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#1 Private Company to Watch: Compass Innovative Behavior Strategies

Published Thursday Jan 10, 2019

Author Robert Cook

Each year, Business NH Magazine features 10 private companies that are fast-growing but do not have the revenue to make the list of NH’s Top 100 Private Companies. To make the list, companies had to demonstrate high sales-growth rates between 2015 and 2017 and generate more than $1 million in revenue annually. Below is a profile of one of these companies:

Dan Dube, CEO, and Ally Dube, chief clinical officer. Courtesy photo.

Three-Year Avg. Revenue Growth: 137%
Headquarters: 3 Robinson Road, Unit B-1, Bow 03304
Product/Service: Clinic-based behavioral therapy for children with autism and other developmental disabilities
CEO: Dan Dube
Founded: 2015
Total Employees: 60 full time, 13 part time

Dan Dube always had a great deal of expertise when it came to creating new businesses in the high-tech sector, but for years he didn’t know that his two children were on the autism spectrum until he met his wife, Ally, who also had two children with autism.

They both recalled how hard it was to find services for their children and how few options families have when they are confronted with a developmental disability. This inspired them in 2015 to found Compass Innovative Behavioral Strategies in Bow, which provides clinic-based behavioral therapy for children with autism and other developmental disabilities.

“We are the biggest Medicaid provider [of autism services] in the state, and [we] moved into underserved locations like Keene because nobody else was there,” says CEO Dan Dube. Dube says their goal is simple: “We want to break down barriers to treatment so that parents will have a much easier time than we did.”

Compass now serves about 70 families in southwestern NH. It has 73 people on staff, 85 percent of whom serve as therapists or clinical management. The growth Compass has experienced at its clinics in Concord, Nashua and Keene is fueled by the demand for services. During the past three years, the business has grown from $300,000 to a projected $2.6 million in 2018. They are projecting continued growth in 2019 that could reach $4 million, Dube adds.

In 2019, Compass plans to offer services on Saturdays, including greater access to social skills training for teens and launching Compass Academy, which will accept children with developmental disabilities from regional school districts to provide required services, Dube says.

Compass also created a new parent support specialist position to work directly with families and connect them with resources, he says. “We’re here to make a difference,” Dube says.

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