Tech-consulting firm planning to add 300 employees at Carmel HQ

Information technology consulting and staffing firm BCforward plans to expand the workforce at its Carmel headquarters by 300 employees by the end of 2021.

The company is scheduled to announce the expansion Thursday morning during an economic development event at its offices at 9777 N. College Ave. Indiana Economic Development Corp. President Elaine Bedel and Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard are expected to attend the announcement.

BCforward was founded by Justin Christian and Tony Bucher in 1998 as Bucher & Christian Consulting Inc. It is the city’s largest computer consulting firm and one of the area’s largest minority-owned businesses.

The IEDC is offering BCforward $2.6 million in conditional tax credits based on the job-creation plans. The incentives hinge on the firm’s ability to meet hiring goals.

According to the IEDC, BCforward already has 568 employees at its Carmel office.

The company said it would spend more than $1 million over three years to establish a Digital Innovation Academy in the headquarters to serve both employees and customers.

BCforward and its subsidiary, Stafforward, plan to hire workers for technology consulting, administrative and clerical positions.

In addition to its headquarters, BCforward has offices in Charlotte, N.C.; Cincinnati; Edina, Minnesota; Aguadilla, Puerto Rico; and Hyderabad, India.

The company moved from the Gold Building in downtown Indianapolis to its current offices in 2015.

The city of Indianapolis discontinued tax breaks for the company in 2013 after the business fell short of job-creation expectations.

The firm reached an agreement with the Department of Metropolitan Development in 2009 to add 200 jobs by the end of 2012, but added only 166. The company realized only $4,100 in tax savings out of a projected $40,000.

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