America's 5000 Fastest Growing Private Companies Revealed: 5000 Fast-Growth Companies to Quell Your Recession Fears-List Reports Aggregate Revenue of $185 Billion
M5 Networks Ranks No. 2,065 on the 2008 Inc. 5,000 With Three-Year Sales Growth of 178.9%
NEW YORK, NYAugust 20, 2008 - Inc. today ranked M5 Networks M5 Networks a leading business to business VoIP phone system provider on its annual ranking of the 5000 fastest-growing private companies in the country. The list is the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy - America's independent-minded entrepreneurs. Taken as a whole, these companies represent the backbone of the U.S. economy.
"Our second annual Inc. 5000 continues the most ambitious project in business journalism," said Inc. 5000 Project Manager Jim Melloan. "The Inc. 5000 gives an unrivalled portrait of young, underreported companies across all industries doing fascinating things with cutting-edge business models, as well as older companies that are still showing impressive growth."
The 5000 companies that made the list reported aggregate revenue of $185 billion and median three-year growth of 147 percent. Most important, the 2008 Inc. 5000 companies were engines of job growth, having created more than 826,033 jobs since those companies were founded. Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and a list of the fastest-growing companies that can be sorted by industry and region can be found at www.inc5000.com.
Hottest Regions for Fast Growing Companies
The New York metro area tops the Inc. 5000 list with the most companies of any city with 355. Washington, D.C. comes in a close second with 300 companies on the list; Los Angeles comes in third with 244 companies, and Atlanta (194 companies) and Chicago (189 companies) round out the top five. Interestingly, only 62 companies on the Inc. 5000 are not based in metropolitan areas.
Grand Rapids, Mich. leads the list with the highest median revenue of any metro area ($26.2 million, 16 companies), followed by San Antonio, Texas ($21.3 million, 25 companies), Baton Rouge, La. ($18.8 million, 14 companies), Houston ($17.1 million, 97 companies), and Kansas City, Mo.-Kan. ($16.5 million, 39 companies).
Hottest Industries for Fast-Growing Businesses
The most notable median growth categories among the Inc. 5000 fastest-growing businesses are in the Energy category (which grew by 298%), followed by Government Services (which grew by 220%), Security (200% growth), IT Services and Software (both grew by 187%), and Consulting (which grew by 182% on average).
The largest business category is IT Services, with 579 Inc. 5000 companies. Business Services (532 companies), Construction (459), Manufacturing (405), and Advertising & Marketing (361) complete the top five industries ranked on the 2008 Inc. 5000.
Industries reporting the highest median revenue are Travel ($38.8 million), Financial Services ($16.3 million), Logistics ($15.4 million) Government Services ($14.2 million), and Energy ($14.2 million).
The 2008 Inc. 5000 list measures revenue growth from 2004 through 2007. To qualify, companies must be U.S.-based and privately held, independent - not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies - as of December 31, 2007, and have had at least $200,000 in revenue in 2004, and $2 million in 2007.
Companies can apply for next year's Inc. 5000 by registering with "IncBizNet, Business Network for Private Companies", at www.incbiznet.com.
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About M5 Networks
M5 Networks is the pioneer of "Voice as a Service," a breakthrough solution for business phone communications. Industry experts predict that in ten years no business will have a phone system. Instead, they will require phone system capabilities as an on-demand, managed service over an IP network optimized for voice - in other words, Voice as a Service. Today M5 serves a rapidly growing base of mid-sized businesses. Its solution is distinguished by the rich capabilities and unmatched service that one would expect from an industry leader.