Last Thursday, ten of us braved snow squalls and howling winds to attend the (ironically Hawaiian-themed) 2017 SmartCEO Future 50 Awards Gala. Held at the Hyatt Regency in Reston, 2017 marks the third year in a row that Dominion Consulting has won. We all felt excited as the Future 50 award is a prestigious honor for a company of our size.
The Future 50 awards are awarded to companies that “represent the future of the region’s economy and embody the entrepreneurial spirit critical for leadership and success”. Winners are chosen based on a three-year average of employee and revenue growth. Dominion winning three years in a row is a testament to the success we have had in recent years.
In January, Dominion Consulting began a quest to achieve ISO 9001:2015 compliance. The ISO (International Organization for Standardization) is a multinational standardizing organization that has published over 21,000 international business standards. The ISO 9001 standard (last updated in 2015, hence the 9001:2015 designation) covers the requirements of developing and implementing a Quality Management System (QMS) within a business.
Organizations that are ISO 9001 compliant can show tangible proof that their products and services are high quality. It also shows that the organization actively monitors those products and services to assure their quality remains high. I served as Dominion’s Quality Manager through this quest. I’m pleased to report that this past week we achieved ISO 9001:2015 compliance certification.
After years of operating as IBC, a DBS Company, we have decided to change our name to Dominion Consulting Inc. After the successful merger of Dominion Business Solutions and IBC, and the sale of our subsidiary EigenX, we felt the time was right to embrace a fresh image that will drive us forward and build a stronger culture and identity. We also believe it is time to move away from using an acronym to a name that is easy to remember and use.
Our new name pays homage to our strong Virginia roots and represents our leadership in the technology and management consulting sector. This change represents our future and emphasizes the strong culture, rich history, and energy we bring to solving our clients’ most complex problems. As Dominion Consulting, we are renewing our dedication to delivering forward-thinking solutions that drive success and build your future.
In two weeks, IBC will be attending the annual AIIM Conference in New Orleans. I’ll be attending along with Jed Carr to check to see what the latest is in content management and information governance. While the city of New Orleans with its unique food and culture (beignets!) would seem like enough of a reason to attend, there are many more important reasons.
Reston, VA – January 12, 2016 – At the end of last year, IBC was awarded a new contract by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to provide complementary financial management services to the Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO), Associate Chief Financial Officer for Financial Systems (ACFO-FS). IBC will be providing expert level support for incident management as well as SAP-specific training with the ultimate goal of creating operational improvements and efficiencies within the Financial Management Modernization Initiative (FMMI) environment. The IBC team will deliver superior software development and effective training resources with proven implementation methods including SAP ASAP, Agile, and traditional waterfall programs. Todd Barber, Managing Principal with IBC said, “This award is a testament to the excellent value brought to USDA by the IBC Team over the last few years. We are extremely proud to continue our ongoing support at OCFO and look forward to the further development of their people and systems.”
Inc. Magazine Unveils Its Annual Exclusive List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies – the Inc. 500|5000
IBC, a DBS Company Ranks No. 2113 on the Inc. 5000 with Three-Year Sales Growth of 185%
Reston, Virginia, September 30, 2015 – Inc. magazine ranked IBC, a DBS Company NO. 2113 on its eighth annual Inc. 500|5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy – America’s independent entrepreneurs.
Achieving an outstanding 3-year growth rate of over 185% percent, IBC has seen revenue climb from $11.2M to over $31.9M and the addition of over 50 jobs during this time period. This growth has landed us on the Inc. 5000 list two years in a row and truly shows the dedication of our incredible team of professionals.
Washington, DC (June 19, 2015) – IBC, a DBS Company (IBC) is pleased to announce that it has been selected as one of Washington Post’s 2015 Top Workplaces. The Washington Post’s Top Workplaces list spotlights the best places to work in the Washington DC region. IBC ranked #22 out of 75 small businesses that were honored as a Top Workplace. Overall, nearly 2,000 organizations were nominated for the award and over 50,000 employees were surveyed. The Top Workplaces are determined based solely on employee feedback.
“IBC is thrilled to be honored as a Washington Post Top Workplace,” said IBC Chief Operating Officer Tim Spadafore. “Our employees are what makes IBC a Top Workplace, so this award really is a testament to them.”
IBC was recognized for its innovative communication techniques used in creating a cohesive and close-knit company culture, despite the majority of employees working off-site at project locations. The company prides itself on having an “employee-focused” culture, with cell phone reimbursement, unique all-hand meeting locations (i.e. TopGolf), and free Washington Nationals tickets as a few examples of employee-focused benefits.
As part of your company’s growth planning, have you ever thought about what it means to no longer be small? Within the Federal and DoD arenas, graduating from small business, no matter what your company’s demographic, can be strategically challenging and growth limiting if you have not developed a well thought out small business exit strategy and plan.
IBC, a DBS company faces this very challenge: fully integrating two small businesses in October 2013; streamlining two organizations operations in 2014; graduating from small business in early 2015. As an organization, we continue to analyze, assess, and focus our growth strategy each month as we decide what markets to continue to support, and what markets to target as we grow.
Over the coming weeks, we will be starting a series of discussions for other small and emerging businesses to consider. We will focus on areas such as: Business Development and Capture Planning; Operations Efficiencies: Business and Software Partnering Objectives; Social Networking and Marketing; Staff Alignment; Market Focuses. Each week we will be analyzing various articles, providing our thoughts and insight, and opening the lines of communication to all those interested. We encourage you to participate in each topic discussion by using the hashtag #HowToCompete on Social Media.
We recognize that we do not have all the right answers, so believe that in facilitating this discussion, we will help other emerging small businesses and ourselves as we continuously refine our growth strategy in 2015 and beyond.
Join the #HowToCompete discussion:
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Washington, DC (January 28, 2015) – IBC, a DBS Company (IBC) was honored by Washington SmartCEO as a “Future 50” award winner, Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at the Sheraton Premiere at Tysons Corner. IBC was one of fifty “Future 50” Washington DC based mid-sized companies honored at the ceremony, who collectively generate over $3.5 billion in annual revenue and employ over 13,000 individuals.
“IBC is honored and humbled to be honored amongst our peers as a Future 50 award winner,” said IBC CEO Dan Maguire. “As a fast growth company, IBC can continually reinvest in our people, our environment and our culture, which allows us to build on the successes that we have accomplished throughout our history.”
The Future 50 Awards program is the largest and most highly anticipated SmartCEO awards program of the year. This program recognizes 50 fast-growth, mid-sized companies in the region, five large Blue Chip companies and five small Emerging Growth companies. These companies represent the future of the region’s economy and embody the entrepreneurial spirit critical for leadership and success.
IBC, a DBS Company was recently named as one of the 2015 Best Places to Work in Virginia. The annual list of the Best Places to Work in Virginia was created by Virginia Business and Best Companies Group.
This statewide survey and awards program is designed to identify, recognize and honor the best places of employment in Virginia, benefiting the state’s economy, workforce and businesses. The 2015 Best Places to Work in Virginia list is made up of 100 companies.
Companies from across the state entered the two-part survey process to determine the Best Places to Work in Virginia. The first part consisted of evaluating each nominated company’s workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems and demographics. This part of the process was worth approximately 25% of the total evaluation. The second part consisted of an employee survey to measure the employee experience. This part of the process was worth approximately 75% of the total evaluation. The combined scores determined the top companies and the final ranking. Best Companies Group managed the overall registration and survey process in Virginia and also analyzed the data and used their expertise to determine the final ranking.
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