Designed Solutions Group, Inc.

Designed Solutions Group, Inc.

Roxann Patrick opened Designed Solutions Group, Inc. in February 1994 as a sole proprietorship. Working as an independent contractor, she designed marketing and advertising materials for adverting agencies, design studios and a number of small businesses. During her first few years of operation, her designs won numerous awards from her professional colleagues, including the Miami Valley ADDY awards competition. During these early years of DSG Roxann subleased studio space from a small advertising agency.

At this same time, Roxann responded to a strong desire to pass along her 16 years of experience in design and advertising by serving as a part-time adjunct instructor in Sinclair Community College's Visual Communications Department.

In June 1998, Roxann made the decision to expand her business. Her expansion plans for Designed Solutions Group began with a commitment to build a company that holds its employees as its most valuable asset; a company based on high ethics, a focus on partnering with customers and vendors; and a company with an inherent sense of marketing-sensitive design and a commitment to diversity. Roxann envisioned a corporation dedicated to excellence through diversity, believing that excellence is only achieved by enlisting exceptional, talented people who represent the broadest spectrum of the American experience. Roxann said "I wanted to prove that nice guys CAN finish first-that a design and marketing business can be successful while truly caring about employees, vendors and customers."

Roxann moved from her small studio space to her own 6-room studio/office suite in Kettering, Ohio. The plan began to take hold with an immediate increase in business. During the first six months in her new location, she worked with free-lance artists and writers to help with her larger projects. At this time, she also began pursuing clients in the larger corporate market.

By January 1999, her business had grown so much that she brought in her first full-time designer. Within the second six months, with several large corporate clients, two additional full-time designers and a part-time office manager/bookkeeper were added to the staff. At year's end, Designed Solutions was recognized with eleven awards of merit and excellence from the Miami Valley area ADDY's competition

In January 2000, Roxann incorporated the business as Designed Solutions Group, Inc. (DSG) along with her husband, Craig Patrick, as her Vice President. As a computer technical consultant specializing in the graphic arts industry, Craig lends his expertise to the technical side of the business.

In 2001, the company was certified as a female-owned business by the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), the State of Ohio, Montgomery County, Ohio, and the City of Dayton. These certifications have opened