'If you're not solving a problem, you don't have a business': Keith Stevens launches UpRys

Jess Deyo
Columbus CEO
Keith Stevens, founder of UpRys and Proteam Solutions

Former Columbus Chamber chair Keith Stevens is targeting nonprofits and small businesses with his next venture, designed to breathe life into tired company routines.  

UpRys is a business consulting firm and sister company to his first business, Proteam Solutions, founded in 1992, and is led by president and COO Anthony McIntosh. It hopes to offer an affordable solution to companies looking to focus on their mission and less on non-core business processes, Stevens says.

The inspiration came over years with Proteam Solutions, where Stevens observed that while years flew by, business models at small organizations and nonprofits could be weak or inherited and couldn’t be sustained through economic downfalls.

“My whole thought process is if you’re not solving a problem, you really don’t have a business,” Stevens says. “We know there’s problems out there for us to solve, and we’re proving that on a day-to-day basis.”

UpRys offers a competitive edge: Its services are 30 percent to 40 percent cheaper than its competitors, Stevens says.

The venture already has clients, including Alvis, Workforce Development Board of Central Ohio, IMPACT Community Action, Columbus Metropolitan Library and Southside Early Learning.