The logo and design should primarily be Xiphos
Should also be able to expand it to add a second word: Xiphos Partners, Xiphos Consulting, Xiphos Staffing, Xiphos Defense, Xiphos Environmental.
A Xiphos is a small, close in sword used by Greek warriors. The book Gates of Fire introduces this very tactical weapon. The connection to the name of the company is such that we do very close, tactical consulting to help small businesses grow and expand.
The logo should be almost entirely text based. A very small Xiphos silhouette or image might be found on the business card and or letterhead, but should not be prominent in the main logo.
The color we envisioned is dark/slate blue, but open to ideas and perhaps there are slightly different colors for the different name combinations mentioned above.
The name is somewhat confusing so the logo and design should be pretty straight forward, classic and text based.
We have selected the lowest price package, but intend to award the winner with follow on work for website design subsequent to this contest.