The Inc. 5000

We’re all familiar with the Inc. 500 list of fast-growth companies. In fact, Congratulations to the four WPO members made the list in 2006:

  • Irene Szyliowicz, president of Mont Blanc Gourmet, Denver
  • Cassandra Sanford, CEO of KellyMitchell, St. Louis
  • Sandra James, president of Private Eyes, East Bay
  • June Coldren, president of Cenergy Corporation Companies, San Francisco

What is news to us is that Inc. recently announced plans to expand the Inc. 500 to include a total of 5,000 businesses. The larger list is intended to be an aid to discovery, knowledge and to draw attention to small private companies. The top 500 of the 5000 list will still be considered the Inc. 500.

In order to be eligible for the Inc. 5,000, companies must be US-based and independent with four full calendar years of internal revenue generation. Companies must provide their revenue figures for 2003, 2004, 2005 and an estimate for 2006 to qualify for consideration. Visit for more information.


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