Top 10 American Indian Entrepreneurs

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Stephen Mills, President and CEO

AQIWO
Arlington, Va.

No. 1470
2010 Revenue: $3.93 million
Three-Year Growth: 190%

Stephen Mills takes is pride in his Chumash Indian heritage, and his company AQIWO, which provides programs and IT services to government agencies—is a reflection of that. From the name itself—AQIWO means "light" in Chumash—to Mills' outside endeavors, like visiting Indian reservations and trade shows to teach interested youth about government contracting, AQIWO has fully embraced the identity of its leader. "I am very proud of my heritage and give back in the way of mentoring other Native American entrepreneurs," he says. "I serve as an example and am always happy to speak with those interested in doing it themselves."