Success Stories

Business Incubation Success Stories


Peerless Technologies Corporation
Michael Bridges of Peerless Technologies Corporation became our very first tenant. He originally had free space somewhere else for his IT, financial management and research business. But in May of 2000, after Michael heard a presentation by Barbara Hayde, The Entrepreneurs Center (TEC) President, the light bulb went on. Michael decided what he really needed was the nurturing programs that TEC offers. So he moved to TEC in October of 2000. Initially it was just he and his college-age daughter, Andrea, who was working part time. Today, Andrea Kunk is the CFO for Peerless Technologies, working alongside 300+ other employees in a building her father built on National Road in Fairborn. The company recently expanded by creating a Human Performance Research Center and is planning another building expansion.


Commuter Advertising
Commuter Advertising was founded in Chicago, but moved their headquarters to The Entrepreneurs Center (TEC) after winning their first contract with Greater Dayton RTA. Commuter Advertising creates audio and visual advertising that is delivered on public transit vehicles, primarily through GPS technology. Founders Russell Gottesman and Katie Hill developed a technology that enables targeted ads to play on particular buses at specific locations. A 2011 Soin Innovation Award recipient, Commuter Advertising has expanded from the 2 founders to a company that now employs 14 people. They recently received capital investment from the Dayton ESP program and a Series A round of capital from Draper Triangle and UD Flyer Investments. Commuter Advertising has won nine advertising contracts in 7 cities and now reaches over 84 million riders annually. The company has filed 29 US and global patents on their technology.


energyoptimizerlogoEnergy Optimizers USA
About 3 years ago, Greg Smith signed on as The Entrepreneurs Center (TEC’s) first client in the Affiliate Program. Then it was just Smith operating his start-up company. Today Smith’s companies, Energy Optimizers, USA and Lighting Optimizers USA, have nearly 40 employees and is booking sales at an impressive rate. The companies provide energy conservation services to schools, government agencies, commercial and industrial customers. TEC and the SBDC helped Greg polish his business plan and launch the new company. Smith continues to use the Affiliate Program, SBDC, his advisory board and other resources to grow his business. The company has now located their business operations to a facility they purchased near Tipp City. Energy Optimizers is the 2011 DBJ Rookie Business of the Year and the 2014 DBJ Fastest Growing Company in Dayton.


inet-logoiNet Interactive
Troy Augustine, president and CEO of iNET Interactive came to The Entrepreneur Center (TEC) in 2005 after purchasing a social media company in Kansas City and moving it to Dayton. iNET began at TEC with two employees and graduated from here in August of 2008 with 20 employees in eight states and five countries. Troy has grown the company to nearly 40 employees and $10 million in revenues. I-Net Interactive has been recognized several times by INC Magazine as one of the 5,000 fast-growing private companies in the United States.