Business: Sells proprietary software that measures known IT security risks and identifies potential threats. It also automates the time-consuming process of complying with federal IT security regulations.

Founded: 2004, but the company's software did not reach the market until mid-2006.

Headquarters: Golden Valley

Website: www.prevari.com

Executive: Founder and CEO KoniKaye Jeschke

Employees: 11

2008 revenue: $387,000

Quote: "It's been very stressful. ... I think I've aged 10 years in the last five." -- Jeschke, describing the pressures of building a new company.