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Indiana's growth 100.

TECHNOLOGY

ADVANCED MICROELECTRONICS Vincennes

Lead entrepreneurs: Steve Burkhart, Mark Gerkin

Company founded: 1985

Growth 100: 1997, 1996, 1995

Products/services: Computer service and repair company and retailer of computer hardware.

Challenge: Getting employees to present the image we want. We want customers never to battle with voice mail.

Future: We began at zero in 1985, had over $21 million in sales in 1997 and have forecast $76 million in 2007.

Recognition: Ranked in the top 500 fastest-growing firms in the U.S. by Inc. magazine in December 1995.

Growth 100 benefits: Each event we have attended has been right on target and beneficial.

AUCTOR CORP. Indianapolis

Lead entrepreneur: Michael E. Bauer

Company founded: 1991

Growth 100: 1997, 1996, 1995

Products/services: Information technology and systems.

Beginnings: The thrill, excitement and fear shared by four people with an idea and the willingness to assume risk to bring their idea to reality.

Challenge: Hiring, training and retaining people who are extremely competent and share the values of the corporation.

Growth 100 benefits: The opportunity to network with other entrepreneurs from diverse backgrounds.

BAKER HILL Carmel

Lead entrepreneur: Mark Hill

Company founded: 1983

Products/services: Information systems integrator, specializing in front-end integration tools for commercial banks.

Beginnings: Early customers were very difficult to come by, and when we got one, we treated them very well.

Challenge: Attracting, challenging and mentoring our team.

Growth 100 benefits: In 1997, selected by Microsoft as a finalist in the Industry Solution Awards for Retail Banking.

CENTILLION DATA SYSTEMS INC. Indianapolis

Lead entrepreneur: John M. Cauffman

Company founded: 1987

Growth 100: 1997, 1996

Products/services: Telephone billing software, text and image storage and retrieval software.

Challenge: Will continue to be finding, training and keeping a high-quality and highly qualified technical staff.

Future: Tremendous promise for nimble, entrepreneurial software companies that find product niches offering rapid growth potential but, at the same time, are not subject to domination by the software giants.

COMMNET PLUS INC. Indianapolis

Lead entrepreneur: Chris P. Kendig

Company founded: 1990

Growth 100: 1997, 1996

Products/services: Engineered data network integration and consulting.

Challenge: To be proactive in the fast-paced environment of data communications.

Company's proudest moment: Every time we provide another successful turn-key solution for our customer.

COMMUNICATIONS PRODUCTS INC. Indianapolis

Cliff Arellano

Company founded: 1983

Growth 100:1997

Products/services: Data network engineering, telephony systems & engineering, structured cable systems and engineering, and customer-support services.

COMTECH: COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY INC. Plymouth

Lead entrepreneurs: Judith A. Currens, James W. Daugherty II

Company founded: 1987

Growth 100: 1997

Products/services: Computer data cabling, installation of wireless technologies and fiber optics.

Challenge: Managing our growth so that we don't burst the ever-expanding bubble we are sitting on.

Future: We will see a switch from wired networks to wireless networks.

CREW TECHNICAL SERVICES Indianapolis

Lead entrepreneurs: Kathy Reehling, Jerry Adkins

Company founded: 1995

Products/services: Consulting and staff augmentation in engineering, technical writing and information technology.

Beginnings: The name CREW is an acronym meaning Contracted Resource Engineering Wizards.

Challenge: We are trying to recruit the same people that Microsoft, IBM and other Fortune 100 companies are looking for.

Company's proudest moment: Being named a Preferred Vendor to Eli Lilly and Co.

Recognition: Kathy selected as one of the Indianapolis Business Journal's "40 Under 40."

C/SOFT INC. Carmel

Lead entrepreneur: Howard Bates

Company founded: 1994

Growth 100: 1997, 1996, 1995

Products/services: Information technology specializing in client/server application development, intranet/Internet solutions and network integration services.

Recognition: Inaugural Growth 100 awardee, identified as the sixth-fastest-growing company in the Indianapolis area.

Growth 100 benefits: Networking with peers and excellent seminars.

CYBERMETRIX INC. Columbus

Lead entrepreneur: Christine Mulholland

Company founded: 1992

Products/services: Custom computer software and hardware.

Growth 100: 1997, 1996

Beginnings: Formed to develop data acquisition and analysis systems.

Challenge: Managing growth and maintaining profitability.

Future: Partnering approach allows us to add value for our customers.

IMAGINE PRODUCTS INC. Carmel

Lead entrepreneur: Dan Montgomery

Company founded: 1991

Products/services: Developer and marketer of software for the professional video, film and broadcast industries. Product names: The Executive Producer and Image Mine.

Beginnings: Pioneered portable personal-computer-based videotape logging.

Challenge: Keeping up with the fast-paced change of technology.

Future: Ever-increasing market as many companies begin to share their media assets across intranets and the Internet.

INDESIGN LLC Indianapolis

Lead entrepreneur: Jerry Gotway

Company founded: 1997

Growth 100:1997

Products/services: Engineering design and development services, specializing in the design, development and introduction of telecommunications products in the consumer marketplace.

Beginnings: Established by a team of engineers formerly from Bell Laboratories.

Future: More companies are choosing to outsource a portion of their engineering design work.

INTERACTIVE INTELLIGENCE Indianapolis

Lead entrepreneur: Dr. Don Brown

Company founded: 1994

Products/services: Software-based, integrated voice/data/messaging system to replace traditional PBX/switching hardware with an open systems software platform running on an NT server.

Challenge: Courage to design a product capable of taking on the entire telecommunications establishment.

Future: Plan to go public in the first half of 1999.

Recognition: 1997 Product of the Year award, Computer Telephony magazine. 1998 Top 25 Technologies, Byte magazine.

OFFICE TECH INC. Indianapolis

Lead entrepreneur: David Shonkwiler

Company founded: 1988

Products/services: Custom and commercial software development.

Beginnings: Started in 1988 in a spare bedroom. Currently is a premier provider of conversion services to Automatic Data Processing.

Challenge: Hiring and retention of qualified technical personnel - availability is at an all-time low.

PC MAX Bloomington

Lead entrepreneurs: Christian Frederickson, Nathan Stohr, Dr. Matt Fornefeld

Company founded: 1996

Products/services: Computer hardware and services, specializing in retailing and upgrading systems.

SOLUTION TECHNOLOGY INC. Indianapolis

Lead entrepreneur: Jeff Tetter

Company founded: 1997

Products/services: Value-added retailer offering sales and installation of "high availability" computing systems.

Challenge: Attracting qualified, innovative personnel. Interested? Call us today!

Future: Our primary markets currently include Indianapolis and Chicago. Others are planned.

Recognition: In September 1998, after only 18 months in business, IBM named Solution Technology as one of its three best resellers in the U.S.

SSCI INC. West Lafayette

Lead entrepreneur: Sarah "Sally" Byrn

Company founded: 1991

Products/services: Solid-state laboratory serving the pharmaceutical industry.

Challenge: Wisely handling our rapid growth.

Future: Being able to get better drugs on the market faster.

T2 SYSTEMS INC. Danville

Lead entrepreneurs: Michael Simmons, Steven Howard, Richard Mershon

Company founded: 1994

Products/services: Development, installation and support services for parking information systems targeted at universities and mid-sized to large municipalities.

Beginnings: Started with a great idea and no capital.

Company's proudest moment: The institution of a profit-based bonus plan for our employees.

Recognition: Indianapolis Business Journal's top 20 fastest-growing Indianapolis-area privately owned companies.

TERRONICS DEVELOPMENT CORP. Elwood

Lead entrepreneur: Ed Escallon

Company founded: 1985

Products/services: Electrostatic coating process technology.

Beginnings: A handful of competent people, sited in a Civil War-era farm.

Future: To get the word out to people who seem to all be from Missouri and reticent to spend money even with a very rapid payback on the best high-speed electrostatic coating technology in the world.

VECTOR TECHNOLOGIES Indianapolis

Lead entrepreneur: Harold J. Apple

Company founded: 1991

Growth 100: 1997

Products/services: Software and services focused on life insurance policy administration in headquarters locations.

MANUFACTURING

ADAPTIVE MICRO-WARE, INC. Fort Wayne

Lead entrepreneurs: Robert J. Kniskern, Thomas Skillicorn

Company founded: 1981

Growth 100: 1997, 1996

Products/services: Electronic design, embedded microprocessors, video compression, ATM, PCB design, layout and FPGA design.

AUBURN CLUTCH CO. INC. Garrett

Lead entrepreneur: Steven R. Booher

Company founded: 1997

Products/services: Manufacturer of light and medium-duty off-highway clutches.

Beginnings: Rebirth of Auburn Clutch was a result of purchasing off-highway product line from Dana Corp.

Challenges: To expand market size and share. Seeking out new opportunities worldwide.

Why customers choose us: A quality name since the 1930s and a dedicated focus on this product line.

BALL SYSTEMS Carmel

Lead entrepreneurs: Thelma Ball, Mark Ball

Company founded: 1980

Products/services: Manufacturer of metal beverage and food containers.

BANGS LABORATORIES INC. Fishers

Lead entrepreneur: Leigh B. Bangs, Ph.D.

Company founded: 1988

Growth 100: 1997, 1996

Products/services: Specialty chemicals for medical diagnostics business.

Beginnings: Worked for a large profitable company until the business was spun off to a much smaller company that was not profitable. (I thought I could run an unprofitable company, too!)

Challenge: Hiring, keeping and motivating good employees.

Future: Our business is growing and competition seems to be in turmoil.

Company's proudest moment: Realization that our top managers and folks under them can run the company very well when we are gone for 2-3 weeks.

BOICE MANUFACTURING Noblesville

Lead entrepreneur: William D. Boice

Company founded: 1939

Growth 100: 1997, 1996, 1995

Products/services: Truck bodies, utility bodies and tool boxes.

Beginnings: Hard luck and lots of hours!

Challenge: Finding good people. The management team and the employees make the company's Success.

CAMPUS CLASSICS Indianapolis

Lead entrepreneur: Byron L. Wilson II

Company founded: 1989

Growth 100: 1997, 1996, 1995

Products/services: Manufacturer and mail-order marketer of licensed embroidered and imprinted custom-designed sportswear for the Greek letter fraternity and athletic-conference market.

Beginnings: Youthful enthusiasm, a degree of naivete, extreme boot-strapping, with a pregnant wife/business partner!

Challenge: Present market of low unemployment in Central Indiana.

Company's proudest moment: Selected as an Inaugural Member of the Growth 100, and realizing Campus Classics' existence as a viable business in the community.

CHALLENGE INC. Indianapolis

Lead entrepreneur: Dave Crosley

Company founded: 1970

Products/services: Challenge develops, manufactures and markets environmentally sound industrial chemicals used in manufacturing processes.

Challenge: Finding sufficient capital at the appropriate times to fund stages of growth.

Future: Technologies are emerging from our product development that will positively impact manufacturing.

Company's proudest moment: One of the first 1,000 companies in the United States to obtain ISO 9000 certification for our quality system.

CIRCLE CITY ASPHALT LLC Indianapolis

Lead entrepreneur: Brian Easley

Company founded: 1996

Products/services: Seller of virgin and recycled asphalt material

Challenge: Finding high-integrity, high-character, competent employees.

Future: With the new highway bill passing this year and coupled with a strong Indiana economy, along with oil prices at near record lows, our business shall continue to grow towards vertical integration within our industry.

COLE BROS. CORP. Peru

Lead entrepreneur: Trent Jones

Company founded: 1996

Products/services: Mineral water bottler and wholesaler.

Beginnings: Renovation and conversion of a brewery built in 1859 into a state-certified bottling facility.

Challenge: Distribution.

Future: Growth potential is limited only by how much water our spring provides.

Company's proudest moment: The day Coca-Cola authorized Cole Bros. water!

CYBO ROBOTS Indianapolis

Lead entrepreneur: Ron Reeve

Company founded: 1988

Growth 100: 1997, 1996, 1995

Products/services: Worldwide supplier of specialty manufacturing robots.

Beginnings: Founded in 1980 as a joint venture with French automaker Renault.

Challenge: Staying on the cutting edge of new developments in science and manufacturing.

Recognition: World's largest production robot.

DAMAN PRODUCTS CO. Mishawaka

Lead entrepreneurs: Jack D. Davis, Larry M. Davis

Company founded: 1976

Products/services: Manufacturer of hydraulic components.

Beginnings: Belief that the hydraulic industry needed standardized manifolds and components.

Challenge: Our greatest challenge was to survive. We were undercapitalized and overworked.

DEARBORN CRANE AND ENGINEERING Mishawaka

Lead entrepreneur: Larry Dunville

Company founded: 1947

Products/services: Specializes in the design, manufacture, installation and service of overhead electric bridge cranes.

Challenge: To gain the necessary "critical mass" to become the major regional builder of overhead cranes in the Midwest.

Future: U.S. manufacturing is once again defining "world class," something thought impossible only 10 years ago.

Company's proudest moment: Receiving Indiana Quest for Excellence Award in 1996.

EHOB INC. Indianapolis

Lead entrepreneur: Dr. James G. Spahn

Company founded: 1985

Growth 100: 1997, 1996

Products/services: Manufacturer of medical devices for the prevention and treatment of bedsores. Product name: Waffle Brand Products.

Beginnings: Desire to "pay as we go" is still a philosophy at EHOB today, accomplished by watching costs, measuring results and lots of guerrilla marketing.

Future: Creating products that work, that our government and private-paying patients can afford.

Recognition: Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur of the Year in 1998.

FANCY FORTUNE COOKIES Indianapolis

Lead entrepreneur: Mike Fry

Company founded: 1988

Products/services: Promotional fortune cookies in 12 brilliant colors and flavors.

Beginnings: Left a successful career in television because I simply wanted to make fortune cookies taste good and give customers new choices in flavor.

Future: Concentrating on the international market.

Company's proudest moment: Being chosen in 1996 by QVC (the Shopping Channel) as one of Indiana's Best Finds or getting my fortune cookies with custom messages to be used in Hollywood at both of the studios' Good-Bye Seinfeld Parties.

HARLAN BAKERIES INC. Avon

Lead entrepreneurs: Hugh P. Harlan, Doug H. Harlan, Hal P. Harlan

Company founded: 1991

Growth 100: 1997, 1996

Products/services: Manufacturer of refrigerated and frozen bagels, private-label bagels and bagel dough.

Beginnings: Production levels in 1990 were approximately 600 to 800 dozen per day. Currently, we are producing in excess of 110,000 dozen per day with production running six days per week.

Challenge: Cost-efficient, automated production processes without compromising the superior quality.

Recognition: Won numerous awards as the very "best bagel." Hugh and Doug have also been named on Indianapolis Business Journal's "40 Under 40."

JECO PLASTIC PRODUCTS INC. Plainfield

Lead entrepreneur: James Clutter

Company founded: 1979

Products/services: Manufacturer of rotational molded plastic products.

Beginnings: Drawing table in home to design plastic material handling product and contract the molding.

Recognition: Lieutenant Governor's Outstanding Indiana Business Award in 1995.

JIST WORKS INC. Indianapolis

Lead entrepreneur: Michael Farr

Company founded: 1981

Growth 100: 1997, 1996, 1995

Products/services: Publisher and distributor of books, videos and tests on careers, self-help and business topics.

Beginnings: Started in 1981, at the beginning of the biggest recession in more than 20 years.

Challenge: Maintain a sense of long-term purpose as all else around us seems to change.

Future: Growth is much more fun than the alternative.

Growth 100 benefits: The seminars usually provide one or more good ideas that can be implemented.

KEY ART PUBLISHING CORP. Indianapolis

Lead entrepreneurs: Daniel Johnson, Jeffrey Johnson

Company founded: 1996

Products/services: Publisher of two weekly employment resource guides.

Future: With editions in both Chicago and Indianapolis we have developed a solid model for future expansion. Multiple city expansion plans will continue in full force in 1999.

KISS PACKAGING SYSTEMS INC. LaPorte

Lead entrepreneur: Roy W. Wright

Company founded: 1990

Growth 100: 1997, 1995

Products/services: OEM of high-quality liquid fillers.

Challenge: To be an innovative and responsive company dedicated to providing a safe, secure environment for our employees and to serve our customers' needs.

KPT MANUFACTURING Bloomfield

Lead entrepreneurs: Ping Chang, Ben Tracy, Bob Irey

Company founded: 1985

Products/services: Glazed ceramic floor tile.

Challenge: Competing with increasing quantities of low-priced imports.

Recognition: Received ISO 9001.

MAJESTIC MARBLE Indianapolis

Lead entrepreneurs: Jose and Barcia Alejos

Company founded: 1990

Growth 100: 1997, 1996

Products/services: Custom fabrication of granite, marble and natural stone.

Beginnings: We started out of our garage, then went to a kiosk at a mall, and now have our own showroom, fabrication facilities and offices in downtown Indianapolis.

Future: Customer base is recognizing marble and granite as the choice for their homes.

MAKUTA TECHNICS INC. Columbus

Lead entrepreneurs: Stuart Kaplan, Trevor Spika

Company founded: 1996

Products/services: Micromolding of engineering resins to produce precision plastic components.

Challenge: Selling parts in Asia, Europe and the United States seven days per week, 24 hours a day.

Future: "The world is coming to us." There are very few people producing micro-molded components. Computers and their peripherals are all becoming smaller and lighter.

MARQUE INC. Goshen

Lead entrepreneur: Scott A. Jessup

Company founded: 1990

Growth 100: 1997, 1996

Products/services: Manufacturer of ambulances, rescue and specialty vehicles.

Challenge: Taking the company from a post-start-up business to a stable, fast-growing, middle-market company.

Company's proudest moment: Being awarded a competitive bid for 11 ambulances for the Phoenix Fire Department.

MIDWEST TUBE MILLS Edinburgh

Lead entrepreneur: Roy Schwartzkopt

Company founded: 1993

Products/services: Full-service welded steel tubing and forming operation.

MONTROW TOOL & MACHINE INC. North Vernon

Lead entrepreneur: Michael Montgomery

Company founded: 1987

Products/services: Tool-and-die shop serving manufacturers in southern Indiana.

Beginnings: After the band fell apart, we traded the van for machines.

Greatest challenge: To think at the customer's level and point of view.

Future: Using technology to redesign tool purchasing techniques.

Company's proudest moment: Transformation from a conventional machining job shop to a computer-oriented manufacturer.

OHIO VALLEY PLASTICS INC. Evansville

Lead entrepreneur: Gary Smith

Company founded: 1990

Growth 100: 1997, 1996, 1995

Products/services: Thermoplastics and extruded plastic sheet.

Beginnings: Opened as a marketer of thermoplastics.

Future: Added space for inventory and manufacturing.

Growth 100 benefits: Provides a support network among other firms facing similar challenges of a rapidly growing business.

OLD HICKORY FURNITURE CO. INC. Shelbyville

Lead entrepreneur: Craig Campbell

Company founded: 1898

Growth 100: 1997

Products/services: Manufacturer of hickory furniture.

Beginnings: Began with a 90-year-old company that had shrunk to a mere 15 employees from a workforce of some 600 in the 1930s. Sales have increased tenfold and Old Hickory presently employs over 140 people.

Challenge: Difficulty of efficiently mass producing a handmade product.

Future: Additional sales in new and existing markets, both here and abroad.

PINNACLE BUILDING SYSTEMS CORP. Bristol

Lead entrepreneur: Chris Graff

Company founded: 1996

Products/services: Manufacturer and distributor of modular homes.

Beginnings: A group of industry veterans with a shared vision.

Challenge: Sustained profitability.

Future: We anticipate 30 percent to 50 percent annual growth and product diversification.

RIVER VALLEY TECHNOLOGIES INC. Madison

Lead entrepreneur: Linton W. Spry

Company founded: 1991

Growth 100: 1997

Products/services: CNC machine shop, tool and die, wire EDM.

Beginnings: Hard work and a lot of time away from my family.

Challenge: Difficulty find good people.

The future: Our company is continually growing. We have people in place now, which will aid the company growing at a quicker rate.

Company's proudest moment: A large corporation is considering acquiring our company.

ROMAINE INC. Elkhart

Lead entrepreneurs: John Levy, Barbara Romaine

Company founded: 1977

Growth 100: 1997, 1996

Products/services: Manufacturer of gel-impregnated bandages for burns and swelling-related injuries, and first-aid kits.

Challenge: You cannot grow without people, and you need steady growth to attract finances.

Future: We intend to expand our first-aid-kit business into new vertical markets.

Company's proudest moment: Introduction of Cool Wrap for Burns to the U.S. consumer market.

SPENCER MACHINE & TOOL INC. Jeffersonville

Lead entrepreneur: Glenn Spencer

Company founded: 1985

Growth 100: 1997

Products/services: Filters/pump repair.

Beginnings: Invented self-cleaning filter for a company to manufacture toothpaste.

Company's proudest moment: Winner of Environment Award from State of Indiana.

STERILIZATION CASSETTE SYSTEMS INC. Greenwood

Lead entrepreneur: Stephen F. Spencer

Company founded: 1996

Products/services: Designer and manufacturer of metal cassettes to hold medical, surgical and dental instruments during the sterilization cycle, storage and use.

Beginnings: The first six months were the most demanding of my career.

Challenge: Finding capital in Indiana for continued growth.

STRATIS CORP. Indianapolis

Lead entrepreneur: Andrew Elder

Company founded: 1992

Products/services: Plastic pallets designed to fit specific needs in various niche markets.

Beginnings: We worked extremely hard not to lose a single customer we gained.

Future: Doubling the number of products being offered to our markets over the next 24 months.

Company's proudest moment: When we achieved sustained positive cash flow.

TEXTILLERY WEAVERS Bloomington

Lead entrepreneurs: John & Judith Rose

Company founded: 1978

Products/services: Handwoven textiles.

Beginnings: In a log cabin with a loom in the dining room.

Challenge: Making actual products with our hands. No one understood us - banks, parents, accountants.

Company's proudest moment: When we realized we now ship more a month than many companies do in a year.

XFMRS INC. Camby

Lead entrepreneurs: Cheryl & Tony Imburgia

Company founded: 1992

Products/services: Designer and manufacturer of all types of magnetics, transformers, chokes, inductors, filters and assemblies.

Beginnings: We worked for another transformer manufacturer that was not supporting some of their smaller customers. We saw the need and decided to fill it.

Challenge: Time-to-market windows for new products used to be years, went to months, and is now days.

SERVICES

ABG INC. Indianapolis

Lead entrepreneur: Mike Jackson

Company founded: 1979

Products/services: Custom business and human performance services including: training and development, market research, competency assessment.

Beginnings: Formed in 1979 as a sales and distribution training company primarily working within the agricultural industries. Today works with more than 270 clients globally in multiple industries.

Challenge: Developing the organization into a mid-sized firm of 90 to 100 associates while maintaining the culture of smaller organizations.

The future: Continued growth through added professional services, additional operations abroad, and through the synergistic acquisition of complementary service companies.

Recognition: Mike Jackson received Purdue University's Outstanding Alumni Award in 1996.

ADMINISERVE INC. Greenwood

Lead Entrepreneur: Brent Tilson

Company founded: 1995

Growth 100: 1997

Products/services: Human resources services, benefits, workers compensation, risk management and payroll services.

Challenge: Our type of services were virtually unknown in Indiana.

Future: Facilitate our growth with strategic alliances, acquisitions and internal sales.

ADVANCED PHYSICAL THERAPY P.C. Indianapolis

Lead entrepreneur: Joanne Bozza-Jonathan

Company founded: 1985

Growth 100: 1997, 1996

Products/services: Outpatient physical therapy services, injury-prevention education and industrial consulting.

Beginnings: I was involved in a motorcycle accident and that first-hand experience lead me to become a physical therapist. I've never forgotten what it was like to be a patient.

Future: A company of 10 outpatient clinics, expanding outside of the Indianapolis area to add up to five more clinics. With this growth, our goal is to continue to offer outstanding care for a speedy recovery.

Company's proudest moment: When we gather together at our annual Christmas party, paying tribute to my employees who help make Advanced Physical Therapy so successful.

Growth 100 benefits: Networking with other business owners.

AVANTEC INC. Carmel

Lead entrepreneur: Raul E. Zavaleta

Company founded: 1994

Growth 100: 1997, 1996

Products/services: Clinical research services for pharmaceutical and biotechnology.

Beginnings: To change the way pharmaceutical clinical research is conducted.

Challenge: Industry slow to adopt change.

Future: The industry is changing its outsourcing practices to gain strategic advantage.

BRIGHT IDEAS IN BROAD RIPPLE INC. Indianapolis

Lead entrepreneur: Beverly J. Middaugh

Company founded: 1983

Growth 100: 1997, 1996

Products/services: Promotional products printed with corporate logos.

Company's proudest moment: Reaching $5 million in sales from very humble beginnings.

Growth 100 benefits: Seeing our name in various publications improves our credibility. We also get to interact with other companies facing similar challenges.

BT EVENT PRODUCTIONS INC. Indianapolis

Lead entrepreneur: Bobbi Taylor

Company founded: 1992

Growth 100: 1997

Products/services: Complete production of special events for corporations, conventions and business incentive trips.

Challenge: The special event industry, especially in the Midwest, is still fairly new.

Company's proudest moment: We won the Gala Award in January 1998 for the best overall event produced for a corporation.

Growth 100 benefits: The exposure for the company is important and helpful for the continued growth.

CARGO SERVICES INC. Indianapolis

Lead entrepreneur: John Rowe

Company founded: 1994

Products/services: International freight forwarding, domestic air freight, expedited trucking, and warehouse/distribution services.

Challenge: Finding qualified associates in our field is very difficult. Training can take years.

Future: Build revenues over $10 million within a few years.

Recognition: Fifth-fastest-growing company in Indiana according to the Indianapolis Business Journal.

CARSON DESIGN Carmel

Lead entrepreneur: Jack Carson

Company founded: 1991

Products/services: Full-service interior-design firm.

Beginnings: Word quickly spread that our firm was good at dealing with large, complicated projects.

Future: Being long-term business partners with our clients.

CONTINENTAL DESIGN CO. Anderson

Lead entrepreneurs: Judy & Bill Nagengast

Company founded: 1985

Growth 100: 1997

Products/services: High-quality technical-support services for the automotive industry, specializing in engineering and design services, technical staffing, product and tool design, and computer-aided engineering services.

Future: Continue our growth and diversify our customers and services.

Company's proudest moment: In 1998 our CEO, Judy Nagengast, was selected as the Small Business Person of the Year for the state of Indiana by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

CUSTOM MORTGAGE INC. Indianapolis

Lead entrepreneurs: Frank D. Rowe Jr., Joseph V. Wallace

Company founded: 1989

Growth 100: 1997, 1996, 1995

Products/services: First and second mortgages.

Beginnings: We held our corporation filing up on purpose until Friday the 13th in October 1989.

Future: Mortgage products and services will be automated to the point that mortgage loans from application to funding will be less than 10 days.

ECLIPSE CONSULTING INC. Noblesville

Lead entrepreneur: Joseph Lamberger

Company founded: 1991

Products/services: Information-technology consulting firm.

Beginnings: I created a business model for the "anti-corporation" corporation.

Challenge: Finding qualified personnel at the upper level of their peer group experienced in consulting.

Recognition: 1997 Inc. 500 award. Named the 455th of 500 of the fastest-growing privately held businesses in America.

ELWOOD STAFFING SERVICES INC. Columbus

Lead entrepreneur: David L. Elwood, Ph.D.

Company founded: 1980

Growth 100: 1997

Products/services: Human-resources consulting, employment testing and provider of staffing.

Beginnings: We began as a provider of psychological consultation and pre-employment testing services. We have evolved into a staffing company.

Company's proudest moments: Doubling sales four years in succession.

EMPLOYMENT PLUS Bloomington

Lead entrepreneurs: Debbie Hamilton, Mike Ross

Company founded: 1993

Products/services: Temporary and long-term placement services.

Beginnings: Founded by Debbie and within six months of operation, Mike came on board as a business partner.

Greatest challenge: Competing with national companies while operating with the cash flow of a small business.

ENVIRONMENTAL MONITOR SYSTEMS CORP. Indianapolis

Lead entrepreneur: Frederick M. Burnett

Company founded: 1987

Growth 100: 1997

Products/services: Full-service environmental contractor

Challenge: Crossing the credibility gap ... overcoming the perception that we could not complete large projects.

Company's proudest moment: When we purchased our warrants held by our venture capital investor.

ERIS SURVEY SYSTEMS INC. Indianapolis

Lead entrepreneur: Jeanita Schulten

Company founded: 993

Products/services: Health-care information systems

Growth 100: 1997

Beginnings: Initially, health risk assessments. Today, has a full portfolio of health and behavior products and services.

Challenge: To maintain current knowledge with all the constant changes

Recognition: 1998 Entrepreneur of the Year award for woman-owned businesses. Named the 14th-fastest-growing privately held company in Indianapolis in 1997.

GEMINI MEDICAL Evansville

Lead entrepreneur: Scott Korba

Company founded: 1996

Growth 100: 1997

Products/services: Building and management of cancer-treatment centers abroad.

Beginnings: Raising money, establishing credibility and achieving profitability so that we could simply survive.

Challenge: Because we do most of our business overseas, the language, cultural and regulatory barriers.

GM CONSTRUCTION INC. Indianapolis

Lead entrepreneur: Charles Garcia

Company founded: 1989

Growth 100: 1997, 1996, 1995

Products/services: Construction and construction management, facility maintenance.

Beginnings: One pickup truck and a $5,000 loan.

Company's proudest moment: The awarding of the New Castle Correctional facility at $125 million.

HOOSIER ON-LINE SYSTEMS Seymour

Lead entrepreneur: Brett M. Hays

Company founded: 1995

Products/services: Dial-up and dedicated Internet access, web hosting, web design, wide-area network consulting and connectivity services.

Beginnings: One of the first Internet service providers in south-central Indiana.

Challenge: Managing a young company with this type of volatile environment.

Recognition: PC magazine top 500 Internet service providers in the U.S.

INNOVA CONSULTING PROFESSIONALS INC. Valparaiso

Lead entrepreneurs: Lydia Vargas-Fuller & Richard Fuller

Company founded: 1989

Growth 100: 1997

Products/services: Software consulting firm specializing in database management.

Beginnings: Launched out of a small home office with only two consultants and has grown to company of 50 employees with a satellite office in Chicago.

Recognition: Named Minority Businessperson of the Year in 1996 for the state of Indiana by the Small Business Administration.

LABOV & BEYOND INC. Fort Wayne

Lead entrepreneur: Barry C. LaBov

Company founded: 1980

Growth 100: 1997, 1996

Products/services: Fully integrated marketing/communications.

Beginnings: Started out as a one-man shop. Over the years, we've shared the profit with all employees.

Future: More technology-based communication, more cross-promotional opportunities.

Growth 100 benefits: We received good press from being selected.

MAGTECH SERVICES INC. Indianapolis

Lead entrepreneur: Jerry L. Thompson, Peter M. Fellegy

Company founded: 1992

Growth 100: 1997, 1996

Products/services: Full-service communications facilities design/build services; specializing in wireless communications.

Future: MAGTECH is developing innovative processes for wireless communications network development and is working with multiple OEMs on new facility designs for converging technologies.

MERIDIAN FINANCIAL CORP. Indianapolis

Lead entrepreneur: Michael E McCoy

Company founded: 1993

Growth 100: 1997, 1996, 1995

Products/services: Equipment leasing, focusing on leasing restaurant equipment to franchisees of national restaurant chains.

Challenge: Competition entering our market niche.

NET PAGE U.S.A. Indianapolis

Lead entrepreneur: Steven R. Booher

Company founded: 1997

Products/services: Provider of web sites for small- to medium-size businesses.

Beginnings: Realized there was a market for a company that could propose cost-effective web site solutions, produce a quality product and run it like a real business.

Recognition: Receiving my third Growth 100 award for three different companies.

J.F. NEW AND ASSOCIATES Indianapolis

Lead entrepreneur: Jim New

Company founded: 1990

Growth 100: 1997, 1996

Products/services: Land-use planning and development.

Beginnings: The whole company has grown from a truly heartfelt love of the environment.

Growth 100 benefits: Great networking!

PAC-VAN INC. Indianapolis

Lead entrepreneurs: Brent S. Claymon, Scott J. Claymon, Matthew S. Claymon

Company founded: 1993

Growth 100: 1997

Products/services: Leasing and sales of mobile offices, modular buildings and on-site storage.

Beginnings: It was just the three brothers in business together, now we have over 70 employees spread out from Nevada to Florida.

Challenge: To try and keep our capital needs in line with our enormous growth.

Future: A nationwide company with more than 30 branch offices and revenues exceeding $60 million within five years.

Recognition: Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year winners for 1998.

PERFORMANCE STRATEGIES INC. Indianapolis

Lead entrepreneur: James T. Adams

Company founded: 1991

Growth 100: 1997, 1996, 1995

Products/services: Performance improvement products and services.

Challenge: Hiring and training competent sales people.

Future: As clients continue to outsource, they can use more and more of our services.

Recognition: Spotlighted as one of the top five incentive houses in the country in a recent edition of Successful Meetings magazine.

PREMIERE ADVERTISING Indianapolis

Lead entrepreneur: Andrew H. Auch

Company founded: 1988

Growth 100: 1997

Products/services: Custom imprinted promotional products.

Beginnings: Serving collegiate and corporate imprinted promotions product buyers.

Challenge: To continue growing steadily while holding margin.

Growth 100 benefits: Having an open exchange with companies facing similar challenges.

PRESS, GANEY ASSOCIATES INC. South Bend

Lead entrepreneurs: Irwin Press, Ph.D., Rodney F. Ganey, Ph.D.

Company founded: 1985

Growth 100: 1997, 1996

Products/services: Customer satisfaction measurement products and services.

PROFESSIONAL DATA DIMENSIONS Indianapolis

Lead entrepreneur: Wayne Patrick

Company founded: 1986

Growth 100: 1997, 1996

Products/services: Information-technology consulting.

Beginnings: We had no external debt for our first 10 years.

Greatest challenge: Ability to find competent qualified people to implement our mission.

Recognition: Ameritech Soaring to Success Award.

PRO-TECH, INDIANA PROTEIN TECHNOLOGIES Columbus

Lead entrepreneur: Ron Zimmerman

Company founded: 1997

Products/services: Contract bioanalytical research and development firm.

Beginnings: I recognized, during my career at Lilly, a need for companies to have the capability to purify and characterize proteins.

Challenge: For a company in central Indiana to become recognized as doing state-of-the-art science.

QUALITY ENVIRONMENTAL PROFESSIONALS INC. (QEPI) Indianapolis

Lead entrepreneur: Deborah Peters

Company founded: 1996

Products/services: Full-service environmental-engineering consulting firm.

Beginnings: There are seven disciplines associated with being a CEO - marketing, sales, business development, finance, accounting, human resources and legal - so I had to learn very fast.

Challenge: Learning how to say "no." When I try to please all my employees, clients and my banker, it took more time, something that I was already lacking.

Company's proudest moment: When we won the Shell Oil Products account.

QUANDT INC. Indianapolis

Lead entrepreneur: David M. Quandt, P.E.

Company founded: 1995

Growth 100: 1997, 1996

Products/services: Consulting engineers and architects.

Beginnings: The beginning was pretty easy - sustained growth is more difficult.

Greatest challenge: Recruiting the needed talent who are technically qualified and wanting to achieve excellence in service to our customers.

RECYCLING WORKS INC. Elkhart

Lead entrepreneur: Chris Himes

Company founded: 1968

Products/services: Secondary material processor for industrial and post-consumer paper, plastics and aluminum recyclables.

Challenge: Maintaining acceptable profit margins. The value of recycled material fluctuates up and down depending on market conditions.

Future: Expanding our service boundaries and transforming from a local processor to a regional processor.

SCHEITLIN COMMUNICATIONS INC. Indianapolis

Lead entrepreneur: Barbara Scheitlin Smith

Company founded: 1988

Products/services: Marketing and advertising firm.

Beginnings: Financed a couple of payrolls on credit cards.

Future: Positioning ourselves as a marketing resource.

Company's proudest moment: Achieving 10 years in business with a celebration in our own (and completely rehabbed) building.

SERVICE DESIGN ASSOCIATES Indianapolis

Lead entrepreneur: Catherine S. Bayse

Company founded: 1990

Growth 100: 1997, 1996, 1995

Products/services: Computer technologies, human services consultants.

SUN DEVELOPMENT & MANAGEMENT CORP. Indianapolis

Lead entrepreneur: Bharat Patel

Company founded: 1991

Growth 100: 1997, 1996

Products/services: Lodging development and management.

TELETRON INC. Bloomington

Lead entrepreneur: Tim Lybrook

Company founded: 1989

Growth 100: 1997

Products/services:

Telecommunication management specializing in consulting auditing and negotiating.

Beginnings: It was like trying to push a freighter with a sailboat.

Challenge: Finding and training the people necessary for our explosive growth.

Future: A big adventure as we go from 150 to 1,000 employees.

VISUAL COMPUTING SOLUTIONS INC. Carmel

Lead entrepreneur: Richmond P. Wells

Company founded: 1994

Products/services: Computer-systems integration firm.

Beginnings: Focused on one product line and hoped we would survive year one.

Recognition: Sun Reseller of the Year 1997, 1998.

WHOLESALE/RETAIL

HAT WORLD INC. Indianapolis

Lead entrepreneurs: Jim Harris, Ken Kocher, George Berger, Glenn Campbell, Scott Molander

Company founded: 1995

Products/services: Specialty athletic retailer that carries a complete selection of licensed and branded baseball-style hats.

Beginnings: Hat World store number one was a temporary store during the Christmas season 1995. The merchandise mix was heavily weighted toward colleges and pro sports teams.

Future: By the end of 1998, Hat World will have 53 stores open.

Recognition: 1998 Indianapolis Business Journal award for the fastest-growing company.

JOHNSTONE SUPPLY OF INDIANAPOLIS AND TERRE HAUTE Indianapolis

Lead entrepreneur: Jerry Hughes

Company founded: 1988

Growth 100: 1997, 1996

Products/services: Wholesale distributor of HVAC and plumbing and electrical equipment and parts.

Beginnings: Even some of our own employees were questioning our ability to reach goals I had set.

Challenge: Finding, keeping and motivating good employees.

Company's proudest moment: ...is still on the horizon. I can see it, but I can't touch it yet!

Growth 100 benefits: Being able to access the resources of the IU Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation.

THE MILL BREAD CO. Fort Wayne

Lead entrepreneurs: Eric & Lora Thrasher

Company founded: 1994

Products/services: Fresh stone-ground whole-wheat products and coffees.

Beginnings: Nothing could have prepared us for the explosive growth we experienced. We grew from three employees to nearly 40 and opened three stores in three years.

Future: We want to become the Starbucks of bread stores.

Recognition: Several first place finishes in the "Taste of Fort Wayne."

ONE WORLD ENTERPRISES Bloomington

Lead entrepreneurs: Lennie Dare, Jeff Mease

Company founded: 1982

Growth 100: 1997, 1996, 1995

Products/services: Restaurant operations, development and management.

Beginnings: In 1982 we opened a single pizzeria. Today we operate eight food and beverage operations, including Pizza Express and the Bloomington Brewing Co.

Greatest challenge: Finding just the right tension on the reins.

Growth 100 benefits: Mentoring by great business minds like Dr. Haeberle.

UNIQUE WINDOW & DOOR OF NORTH CENTRAL INDIANA Indianapolis

Lead entrepreneur: Robert D. Dillon

Company founded: 1993

Growth 100: 1997, 1996

Products/services: Windows, doors, siding and soffits.

Greatest challenge: Finding people who will help us grow.

Future: Open up other offices and be a regional company.

WARNER SPRING, BRAKE & ALIGNMENT CORP. Indianapolis

Lead entrepreneur: John J. Warner

Company founded: 1974

Growth 100: 1997, 1996

Products/services: Truck and trailer chassis parts and services.

Beginnings: Began as a small family business that successfully transitioned to the second generation and has grown to $4 million in sales with four locations.

Future: Acquiring other businesses with similar niche operations.

YOGI'S GRILL AND BAR Bloomington

Lead entrepreneurs: Jim Karl & Chris Karl

Company founded: 1992

Products/services: Entertainment through food, drink and games.
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