The 2011 Weatherhead 100

The Weatherhead 100 was crafted in 1987 when Bob Pavey, Managing Partner of Morganthaler Partners, first noted that Northeast Ohio needed a venue to properly acknowledge, support and praise companies that were the fastest growing in the region. Pavey suggested that Enterprise Development, Inc., the former not-for-profit subsidiary of Case Western Reserve University, not only identify, but bestow a genuine sense of honor upon the fastest growing companies in Northeast Ohio.

Since 2004, the Weatherhead 100 is compiled and managed by the Council of Smaller Enterprises (COSE). For more on the Weatherhead 100, visit

But, the Weatherhead 100 coverage doesn’t stop there. As the new media sponsor of the Weatherhead 100 – a partnership between The Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University and the Council of Smaller Enterprises (COSE) to recognize Northeast Ohio’s fastest-growing companies – we’ve launched a microsite at to share more insight from the winners.

But before you head to the microsite, stay right here. We’ve got a lot of Weatherhead 100 content to digest, including:

The 2011 Weatherhead 100 List

The 2011 Weatherhead 100 Centurion Winners

The 2011 Weatherhead 100 Upstart Winners

Also, our own Gregory Jones was able to sit down with some of the Weatherhead 100 winners. Check out these in-depth profiles:

Changing media – How WTWH Media embraces technology to develop quality offerings and fuel growth

Customer service resolution – How Alan Jaffa drives growth at Safeguard Properties

Array of inventory – How MFS Supply remains adaptable and customer focused to grow its business

Uplifting focus – How Mazzella Holding Co. has grown through market segment development

Catering to growth – How Normandy Catering is growing a niche with minimal competition

Opening up – How Recon Logistics uses an honest approach to achieve its growth

Man’s best friend – How OurPets Co. has used an innovative love for pets to become an industry leader

OK, now you’re ready to dig even deeper. At the microsite, you can get closer to the secrets behind these companies’ successes through Q&As with the CEOs. As Weatherhead 100 winners, these companies have contributed to our communities and demonstrated the region’s entrepreneurial spirit – growing sales as much as 6,000 percent in the process. Read more to learn what makes these winners so successful.

The leaders continue to submit responses on overcoming business challenges, driving innovation through their companies, making a difference in their communities, and other lessons they’ve learned as leaders, so keep checking the microsite for updated content.