The 2010 Inc. 5000: Top 10 American Indian Entrepreneurs

Courtesy Company
10 of 10

Stephen Mills, CEO and President

AQIWO
Arlington, VA

No. 2047
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.