• XcelHR Named Best PEO for Small Businesses by Business News Daily

    Fellow NIDIA Members, I share an article with you on one of our NIDIA members, XcelHR. They were recently named the best PEO for Small Businesses by Business News Daily.

    By Ashley Smith, Business News Daily Contributor July 7, 2015 09:45 am EDT

    After much research and analysis, we recommend XcelHR as the best overall PEO for small businesses. We chose XcelHR from a pool of 16 we considered. To read our full methodology and for a more comprehensive list of PEOs, visit our best picks page.

    Best Professional Employer Organizations (PEOs) of 2015

    By Ashley Smith, Business News Daily Contributor July 7, 2015 09:36 am EDT
    Choosing a professional employer organization (PEO) is an important decision. More than just a vendor, a PEO is an extension of your company because they’re responsible for critical business functions such as payroll, benefits administration and tax filing. Finding a service that is reputable, experienced and professional is crucial. Our staff researched and reviewed the most popular PEOs to decide which we think are best for a variety of business types. Here is a roundup of our best picks and an explanation of how we chose them.

    Best Overall PEO: XcelHR

    XcelHR was the clear leader for several reasons: customer service, flexibility and transparency. This was one of the only PEOs we came across that was willing to discuss price in the initial call. The company customizes its service for every customer – there are no generic bundle packages – and it offers clients a clear breakdown of all fees and services. The customer service was outstanding. The representative was friendly, informative and enthusiastic without being pushy.

    Why XcelHR?

    Hands down, no company offered better customer service, greater flexibility or better transparency than XcelHR. While many PEOs offered a great balance of experience, reputation, flexibility and helpful customer service, XcelHR stood out. XcelHR offers both PEO and ASO services. One of our favorite aspects of the company is that services are completely a la carte; the company does not offer bundle packages. Clients pay for only the services they need and will use. Customers are never sold generic packages with confusing terms and fees. While it’s well-known in the industry that some PEOs try to hide their administrative fees in these bundle packages — in addition to selling services that some businesses won’t need or use — XcelHR doesn’t operate that way.

    Along with that customization comes transparency in pricing. The company breaks down its fees by individual service and tells clients what they’re paying per each employee. Many other PEOs simply charge a lump sum without breaking down fees this way. XcelHR was also one of the few PEOs willing to give us a rough estimate of what the service might cost: $15,000 per year or less for a company with 12 employees.

    We liked that XcelHR assigns a specific employee to oversee a company’s PEO service and work with that company directly. If there’s a problem or question, clients call that person directly, rather than dialing a general customer-service number. For potential clients, the PEO will send a representative to visit the company and meet face to face. Beyond customer service, XcelHR’s website was the best we found. It is full of valuable information, including clear descriptions of how PEOs work, a video explanation, and links to outside articles that provide information about tax laws, health care and more. The site is mobile friendly and, like many other PEOs, it offers both client and employee login for access to information.

    Congratulations XcelHR – well deserved!


    David Augustine, Col (ret)
    Senior Vice President for Business Development, Stryke Industries
    Chairman of the Board, Northeast Indiana Defense Industry Association

  • Don’t forget to register for the Atterbury/Muscatatuck Tour!

    NIDIA Members,

    Please take the time to sign up for our Atterbury/Muscatatuck Tour on June 25th. We have a few seats remaining and would enjoy connecting the dots between your organization and this massive defense complex in Southern Indiana.

    Click Here To Register!

    Event Details

    1. Sign up via our website.
    2. Dress – Business Casual; bring your cameras and your ideas!
    3. Agenda:
      • 6am Depart from the Northeast Indiana Innovation Center (NIIC) Parking Lot
        3201 Stellhorn Road, Fort Wayne, IN
      • 9:30am to 3:30pm Atterbury / Muscatatuck Lunch and Tour
      • 7pm Arrival back at the NIIC
    4. Why Attend:
      • Learn about this national training center/treasure in SE Indiana
      • Learn about opportunities on how to engage your defense technologies at Atterbury and Muscatatuck
      • Connect with other NIDIA businesses; teaming is powerful in the defense industry

    Thanks again for being a member of NIDIA and considering this event! See you on the 25th!


    David Augustine, Col (ret)
    Senior Vice President of Business Development, Stryke Industries
    Chairman of the Board Northeast Indiana Defense Industry Association

  • Stryke Industries Announces Newest Client, Logikos Inc.

    Fort Wayne, IN – Stryke Industries, a highly specialized business development firm, is excited to announce its newest client, Logikos, Inc. As part of the Logikos Team, Stryke Industries will manage a coherent strategy of business development actions from research and development, capture planning, customer engagement, contract writing and product delivery.

    Logikos is a leading custom software design, development, test, and systems integration company located in Fort Wayne Indiana. The 18,000 square feet state of the art IT facility Logikos resides in contains two operations, Logikos and Logikos Staffing Solutions which employs over 55 employees and contractors. They are focused on providing high-quality, unique solutions to improve customer products and their related productivity and efficiency. Logikos is not just another software design company offering off-the-shelf generic products, they are a disruptive innovator that is using their broad portfolio of expertise to impact the warfighter through rapid innovation with the primes and the Department of Defense.

    “We are product software specialists who believe in understanding and partnering with our clients to offer the highest quality, highest value software solutions” stated Gregg Weisman, the President of Logikos. “At Logikos, our most valuable asset is our people. It is because of this highly qualified professional engineering staff that Logikos has seen over 30 years of success. We pride ourselves on that!”

    “Logikos fits a nitch need for expanded engineering services for the federal government in concert with our other IT related team members” stated Van Flamion, Co-founder and President of Stryke Industries. “Logikos is about pride in service, pride in quality, pride in people – their engineering team is one of the best in the country. Comprised of highly educated and experienced professionals, they bring a depth and breadth of expertise seldom found in a single firm.”

    “Logikos is a great add to our IT division! They are a roll your sleeves up IT company that focuses on the customer end result,” explained David Augustine, the Senior Vice President for Business Development. “They are a proven innovator which was validated in previous awards of both Phase I and Phase II Department of Defense Small Business Innovation Research projects.” Stryke is in the business of growing defense companies and the partnership with Logikos will allow these companies to achieve their goal of providing innovative products to the warfighter and federal government.

    Questions on this release can be sent to publicaffairs@strykeindustries.com or call 260-407-1755.

  • Stryke Industries Announces Newest Client, Angstron Materials Inc.

    Stryke Industries, a highly specialized business development firm, is excited to announce its newest client, Angstron Materials Inc., the world’s largest manufacturer of graphene and graphene oxide. On behalf of our client, Stryke manages a coherent strategy of business development actions from research & development, capture planning, and end-customer engagement.

    Angstron is a Dayton Ohio based company with two manufacturing locations worldwide that includes a production capability of 300 tons annually. Graphene is the subject of thousands of scientific projects each year with Angstron’s co-founders, Dr. Bor Jang and Dr. Aruna Zhamu, ranked in the top five intellectual property developers for this technology. Gridlogics, a patent analytics solution specialist ranked Dr. Jang and Dr. Zhamu as the #1 and #2 graphene inventors globally. Angstron Materials puts high demands on their quality assurance and is ISO 9001 certified.

    Angstron’s overarching goal is be a leader in graphene materials and technologies and to translate these innovations into commercially viable products for industrial, commercial, and defense applications. Angstron’s CEO Dr. Bor Jang stated “Our world renowned scientists and engineers are dedicated to accelerating nanomaterial products to the marketplace with unprecedented speed.” He went on to say “Teaming with Stryke provides us a great opportunity to integrate with the federal and prime defense markets at a level truly unseen at this point in our company’s history; it’s the perfect model for success”.

    Van Flamion, President of Stryke Industries stated “Angstron Materials, Inc. is nothing short of outstanding! Their extensive knowledge of graphene, coupled with their extensive capabilities to exploit it, are accelerating graphene commercialization at a lightening pace.” Van further stated, “If not impacted by graphene now, you will be in the near future from batteries that allow you to travel hundreds of miles to paints that will prevent corrosion in the toughest of conditions.” The fact that they are the world’s largest producer of nano graphene platelets, profiled by Discovery Channel and #1 and #2 in graphene inventions shows their commitment to propel this technology across the global marketplace.

    Questions on this release can be sent to publicaffairs@strykeindustries.com or call 260-407-1755.

  • 2nd Round of 2015 DOD Solicitations for SBIR/STTR Contracts/Grants

    The 2nd round of DOD Solicitations for SBIR/STTR Contracts/Grants posted just over 2 weeks ago  We are in the ‘open solicitation period’ where you can speak to the Program Managers/Technical Points of Contact (TPOCs) for those grants you may be interested in!  Below you will find available solicitations, but please use the amazing search tools available on www.zyn.com to search for opportunities that fit for your particular technology and company.

    For Questions, please reach out to:

    Lisa Hoverman, PhDf
    SBIR/STTR Program Specialist, Indiana PTAC
    Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship, 120D
    1201 West State Street
    West Lafayette, IN 47907-2057
    M: 765.427.8980
    E: LHoverman@osbe.in.gov


    Available Solicitations