Friday letters: S.C. companies making the grade

08/22/2014 12:00 AM

08/21/2014 6:18 PM

Four years ago, no S.C. companies cracked the national Inc. 5,000 list of fastest-growing privately held companies in America. Concerned since North Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia and Virginia had many companies on the annual list, my growth strategy and PR firm began working statewide to change that.

Three years ago, 35 S.C. companies earned slots on the list. Two years ago, that number grew to 40, and last year it was up to 48. This year, 55 S.C. companies are on the Inc. 500/5,000 list.

Fast-growing companies have surged into the national limelight from Greenville to Columbia to Charleston and all points in between simply by submitting three years of financials to Inc. magazine. Top-performing businesses from South Carolina include software, media, design, creativity, marketing, real estate and architecture.

PureCars in Charleston, led by CEO Jeremy Anspach, is the highest-ranking S.C. company, at 141, in its first year on the list; the company reported $8.7 million in revenues and 2,690 percent growth. You can see the entire list at Inc.com/Inc5000/list/2014.

Everyone in South Carolina should be proud of these hard-working companies and their owners, employees and investors. For these 55 extremely bright S.C. companies to earn Inc. 500/5000 rankings proves that privately held companies can grow here, prosper here and actually compensate value-creating employees here.

Baron Christopher Hanson

Charleston

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