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East Norriton's HighPoint Solutions hits a new high

HighPoint Solutions, a fast growing IT consulting firm, is expanding its East Norriton headquarters to accommodate 100 new jobs. The company, which focuses on life sciences and healthcare, already has 500 in its workforce.
 
"As we continue to expand our client base nationally, and with plans to open offices in Europe in the near future, the time is right," said founder and CEO John Seitz in a statement. "We're making $3 million worth of investments in 2013 alone."
 
The new facility will be adjacent to the company's current headquarters. HighPoint moved to East Norriton only early last year, occupying more than 14,000 square feet. At that time, the company reported about 400 employees.
 
HighPoint said it has already started recruiting for new positions in the business solutions, technology, talent acquisition and operations areas. 
 
HighPoint has set ambitious goals to not only continue its 20% year-to-year growth, but also "become the largest, privately held consulting firm serving the life science and healthcare marketplace by 2017."
 
Besides the Philadelphia area, the company, established in 2000, has offices in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New Jersey and Tampa and claims more than 140 clients nationwide.
 
Source: HighPoint Solutions
Writer: Elise Vider
 

York's Dataforma hits the roof

In 2003, when Mark Zeleznock and Daryl Maronic founded Dataforma, cloud computing was "a virgin market … For the first few years of the company's existence, nobody felt confident putting their data online," says CEO Zeleznock.
 
But all that changed – fast – and today Dataforma, headquartered in York, is the roofing industry's largest provider of web-based business management services. Mid-sized roofers with $3 to $20 million in work, multiple employees and offices are the core market, says Zeleznock. 
 
More than 300 roofing contractors use Dataforma to manage project data, work order/invoicing processes, customer correspondence records, bulk mailings, company/personal scheduling, product information, and document storage from one place. 
 
Now, with a new $150,000 investment from Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Central and Northern PA, Dataforma is investigating expanding its platform to serve other industries, in particular HVAC and electrical contractors and property managers.
 
The funds are also helping Dataforma grow its workforce, which currently numbers around 14, by adding sales and technical positions. Zeleznock says the company hires opportunistically, when the right people come along. And as a York native, he's especially psyched about "building a talent pool in York County."
 
Dataforma hires interns from a number of Pennsylvania universities and it's getting easier to recruit quality software developers locally, he says. The company just hired two intern developers from Clarion University.
 
Most of its jobs are in York, but Dataforma also has sales and training personnel around the country and a data-center operations team based in San Francisco to serve an expanding geographic market. The company is active in all 50 states, says Zeleznock, and is now moving aggressively into the Canadian market.
 
Source: Mark Zeleznock, Dataforma
Writer: Elise Vider

On your mark, get ready, startup: Startup Weekends coming to Lehigh Valley, Harrisburg

Arrive, collaborate, eat a lot of pizza, leave with a business. That's the idea behind two upcoming Startup Weekends in Pennsylvania. The events have become de rigueur for young, aspiring entrepreneurs who progress from pitch to prototype over 54 frenzied hours.
 
Startup Weekend Harrisburg is set for September 13-15 at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology.  The second annual Lehigh Valley Startup Weekend runs November 15-17 at Ben Franklin TechVentures in Bethlehem.
 
Startup Weekend is a Seattle-based international movement that supports the development and expansion of entrepreneurship. Aspiring entrepreneurs are immersed in the process of moving an idea to market. Startup Weekend has built a network of more than 55,000 alumni, thousands of volunteer organizers and 100 trained facilitators across more than 300 cities in 100 countries.
 
The winning team at this year's Lehigh Valley event will get to compete in the upcoming Global Startup Battle. Last year’s winner, a startup representing Startup Weekend Toronto, was awarded more than $35,000 of in-kind prizes.
 
“Skaffl would not be where we are today without Startup Weekend. We came … with little more than an idea, and left with so much more,” says Rita Chesterton, the CEO of last year's Lehigh Valley winner, Skaffl. “It was through Startup Weekend that we were able to meet our CTO, Matt Smollinger. My cofounder Mike Hanssen and I had the opportunity to work with Matt in a high-productivity, high-stress environment for 54 hours. That time gave us confidence that we would make a great team together moving forward.”
 
Sources: Steven Infanti, Harrisburg University; Anthony Durante, Lehigh Valley Tech
Writer: Elise Vider
 

Philadelphia's QLIDA Diagnostics developing next-generation biomarker diagnostics

Every year, about 715,000 Americans experience a heart attack and early action is critical to saving lives, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But most people neither fully understand the warning signs nor know when to call 9-1-1.
 
QLIDA Diagnostics, a Philadelphia startup, is working to remedy that situation by developing an "ultra portable detection work station built around a smartphone," says Michael Boyce-Jacino, the company's founder and CEO.
 
QLIDA has received a total of $500,000 in investments from the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern Pennsylvania  as it works to create its highly sensitive system for detecting the specific biomarkers that indicate a cardiovascular event. 
 
Noting that half of all heart attack victims die before they reach a hospital, Boyce-Jacino says that the detectors, being developed as a smartphone plug-in for use by first responders, can quickly identify and transmit crucial data. Long-term, the devices could be used by patients and families for monitoring chronic disease, such as glucose levels for diabetics. 
 
Elizabeth Papazoglou developed the chemistry behind QLIDA at Drexel University. Now the company is working on the engineering challenge of miniaturizing the technology, Boyce-Jacino says. He hopes to start testing next year, with a possible commercial launch for the device in 2015. 
 
The company, founded in 2010, works out of the University City Science Center and a lab at Drexel, Besides Boyce-Jacino, there is one other part-time engineer; he expects them to go full-time in the near future with a full complement of five by mid-to-late 2014.  
 
Boyce-Jacino also founded what is now BioNano Genomics, a San Diego based company that offers a platform for mapping DNA and chromosomes.
 
Source: Michael Boyce-Jacino, QLIDA
Writer: Elise Vider

Erie's reCAP shakes up some growth

Making her homemade salad dressing requires a whole lot of shaking and Karen Rzepecki had had it with leaky Mason jar lids. So she went online to buy some leak-proof, shake-and-pour caps. "That," she says, "was my aha moment. I couldn't believe it didn't exist."
 
With an already-instilled entrepreneurial spirit and small-business experience, she quickly saw the business potential. "I wanted it for myself, but I immediately saw the commercial opportunities," she says.
 
Rzepecki entered and won the 2011 Innovation Erie Design Competition. Using those funds, along with a successful Kickstarter campaign, she commissioned a designer and a tool-and-dye maker (a neighbor) to create molds for two standard-sized Mason jars and found a contract manufacturer, Erie Molded Plastics, to make the lids of BPA-free plastic. reCAP Mason Jars was launched.
 
Since then, Rzepecki reports, sales are up 200%. reCAP started selling on Amazon last September; by the end of the year it was among the online retailer's top 25% sellers.
 
The young company recently won $10,000 as a winner of the BIG IDEA business plan contest, sponsored by Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Central and Northern PA
 
Rzepecki plans to continue building her successful e-commerce platform, but is also moving into sales in bricks-and-mortar retailers. The product is already available at some hardware and general stores.
 
And she is relocating what till now has been a home-based business to the Erie Technology Incubator and expects to upgrade her four part-timers to full-time within six months. 
 
Source: Karen Rzepecki, reCAP Mason Jars
Writer: Elise Vider

York's new wet labs grease the way for MRG Laboratories

York College's J.D. Brown Center for Entrepreneurship  has opened its new wet lab incubator space, providing resources and room to grow for its first tenant, MRG Laboratories
 
MRG is the developer of the Grease Thief, a patented device that allows sophisticated sampling and analysis of industrial equipment that relies on grease. Industries served include wind turbines, robotics, nuclear power plants and pharmaceutical makers.
 
Launched in 2007, MRG is on schedule to double its sales this year, says CEO Rich Wurzbach. The company employs nine, including several recent hires, and expects to hire another one or two this fall.
 
The new digs are helping to make expansion possible. At 3,000 square feet, they are nearly double the company's previous space, says Wurzbach. Amenities such as additional fume hoods, sinks and other equipment, plus light and air,  further  boost productivity.
 
Equally important, says Wurzbach, are the benefits of being in an incubator: opportunities for collaboration among the company, York College and local industry through internships, shared resources, employment opportunities and programs such as the college's Chemistry Industry Advisory Council.
 
For example, MRG is working with students in York's mechanical engineering department on a prototype for a "grease mini-lab," a portable device that can be used in the field and for which Wurzbach anticipates a large potential market.
 
Also promising is a modified product under development specifically for robotics applications, "almost a blood test for robots to check the health of this important workforce," says Wurzbach.
 
Source: Rich Wurzbach, MRG Laboratories
Writer: Elise Vider

Berwyn's QR Pharma develops novel treatments for brain disorders

Call it a stroke of insight.
 
Before she founded QR Pharma in 2008, Maria Maccecchini led Symphony Pharmaceuticals/Annovis, which discovered how to protect nerve cells from dying as a result of stroke or traumatic brain injury.
 
Now QR, her Berwyn-based, specialty pharmaceutical company, is developing novel treatments for Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and other neurodegenerative disorders and has helped determine that cells die the same way from such chronic diseases as they do from stroke or injury.
 
The discovery opens a possible new application for QR, which has two compounds in clinical development:  Posiphen targets early stage Alzheimer's and Parkinson's and may stop or slow the progression of the disease; BNC is expected to work in later stage Alzheimer's. QR is now studying whether its compounds could similarly treat damage from stroke or injury.
 
Maccecchini says that QR's early results are promising. "We can actually treat animals and get full recovery from learning problems, memory problems, mental deficiency problems," she says. "We can fully – and I really mean fully – recover these Alzheimer's animals and these Parkinson's animals."
 
QR recently received a $140,000 investment from Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern Pennsylvania, in addition to an earlier infusion of $610,000.
 
Now Maccecchini is seeking $21 million to get to phase two clinical trials and hopes for a deep-pocketed corporate partnership to pave the way to the ultimate goal of approval and commercial launch. That is still four to five years and a few hundred million dollars away, she notes.
 
She's been down this road before: Symphony, which she founded in the early 1990s, was acquired by Transgenomic, a global biotech, in 2001.
 
Source: Maria Maccecchini, QR Pharma
Writer: Elise Vider

Safeguard comes through for Ambler's Clutch Holdings

Safeguard Scientifics, the Wayne-based, venture capital firm, is backing a young company and neighbor in Greater Philadelphia. At $5.5 million, it's a relatively small investment for Safeguard, but a highly promising one, says Erik Rasmussen, Safeguard's managing director, technology.
 
Clutch Holdings in Ambler is, according to Safeguard, the only mobile commerce platform that unifies gifting, loyalty programs and shopping. "We started looking heavily at the loyalty and gifting space on e-commerce," says Rasmussen. "And very few companies offer one platform for in-store, web and mobile devices."
 
And, adds Rasmussen, studies show that retailers with loyalty and gifting programs see 46% more purchases.
 
Still, it wasn't only the product and technology that drew the venture capital. Ned Moore, who founded Clutch with Andy O'Dell and Dan Guy, has a track record with Safeguard. Previously, he was co-founder, chairman and CEO of Portico Systems, which provided enterprise software solutions into the healthcare payer market. Portico was a Safeguard partner company from 2006 to 2011, when it was acquired by McKesson, a large, San Francisco-based healthcare services company, for $90 million in cash, generating a four-time, cash-on-cash return for Safeguard.
 
Clutch says it will use the new financing to further develop its mobile commerce platform. The company recently acquired ProfitPoint,  a leading supplier of loyalty and gifting. A spokesman for Clutch says the company currently employs over 30 and expects to double its team over the next two to three years.
 
Source: Erik Rasmussen, Safeguard Scientifics
Writer: Elise Vider

Only six months old, Erie's APCS wins BFTP-CNP BIG IDEA Business Plan Contest

Advanced Power Control Solutions (APCS) is only six months old, but precocious for its age. The company, which has developed an innovative coal/natural gas hybrid burner technology that allows coal-fired power plants to run cleaner and cheaper, is the winner of the BIG IDEA Business Plan Contest, sponsored by Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Central & Northern PA
 
APCS' technology, invented by Chris Abeyta, allows coal-fired plants to displace 30-40% of the coal they burn with cleaner natural gas or natural gas liquids by modifying the plant's existing coal burners through a cost-effective retrofit.
 
The company is officially based in Arizona, but with Pennsylvania's heavy reliance on coal, "Pennsylvania is where the growth is going to be," says Tom Woodward, APCS president. (And there is a large potential market nationally; Woodward notes that 40% of the nation's power still comes from 625 coal-powered plants.)
 
Not only has APCS a fully commercialized technology, ready for turnkey installation, but Woodward notes that the business plan includes partnering with suppliers to bring gas to the plants, capturing that contract as well.
 
One immediate prospect of interest to Woodward is FirstEnergy,  which announced last month that it would close two coal-fired plants in Western Pennsylvania, citing the cost of complying with environmental regulations and "the continued low market price for electricity." "The reasons they cited are exactly what our technology addresses," says Woodward.
 
As BIG IDEA prize winner, APCS gets $35,000, six months of residency at the Erie Technology Incubator at Gannon University,  one-year free tuition at the eMarketing Learning Center and a free, five-hour consult on intellectual property from attorney Jonathan D'Silva of Erie's MacDonald, Illig, Jones & Britton.
 
Two other finalists Adaptmicrosys and reCAP Mason Jars received $10,000 in seed money from Ben Franklin.
 
Source: Tom Woodward, APCS; BFTP-CNP
Writer: Elise Vider

BFTP-SEP celebrates its 30th with $1.9 million in funding to 10 young companies

Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern Pennsylvania (BFTP/SEP), recently celebrated its 30th birthday by giving out presents: nearly $1.9 million to 10 early-stage companies.
 
They are:
 
AboutOne, Paoli, ($200,000; Ben Franklin previously committed $100,000) a secure and private online subscription service that provides a location for users to conveniently enter, store, manage and share family memories (text, photos, and videos) and household information (health, possession and education records, contacts and more) and access this data from anywhere, through any device.
 
Dynamis Skin Science, Inc.,  Jenkintown, ($500,000) which develops and markets topical skin health and anti-aging products that utilize the meglumine-based substance Supplamine® - a compound proven to interfere with and reverse the breakdown of skin. 
 
Luxtech, LLC,  Philadelphia, ($200,000) which, with the global, energy-efficient, LED lighting market growing rapidly, designs and develops AC and DC LED modules to serve the needs of legacy lighting fixture manufacturers in the general ambient lighting space.
 
MVP Interactive,  Philadelphia, ($125,000) a digital interactive software company focused on bringing highly engaging user experiences to client-sponsored events, such as professional sports games, theme parks, movies, and other entertainment venues.
 
Orion Fleet Intelligence, Conshohocken, ($75,000; Ben Franklin previously invested $100,000) that provides GPS/telematics enhanced business intelligence services to companies who rely on fleet operations as a significant part of their revenue/cost structure, and to their insurance carriers and brokers. 
 
Powerlytics,  Philadelphia, ($150,000; Ben Franklin previously committed $150,000) that provides financial statement benchmarking, market sizing and business research products, underpinned by the tax return data of all businesses and households in the United States.  The tax return data is harmonized with other government data sources, providing the most complete and accurate business decision tools available in the market today.
 
QLIDA Diagnostics, Philadelphia, ($200,000; Ben Franklin previously committed $300,000) which develops next-generation biomarker diagnostic tests.  The company’s proprietary portable, hand-held platform can be used for diagnosis of life-threatening diseases such as cancer and cardiovascular disease, through the use of a nanotechnology-based protein detection.
 
QR Pharma, Inc., Berwyn, ($140,000; Ben Franklin previously committed $610,000) a specialty pharmaceutical company founded to develop novel treatments for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and other neurodegenerative disorders. The company has two compounds in clinical development: Posiphen® targets early stage Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, and may stop or slow the progression of the disease.  BNC is expected to work in later stage Alzheimer’s.
 
RMH Sciences, LLC, Doylestown, ($50,000 through the Technology Commercialization Fund) which aims to commercialize newly discovered antibiotics by Dr. Harvey Rubin, University of Pennsylvania Professor of Medicine.  One of RMH’s most promising ventures focuses on creating antibiotics to combat hospital acquired bacterial pathogens, a largely unmet need in the current marketplace.
 
ZSX Medical, LLC, King of Prussia, ($250,000; Ben Franklin previously committed $50,000, through the Technology Commercialization Fund) a pre-clinical-stage company dedicated to the improvement of internal surgical closure via its Zip-Stitch™ bio-absorbable technology.  Zip-Stitch™ clips aim to ease internal closure, often the most difficult part of minimally invasive surgery, reducing procedure time, post-operative infections and tissue adhesions that can cause scarring, pain and additional surgeries. 

Source: BFTP/SEP
Writer: Elise Vider
 

More birthday presents: BFTP-CNP delivers $1.2 million to eight startups

 
Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Central & Northern PA (BFTP/CNP) also marking the big 3-0, announced $1.2 million in funding for eight startups.
 
They are: 
Chromatan Inc.,  State College, is commercializing a new method for purifying drugs called Countercurrent Tangential Chromatography.  The company’s innovation is a cost effective alternative to the current method, column chromatography.
 
Maculogix, Inc., Hummelstown, has developed a diagnostic tool for the early detection of age-related macular degeneration. 
 
Hatchback, LLC,  Harrisburg, has developed a platform that allows retailer loyalty programs to take advantage of geo-location data.  
 
Hot Mix Mobile, LLC, Lebanon, manufactures a mobile, truck-mounted, mix-on-site volumetric Hot Mix Asphalt system.  RoadMixer™ repairs roads on demand, eliminating the need for cold patching. 
 
CrimeWatch,  located in the Ben Franklin TechCelerator in Carlisle, developed software that allows law enforcement agencies to use a simple web tool to manage, organize and control content relative to criminal activity. 
 
Dataforma, Inc., York, provides business management software for roofing contractors.  The company developed a single source, web-based and mobile device platform to support all the needs of this and vertical markets.
 
Lewis Designs, LLC,  Waterford, is in the process of designing and testing prototypes for an innovative new braking system. 
 
Direct Allergy, LLC, Erie, has started an allergy immunotherapy service that can be utilized by primary care physicians, especially those located in rural areas.  

Source: BFTP/CNP
Writer: Elise Vider

Researchers at 5 universities receive grant funding from Pittsburgh's Charles E. Kaufman Foundation

Universities across Pennsylvania are the beneficiaries of a new grant program by The Charles E. Kaufman Foundation, part of The Pittsburgh Foundation. Eight grants totaling almost $1.6 million were awarded to support cutting-edge scientific research at Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh, Penn State University and Philadelphia’s Drexel and Temple universities.
 
The new, annual grantmaking program, which becomes one of the major resources for scientific research in Pennsylvania, was made possible through the biggest bequest to The Pittsburgh Foundation in its 68-year history to support new research initiatives at Pennsylvania institutions of higher learning in chemistry, biology and physics.
 
“These grants come at a critical time due to the constrained funding environment throughout the United States for scientific research programs,” said Dr. Graham Hatfull, chair of the Charles E. Kaufman Foundation’s Scientific Advisory Board and a University of Pittsburgh biotechnology professor.
 
In the "New Investigator" category, grants of $150,000 over two years were awarded to:
  • Joel McManus, Department of Biological Sciences, Carnegie Mellon for research on “High-Throughput Probing of Human IncRNA Structure.”
  • Aditya S. Khair, Department of Chemical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon for research on “Charges, Forces and Particles in Ionic Liquids.”
  • Michelle Dolinski, Department of Physics, Drexel for research on “Solid Xenon Bolometers for Radiation Detection.”
  • Sheereen Majd, Department of Bioengineering, Penn State for research on “Functional Studies of Multidrug Resistance Transporters at Single-Protein Level.”
  • William M. Wuest, Department of Chemistry, Temple for research on “The Development of Chemical Probes to Study Nucleoside Signaling in Bacterial Biofilms.”
 
Two-year "New Initiative" research grants were awarded to: 
  • Sergey M. Frolov and W. Vincent Liu, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Pittsburgh, $242,310 for research on “Topological Quantum Wire Emulators.”
  • Veronica Hinman and Jonathan Minden, Department of Biological Sciences; Bruce Alan Armitage and Danith H. Ly, Department of Chemistry, Carnegie Mellon, $300,000 for research on “Developing a Sea Star Model for Regenerative Biology.”
  • Christine D. Keating, Chemistry and Theresa Mayer, Electrical Engineering & Materials Science & Engineering, Penn State, $300,000 for research on “Probing the Role of Interparticle Forces in the Collective Behavior of Particle Assemblies.”
 
Source: The Pittsburgh Foundation

Writer: Elise Vider

Penn State researchers identify nanoparticle that could lead to cheaper clean energy

A new discovery by Penn State researchers may lead to cheaper clean-energy technologies. The research team, led by Raymond Schaak, a PSU chemistry professor, found that an important chemical reaction that generates hydrogen from water is effectively triggered by a nanoparticle made of nickel and phosphorus.
 
The finding is important because nickel and phosphorus are cheap and abundant. Up until now, clean energy applications that require hydrogen – including some fuel cells and solar cells – have relied upon platinum, which as anyone who has ever shopped for an engagement ring can tell you, is costly and rare.
 
Hydrogen is a great energy carrier, Schaak explains, and to make its production practical, scientists have been hunting for a way to trigger the required chemical reactions with an inexpensive catalyst. "It turns out that nanoparticles of nickel phosphide are indeed active for producing hydrogen and are comparable to the best known alternatives to platinum," he says.
 
For now, says Schaak, there are no immediate plans to commercialize the research, although the team has filed a patent application. But the research continues: "The goal now is to further improve the performance of these nanoparticles and to understand what makes them function the way they do," says Schaak. "Our team members believe that our success with nickel phosphide can pave the way toward the discovery of other new catalysts that also are comprised of Earth-abundant materials. Insights from this discovery may lead to even better catalysts in the future."
 
Source: Raymond Schaak, PSU
Writer: Elise Vider

Mars' Vogel Disposal Services is moving to CNG with a new fueling station

Vogel Disposal Service of Mars, one of the largest independent haulers in Western Pennsylvania, has its first compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station, part of a move to more sustainable operations.
 
Ten new CNG trucks currently fill up at the $1.4 million fueling station, built by California-based TruStar Energy. The station, which went online in May,  has capacity to fuel 70 trucks and Vogel plans to replace diesel with CNG models at a rate of about 10 per year, says Vice President Doug Vogel. The company has a fleet of about 300 vehicles. Vogel also says its long-range plan is to build another CNG station at a location about 40 miles from its Mars operation.
 
At its Seneca landfill, Vogel already captures and cleans methane gas and puts it back in the utility pipeline.  "We're generating about 8,000 diesel gallon equivalent per day and our plan is to eventually fuel our trucks with our own natural gas," says Vogel.
 
Vogel says the decision to move to CNG was partially motivated by engine issues pertaining to new diesel emissions standards, which were cutting productivity. "CNG makes sense for Vogel, both in terms of dollars and in terms of our responsibility to the environment. Eventually fueling our trucks with gas generated from our landfill will be a win-win for Vogel," says Vogel.
 
Vogel is a family company, founded in 1958 with a single truck. The company employs about 500 and has added about 20 jobs, some seasonal, in the past few months.
 
Source: Doug Vogel, Vogel Disposal Service and TruStar Energy

Writer: Elise Vider

Who knew? IMomentous and Bridgeway Academy are best unknown businesses in America

Back in March, Keystone Edge  reported on a competition to name the best-unknown business in America.
 
The results are in and the winners are two Pennsylvania companies.

iMomentous  of Horsham is the grand prize winner. The contest judges cited "its mobile solutions that enable companies to connect with job candidates as well as current employees through the 'always-on' convenience of their smartphones and tablets."
 
"The ability to reach job seekers on mobile devices provides enterprises with a silver bullet for finding the best possible talent," added Stephen T. Zarrilli, president and CEO of Safeguard Scientifics  and a contest judge.
 
Bridgeway Academy in Catasauqua in the Lehigh Valley was named runner up "for its ability to deliver fully customized and accredited home school programs to more than 20,000 families around the world who are seeking freedom in K-12 education."
 
Gregory FCA, a large Ardmore-based public relations firm, and Wayne's Safeguard sponsored the contest, which drew more than 50 nominations. "The judges were looking for great companies, with strong prospects of future success, that were under the radar and would benefit from exposure to help build their profile in the marketplaces they serve," says Greg Matusky, president of Gregory FCA and a judge.
 
Not only is iMomentous the best-unknown businesses, turns out it is one of the most magnanimous. Matusky explains: "As grand prize winner, iMomentous received a $10,000 check. They opted to receive $10K in public relations consulting services and graciously allowed Bridgeway Academy, the runner-up, to have $30K of PR services.  Originally, the winner was going to receive $40K in PR services but this was their option and choice."  
 
Source: Greg Matusky, Gregory FCA
Writer: Elise Vider
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