The 2010 Inc. 5000: Top 10 American Indian Entrepreneurs
Stephen Mills, CEO and President
2009 Revenue: $2.6 million
Three-Year Growth: 129.6%
AQIWO is not an acronym. It's the Chumash word for "shooting star" or "light." Mills (right) says he was always proud of his American Indian heritage. "It gave me identity. I've got brown skin. I'm not blonde and blue–eyed," he says. "It's great to be associated with a culture so rich in tradition." Aside from giving his ancestry a nod when he was naming his information securities company, Mills is also active in mentoring American Indian youths and business owners who are interested in learning about government contracting.