8-koi Named to University of Florida 2022 Gator100

8-koi was named to the University of Florida’s 2022 Gator100 during a ceremony on April 22 in the Exactech Arena at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center on UF’s campus.

Each year, the Gator100 recognizes the world’s fastest-growing Gator businesses owned or led by UF alumni. Ernst & Young, independent accounting firm of the Gator100 since the program began in 2015, verifies financial information submitted by each company and calculates the rankings based on compound annual growth rate over the past three years. The 2022 honorees have a cumulative revenue of $3.9B.

8-koi Founder and President Inga Young is a 1991 UF graduate, earning a Bachelor of Applied Science in Accounting. Inga incorporated as a consultant in 2008 and now employs 150 people across the US to support government agencies and operations such as NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, Patrick Space Force Base, Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division (NAWCTSD), Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, and Army Corps of Engineers.

“I went to school for accounting to work for other people. I didn’t realize I would be starting and buying businesses for myself,” says Inga. “My UF education was very rigorous and prepared me for the complex world of government contract accounting. I’m extremely proud to be recognized as a first-time Gator100 business this year.” In 2019, 8-koi acquired Cape Design Engineering Co. on Merritt Island as a wholly-owned subsidiary.

The 2022 Gator100 celebrated companies from over 17 industries, with the top three representing construction and design, health, and consumer products and services. Of the 100 businesses, 75 were Florida companies with other top state headquarters including Georgia, South Carolina, and Virginia. 8-koi ranked #78 in the 2022 listing as a first-time honoree.

“The Gator100 shines a bright light on the contributions of UF alumni-owned or -led companies. These are the companies that create jobs, that add value to our communities, and that make an impact around the world,” said Brian Danforth, Assistant Vice President of Development and Executive Director of the UF Alumni Association. “We proudly celebrate our 2022 honorees, the very best of our Gator entrepreneurs and business leaders who have shown the grit and determination we all expect from Gators.”

Images from the Gator100 Awards on Friday, April 22, 2022 at Exactech Arena in Gainesville, FL. Photo by Matt Pendleton/Matt Pendleton Photography for UF Alumni Association
Inga Young and Amy Sigmon represent 8-koi at 2022 University of Florida Gator100

View the full list of 2022 Gator100 honorees at https://gator100.ufl.edu/2022-honorees.

8-koi Wins Place on 2022 Gator100 List

Today, Brian K. Danforth, Assistant Vice President of Development & Executive Director of the UF Alumni Association sent notice that 8-koi made the 2022 Gator100. The Gator100 List is compiled annually to recognize high-performing businesses around the world that are founded and owned by University of Florida Alumni.

“You serve as an inspiration to your fellow Gators and the UF Alumni Association is proud to recognize you and your company’s success with this award,” said Danforth’s letter.

Nominations were open from August to October last year. 8-koi Founder and President Inga Young is a 1991 UF graduate, earning a Bachelor of Applied Science in Accounting. Inga incorporated as a consultant in 2008 and now employs 150 people across the US.

“My UF education was very rigorous and prepared me for the complex world of government contract accounting,” says Inga. “After I worked with several large aerospace and technology businesses, I believed I had the skills to startup and offer niche accounting to companies contracting to the government at a better cost with more attentive service. This Gator100 recognition really means a lot to me.”

8-koi now works as a prime contractor with federal agencies such as Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division (NAWCTSD), Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, and Army Corps of Engineers. In 2019, 8-koi acquired Cape Design Engineering Co. on Merritt Island as a wholly-owned subsidiary.

The official rankings will be revealed at the Gator100 Awards Ceremony to be held on Friday, April 22, 2022 at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center on the University of Florida campus.

8-koi ranked on the 2022 “Gator100” List

Read more about The Gator100 and join us in celebrating the WIN for 8-koi™!

See the coverage in Brevard Business News. Download the article PDF.

8-koi Wins Place on SB100 List for 2021 Best of Small Business Awards

8-koi™ is recognized as one of the honorees for the 2021 Best of Small Business Awards™! The awards program is America’s most prestigious honor that recognizes and celebrates the BEST Small to Mid-Sized Business Visionaries.  Ranked #79 on the “SB100 List,” our company joins the most elite small businesses in the Country that demonstrate exceptional growth in the marketplace, diversity, A+ Customer Service, leadership, a positive workplace environment and a profitable business model. 

Small to Mid-Sized Businesses make up 99% of the Nation’s businesses and make a huge contribution to the growth of our Economy. The “SB100 Award” honors the Top 100 Small to Mid-Sized Businesses in the US and celebrates their growth & accomplishments in the previous year. See the winners in all award categories.

Nominations were submitted in September and public voting took place online in November and December. Benefits of winning include national recognition as one of the TOP Small Businesses in the US, a great differentiator for our products and services, and instant credibility for new and existing clients.

8-koi ranked #79 on the 2021 “SB100” List

Read more about The Best of Small Business Awards and join us in celebrating the WIN for 8-koi™!

8-koi Honored with HIRE Vets Gold Medallion

On November 10th, 8-koi was recognized during a virtual ceremony as a Gold Medallion Awardee for the Honoring Investments in Recruiting and Employing American Military Veterans (HIRE Vets) Medallion Program by U.S. Secretary of Labor Martin J. Walsh. A total of 849 organizations across the United States received awards.

Implemented by the requirements of the HIRE Vets Act of 2017 (Public Law 115-31), the HIRE Vets Medallion Award is the only federal award recognizing exceptional achievement in veteran employment. By meeting the criteria required for a Gold Medallion Award, 8-koi “demonstrated both patriotism and recognition of the value veterans bring to the workplace.”

Continue reading “8-koi Honored with HIRE Vets Gold Medallion”

Voting is OPEN for 8-koi Best of Small Business Award

The Best of Small Business Awards™ is America’s most prestigious honor that recognizes and celebrates the BEST Small to Mid-Sized Business Visionaries. 8-koi is a nominee in the “Small Business of the Year Award” category that recognizes the many achievements of a Small Business that demonstrate exceptional growth in the marketplace, diversity, A+ Customer Service, leadership, a positive workplace environment and a profitable business model. 

Public Voting is OPEN through December 10, 2021. 

Read more about The Best of Small Business Awards and register to cast your ballots for 8-koi!

Preferred Service Provider for Palm Beach State College

8-koi’s CDE has been selected as the preferred service provider for Palm Beach State College’s five campuses and will perform structural and MEP continuing services for projects under $1M. For almost two decades CDE has provided engineering support to PBSC. It was the first public State College facility to earn the prestigious USGBC LEED Platinum rating in the State of Florida. Another win, another great day to be 8-koi. Go Team!

STEM Business Innovator of the Year

Space Coast Women In Defense has announced 8-koi as the STEM Business Innovator of the Year for its construction of the 2020 Robotic Mining Competition (RMC) Indoor Arena at KSC!

The competition is designed to promote and engage students in the science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, disciplines critical to NASA’s missions. The newly constructed arena will host the international competition on May 18-22, 2020, at the The Astronauts Memorial Foundation and Education Center at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center.

Mark your calendar and come celebrate with us at Space Coast WID’s 7th Anniversary Event Saturday, January 25, from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., at the Courtyard by Marriott in Cocoa Beach.

Check out the 360 view of the arena.