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ECI Computing, Inc.

11/17/2014 Comments off

Dayton’s Edaptive Computing Inc. (ECI) is on a hot-streak. This past September, the software development company won their third consecutive contract bid with the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. If all options are used, the contract’s value could be up to $25 million dollars and will work to improve the Department of Defense’s commercial-off-the-shelf systems for seven years.

Husband and wife owner, Praveen and Anju Chawla, first came to the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Wright State University’s Raj Soin College of Business in 2011 to figure out a solid business and government bidding plan. As part of a Department of Defense Mentor Protégé program the SBDC helped ECI work with the Air Force.

Then in June, ECI first gained national attention by winning a $4 million Wright-Patterson Air Force Base contract with the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center. The bid will oversee a range of bio-medical technologies, medical services, surveillance and sensor systems by means of modeling for predictive analytical projects. One month later, they won another $20 million contract bid with Wright-Patterson, to help the Air Force’s Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures Program operations to boost hardware and software security.

The couple plan to remain at their Centerville headquarters and add 10 more employees to their 60-person-staff, in lieu of expansion.

Founded in 1997, Edaptive Computing prides itself of its Level 4 CMMI Maturity Software Development Process certification, along with high quality performance, efficiency and technical innovation. With over 20 years of innovative research experience, the founder, Dr. Praveen Chawla, serves as current C.E.O. and Chief Technical Officer. Stemming from over 15 years of business development and management, Anju Chawla currently serves as both co-owner, and Chief Operating Officer for ECI’s day-to-day operations.

For more information, or general inquiries, call Edaptive Computing, Inc. at (937) 433-0477, or online at www.Edaptive.com. For more information about the Small Business Development Center at Wright State University’s Raj Soin College of Business call 937-775-3503 or visit www.sbdcwsu.com.

Asset Business Computing

11/06/2014 Comments off

Who says you can’t reinvent yourself?

Talk to EllAsset Bus Comp_Bailey, Ellenen Bailey, President of Asset Business Computing, and one of the growing number of female-owned business enterprises in the Ohio region. Not too long ago, Ellen’s focus was on Computer Zoo, a retail store specializing in repairing computers for DIY’ers, business, and residential clients. In fact, Computer Zoo had been in IT services since 1998. However, quietly over the years, she realized a shift in consumer purchasing habits from desktops to lighter laptops and tablets. As higher overhead costs for brick-and-mortar storefronts struggled to give fair wages and pay taxes, low-cost online stores such as Amazon and Newegg were undercutting prices to steal marketplace customers, making it difficult for Computer Zoo to maintain profitability.

After some careful cost-analysis, and with resource help from the Small Business Development Center at Wright State University’s Raj Soin College of Business, Ellen realized two-thirds of her clients came in for small business IT service and repairs. So, changes were made. By minimizing the retail store, and focusing as a specialty service provider, Asset Business Computing was born. Ellen is reinventing the game by evolving a successful business turn-around, and splitting it into a personalized IT service provider—complete with custom clientele servers and workstations, network consulting, and cyber security and disaster response.

Ellen and her staff have been serving small businesses in the Dayton area for more than 15 years. As President for both Computer Zoo and Asset Business Computing, she also serves as one of the coordinators for the Oakwood Koffee Talks, which is an affiliate networking group with the Women in Business Networking organization, where women meet, mingle, and discuss business-related topics in a comfortable environment.

For more information, or general inquiries, call Asset Business Computing at (937) 435-5466 or online at www.assetbusinesscomputing.com. For more information about the Small Business Development Center at Wright State University’s Raj Soin College of Business, or the Boots to Business program, call 937-775-3503 or visit www.sbdcwsu.com.

Building-Out on Success

11/06/2014 Comments off

Ladner, Joshua_Salon J Ladner_2Following the success of Salon J Ladner’s grand opening in downtown Dayton this past January, Boots 2 Business graduate Joshua Ladner is now planning to expand Salon J from the original 700 sq. ft. location in the St. Clair Lofts, to a 3,000 sq. ft. corner business space at 45 S. St. Clair Street. The new location is planned to include spa facilities for manicures and pedicures, massage, facials, waxing and even a small coffee bar.

The planned renovation is expected to take four months and will continue specializing in Paul Mitchell salon products and services. Drawing from his editorial and styling experiences, the décor will incorporate a mixture of modern and rustic themes where guests can relax and experience the Hair Journey culture. The previous 700 sq. ft. space will be reinvented into the Downtown Dayton Partnership Pop-Up Project, with plans for further retail development with another local entrepreneur.

Adding to his already impressive resume as Owner and Creative Director of Salon J Ladner, Joshua recently worked as a production manager for New York Fashion Week, is the current OutServe Magazine Fashion & Style Editor, and was nominated earlier this month for the national, 7th annual Shorty’s Awards, with winners announced on April 2015 in New York City. The award recognizes individuals who produce relevant, groundbreaking and interesting content in the social web, including sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr.

For more information, or general inquiries, call Salon J Ladner at (937) 220-9441 or online at www.jladner.com. For more information about the Small Business Development Center at Wright State University’s Raj Soin College of Business, or the Boots to Business program, call 937-775-3503 or visit www.sbdcwsu.com.

BoomAirLLC Prospers in International Markets

11/05/2014 Comments off

BoomAirA few years ago, H.G. Bombardi and his partner invented a device for the airline industry.  Their device, the BoomAir Hose Management System, is used in conjunction with ground support equipment to deliver conditioned air to aircraft at the gate.  This system saves a considerable amount of time and money by increasing efficiency.

BoomAirLLC came to our offices in the early stages of development. With a little guidance this small business began to market their product in the United States domestic market. BoomAirLLC was able to make a sizable sale of the BoomAir Hose Management System to the Dallas Fort Worth International Airport.  According to Mr. Bombardi, this was a direct result of the assistance provided by our SBDC and ITAC offices. Since then the BoomAir Hose Management System has been ordered for use in many airports spread all across the US.

When the company decided to explore the international marketplace, they sought advice from Kathy Marshalek, ITAC Director at Wright State University, Raj Soin College of Business, and the ITAC interns. ITAC provided BoomAirLLC with advice on export sales, international market research, and acquiring the rules and standards of municipality operations. BoomAirLLC has since sold their product in Canada, Spain, Hong Kong, and Japan. We are very proud of BoomAirLLC’s success and look forward to continuing our work together in the future.

Amy Zumberger One of WiBN’s 25 Women to Watch

02/18/2014 Comments off

We have featured Ask Amy Staging LLC as one of our clients on the move in recent months, and we are proud to amy zumbergerannounce this small business is getting even more local recognition. Women in Business Networking recently released its annual list of 25 Women to Watch which includes Ask Amy Staging’s very own Amy Zumberger! The following is Kathy Druffner’s nomination write up about Amy.

Amy Zumberger and Ask Amy Staging LLC is an Accrediated Staging Professional (ASP®) now serving the Miami Valley area. Amy Zumberger is among the network of more than 21,000 Real Estate Agents and professional Home Stagers worldwide, who are providing sellers with the knowledge and tools needed to sell their homes faster and/or for more money. Amy Zumberger has completed the Accredited Staging Professional Course provided by StagedHomes.com, where she received hands-on instruction and was required to demonstrate techniques by staging a home that was listed on the market.

It has been an amazing inspiration for me and many others to watch her progress over the last few years.  She’s been building a business that’s dynamic and flexible.  She is always professional, always upbeat, and extremely creative.  I’ve experienced first-hand the delighted surprise of clients who return to their homes to find their spaces transformed after Amy and her crew have staged the home.

She is a devoted wife and mother and carries this over into her business.  She cares for clients as if they were family.  She is always conscious of the struggles, especially for Seniors, when letting go of a dearly loved home and sentimental possessions.  She handles these  relationships with tact, firmness, and a sense of humor.

Amy has been a member of WiBN since 2011 and was honored as Ambassador of the Year in 2013.  She has served on both the Gala and Conference committee for the past several years.

Amy Zumberger is an excellent candidate for the 2014 Women to Watch.  Many of us have been watching for quite a while!

Downtown Dayton Partnership Features WSU SBDC Client, Salon J. Ladner

01/24/2014 Comments off

Re-posted from DDP Fast Facts about your downton – January 15, 2014

New Downtown Salon Celebrates with Grand Opening Owner and Creative Director Joshua Ladner’s passion for the intricacies of creative cut and color is evident in his new downtown venture, Salon J. Ladner. Located in the St. Clair Lofts at 37 S. St. Clair St., this new addition to the downtown business community will celebrate its recent launch with a ribbon-cutting and grand opening celebration this Friday, January 17.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at 10:30 a.m. and, from
5:00-10:00 p.m., Ladner will host a “Hair Journey Celebration” to kick off 2014 in inspired style. Trained at the Paul Mitchell School, Ladner invites fashion-forward individuals to usher in the New Year and embark upon “a hair journey at your downtown exclusive Paul Mitchell salon.”

Currently, Salon J. Ladner employs three staff stylists and one intern. Appointment times may be reserved via the salon’s online booking service, available at salon.jladner.com. For more information, call 220-9441.

Sweets on the Streets

01/03/2014 Comments off

ImageSBDC client, Coni Brigner’s love of baking and sweets has ignited her entrepreneurial spirit and this spring she has plans to begin operating a food truck, Sweets on the Streets, in the Dayton area. She was featured in the January 1st edition of the Dayton Daily News.  Check out the article and her Kickstarter video and campaign.

Sweets on the Street will offer Coni’s  famous chocolate chip cookies, bread pudding with whiskey sauce, salted caramel cake, cinnamon rolls and 30 types of sweet treats as well as a few savory items, like gourmet grilled cheese and crepes.

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