We are thinking of starting a PPC Adwords campaign and are looking for a company to manage it. The problem I'm running into is the companies I've spoken to require a minimum $10,000 (or $20,000) minimum monthly spend. We are in that $1,000 to $2,000 a month range until we get some traction. Any suggestions on a PPC management company that will work with companies with small budgets like ours?
You likely have companies in your area that take on small budget/small business ppc advertisers. Simply go to maps.google.com and search along the lines of "ppc management in [put your city here], [state]" to find the local crews.
You may also want to consider a freelancer from a marketplace like Odesk or Elance. You can see their portfolios and feedback, ensuring that you hire somebody competent.
If you can bring your budget up to $3k/mo, you could consider a marketplace like Trada.com to start. You maintain control by setting the price you are willing to pay for a conversion. Then a "crowd" of independent ppc marketers will create and manage your campaigns, striving for that cost per conversion. A conversion can be a sale or a lead or anything that can be tracked by AdWords or adCenter.