RF Connect is clocking big growth gains
today, but that’s not the way it started for the Wi-Fi firm from
Farmington Hills. Six years ago it was just four people trying to make
their small business go.
“It takes a while to get some momentum going with a start-up,” says Jeff Hipchen, one of the co-founders of RF Connect. “You cast a big net at the beginning and refine your business from there.”
RF Connect employs about 30 people, plus another 10-20 independent
contractors and interns. Staffing climbed by 50 percent in 2010 and
Hipchen expects his company’s employment numbers to go up at a similar
rate this year. The company has watched its revenue increase by triple
digits over the last couple of years, landing some marquee customers
such as the Nationwide Insurance and The Cleveland Clinic. That has
allowed it to open new offices in Texas, Ohio, and Florida.
Connect is mainly selling its wireless network expertise, which ranges
from Wi-Fi to helping increase cell phone reception. One of its rapidly
growing segments is a distributed antenna system that improves cell
“For a small business in 5,000 square feet or less, it’s a great solution,” Hipchen says.
Source: Jeff Hipchen, one of the co-founders of RF Connect
Writer: Jon Zemke