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DK Pierce & Associates Honored as One of the 2015 Indiana Companies to Watch

Zionsville, IN (July 16, 2015) – DK Pierce has been recognized as one of the 2015 Indiana Companies to Watch, an awards program presented by the State of Indiana and the Office of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (OSBE) and endorsed by the Edward Lowe Foundation. Twenty companies from Indiana will be honored as outstanding second-stage companies during the seventh annual Indiana Companies to Watch awards program, held on August 27 in Indianapolis.

DK Pierce is a certified Women’s Business Enterprise dedicated to building strategies for biopharmaceutical companies that support patient access to meaningful treatments for catastrophic diseases. “Our specialization in cancer and rare diseases ensures that we bring deep expertise and experience to a very dynamic and changing healthcare system,” says Denise Pierce, President/CEO of DK Pierce. “Each employee at our company brings a high level of passion, commitment, and innovation to a growing demand for novel therapies.”

Companies to Watch is an awards program that celebrates Indiana’s privately-held second-stage companies, those businesses that are past the startup phase, are considered to be established, and face issues of growth, not survival.

These companies project continued growth in 2015, with a 23 percent revenue increase and 16 percent growth in employees (both in Indiana and out of state) compared to 2014. If their projections hold, these companies will have generated $820 million in revenue and added 761 employees over the last five years — a 139 percent increase in revenue and 174 percent increase in jobs since 2011.

Companies to Watch firms must employ between six and 150 full-time equivalent employees, have between $750,000 and $100 million in annual revenue or working capital in place, and demonstrate the intent and capacity to grow based on employee or sales growth, exceptional entrepreneurial leadership, sustainable competitive advantage or other notable strengths.

This program is supported by the State of Indiana and the Office of Small Business and Entrepreneurship by the Edward Lowe Foundation.

About OSBE
Under the leadership of Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann, the Indiana Office of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (OSBE) oversees the Indiana Small Business Development Center (ISBDC), the Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), and the Indiana Small Business Ombudsman. The OSBE staff helps grow the Indiana economy by assisting entrepreneurs and small businesses through programs and personal consultation. For more information on OSBE and to see how Indiana is “the state that works” for entrepreneurs visit

About the ISBDC
As part of OSBE, the ten Indiana Small Business Development Centers (ISBDC) support the formation, growth, and sustainability of Indiana’s small businesses by providing entrepreneurs expert guidance and access to a network of resources. Funding for the regional ISBDCs comes from state universities, chambers of commerce, economic development offices, mayor offices, and banks. Statewide financial support is provided by U.S. Small Business Administration, the State of Indiana and Ivy Tech Community College. Administratively, the ISBDC Lead Center is operated by the Office of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (OSBE), an agency of the Office of Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann. To learn more about the ISBDC and to become a client visit:

About Indiana Companies to Watch
Indiana Companies to Watch is an awards program celebrating second-stage entrepreneurs presented by the Office of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, its Small Business Development Center, the Indiana Economic Development Corporation and endorsed by the Edward Lowe Foundation. Sponsors include Barnes & Thornburg, Katz Sapper & Miller, Key Bank and Ivy Tech Corporate College.

Contact Information: Bridget Metcalf, Principal
317-873-0303 ext. 216

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