Business Achievement: Small Firms (less than $20 million)


Gold Medal ► E2 ManageTech (Long Beach, CA), a provider of environmental consulting and engineering services and environmental, health, and safety management information services (EMIS), for growing revenue by 67% in 2014. E2 is a certified Small Business Enterprise in the state of California and with the Port of Houston Authority. The firm has seen rapid post-recession growth through significant expansion in its EMIS practice, the development of new vendor alliance sales channels, and the expansion of its more traditional environmental services practice to New York and Texas. E2 is projecting growth of 30% for 2015.

Silver Medal ► Mill City Environmental (MCE; Lowell, MA), a licensed, minority-owned, full service environmental firm, for growth in gross revenue at a rate of 470% over the last five years. The company began as a four-person startup in 2001 with one office and has grown into an award-winning small business with 46 employees and offices in five states. MCE serves federal and private-sector clients in the New England, Mid-Atlantic, South, and Southwestern regions. According to MCE president and CEO Brian Chapman, the key to the company’s success is based upon a philosophy of providing service to each customer with a “personalized collaborative approach.” MCE has recently received several awards for revenue growth, including its being named a 2014 Inc. 5000 awardee by Inc. magazine and being listed as one of the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC) and Fortune magazine’s 100 fastest growing companies.

Bronze Medal ► Stell Environmental (Elverson, PA) for growing staff by 28% in 2014, and quadrupling revenue from 2010 to 2014. Now under the leadership of new CEO Julie Erickson, the environmental consulting and engineering firm has a current total of 31 prime contracts and $100 million in contract capacity, primarily with the federal government and in particular with the Department of Defense (DOD). Stell attributes its success to its establishment of strong relationships with clients and its development of a staff that brings innovation in technology and project management. These strong relationships and significant new hires have, according to the company, “facilitated measured expansion with strategic intent in a market where there is still room for quality, successful small businesses.” Mary Jane Stell, the company’s president and founder, continues to provide strong support for the small-business community and the development of woman-owned small businesses.

Honorable Mention ► Great Ecology (La Jolla, CA) for growing revenue by 21% in 2014 to $4.6 million. Although the majority of the firm’s revenue was generated by the expansion of existing client work, in 2014 the firm continued to diversify its client base, adding 13 new clients that accounted for nearly $1 million in revenue. The company also expanded its scope of services with the launch of its landscape architecture practice, further enhancing the firm’s core value of providing excellence in ecology and design. 2014 included the addition of a new forensic environmental science practice as well. Great Ecology has been acknowledged by Inc. magazine as one of the nation’s fastest growing private companies for three consecutive years, with a growth rate of 194% from 2011 through 2013, and by The Zweig Letter as one of the 100 Hot Firms for the past two years. With the addition of two new offices this year and several high-level staff members, Great Ecology is strategically positioned to make an impact in six critical markets across the nation.

Honorable Mention ► Southeastern Archeological Research, Inc. (SEARCH; Jacksonville, FL), a provider of cultural resources management services to commercial and government clients, for growing revenue in 2014 by 18% to $12.1 million, profit by 33% to $3.2 million, and earnings before interest, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA) by 29% to $4 million. Also in 2014, SEARCH increased its backlog by 11% to $12.9 million and its staff by 14% to 90 professionals. SEARCH won several prime contracts in 2014, including a $20 million multiple-award task order contract (MATOC) from the Army Corps of Engineers Fort Worth office, and three multi-year general service awards from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to perform work in Florida and Guam. SEARCH was recognized as an Inc. 5000 company by Inc. magazine and ranked at number 87 on The Zweig Letter’s Hot Firm list for 2014.

Honorable Mention ► Mabbett & Associates Ltd. (Glasgow, Scotland) for doubling revenue and quadrupling profit since 2010. The company attributes this success to its establishment of a leadership training program, and to winning multi-year contracts for work under U.K. resource efficiency programs from the Scottish government, the Welsh government, and the Northern Ireland Assembly. The company also attributes its success in part to the diversification of its technical services to include air dispersion modeling, occupational hygiene, anaerobic digestion, process safety management, and others. Through its See a Difference initiative, Mabbett has designed and implemented environmental, health, and safety (EHS) projects that have provided its clients with £15.5 million in cost savings, reduced their carbon equivalent emissions by more than 31,000 tons, saved more than 248,000 cubic meters of water, and diverted 11,200 tons of waste from landfills. Mabbett has also invested successfully in a new Mabbett Training Group, which has delivered 80 environmental, health, safety, and quality training courses in the United Kingdom, Europe, and the Middle East.

Honorable Mention ► Herndon Solutions Group (Las Vegas NV) for growth from six full-time employees to more than 20 FTEs in 2014, and for its development of a college internship program that provides practical, real-life experience to students. Two interns were participating in the program as of the end of 2014. Since the firm was founded by President and COO Christine Herndon in 2008, Herndon Solutions has enjoyed significant growth supporting customers such as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Department of Interior, the U.S. Air Force, and other federal agencies and departments. The firm also works with state and local governments, as well as national and international private-sector entities. In 2014, Herndon Solutions developed two web-based applications—one for the management of administrative records, specifically those meeting NEPA, RCRA, and CERCLA requirements, to ensure continuity, searchability, and usability, and another focused on resource management for equipment and personnel to ensure accountability, manage deployment, and track resource costs for reimbursement following an incident.