Three years ago, no S.C. companies cracked the Inc. 500 list of fastest-growing privately held companies in America. My company has worked pro bono for four years to communicate how to improve that. This year, we’re up to seven companies in the top 500 and 41 among the 4,500 runners-up.
No. 15 Sparc, a mobile app software company in Charleston, has exploded with 12,863 percent growth in three years and $21 million in revenues, and leads the list of S.C. companies on the list. Rounding out the S.C. companies in the top 500 are Omatic Software in North Charleston, at 190; Space Saving Solutions in Lexington, 273; Wireless Communications in Greenville, 315; Williams Strength in West Columbia, 344; BoomTown in Charleston, 433; and Blue Acorn in Charleston, at 476.
Most of the companies on the 500/5000 list are software, legal, accounting, business strategy, marketing and financial services firms, and it’s worth taking a look at the full list, at inc.com/inc5000/list/2013.
Everyone in South Carolina should be proud of these hard-working companies, their owners and their employees and families. Each company’s leadership team had to report three years of financial data to compete with the rest of entrepreneurial America.
I was particularly impressed with Cantey Technology in Mount Pleasant, a mobile IT and computing emergency company with 16 employees that made its 2013 debut on the list.
For 48 extremely bright S.C. companies to earn Inc. 500/5000 rankings proves that privately held companies can grow here, prosper here and hire value-creating people statewide.
Baron Christopher Hanson