Click to View AWARD CRITERIA
OUTSTANDING SERVICE (-250 employees)
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.
Based in Westerville, Ohio, The SmarTV Company, LLC is a subsidiary of Exceptional Innovation, LLC, founded in March 2004 by Seale Moorer and Eric Eichensehr. With a current staff of 50 professionals, SmarTV develops leading-edge, web services-based software solutions that provide digital content, entertainment, and advertising services for the hospitality, healthcare and consumer markets. In addition, SmarTV’s hardware division creates innovative hardware products to support its software solutions.
SmarTV’s mission is to provide standards-based solutions that integrate different systems into a single, delivery platform that meets the variety of technology challenges its customers face. With the emergence of digital content as a driver of technology and consumer demand, SmarTV is focusing on creating solutions that deliver digital content and integrate easily with multiple devices and platforms while providing the scalability and flexibility businesses need to expand and upgrade when the time is right. The company’s GuestSmarTV solution addresses the hospitality industry’s immediate need for a unified platform that delivers content, guest services, and targeted advertising on a variety of devices while providing management with tracking, workflow, and update capabilities.
One of the most important activities for any business is B2B networking. Unfortunately, even with the advent of social, the small business community still networks the traditional way: the networking event.
AboutOurWork is the first and only small business connection network that has built a smarter way for small businesses to connect with one another. Our proprietary MatchUp™ recommendation engine automates the B2B introductions small businesses need to succeed - intelligently and automagically.
AboutOurWork is transforming and disrupting the way small businesses connect with one another, saving them time and allowing them to focus on what’s most important - the customer.
Algorithm is a certified Exact Macola and SAP Software Channel Partner and reseller. The company’s success has been recognized by Macola as a top value-added reseller in North America.
n 2006, Algorithm expanded its offerings by becoming a certified Channel Partner of SAP, the world’s leading provider of business software applications. This partnership demonstrates the company’s continuing commitment to offering long-term solutions to customers. In 2011, Algorithm Network Services was formed to help manage customers’ IT infrastructure. Network Services range from assistance in determining hardware requirements to complete managed services.
Network Services also provides server monitoring solutions, as well as on-premise or cloud deployments of Algorithm software solutions. Today, Algorithm continues to provide client-centric products, services and support to businesses throughout the United States. Algorithm is based in Dublin, Ohio.
Amperand is a new technology business services company. It offers consulting to help R&D organizations streamline selection and implementation of information management software to improve business, Intellectual Property, collaboration, innovation, and research performance.
The main business is consulting and management services to help commercialize, develop, and grow new products and new companies. Amperand was founded by President Jeff Spitzner, and its team has substantial expertise in all aspects of launching, managing, marketing, and growing science and technology based businesses. It has developed an innovative strategy to work very closely with client organizations to develop and execute highly focused product and business plans customized for each opportunity, with emphasis on selling the right solution into well defined market segments.
Amperand currently works with a number of great technology companies in Columbus, Ohio.
ARCOS, Inc. (ARCOS) provides the ARCOS Callout and Scheduling Suite(SM), a cloud-based software application that enables electric utilities, power plants and gas utilities to restore power and respond to gas leaks significantly faster than manual callout approaches. Commencing operations in Columbus, Ohio, in 2005, ARCOS uniquely serves over 90 utilities, including 19 of the top 25 companies. ARCOS has experienced rapid growth, receiving the Columbus Business First “Fast 50” Award six years in a row.
The ARCOS Suite stores employee callout lists, working schedules and complex business rules that dictate employee call order. When the power goes out or a gas leak is reported, a dispatcher can activate the system taking into account which employees are available to work, the reason for the callout, the location of the emergency, and the number of crews needed. The ARCOS Suite will make simultaneous calls to multiple employees and records the responses it receives from each call made. Callouts are reduced from hours to minutes at a fraction of the cost than previously possible through manual methods.
Buckeye Interactive is Columbus’s premier web engineering and design agency focusing on small businesses and tech startups. Founded in 2009 by Brad Griffith, the company’s President and CTO, Buckeye Interactive is comprised of a team of professionals with a passion for the web and open source technologies. Services include web strategy, web design, web development, mobile application development and inbound marketing optimization.
The Buckeye Interactive team uniquely combines web strategy, engineering and design with open source technologies to provide tech startups and small businesses with cost-effective, flexible technology they own and control. Through entrepreneur workshops and services, the agency empowers startups with analytics, skills and resources to manage their own business and technology.
Contactability.com was founded to serve the growing demand by small and medium businesses to get in touch with new customers in a quick, efficient and automated manner. At the same time, it ties the growing use of the Internet by consumers looking for a specific need with businesses who can meet that need.
Contactabiltity.com takes consumer data and processes it through an intelligent dialing and marketing program. The program either immediately matches the consumer to a business, schedules a mutually agreeable appointment or recycles the data into a follow-up campaign. Businesses can easily monitor KPIs on their marketing dollars spent on customer acquisition and manage their campaigns in real time.
Drawing on lessons learned from growing a successful business, InsuranceAgents.com, the management team is initially focusing on the insurance industry, but believes the service offering has market potential in numerous industries including mortgage re-finance, home improvement and automotive sales. Contactability.com has used in-house resources to design, develop and bring to market their products in just 6 short months with product sales generating revenue in October, 2010.
Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, DataCenter.BZ provides high-density colocation, virtual infrastructure and managed solutions to a range of regional, national and international customers, including major telecommunications carriers, government entities, healthcare and education systems, and Fortune 1000 companies.
DataCenter.BZ is the leading carrier-neutral data center in Ohio and the only high-density provider in the state. Hosting one of Ohio’s largest collections of carrier, municipal and private fiber networks, DataCenter.BZ serves as a critical point of interconnection among the carriers, dark fiber networks and last mile providers in the state. Such connectivity together with state-of-the-art data center facilities and ample power sources – including dual power grid feeds, 30 MW of available utility power and multiple backup diesel generators – enables DataCenter.BZ to provide highly reliable solutions. DataCenter.BZ is both SOC1 (SSAE16) and SOC2 Type 2 audited and leverages wholly-owned land, buildings and infrastructures to provide unparalleled flexibility, customization and long-term security for your business.
In 2011, Dedicated Tech Services, Inc. (DTS) expanded its service offerings to include Development, Enterprise Support, and Project Delivery Services. Now, in addition to delivering innovative, state-of-the-art security solutions that meet or exceed industry best standards and practices, DTS provides a wide range of IT/IS solutions, including: custom application development, server and database administration, and project management. Development Services delivers solutions through design, development, and implementation of applications using current best practices, tools, and technologies. Enterprise Support Services utilizes a set of network-focused core competencies, which include network design, implementation, and administration, to create a stable, reliable network environment. This group also provides expertise with desktops, laptops, and mobile devices to keep things running smoothly for our clients’ end users. Project Delivery Services is employing our expertise with project management methodologies, processes, and procedures to help develop and standardize project management practices within newly establish PMOs. DTS has developed an innovative new security framework for managing security while maintaining the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of the client’s critical information systems.
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.
Exacter, Inc. (www.exacterinc.com) is a provider of patented outage-avoidance and Smart-Grid-enabling services to the electric utility industry.
The EXACTER system utilizes advanced sensor-array technology to provide early warning of failing overhead distribution equipment such as transformers, regulators, insulators, cutouts, lightning arresters, switches, construction errors and more. Exacter’s services: improve a utility’s worst-performing circuits, locate and pinpoint deteriorated equipment, resolve Smart-Grid network interference sources, avoid lost revenue, reduce costs for overall system reliability, assure successful Smart Grid deployments, and reduce outages as a source of customer dissatisfaction.
Expedient, Central Ohio’s finest data center, provides private, hybrid and public cloud services, colocation, client site connectivity and managed services - all with a 100% uptime Service Level Agreement.
Fidelity Voice and Data provides custom tailored telecommunications solutions to organizations throughout the US.
For over a decade, Fidelity has provided businesses large and small with managed MPLS, Internet, voice and now cloud computing solutions. Fidelity excels in ultra-flexible, reliable, and secure voice and data products, along with superior personal service that regularly exceeds expectations.
Our team of engineers has developed an innovative cloud based solution for voice services unmatched by any other carrier.
Halcyon Solutions Inc. is an IT company, providing custom software solutions and consulting services to private and government sectors. Halcyon also develops proprietary software products. We are very active in giving back to the community, as noted below.
One of the reasons as to why the CIO of DODD of State of Ohio has nominated us for this award, is the dual effect of our Technology service to his organization, both economically and philanthropically - by providing trained military Veterans in IT (Software Testing) to his organization. We have been providing such trained Veterans to other employers in Central Ohio, and plan to continue this training program sine die.
John Bishop and Aladin Gohar founded IT Martini because IT Professionals in Columbus weren’t socializing as an IT Community – and 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.
Manifest witnessed a growing demand for skilled Java Developers who have experience working in an Agile environment. Manifest recognized that the talent pool of available resources was inadequate (both locally and nationally) to meet this demand.
Manifest is the only local IT firm committed to uplifting apprentice level developers, helping them transition their career into contributing practitioners and ultimately becoming craftsman in the Agile Development space. The Manifest Boot camp is an intensive six week program taught by some of the industry’s leading Java practitioners that combines stand up training and hands-on development in an Agile environment.
Manta helps small businesses profit, connect and grow through the largest online community dedicated entirely to small business, and serves as a trusted resource for the pulse of the SMB community, with more than 36 million unique global users and visitors each month. Millions of people come to Manta each day to buy from, partner with and connect to companies. Manta now has over 3 million registered members; growing by nearly 100 percent and doubling our daily small business membership growth during 2012.
The Manta platform is one of the most innovative business networking tools available. There are 25 million business owners in the US with less than 10 employees. These businesses need to promote their company to generate more business, but most are limited by budget, time and expertise.
Since most purchases start with online search, Manta provides cost-effective and efficient tools focused on getting small businesses found in relevant search queries. Manta helps business owners harness the power of the Internet to profit, connect and grow by getting them found in all the ways that customers are searching for them.
Pluto Networks is a worldwide company with a presence in 34 countries, and customers in 139 countries. Specializing in emerging technologies such as wan acceleration, SaaS, telepresence, security and SDN networks.
Working with customer worldwide, Pluto Networks has provided an ROI model to customers of all sizes and shapes. Being able to provide services worldwide enables Pluto Networks to meet all current and future needs of its customers.
Revolution Group is a central Ohio technology consulting firm which offers comprehensive IT solutions, including managed technology services, IT project management, ERP/CRM consulting and custom application development.
RevON Remote Network Management is a 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year IT operation management solution that boosts productivity, reduces risks and cuts costs with our proactive network support service. RevON Remote Network Management allows companies to focus on business, while the Revolution team plans and implements a strategy that not only addresses a company’s technology needs, but does so on a fixed-price base.
When Salon Lofts opened its first Central Ohio location in 2003, it was determined to be different. The goal: Reinvent the beauty industry for everyone involved. Salon Lofts has done just that.
By integrating proprietary technology with niche-market brand appeal, Salon Lofts has created a thriving business model that successfully benefits beauty professionals who want to operate their own businesses and consumers who desire an easy way to find high-quality stylists in their communities. Salon Lofts provides its beauty professionals with an extensive array of online tools and a personalized marketing platform to foster growth and simplify their businesses. Salon Lofts places the same emphasis on service to consumers, investing years of work to perfect a web application known as Open Chair to meet the needs of consumers who increasingly turn to the Internet for convenience.
The strategy has resulted in an industry powerhouse others try to imitate. More than 700 beauty professionals lease from Salon Lofts nationwide and while the company started with 23 locations in 2012 they will end the year with 31.
Updox provides the most rapidly adopted Practice Communications Management (PCM) system in the industry with more than 2,500 practices using Updox to transform the way they communicate with other providers and engage patients. This rapidly growing online service exchanges over one million documents each month to coordinate care for more than 4.5 million patients.
The Updox PCM allows patients to interact with a medical practice’s website to schedule appointments, complete forms, make payments, securely message the doctor’s office and access their medical history. Updox also improves communications by enabling medical practices to easily manage, route and edit documents, and then send the information directly into a patient’s chart. The practice can also send the information to other providers using secure messaging or fax.
By integrating all of these functions into one workflow, Updox allows medical staff to manage all aspects of communications in one place. Updox helps physicians save time and money, get paid faster and improve patient satisfaction! Learn how Updox is Transforming Practice Communications and the Patient Experience at www.updox.com.