Positioned for growth are four North Bay companies with products and services that fill a need despite the downturn, of perhaps because of it.
Four-employee Aethos Technology in Santa Rosa, founded this year, has Web-enabled digital print management systems in a software-as-a-service model. The service allows digital, and soon offset printers, to be much more productive and allows them to take orders over the Web.
Founder and partner Eric Wold, who developed the software to make his own print shop more efficient, said the system takes small orders and funnels them into large batches, allowing them to be printed at much lower costs.
Aethos won best of show at a recent North Bay Growth and Innovation Forum, and investors are already doing due diligence.
Founded by Santa Rosa businessman Dan Brinker, American TonerServ pursues a double strategy of acquisitions and organic growth through its own sales team. During the last three years it has acquired eight independent, compatible toner cartridge sellers with sales of $1 million to $20 million. American TonerServ provides them with Web-enabled, back-end office services and sales and fulfillment mechanics, freeing their teams up to concentrate on growing their customer base.