eSolution Architects, Inc. Ranks No. 235 on the 2010 Inc. 500 with Three-Year Sales Growth of 1,306.13%
NEW YORK, August 24, 2010 -- Inc. magazine today ranked eSolution Architects, Inc. NO. 235 on
its 29th annual Inc. 500, an exclusive ranking of the nation's fastest-growing
private companies. The list represents the most comprehensive look at the most
important segment of the economy-America's independent-minded entrepreneurs.
Companies such as Microsoft, Zappos, Intuit, GoDaddy, Zipcar, Clif Bar,
American Apparel, Oracle, and many other well-known names gained early exposure
as members of the Inc. 500.
"Fast growth at any time is a big achievement; fast growth during the past few years is just short of miraculous," said Inc. editor Jane Berentson. "The Inc. 500 consists of these just-short-of miraculous companies, the ones that through ingenuity and ambition have increased revenue, hired employees, and grown fast in difficult economic times."
eSolution Architects, Inc. is a privately held, minority- and veteran-owned Alabama company founded in 2005 and headquartered in Montgomery, Alabama. eSA is a U.S. Small Business Administration 8(a) Business Development Program company and Small Disadvantaged Business certified since January 2009. eSA specializes in strategic management consulting, system architecture consulting, network security and infrastructure, and customized application development. eSA strives to deliver the products, services, and solutions to their clients across diverse business disciplines, accelerating the time to value of all technology investments. They also specialize in high-value services, focused primarily on server virtualization and consolidation and IT product installation, management, and support.
The 2010 Inc. 500, unveiled in the September issue of Inc. magazine (available on newsstands August 24 to November 16 and on Inc.com), is a group of companies that are smaller but much faster-growing than last year's crop. Aggregate revenue is $11.3 billion-down from last year's $18.4 billion-but median three-year growth is 1,231 percent, substantially up from last year's 880.5 percent. The companies on this year's list employ more than 45,000 people. Complete results of the Inc. 500, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found at Inc.com/500.
Despite the ongoing recession, the 2010 Inc. 500 offers a glimpse of the future of the U.S. economy. In the health sector, which saw aggregate revenue of $1.1 billion and a 917 percent median growth rate, businesses are moving forward on cancer and stem-cell research, clinical trials, and medication management. More than 25 percent of companies in the energy sector ($2.5 billion aggregate revenue; 942 percent median growth rate) focus on solar and other alternative sources. Fewer than a third of retailers ($356 million aggregate revenue; 914 percent median growth rate) have even a single brick-and-mortar store. And the number of companies providing technical services to the various branches of the federal government continues to rise.
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The Inc. 500 at a Glance
Computer Hardware is by far the fastest-growing industry on this year's Inc. 500, with a total growth rate of 7,194 percent. (That's thanks to the fact that the category contains just two very fast-growing companies.) Logistics & Transportation is second, with a rate of 2,783 percent, and Security is third, with a rate of 2,299 percent.
In total, the companies on the Inc. 500 employ more than 45,000 people. Government Services is the top employer, with 7,011 jobs, followed by Business Products & Services (5,289), Consumer Products & Services (4,804), IT Services (4,355), and Advertising & Marketing (3,533).
Advertising & Marketing has the most companies on this year's Inc. 500 list, with 60, followed by Government Services (59), Business Products & Services (45), IT Services (41), and Software (36).
The top woman-run company is Lexicon Consulting (No. 4 overall), based in El Cajon, California. Lexicon creates mock Iraqi and Afghan villages used to train military personnel. The firm, founded by Jamie Arundell-Latshaw in 2005, recorded revenue of $17.9 million in 2009 and a three-year growth rate of 14,018 percent. The top minority-run company is WDFA Marketing (No. 5 overall), a San Francisco-based firm that specializes in guerrilla, grass-roots, and micro-marketing. WDFA, founded by Raj Prasad, posted revenue of $38.4 million in 2009 and a three-year growth rate of 13,350 percent.
The Inc. 500 posted aggregate revenue of $11.3 billion, down 39 percent from last year. Median three-year growth is 1,231 percent, up almost 40 percent over last year. The top five industries by total revenue are Consumer Products & Services ($1.9 billion), Government Services ($1.4 billion), Advertising & Marketing ($1 billion), Business Products & Services ($872 million), and Energy ($661 million).
The 2010 Inc. 500 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth when comparing 2006 to 2009. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by June 30, 2006. Additionally, they had to be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent-not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies-as of December 31, 2009. (Since then, a number of companies on the list have gone public or been acquired.) The minimum revenue required for 2006 is $80,000; the minimum for 2009 is $2 million. As always, Inc. reserves the right to decline applicants for subjective reasons. The companies of the Inc. 500 represent the top tier of the Inc. 5000, which can be found at www.inc.com/500.
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