Business 101: start small.
Looking at HMB Professional Engineers of Frankfort, that might be a good lesson for budding entrepreneurs.
"It's probably quality of work more than anything," said Fred Meyer, one of the company's founders. "And the fact that we didn't have the atomic bomb philosophy and didn't try to get real big real quick."
The firm (Haworth, Meyer and Boleyn) began as Haworth and Associates and dates back to the 1960s. It was founded by civil engineers Jim Haworth and Meyer.
HMB formed in the '70s, when the company took on another partner and civil engineer, Phil Boleyn.
Today, HMB has offices in Frankfort, Louisville, New Albany, Ind., Charleston, W.Va., Nashville and Montgomery, Ala. and employs approximately 150.
The company's president and son of one the founders, Brad Meyer, said HMB started working on subdivisions and small developments as a way to get its foot in the door.
"In this type of situation, if you perform more opportunities will come your way," said Brad Meyer from his office at HMB headquarters on Equine Way.
These days, Brad Meyer and his colleagues at HMB have had plenty of opportunity - and a little publicity - thrown their way as they gear up to take part in the much-hyped Ohio River bridges project.
HMB, along with the Chicago-based Parsons Transportation and Beam, Longest, and Neff of Indianapolis, were recently selected as the project's general engineering consultants.
The companies, which jointly make up Community Transportation Solutions, were selected last week by the Indiana Department of Transportation and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet to oversee the $1.9 billion project. Plans call for two new bridges over the Ohio River to connect Louisville and Southern Indiana.