C-Forward, Inc. began in Fort Thomas, Kentucky with a big idea – to bring “Big Business” IT solutions to small businesses in the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky area.

    ExterriorPrior to starting C-Forward, Inc., in 1999, founder Brent Cooper had worked for large organizations and realized small businesses were not being offered the same quality network services or state of the art IT solutions that large businesses enjoyed.  He wanted to change that.  In the first years, after hiring Scott Johnson, the company was able to assist clients in developing their computer networks to an extent they had never before experienced.  In addition to creating reliable networks, C-Forward Inc., provided customers with secure firewalls, e-mail, database, and remote access solutions.

    C-Forward’s “can do” attitude and troubleshooting tenacity built customer loyalty.  Satisfied C-Forward, Inc., customers spread the word about the great service and this word-of-mouth marketing enabled the company to achieve an average of 50% growth, each year, during its first three years in business.  Tremendous growth and outstanding quality work propelled them toward earning their first award in 2003, the ”Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Small Business Success Award”.  This was the first of many awards they would receive, and the exposure from the recognition continued to drive future growth.

    Our History

    • 1999
      C-Forward founded
    • 2000
      Logo Change
    • 2003
      Headquarters moved
    • 2005
      $1M revenue milestone
    • 2005
      Simple Office Support software
    • 2007
      Dayton, OH expansion
    • 2008
      Columbus, OH expansion
    • 2008
      Phone solutions
    • 2010
      $2M revenue milestone
    • 2011
      Brent Cooper Elected Interim Chair of NKy Chamber of Commerce
    • 2011
      InControlIT software
    • 2012
      Building color change
    • 2014
      15 years in business
    • 2014
      C-Forward, Inc. makes the dramatic switch to a Managed Service Provider
    • 2015
      Lexington, KY expansion
    • 2017
      Brent Cooper becomes President of the NKY Chamber
    • 2017
      Brian Ruschman is announced as President of C-Forward.

    C-Forward founded

    C-Forward, Inc. began in Fort Thomas, Kentucky with a big idea – to bring “Big Business” IT solutions to small businesses in the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky area.

    Logo Change

    The C-Forward, Inc., logo was changed to the logo used today. An official Service Mark was acquired for C-Forward Information Technologies, Inc.

    Headquarters moved

    In mid 2003 C-Forward, Inc., moved its headquarters to 5 West 5th Street in Covington, KY. The new offices provided a strategic central location for quick IT response throughout the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky area.

    $1M revenue milestone

    In 2005 C-Forward, Inc., passed the 1 million dollar mark for revenues.

    Simple Office Support software

    In 2005 C-Forward, Inc., began using SimpleOfficeSupport software to provide centralized computer network management for customers. Inventory, automation, and security all controlled from one location.

    Dayton, OH expansion

    In 2007 C-Forward, Inc., began performing IT services in Dayton, OH. With customers requiring more regional support, this expansion was a perfect fit.

    Columbus, OH expansion

    In 2008 C-Forward, Inc., created an office in Columbus, OH. With customers requiring more regional support, this expansion was a perfect fit. As of 2016, clients in Columbus are served from the Covington Office.

    Phone solutions

    In 2008 C-Forward, Inc., began offering phone solutions. In 2015, C-Forward formed partnerships with various firms to offer VOIP phone solutions.

    $2M revenue milestone

    In 2010, C-Forward, Inc., passed the 2 million dollar mark for revenues.

    Brent Cooper Elected Interim Chair of NKy Chamber of Commerce

    In 2011 Brent Cooper was elected Interim Chair of the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, the second youngest person to ever serve in that role.

    InControlIT software

    In 2011 C-Forward, Inc., began using InControlIT software to manage most customer networks and provide state of the art disaster recovery capabilities.

    Building color change

    In 2012 C-Forward, Inc. decided to make a dramatic change and painted our building to the more contemporary color of Tan.

    15 years in business

    In 2014 C-Forward celebrates 15 years in business with United Way kickoff.

    C-Forward, Inc. makes the dramatic switch to a Managed Service Provider

    In late 2014, C-Forward, Inc. made the dramatic switch to a Managed Service Provider.

    Lexington, KY expansion

    In 2015, C-Forward opens office in Lexington, KY.

    Brent Cooper becomes President of the NKY Chamber of Commerce

    In 2017, Brent Cooper became the President of the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and Chairman of the Board of C-Forward. Brian Ruschman was appointed President of C-Forward.

    Brian Ruschman is announced as President of C-Forward.

    MAKING IT ALL WORK TOGETHER

    Over the years, one of C-Forward’s specialties has been the ability to combine multiple vendors and multiple solutions into one cohesive and productive computer network.  Whether it is Novell, Microsoft, Unix Servers, or Apple, C-Forward, Inc., finds a way to make it all work together.   As technology has changed over the years, C-Forward, Inc., has adapted.   With ongoing training and the adoption of new technologies, C-Forward, Inc., is always on the leading edge of technology.

    C-FORWARD GROWTH

    C-Forward will be celebrating 20 years in business in 2019. They have continued to average 22% growth per year.   C-Forward, Inc., has been named an Emerging 30 business by the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce 5 times, one of Cincinnati’s top 25 IT Consulting firms 4 times.   C-Forward’s growth continues today as our support capabilities expand.  We will be doing some special celebrations in 2019 for our 20th.  More to come.

    HOW DID C-FORWARD GET ITS NAME?

    Many people have asked this question over the years.   Does the “C” in C-Forward, Inc., stand for Cooper (C-Forward’s Founder)?   No, the “C” in C-Forward actually stands for Computer.   When the company was created in early 1999, it was apparent that the Information Technology (IT) business was always going to be in a state of flux.  Change was going to be a fact of life.   Computing in the future wasn’t going to look like computing of the past.   In the 1980s personal computers worked off of floppy disks.  In the 1990s, Novell servers were in use in 80% of the networks in the U.S., but by 1999, Microsoft had taken over.  Things change.    So when picking a name, the idea was to pick something that people would remember, but also something that would fit with the ever changing world of computing.   After sending out a number of possible company names to friends and family, the majority of people liked the name “C-Forward” with the slogan:  “Helping you Look Forward to the Future!”.     As it turned out, C-Forward has been a great name!   As the IT path has changed over the years, C-Forward has adapted and helped it’s customers navigate the way.