer a handful of products which provide value to our customers. We offer service worldwide in 26 countries now and expanding year to year.
Catherine Lang-Cline and Kristen Harris, Co-Owners & Co-Founders
Portfolio Creative is a recruiting and staffing firm that connects clients with creative professionals. We help clients find creative individuals for their marketing and advertising needs on a full-time or temporary basis. After seeing the need for this type of service for years, Kristen Harris and Catherine Lang-Cline started the business in 2005 to serve the marketing and advertising community in a way that was different than typical staffing. The business is focused on making big and small differences in the lives of our clients and talent. This includes finding the perfect creative person for each of our clients’ projects. But it also may involve career counseling or counseling the client on what will work best for them. We are constantly refining our business to better serve the needs of our talent and our clients.
Jesse R. Roberts, E-Waste Manager
For 35 years Possitivity has been a strategic partner in solving our customers’ business needs. Services include document management, janitorial services and electronic waste recycling. In January 2009 Possitivity initiated electronic waste recycling services for businesses, municipalities, civic organizations and residents. Possitivity guarantees zero landfill globally, safe erasure or destruction of data, (a serialized certificate of destruction is available for a nominal processing fee) and offers a letter of donation to our customers. Possitivity will pick up electronic waste from its business customers. Partnerships with central Ohio municipalities and civic organizations provide the public an opportunity to recycle e-waste properly at various locations throughout the years.
esponsible Solutions for Energy Transition, LLC
Russ Meeker, Sustainable Energy Community Organizer
Responsible Solutions for Energy Transition (Re:SET) facilitates the deployment of community-wide solutions for sustainable energy generation in an affordable way. Focusing first on the rural community, Re:SET is able to integrate conservation and efficiency, waste-to-energy, co-generation, and multi-process technologies to transform existing community “problems” into generative solutions. By working with entire communities, costs of financing, administration, technology, and installation can be aggregated to affect shared savings. The Re:SET model represents the efficient utilization of local energy resources, as well as leveraging appropriate and existing economic and development resources.
Mike Eldredge, President
tekOrange’s VPS service provides virtualized computing services for small business. From under $30/month businesses can access cloud resources for performing computing tasks such as short term marketing campaigns, prototyping of applications, external acceptance testing, email & collaboration services, web hosting, and virtual desktop.
tekOrange provides both Linux and Windows virtual servers. The offering allows the end user to avoid the expensive capital purchase of a physical server and the recurring cost of its upkeep and maintenance. The realized savings provide improved cash flow for the end customer.
Tower Wireless Ltd.
Nick Glassburn, President
Tower Wireless is a Premium Retailer that operates retail stores for Verizon Wireless throughout the Midwest and Southeast regions of the United States. We are market leaders in each of our operating regions and are in the process of expanding our business throughout the country.
We have designed, manufactured, and built a state-of-the-art digital signage solution specifically designed for the retail industry. Originally designed for use by our Verizon Wireless retail locations digital signage has become the building block for our print and signage division.
A division of Fathom Online Marketing
Founded in 2006, and now a division of Fathom Online Marketing, Webbed Marketing services more than 60 organizations across the United States. Our clients include leading healthcare organizations, cutting-edge technology companies, educational institutions, membership and advocacy groups, professional service providers and nationwide retailers. We’ve been featured in dozens of media outlets for our expertise in online marketing. We’ve spoken at more than 100 conferences across the country. We’ve won awards and have executed campaigns that have gained international attention. But none of that really matters. What we’re most proud of is our 93% client retention rate and that our very first clients are still with us. We are proud that most of our business comes from referrals. We are proud of the fact that every day we help organizations thrive using technology.
WorthPoint is the leading online resource for collectible enthusiasts. It provides the deepest, broadest reference data set available for art, antiques and collectibles worldwide. Before WorthPoint was established, there was no single place online to help people value, preserve, buy and sell items.
Described as the “Bloomberg” of the industry, WorthPoint provides a vast database of sales records aggregated from eBay, virtual marketplaces and leading auction houses worldwide. It’s called Worthopedia and includes more than 100 million auction sales results. In addition, WorthPoint offers articles written by subject-matter experts called Worthologists, who also provide item valuations through the Ask-A-Worthologist service.During the qualification period for this award, WorthPoint achieved several successes: its paid subscriber base increased by 80% to 18,000, the data in Worthopedia doubled to more than 100 million auction sales results and revenue doubled. WorthPoint’s innovation also translates into success for its subscribers. When a woman found a painting in a trashcan, she turned to WorthPoint. After discovering it was truly a treasure, she sold it at Sotheby?s for $103,000. WorthPoint helps people discover their hidden wealth.