Success Stories

The owner of Indianapolis based RYAN Consulting Group, Keith Harding poses with SBA Administrator Linda McMahon after accepting his award as SBA Indiana District Office National Small Business Week 2017 8(a) Graduate of the Year.  Photo by Katie Maynard.

For Keith Harding, being an entrepreneur wasn’t his initial calling.  It became his reality after a car accident during high school left him a paraplegic. He applied for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) through the Social Security Administration and realized that it wasn’t an income on which he could survive. 

“I got my first check from SSI and it was $461. I knew I couldn’t sustain on that,” Harding says.

Almost 30 years later, Harding owns the Indianapolis based multi-million dollar tech company RYAN Consulting Group, which boasts close to 100 employees. His yearly net profit is well over 1,000 times as much as that first SSI check. 

After his accident and that first paltry check, Harding decided he wasn’t going to sit on his laurels and be content with life. Harding enrolled in a local training program and learned Common Business Oriented Language (COBOL), a computer programming language designed for business use. Harding began working for IBM in 1989, for... Read More

Dr. Joey Rivera of Rivera Consulting Group accepts his award as Indiana District 2017 National Small Business Week Small Business Person of the Year

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) recently announced that the federal government reached its small business federal contract awards goal of 23% for the fourth year in a row.  Not only did they reach their goal, but they beat it by over $9 billion dollars.  What this means is that during FY 2016 the federal government awarded 24.34% of their prime and sub-contracting contracts to small businesses.  These are the kind of numbers that make small business owners, like Indiana District Office’s 2017 Small Business Person of the Year, Rivera Consulting Group’s Dr. Joey Rivera, very proud they took advantage of SBA resources such as the 8(a) program to earn their slice of the federal contracting pie.

Rivera Consulting Group is a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) with expertise in Information Technology resources and Cyber Security.  Rivera says he wouldn’t be where he is today without SBA.

“My first encounter with SBA was in 2005 when I went... Read More

Sarah Fisher and husband Andy OGara during an IndyCar race

Sarah Fisher is no stranger to racing.  In fact, she had her first experience behind the wheel when her parents fitted her for a quarter midget race car when she was five years old.  Sarah spent her youth racing quarter midgets and karts until she got a call to race in the IndyCar series.  She was 19 at the time, and her completion of the Indianapolis 500 made her the youngest female racer to ever complete the prestigious race. 

Fast forward a decade and a half.  Not only did Sarah continue to race Indy cars, shatter records, and win multiple awards, she also met her husband Andy OGara at the track, became the first female IndyCar team owner, started a family, and now, has opened her own business allowing her and Andy to go back to their roots in racing.

"We both started in go-karts," Sarah says, "and were lucky to get to the level we achieved with Indy.  We share racing, and want to continue to share it as a couple and as a family."

"We always joked and... Read More

Rosemily Geyer

INDIANAPOLIS, IN ----- Rosemily Geyer for many years was a highly successful Certified Public Accountant in a top global accounting firm. But by asking one question, Rosemily found herself at a turning point in her life – she had the chance to live her dream and become a small business owner.

In 2011 the Fire Protection Company Rosemily’s brother-in-law worked for was closing. At the time, the company had several contracts with companies such as Crane and Toyota that would be lost or placed out for rebid. Instead Rosemily approached her brother-in-law and asked, “So what do you think about going into business together?” When she received the reply, “absolutely,” Rosemily saw her opportunity. In short order she began to research, trying as fast as she could to learn everything about small business ownership, fire protection, contracting and all the nuances that go into it. She continued to work her full-time job at the accounting firm for three years until ultimately, with... Read More