We are pleased to announce that Metisentry has once again been selected as an honoree for the Cascade Capital Corporation Business Growth Awards. This is the 5th consecutive year that we have been recognized and 6th year overall.
The Cascade Capital Business Growth Awards honors businesses from Northeastern Ohio that have either increased sales by 100 percent or $5 million, or increased their employee base by 50 percent or 25 people over the last five years. While the business growth in and of itself is impressive, the award highlights how this growth impacts the local and regional economy.
Healthy, growing businesses reinvest profits to further their growth. These profits directly impact the local and regional economies when they are used to purchase local goods and services. Additionally, this growth and reinvestment also bolsters local facilities and real estate through the purchase, expansion, or addition of corporate office space. Perhaps most importantly, growth often translates to new jobs for Northeastern Ohio residents. This reinvestment by ownership in growing companies trickles down to many more areas of the local economy and directly supports its vitality.
We were chosen as an honoree because we've shown over ten years of steady growth in an extremely competitive industry. We're actively investing in our growth and plan to double our staff within the next 12-24 months, adding to the already vibrant and growing downtown Akron business community. Our growth happens by directly helping enterprise corporations, software as a service entrepreneurs, software companies, and marketing services companies grow and improve their businesses. We've also grown through investment and acquisition.
The acquisition of WillCo Technologies, for example, has now allowed us to become the largest credentials management software provider to the U.S. Department of Defense. Through the use of our proprietary CyberSTAR™ online software, we boast a user base of more than 1.6 million, including sole assurance compliance support for the entire U.S. Army.
While impressive in size and scope, a client like the U.S. Department of Defense hasn't detracted from our desire to support our local economy. With a long history of involvement, we pride ourselves on remaining active supporters and participants of the downtown Akron community.
This year's awards ceremony will take place on October 3rd at the John S. Knight Center in Akron, OH.