Wednesday, 04 January 2012 19:42

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 Weatherhead100.org.

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 www.weatherhead2011.com 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.

Published in Akron/Canton
Tuesday, 03 January 2012 16:33

Changing media

Long gone are the days when consumers had to wait around for a newspaper or magazine to arrive in order to get caught up on news and information. The media world has been transformed, and Scott McCafferty and Mike Emich are on the forefront of that rapidly changing industry.

McCafferty and Emich are co-founders of WTWH Media LLC, a business-to-business media company involved in magazines, websites and apps for numerous industries. The business has been growing as fast as the industry has been changing, and it is the ability to keep up with trends and evolving technologies that have led to success.

“Our premise is media used to be a one-way street,” McCafferty, managing director, says. “Media was pumped out at consumers, and consumers would read the paper or read a magazine or go to a tradeshow. Well, now it’s reverted to the users being in control of how they get their information. It’s up to a media company to surround that user with sites and resources that enable them to get their information on their terms.”

To make that possible, McCafferty has had to understand the latest technology being used in the industry and how that can help the business and its customers.

“The things that get us really excited is that media continues to change,” McCafferty says. “The tools and the technology out there continue to evolve. That’s exciting because you may think you have it figured out today, but it’s going to change tomorrow. We’re very engaged in using technology from the standpoint of using Twitter, using LinkedIn, using Facebook, we’ve got programmers that are versed in Explorer, PHP, Wordpress, Drupal and whatever the latest CMS platform is. Everyone actively uses the technology and by using it, that allows us to look for opportunities with it.”

By using technology the company has been able to deliver ROI back to the marketers. But it isn’t enough to just know technology. The company ensures it stays close to customers, as well.

“We’re out in front of our customers that are actually advertising, asking them what’s working for them and what’s not working for them,” McCafferty says. “Our ability to do that close to our customers allows us to say, ‘OK, what do we need to build to support what they’re doing?’ That level of engagement has enabled us to do things really quickly.”

HOW TO REACH: WTWH Media LLC, (440) 234-4531 or www.wtwhmedia.com

Published in Akron/Canton
Tuesday, 03 January 2012 16:29

Customer service resolution

Alan Jaffa has always stayed true to his company’s philosophy that customer service equals resolution. In the 16 years that he has been with Safeguard Properties and the more than 18 months he has been CEO, a continued focus on customer service has driven the company to success.

Safeguard Properties is the largest privately held mortgage field services company in the country. It inspects and maintains defaulted and foreclosed properties for a wide range of clients in the mortgage industry.

“We are the property preservation company that will maintain grass, board windows and maintain the property once the banks have taken possession and are actively trying to sell the property,” Jaffa says. “We do this nationwide. There isn’t a ZIP code we haven’t been to in the United States.”

Safeguard’s national reach and it’s commitment to quality service have allowed the company to experience growth since the company’s founding 21 years ago.

“We have been able to grow, because we market our services just by doing what we do day-in and day-out for our clients,” Jaffa says. “Our growth has always been year-over-year for 21 years and counting by continuing to pick up market share and continuing to build relationships with existing clients.”

Big contributors to Safeguard’s growth are those business relationships and the company’s ability to listen to its customers.

“Over the years, we have grown and grown by listening to our clients, hearing their needs, understanding their pain points and building on that with additional services,” Jaffa says. “Within the last year, we started providing utility services where we are handling a service that our clients always used to handle. We’ve been able to come up with processes and automate it and take that burden from our clients, which has helped us increase our visibility.”

Safeguard and Jaffa have no plans to alter the business strategy anytime soon.

“My main goal is to continue to stay true to who we are and what we’re doing out there with our clients and not lose what we built this company on,” Jaffa says. “I’m not saying it gets more difficult as we get bigger to do that, but it does get more difficult to stay focused on that with so many things going on.”

HOW TO REACH: Safeguard Properties, (800) 852-8306 or www.safeguardproperties.com

Published in Akron/Canton
Tuesday, 03 January 2012 16:26

Opening up

When small companies begin to see fast-paced growth, it adds additional challenges to doing business. That is exactly the position Hank Newman finds himself in at Recon Logistics, a transportation management solutions provider for small and medium-sized manufacturers.

Newman is president of Recon, and in just six years of business, his company has grown to heights that he never anticipated to be possible. His challenge now is figuring out how he wants to continue growing the company.

“The biggest challenge is whether to just put the gas pedal down or to sit back and grow the same way that we have been growing now, which is more organic,” Newman says. “We have a huge opportunity now if we wanted to really ramp things up and bring on some salespeople and invest more heavily in technology to really push the sales and marketing growth. It’s right there in front of us. We’re very regional, even though we have customers all over the country. We could take that very regional approach and go all over the country in midmarket cities.”

Newman got his company to this position through an often under-appreciated approach of open and honest business with his company’s customers.

“We tend to price in a way that’s from the bottom up, which lends an awful lot of credibility to our customers that we’re going to make a fair dollar for what we do,” Newman says. “I’ve worked for a lot of big (third-party logistics providers) and they tend to price in a way to maximize profit. If they can save a customer 20 or 30 percent on their transportation costs, they might tell them they can save 5 percent and the customer is like, ‘Great, I can save 5 percent.’ We really turn it upside down.”

Newman’s approach has saved customers an average of 30 percent on transportation costs, has allowed Recon to never lose a customer to date and has led the company to its 24th consecutive quarter of growth.

“To me, it’s being open and objective on everything,” Newman says. “The industry that we’re in is rampant with people stretching the truth; for example, people saying the truck is going to be here in an hour, when it’s not. We find being truthful and honest with everything right away, whether it’s cost or service failure or a better way of doing things. Even if it rubs the customer the wrong way … they appreciate that viewpoint, which causes us to get recommended to other customers.”

HOW TO REACH: Recon Logistics, (440) 708-2306 or www.reconlogistics.com

Published in Akron/Canton
Tuesday, 03 January 2012 16:21

Man’s best friend

When Steve Tsengas comes into work every morning, he is greeted at the door by his administrative assistant’s French poodle and his receptionist’s mixed breed dog. At OurPets Co., a producer of food, treats, supplements, grooming products, toys and other supplies for the pet industry, almost every employee is or has been a pet owner.

That love for pets is what drives the company’s innovation and industry-leading product development forward. Tsengas, chairman and CEO of OurPets Co., started the company in 1995 with just one product: a big dog feeder to help with the health and posture of bigger dogs. The product was an immediate success, and now the company has hundreds of pet products.

“Over the last 16 years, we’ve grown to approximately $20 million a year, and we have about 600 individual products,” Tsengas says. “We market our products worldwide in Canada, Hong Kong, China, Australia, Japan and Europe and are beginning to move quite aggressively in South and Central America.”

The company has grown at a double-digit pace, and Tsengas credits four areas for the business’ success.

“We’re committed to innovation and there are two types of innovation,” he says. “Evolutionary, which is brand expansion, and revolutionary, where we come up with products that really set the trend in the pet industry. We also identify new segments like obesity, senior pets, senior owners, health and wellness trends, and that is part of the innovation.”

It’s more than just the portfolio of intellectual property that has allowed for the company’s growth.

“No. 2 is a world-class supply chain operation, and we’ve been beefing it up significantly over the past few years,” Tsengas says. “As part of the world-class supply chain operations, we developed a fulfillment center that is growing even faster than the overall rate of the company. We provide fulfillment centers for Walmart, Amazon, QVC and Sam’s Club.”

The third and fourth areas helping the company are innovative, aggressive marketing and strategic acquisitions. The company is always looking for the next new thing.

“We have these categories of brands, so part of the effort is to continuously push for more products to support those brands. If you look at it like a matrix … and flowing downward are the needs and then going horizontal are the capabilities and where these intersect are how we keep coming up with products.”

HOW TO REACH: OurPets Co., (440) 354-6500 or www.ourpets.com

Published in Akron/Canton
Tuesday, 03 January 2012 16:14

Array of inventory

If you told Mike Hajec that his company would be one of the country’s top distributors of pool covers three years ago, he wouldn’t believe you. His disbelief wouldn’t be from lack of confidence in his company, but because pool covers are so far removed from the core products of the company.

Hajec is the director of operations and development at MFS Supply, a security hardware distribution center that sells locks, pad locks and lockboxes to contractors, real estate agents and property managers. Today, the company offers more than 500 different products related to the security hardware industry, because customers keep asking for more.

“That’s how we started, and within the last five years, we’ve grown to about 500 different products that all correlate within that industry and those security products,” Hajec says. “[Realtors] start because they need a lockbox and then there’s 10, 12, 15, 25 items that they may need eventually from signs to measuring devices. It’s the same thing for property managers. They come to us for locks and the next thing you know we’re selling them appliances.”

It has been the company’s ability to be agile and adaptable to the changes in its market and in customer needs that has driven its recent growth.

“We’ve done everything we can and still do to make it a one-stop shop,” Hajec says. “Anything that the customer asks us for, we pretty much look into carrying. That’s been a big part of our growth is starting from literally five to 10 products five years ago to 500 products today.”

MFS Supply operates in a pretty niche market, but it has been the company’s ability to expand that niche and appeal to customers needs that has allowed the business to blossom.

“A lot has to do with the customer,” Hajec says. “We value our customers like everyone does. However, we take it a step further and we become almost like friends to our customers. That has helped our customers come to us and tell us, ‘Hey, we’re having trouble finding this type of sump pump. Can you find it for us? Or we need this type of dehumidifier or these style tarps.’ That has really helped us grow our product line.”

Hajec credits the company’s success to its ability to focus on the customer.

“We can adapt to any customer preference,” he says. “Where the customers going we’re going with them and we’re leading the way in making sure we have what they need to do that.”

HOW TO REACH: MFS Supply, (440) 248-5300 or www.mfssupply.com

Published in Akron/Canton
Tuesday, 03 January 2012 16:11

Uplifting focus

In the past couple of years, Tony Mazzella has seen his company grow in size, geography and offerings. It is the continuous improvement of these areas of the business that keep his company at the top of its industry.

Mazzella is president and CEO of Mazzella Holding Co., which operates as Mazzella Lifting Technologies, a manufacturer, fabricator and distributor of overhead lifting products. The business has undergone a big acquisition and put a stronger focus on its market segments to keep the company growing.

“The acquisition that we just made was a very good fit, because we didn’t have any locations where they did, but we were starting to be on the fringes,” Mazzella says. “So we’ll be able to take the same philosophy and just expand it into the geography that they have. We have places now that we didn’t have before in Alabama, Tennessee, Virginia and Maryland. The new business also gives us some segments that we didn’t have before, particularly some mining and navy shipyard-type work.”

The company has been transforming itself over the years, developing new offerings and market segments.

“We were primarily a company that through our 57-year history, until the last 10 years, manufactured mostly the items that were on the hook (of the crane), and in the last 10 years, we’ve become a pretty prominent crane manufacturer in this part of the country,” Mazzella says.

With added market segments and more geography to cover, Mazzella decided to put an increased focus on the company’s market segments.

“We’ve started focusing our business on market segments like steel, construction and automotive, and we put market managers in charge and that’s been a big help when it comes to focusing and getting to know our customer better,” Mazzella says.

The increased focus has led the company to more growth and better results in each of its market segments.

“The biggest single thing has been the ability to focus on very specific markets and what their needs are,” Mazzella says. “A number of years back we had done that with the steel segment, and it was very, very successful, but we had never done it to that degree with any of our other segments. We’re just really taking the concept that worked with steel and transforming it into the other segments to try and become dominant in those segments too.”

HOW TO REACH: Mazzella Holding Co., (440) 239-7000 or www.mazzellalifting.com

Published in Akron/Canton
Tuesday, 03 January 2012 16:06

2011 Weatherhead 100 - Upstart Winners

1 Recon Logistics

City: Chagrin Falls

Founded: 2005

Sales growth: 5494.61%

Employees: 1-15

www.reconlogistics.com

Recon Logistics provides transparent and cost-effective freight management solutions for small to medium-sized manufacturers.

2 WTWH Media

City: Cleveland

Founded: 2005

Sales growth: 1622.87%

Employees: 1-15

www.wtwhmedia.com

WTWH Media is innovating B2B media. Its focus is on engineering and renewable energy markets.

3 RE Data Systems LLC

City: Cleveland

Founded: 2004

Sales growth: 952.86%

Employees: 1-15

www.redatasys.com

RE Data Systems is a computer software consulting and data hosting company specializing in the real estate market.

4 ONOSYS

City: Cleveland

Founded: 2003

Sales growth: 585.95%

Employees: 1-15

www.onosys.com

ONOSYS is the leading mobile and online ordering software and services provider to the restaurant industry.

5 MMI Textiles Inc.

City: Rocky River

Founded: 1997

Sales growth: 545.35%

Employees: 1-15

www.mmitextiles.com

MMI is a supplier to the industrial textile sewing industry, including custom fabrics, hardware, hook and loop etc.

6 Oxcyon Inc.

City: Middleburg Hts.

Founded: 2000

Sales growth: 180.96%

Employees: 1-15

www.oxcyon.com

Oxcyon is a provider of next-generation content management solutions for publishing, health care and nonprofit organizations.

7 Value Based Solutions LLC

City: Westlake

Founded: 2005

Sales growth: 142.92%

Employees: 1-15

www.value-based-solutions.com

Value Based Solutions is a consulting services firm specializing in cost reduction and complex program management.

8 Accellis Technology Group Inc.

City: Cleveland

Founded: 2001

Sales growth: 141.23%

Employees: 1-15

www.accellis.com

Accellis is among the nation’ s most recognized legal technology solution providers.

9 Mainstream Software Inc.

City: Twinsburg

Founded: 1992

Sales growth: 139.62%

Employees: 1-15

www.mainstreams.com

Since 1989, Mainstream Software has offered CrossForm, a flexible, scalable, easy-to-use software for maintenance and facility management.

10 42CONNECT Inc.

City: Beachwood

Founded: 2003

Sales growth: 102.67%

Employees: 1-15

www.42connect.com

42CONNECT  is a website and mobile Web design and development, interactive demos, Web apps and e-mail marketing.

11 JCF Marketing Inc.

City: Chagrin Falls

Founded: 1995

Sales growth: 89.13%

Employees: 1-15

www.jcfmarketing.com

JCF Marketing is a full-service advertising agency specializing in strategic marketing driven by award-winning creative.

12 Lip Balm Express Inc.

City: Mentor

Founded: 2002

Sales growth: 87.5%

Employees: 1-15

www.lipbalmexpress.com

Lip Balm Express produces organic lip balm for custom promotions and advertising.

13 O’Reilly Equipment LLC

City: Newbury

Founded: 2002

Sales growth: 80.32%

Employees: 1-15

www.oreillyequipment.com

O'Reilly Equipment LLC is a truck, trailer and snow plow equipment sales and service facility.

14 Eclipse Compliance Testing

City: Solon

Founded: 2000

Sales growth: 78.66%

Employees: 1-15

www.eclipsetesting.com

Eclipse Compliance Testing is an independent testing laboratory that evaluates electronic gaming devices (slot machines) and systems for regulatory compliance.

15 WRIS Web Services

City: Cleveland

Founded: 1996

Sales growth: 73.96%

Employees: 1-15

www.wris.com

WRIS Web Services is an established Web firm providing the full spectrum of Web-related products, including design and development, search engine optimization, marketing, hosting and mobile solutions.

16 Planned Financial Services

City: Cleveland

Founded: 1994

Sales growth: 70.44%

Employees: 1-15

www.plannedfinancial.com

Planned Financial Services helps entrepreneurs obtain their return on investment by enjoying their life and their money their way.

17 Roeder Consulting Inc.

City: Pepper Pike

Founded: 2001

Sales growth: 60.68%

Employees: 1-15

www.roederconsulting.com

Roeder Consulting is a project management training and consulting firm. It delivera results that positively impact individuals, organizations and communities.

18 Pantek Inc.

City: Independence

Founded: 1997

Sales growth: 52%

Employees: 1-15

www.pantek.com

Pantek provides comprehensive IT services to companies that utilize Linux and Open Source technologies.

19 Business Deposits Plus Inc.

City: Brecksville

Founded: 1996

Sales growth: 50.62%

Employees: 1-15

www.depositsplus.com

BDP provides exceptional solutions in the retail multilocation banking supply market.

20 All Points Connect

City: Solon

Founded: 2002

Sales growth: 42.59%

Employees: 1-15

www.allpointsconnect.com

All Points Connect is a nationwide marketing agency implementing grassroots strategies directly connecting clients to their target markets.

Published in Akron/Canton
Tuesday, 03 January 2012 16:00

2011 Weatherhead 100 - Centurion Winners

1 Safeguard Properties LLC

City: Valley View

Founded: 1990

Sales growth: 267.98%

Employees: 250-999

www.safeguardproperties.com

Safeguard is the nation’s largest privately held field services company providing services to the mortgage loan industry.

2 Great Lakes Petroleum Co.,

City: Cleveland

Founded: 1997

Sales growth: 225.26%

Employees: 50-249

www.greatlakespetroleum.com

Great Lakes Petroleum is a distributer of motor fuels and lubricants operating in Ohio, Pennsylvania, the Carolinas, Georgia and Virginia.

3 Shearer’s Foods Inc.

City: Brewster

Founded: 1974

Sales growth: 184.56%

Employees: 1,000+

www.shearers.com

Shearer’s Foods manufactures/distributes Shearer’s award-winning snacks and produces salted snacks for private label and co-pack customers.

4 Mazzella Holding Cos.

City: Cleveland

Founded: 1959

Sales growth: 184.21%

Employees: 250-999

www.mazzellalifting.com

Mazzella provides overhead cranes, hoists and a wide range of slings and customized lifting and rigging devices and inspection services.

5 Hyland Software Inc.

City: Westlake

Founded: 1991

Sales growth: 118.68%

Employees: 1,000+

www.hyland.com

Hyland is the developer of the OnBase enterprise content management software suite.

6 Marous Brothers Construction Inc.

City: Willoughby

Founded: 1980

Sales growth: 116.55%

Employees: 250-999

www.marousbrothers.com

Marous Brothers Construction is recognized as one of the leading construction firms in the Midwest offering integrated services for complete construction solutions.

7 Fairmount Minerals

City: Chardon

Founded: 1986

Sales growth: 110.6%

Employees: 250-999

www.fairmountminerals.com

Fairmount Minerals is one of the largest producers of industrial sand in the United States.

8 Dealer Tire LLC

City: Cleveland

Founded: 2001

Sales growth: 97.8%

Employees: 250-999

www.dealertire.com

Dealer Tire designs, implements and manages tire programs exclusively for automobile original equipment manufacturers and their dealers.

9 Family Heritage Life Insurance Co.

City: Broadview Heights

Founded: 1989

Sales growth: 64.01%

Employees: 50-249

www.familyheritagelife.com

Family Heritage is a marketer of supplemental health insurance products to include cancer, intensive care, heart, accident, hospital indemnity and life insurance.

10 The Garland Co. Inc.

City: Cleveland

Founded: 1895

Sales growth: 41.77%

Employees: 250-999

www.garlandco.com

Garland Industries is a manufacturer of roofing, waterproofing, flooring and structural maintenance systems for commercial, industrial and institutional buildings.

Published in Akron/Canton
Tuesday, 03 January 2012 15:56

2011 Weatherhead 100 List

1 MFS Supply LLC

City: Solon

Year founded: 2006

Sales growth: 9815.99%

Employees: 16-49

www.mfssupply.com

MFS Supply is a leading manufacturer and distributer of securing products for contractors,  real estate agents and property managers.

2 OrthoHelix Surgical Designs Inc.

City: Medina

Year founded: 2004

Sales growth: 1605.76%

Employees: 16-49

www.orthohelix.com

OrthoHelix is a medical device company developing a comprehensive line of implants for use in small bone surgery.

3 Canal Fulton Provision Inc.

City: Canal Fulton

Year founded: 1969

Sales growth: 1096.57%

Employees: 16-49

www.canalfultonpro.com. Canal Fulton Provision is a family-owned provider of top cuts of meat.

4 CareerCurve

City: Cleveland

Year founded: 2005

Sales growth: 1052.90%

Employees: 16-49

www.careercurve.com

CareerCurve is a consulting and coaching firm providing talent optimization and career transition services.

5 Summit Data Communications

City: Akron

Year founded: 2006

Sales growth: 896.85%

Employees: 16-49

www.summitdata.com

Summit Data Communications provides embedded Wi-Fi solutions that are proven in business-critical mobile devices worldwide.

6 TOA Technologies

City: Beachwood

Year founded: 2003

Sales growth: 740.24%

Employees: 50-249

www.toatech.com

TOA Technologies is the leading provider of on-demand mobile work force management applications.

7 E-merging Technologies Group Inc.

City: Cleveland

Year founded: 1999

Sales growth: 664.52%

Employees: 50-249

www.etg1.com

E-merging Technologies Group Inc. is a professional services firm serving the national defense agencies, the intelligence community, state and local governments, and private sector companies.

8 Knotice

City: Akron

Year founded: 2003

Sales growth: 547.43%

Employees: 50-249

www.knotice.com

Knotice maximizes the ROI of direct digital marketing through process automation,  increased relevance and improved performance.

9 Findaway World

City: Solon

Year founded: 2004

Sales growth: 528.04%

Employees: 50-249

www.findawayworld.com

Findaway World is dedicated to delivering simple and immediate access to content that listeners want or need.

10 Great Lakes Financial Advisors Group Inc.

City: Bath

Year founded: 2005

Sales growth: 454.82%

Employees: 16-49

www.lakesadvisors.com

Great Lakes Financial Advisors Group is a full-service brokerage general agency offering insurance solutions from a wide variety of reputable carriers providing life insurance, disability, long-term care and fixed annuity products.

11 Post-Up Stand Inc.

City: Maple Heights

Year founded: 2004

Sales growth: 440.78%

Employees: 16-49

www.postupstand.com

Post-Up Stand-A leader in trade show displays and large format banner printing.

12 EverStaff

City: Independence

Year founded: 2001

Sales growth: 326.89%

Employees: 16-49

www.everstaff.com

EverStaff is a specialized recruiting and staffing firm offering direct hire and temporary placements.

13 Dvuv Holdings LLC

City: Cleveland

Year founded: 2005

Sales growth: 310.90%

Employees: 16-49

www.dvuv.com

Dvuv Holdings LLC is the global leader in UV-curable powder coating chemistry and application technology.

14 ACU-Serve Corp

City: Cuyahoga Falls

Year founded: 1993

Sales growth: 294.04%

Employees: 50-249

www.acuservecorp.com

ACU-Serve provides billing, collections and compliance consulting services on a national level to HME/DME providers.

15 Fathom

City: Valley View

Year founded: 2005

Sales growth: 272.16%

Employees: 50-249

www.fathomdelivers.com

Fathom is a full-service digital marketing company that delivers measurable results that matter: leads and profitable revenue.

16 Matrix Healthcare Management Solutions LLC

City: North Canton

Year founded: 1998

Sales growth: 252.99%

Employees: 50-249

www.matrixmso.com

Matrix is a health care company that offers state-of-the-art software and revenue cycle management to physician groups across the country.

17 SS&G Healthcare Services LLC

City: Akron

Year founded: 1998

Sales growth: 241.66%

Employees: 50-249

www.ssandg.com/healthcare

SS&G Healthcare Services is a management services organization for physician practices.

18 MediQuant Inc.

City: Richfield

Year founded: 1999

Sales growth: 211.16%

Employees: 16-49

www.mediquant.com

MediQuant creates health care IT efficiencies with intelligent applications for revenue and data life cycle management.

19 Wojcik Builders Inc.

City: Oakwood Village

Year founded: 1986

Sales growth: 210.45%

Employees: 16-49

www.wojcikbuilders.com

Business owners count on WBI for quality craftsmanship, customer satisfaction, deadline competency and on-the-job safety.

20 Starmax Resource LLC

City: Cleveland

Year founded: 2000

Sales growth: 204.63%

Employees: 16-49

www.starmaxgroup.com

Starmax is a supply chain specialist assembling and distributing in U.S. products manufactured at its China factory.

21 Universal Windows Direct Inc.

City: Oakwood Village

Year founded: 2002

Sales growth: 199.85%

Employees: 16-49

www.universalwindowsdirect.com

With locations from coast to coast, Universal Windows is the fastest-growing window company in the U.S.

22 Datacore Consulting

City: Independence

Year founded: 2000

Sales growth: 194.07%

Employees: 16-49

www.datacoreonline.com

Datacore’s mission is to create long-term value for its clients by driving additional revenue, reducing cost and minimizing risk through professional I.T. services.

23 Compass Packaging LLC

City: Parkman

Year founded: 2003

Sales growth: 190.23%

Employees: 50-249

www.compasspackaging.com

Compass Packaging is a family-owned manufacturer of corrugated products and distributer of packaging supplies.

24 Fidelity Voice & Data

City: Beachwood

Year founded: 2000

Sales growth: 181.20%

Employees: 16-49

www.fidelityvoice.com

Fidelity is a provider of high-quality business class voice and data services.

25 Cleveland Corporate Services Inc.

City: Cleveland

Year founded: 1992

Sales growth: 180.49%

Employees: 50-249

www.teachsmart.org

The company provides professional development and technology solutions for special needs and mainstream classrooms.

26 Amish Mills Inc.

City: Dundee

Year founded: 1996

Sales growth: 173.07%

Employees: 50-249

www.amishmills.com

Amish Mills is a manufacturer of solid wood kitchen cabinets and home and office furniture sold under the Amish Mills and Daniels Amish Collection names. The products are carried at more than 700 dealers across North America.

27 Alego Health

City: Eastlake

Year founded: 2004

Sales growth: 170.89%

Employees: 50-249

www.alegohealth.com

Alego Health supports implementation of electronic health records utilizing a unique model of clinically trained teams.

28 Longbow Research LLC

City: Seven Hills

Year founded: 2003

Sales growth: 167.98%

Employees: 50-249

www.longbowresearch.com

Longbow Research provides investment research to institutional investors with a focus on mid- and large-cap equities.

29 Blackburn’s Hubcaps & Wheels Inc.

City: Macedonia

Year founded: 1985

Sales growth: 166.10%

Employees: 16-49

www.blackburnswheelfinder.com

Blackburn’s is a distributor of original automotive and light truck wheels hubcaps and related accessories.

30 e2b teknologies Inc.

City: Chardon

Year founded: 2001

Sales growth: 159.72%

Employees: 16-49

www.e2btek.com

E2b Teknologies is an authorized reseller of enterprise resources planning for Sage and Epicor.

31 Optiem LLC

City: Cleveland

Year founded: 2000

Sales growth: 156.58%

Employees: 16-49

www.optiem.com

Optiem fuels bright companies by developing brands, websites and online marketing programs that produce measurable results.

32 MUM Industries Inc.

City: Mentor

Year founded: 1996

Sales growth: 156.38%

Employees: 16-49

www.mumindustries.com

MUM is a manufacturer of air-operated diaphragm pumps, NEMA-rated polycarbonate enclosures, gravimetric dispensing systems and cradle-to-grave contract manufacturing.

33 Regency Construction Services Inc.

City: Lakewood

Year founded: 1994

Sales growth: 152.96%

Employees: 50-249

www.regencycsi.com. Regency is a  client-centered, full-service construction firm.

34 Signature Health Inc.

City: Willoughby

Year founded: 1993

Sales growth: 142.24%

Employees: 50-249

www.signaturehealthinc.com

Signature is a mental health counseling agency, featuring our Signature Access Clinic, which provides same-day psychiatric services.

35 NineSigma Inc.

City: Beachwood

Year founded: 2000

Sales growth: 138.63%

Employees: 16-49

www.ninesigma.com

NineSigma is a leading provider of open innovation solutions for all industry sectors enabling organizations to better utilize external innovation resources.

36 PartsSource Inc.

City: Aurora

Year founded: 2001

Sales growth: 138.37%

Employees: 50-249

www.partssource.com

PartsSource provides replacement medical parts and technology solutions that reduce the cost of health care delivery.

37 DCT Telecom Group Inc.

City: Westlake

Year founded: 1993

Sales growth: 127.67%

Employees: 16-49

www.4dct.com

DCT Telecom Group specializes in providing comprehensive telecom solutions to corporate customers.

38 Patton Painting Inc.

City: Westlake

Year founded: 2003

Sales growth: 126.61%

Employees: 16-49

www.pattonpainting.com

Patton Painting Inc. is a company of skilled professional painters, carpenters and artists serving homeowners, business owners, property and facility managers, architects and general contractors throughout Northeast Ohio.

39 US Endoscopy

City: Mentor

Year founded: 1991

Sales growth: 122.26%

Employees: 250-999

www.usendoscopy.com

US Endoscopy is a world leader in endoscopy device design and manufacturing, delivering solutions to improve patient care.

40 Neece, Malec, Seifert & Vitaz Inc.

City: Chardon

Year founded: 1996

Sales growth: 118.85%

Employees: 16-49

www.neececpa.com. Neece, Malec, Seifert & Vitaz Inc. is an accounting firm that provides tax, accounting and financial services with a focus on building relationships with clients.

41 Roscoe Medical Inc.

City: Strongsville

Year founded: 1993

Sales growth: 117.74%

Employees: 50-249

www.roscoemedical.com

Roscoe is a manufacturer and distributer of products used in the home medical equipment industry, including respiratory products, CPAP products and durable medical equipment.

42 Pyramyd Air Ltd.

City: Warrensville Heights

Year founded: 2000

Sales growth: 115.46%

Employees: 50-249

www.pyramydair.com

Pyramyd Air is the world’s largest Internet retailer selling to airgunners on six continents.

43 Netnowledge Inc.

City: Lakewood

Year founded: 1997

Sales growth: 114.97%

Employees: 16-49

www.thinsolutions.com

Netnowledge is a technology consulting firm providing technology solutions for businesses ranging from managed services to application development.

44 EnviroScience Inc.

City: Stow

Year founded: 1989

Sales growth: 105.98%

Employees: 50-249

www.enviroscienceinc.com

For more than 20 years, EnviroScience, Inc. has provided the answers to tough problems in ecological and natural resource services, aquatic environments, underwater construction and lake management.

45 DuneCraft

City: Cleveland

Year founded: 2002

Sales growth: 105.40%

Employees: 16-49

www.dunecraft.com

Dunecraft domestically manufactures more than 200 themed seed-sprouting houses for premier retailers in the United States.

46 Ohio Technical College Inc.

City: Cleveland

Year founded: 1969

Sales growth: 101.22%

Employees: 250-999

www.ohiotech.edu

Ohio Technical College is dedicated to providing premier training to prepare students for challenging and rewarding careers in automotive, diesel, collision repair, power sport/motorcycle welding, high-performance and racing.

47 Insight Services Inc.

City: Strongsville

Year founded: 1988

Sales growth: 100.54%

Employees: 16-49

www.testoil.com

Insight provides lubricant monitoring services to assist in the prediction and prevention of critical equipment failures.

48 Vocon

City: Cleveland

Year founded: 1987

Sales growth: 99.54%

Employees: 50-249

www.vocon.com

Vocon a leading architecture and design firm, creating distinctive work environments throughout the country.

49 TMW Systems Inc.

City: Beachwood

Year founded: 1983

Sales growth: 96.02%

Employees: 250-999

www.tmwsystems.com

TMW Systems software powers freight transportation services and heavy-duty fleet productivity across North America.

50 County Fire Protection Inc.

City: Kent

Year founded: 1999

Sales growth: 94.02%

Employees: 16-49

www.county-fire.com

County Fire is offers complete fire protection sales and services (extinguishers, alarms, sprinkler, kitchen hoods, Halon/FM-200/CO2 systems, back flow prevention.)

51 Turning Technologies

City: Youngstown

Year founded: 2002

Sales growth: 93.66%

Employees: 50-249

www.turningtechnologies.com

Turning Technologies LLC develops interactive response systems for the K-12, higher education and professional markets.

52 Safety Controls Technology Inc.

City: Bedford Heights

Year founded: 1999

Sales growth: 92%

Employees: 16-49

www.safetycontrolstech.com

Safety Controls Technology Inc. provides engineering environmental and occupational safety and health services.

53 Briteskies LLC

City: Independence

Year founded: 2000

Sales growth: 90.06%

Employees: 16-49

www.briteskies.com

Briteskies delivers effective iSeries, IBM WebSphere, Web and enterprise software solutions both regionally and nationally.

54 Ohio Realty Advisors LLC

City: Richfield

Year founded: 2001

Sales growth: 87.57%

Employees: 16-49

www.ohiorealtyadvisors.com

Ohio Realty Advisors provides full-service commercial real estate management development, advisory and brokerage services to corporate, private and institutional clients.

55 Amotec Inc.

City: Cleveland

Year founded: 2000

Sales growth: 86.80%

Employees: 50-249

www.amotecinc.com

Amotec Inc. a search and staffing firm with global capabilities partners with corporations in the talent acquisition process.

56 Custom Products

City: Glenwillow

Year founded: 1975

Sales growth: 84.74%

Employees: 50-249

www.customproducts.net

Custom Products is a single-source supplier of packaging products, commercial print, contract packaging and packaging services, and surrounding services including graphic design and inventory management.

57 OurPet’s Co.

City: Fairport Harbor

Year founded: 1995

Sales growth: 81.02%

Employees: 50-249

www.ourpets.com

PourPet’s is a developer and marketer of innovative pet products for improving their health, safety, comfort and enjoyment.

58 Adcom Communications Inc.

City: Cleveland

Year founded: 1989

Sales growth: 79.77%

Employees: 16-49

www.adcom1.com

Adcom is a modern strategic integrated communications company providing focused creative solutions across all media platforms.

59 Corporate United Inc.

City: Westlake

Year founded: 1997

Sales growth: 78.73%

Employees: 16-49

www.corporateunited.com

Corporate United is the nation’s largest group purchasing organization whose mission is to advance the collective spend management efforts of its member companies.

60 SeniorTV-Stellar Private Cable Systems Inc.

City: Akron

Year founded: 1992

Sales growth: 77.45%

Employees: 16-49

www.seniortv.com

SeniorTV provides low-cost cable TV, Internet and commercial LCD TV’s to hotels, nursing homes and retirement communities in 44 states.

61 Microplex Inc.

City: North Canton

Year founded: 1999

Sales growth: 77.33%

Employees: 16-49

www.microplex-inc.com

Microplex manufactures custom cable assemblies and wire harnesses to industrial automation

medical and OEM markets.

62 RNR Consulting

City: Cleveland

Year founded: 2001

Sales growth: 75.30%

Employees: 16-49

www.rnrconsulting.com

RNR is a management and IT consulting firm that provides practical and innovative solutions to our clients.

63 The Priority Group Inc.

City: Cleveland

Year founded: 1988

Sales growth: 74.81%

Employees: 250-999

www.prioritygrp.com

The core business of The Priority Group includes the delivery of home health care services, medical testing services, consulting and management to health care facilities, and the recruitment of health care professionals to meet the needs of our clients and patients.

64 Radcom Inc.

City: Hudson

Year founded: 1996

Sales growth: 74.04%

Employees: 16-49

www.radcomservices.com

Radcom designs develops and delivers customized e-learning, training and documentation aligned with your company’s goals.

65 Angels in Waiting Home Care

City: Willoughby

Year founded: 2002

Sales growth: 72.09%

Employees: 16-49

www.aiwhomecare.com

Angels is Waiting delivers reliable in-home care for medical and nonmedical needs.

66 Swift Filters Inc.

City: Oakwood Village

Year founded: 1995

Sales growth: 70.96%

Employees: 16-49

www.swiftfilters.com

Swift Filters is a designer and manufacturer of filter and strainer elements for industrial, aerospace, performance racing and OEM applications.

67 Hurricane Labs LLC

City: Independence

Year founded: 2004

Sales growth: 70.02%

Employees: 16-49

www.hurricanelabs.com

Hurricane Labs provides security monitoring for company networks all over the world.

68 Tradex International Inc.

City: Cleveland

Year founded: 1986

Sales growth: 68.77%

Employees: 16-49

www.tradexgloves.com

Tradex is a leading supplier of disposable barrier products to the medical, food service, janitorial and industrial markets.

69 Suburban Manufacturing Co. Inc.

City: Eastlake

Year founded: 1979

Sales growth: 67.71%

Employees: 50-249

www.submfg.com

Suburban Manufacturing Co. Inc. is an employee-owned supplier of precision machined parts and has been in business for more than 30 years.

70 AtNetPlus Inc.

City: Stow

Year founded: 1998

Sales growth: 66.53%

Employees: 16-49

www.AtNetPlus.com

AtNetPlus is an attentive IT support firm that helps small and midsized technology-dependent organizations improve productivity and stay competitive.

71 Mutual Shareholder Services LLC

City: Broadview Heights

Year founded: 1999

Sales growth: 65.31%

Employees: 16-49

www.mutualss.com

Mutual Shareholder Services provides mutual funds nationwide with accounting, regulatory, compliance and transfer agent services.

72  Lazorpoint

City: Cleveland

Year founded: 1997

Sales growth: 65.02%

Employees: 16-49

www.lazorpoint.com

Lazorpoint is an IT service firm providing a broad portfolio of integrated technology services to midsized organizations.

73 Interlift Enterprises

City: Cleveland

Year founded: 1967

Sales growth: 61.32%

Employees: 50-249

www.ilttoyotalift.com

Interlift is Cleveland’s ‘‘can-do’’ Toyota forklift and material handling solution provider since 1967.

74 Lexicomp

City: Hudson

Year founded: 1978

Sales growth: 60.55%

Employees: 50-249

www.lexi.com

Lexicomp helps health care professionals make safer and faster decisions with easy to use clinical information, advanced technology and superior customer service.

75 Parts Pro Automative Warehouse

City: Wickliffe

Year founded: 1982

Sales growth: 60.42%

Employees: 50-249

www.partsproautomative.com

Parts Pro is the premium service provider and wholesale distributer of automotive OE and aftermarket parts and tires.

76 South Shore Marine

City: Huron

Year founded: 1989

Sales growth: 57.15%

Employees: 16-49

www.southshoremarine.com

South Shore is the regional dealer of high-quality new and select pre-owned boats located in a full-service marine facility.

77 Stat Integrated Technologies

City: Chardon

Year founded: 2002

Sales growth: 56.31%

Employees: 16-49

www.aquadocinc.com

Aqua Doc is a full-service lake management company dedicated to making lakes and ponds beautiful.

78 Weed Pro Ltd.

City: Sheffield Village

Year founded: 2001

Sales growth: 55.64%

Employees: 16-49

www.weed-pro.com

Weed Pro provides complete lawn fertilization, weed control and ornamental services for both residential and commercial properties.

79 Cambridge Home Health Care

City: Akron

Year founded: 1994

Sales growth: 55.23%

Employees: 1,000+

www.cambridgehomehealth.com

Cambridge provides nurses, therapists, aides and homemakers to individuals in the comfort of their own homes.

80 NCA Financial Planners

City: Mayfield Heights

Year founded: 1987

Sales growth: 54.43%

Employees: 16-49

www.ncafinancial.com

NCA Financial Planners helps you retire when you want and everything in between.

81 Expert Construction Inc.

City: Cleveland

Year founded: 1999

Sales growth: 52.42%

Employees: 16-49

www.expertconstructioninc.com

Expert Construction is a premier commercial carpentry firm specializing in metal studs, drywall and acoustical ceilings.

82 Jakprints Inc.

City: Cleveland

Year founded: 2001

Sales growth: 52.38%

Employees: 50-249

www.jakprints.com

Jakprints is a full-service printer specializing in full-color printing, sticker printing, screen printing and embroidery.

83 MobilityWorks

City: Akron

Year founded: 1997

Sales growth: 50.95%

Employees: 250-999

www.mobilityworks.com

MobilityWorks  is a national accessible van provider of modified vehicles to consumers and businesses for transporting physically challenged individuals.

84 OEConnection LLC

City: Richfield

Year founded: 2000

Sales growth: 49.96%

Employees: 50-249

www.oeconnection.com

OEConnection is the leading online parts and service exchange in the automotive industry and beyond.

85 Jarrett Logistics Systems Inc.

City: Orrville

Year founded: 1999

Sales growth: 49.64%

Employees: 16-49

www.jarrettlogistics.com

JLS specializes in transportation management services for high-growth North American companies.

86 Fleet Response

City: Seven Hills

Year founded: 1986

Sales growth: 48.97%

Employees: 50-249

www.fleetresponse.com

Fleet Response is a leader in custom-designed accident management services to the corporate fleet industry.

87 mbi | k2m Architecture Inc.

City: Cleveland

Year founded: 2001

Sales growth: 47.55%

Employees: 16-49

www.mbi-k2m.com

mbi | k2m Architecture is a leading local architecture and interior design firm with a national presence.

88 Sequoia Financial Group

City: Akron

Year founded: 1991

Sales growth: 46.42%

Employees: 16-49

www.sequoia-financial.com

Sequoia is a SEC-registered investment adviser offering comprehensive wealth management services to individuals and businesses.

89 LEFCO Worthington LLC

City: Cleveland

Year founded: 2003

Sales growth: 45.54%

Employees: 16-49

www.lefcoworthington.com

LEFCO Worthington is an ISO 9001-certified manufacturer of custom wood and metal crates, pallets and racks. LEFCO designs solutions to help protect your products around the globe.

90 Lake City Plating Co. Inc.

City: Ashtabula

Year founded: 1949

Sales growth: 44.97%

Employees: 16-49

www.lakecityplating.com

Lake City Plating provides application of industrial coatings on metal parts.

91 ThenDesign Architecture Ltd.

City: Willoughby

Year founded: 1989

Sales growth: 44.22%

Employees: 16-49

www.thendesign.com

With offices in Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Chicago, TDA specializes in planning,  architecture and interior design.

92 Fredon Corp.

City: Mentor

Year founded: 1969

Sales growth: 42.90%

Employees: 50-249

www.fredon.com

Fredon Corp. is a precision manufacturing and grinding company and is AS 9100B/ISO 9001:2008 and FAA Part 145 Certified.

93 Normandy Catering

Wickliffe

Year founded: 1978

Sales growth: 41.56%

Employees: 50-249

www.normandycatering.com

Normandy Catering specializes in corporate special events, weddings, social events and food service management.

94 1-888-OhioComp

City: Cleveland

Year founded: 1997

Sales growth: 40.14%

Employees: 50-249

www.1-888-ohiocomp.com

1-888-OhioComp is the largest workers’ compensation managed care organization headquartered in Northeast Ohio serving more than 34,000 employers.

95 Alliance Staffing Solutions

City: Independence

Year founded: 2001

Sales growth: 40.09%

Employees: 16-49

www.alliancestaffingsolutions.com

A registered Minority Business Enterprise, the Alliance Staffing Solutions Group of Cos. is a full-service staffing and recruitment firm headquartered in Independence, Ohio. Alliance Staffing offers expertise through all of its business units

96 Agility Inc.

City: Brecksville

Year founded: 1993

Sales growth: 39.18%

Employees: 16-49

www.agility-inc.com

Agility is an information technology and business consulting organization that specializes in helping manufacturers and distributors.

97 Group Transportation Services Inc.

City: Hudson

Year founded: 1995

Sales growth: 39.12%

Employees: 50-249

www.onestopshipping.com

Group Transportation Services is a nonasset-based third-party logistics service provider fulfilling the transportation cycles for business-to-business accounts.

98 SS&G

City: Akron

Year founded: 1968

Sales growth: 38.38%

Employees: 250-999

www.SSandG.com

SS&G is a full-service CPA firm specializing in assurance, tax and employee benefits.

99 HMT Associates Inc.

City: Seven Hills

Year founded: 2002

Sales growth: 37.64%

Employees: 16-49

www.hmtassociates.com

HMT Associates is a privately held shopper marketing agency that delivers strategic promotions for Fortune 500 CPG companies.

100 EmployeeScreenIQ

City: Cleveland

Year founded: 1999

Sales growth: 37.07%

Employees: 50-249

www.employeescreen.com

EmployeeScreenIQ is global employment screening resource providing information employers need to make smart hiring decisions.

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