There are many reasons why Provo-based Prolitho, a software documentation printer, grew from nothing to a $43 million company in five years, according to Mike Malan, vice president of finance.

One of the most important ingredients to a successful company, he told members of the MountainWest Venture Group in the Marriott Hotel, is to have good advisers, a good board of directors and expert bankers and lawyers who will share their expertise.Also important is planning and setting goals and how to get there, being wary of sales projections, good organization, good lines of communication, operating procedures to make the company more efficient, venders willing to share their expertise, adequate facilities to get the job done, diversity and capitalization.