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Robert Trigaux

Five Tampa Bay firms crack Inc. 500 list of fastest growing private businesses



janemasonemasonjamesborchuck.jpgWake up and good morning. Anybody ever heard of Archimedes Global? How about eMason (that's chief Jane Mason playing ping pong with tennis great Jim Courier)? Or maybe Telovations? Well, these are the three fastest growing private companies appearing on the annual Inc. 500 list of fastest growing U.S. companies produced each year by Inc. magazine. The list appears in Inc.'s September issue and online here.

For the record, Tampa's Archimedes Global ranked 77th on the Inc. 500, tops in the Tampa Bay area. The company website calls itself an IT solutions and consulting firm, adding that it is a "service-disabled, veteran-owned small business concern." That is often a buzzword for being a military or government contractor. The firm is mentioned in the recent Washington Post series on the boom in private firms with top secret government clearance.

Here are Archimedes Global stats from the Inc. list:
3-year growth:3,165%
2009 Revenue:$11.5 million
2006 Revenue:$353,010

Clearwater's eMason may be more familiar to some readers who may have seen this 2010 St. Petersburg Times story. Started by Jane Mason, the firm is yet another IT business that offers productivity and efficiency software and systems. Its customers include Fannie Mae and Bank of America. The firm ranks 165 on the Inc. 500.

Here are eMason's stats from the Inc. list:
3-year growth:1,702%
2009 Revenue:$10.2 million
2006 Revenue:$567,726

Telovations, which ranks 3rd on the list among Tampa Bay firms, is ranked 213 on the Inc. 500. It's a telecommunications business led by CEO Mark Swanson that offers "private cloud" services over communications networks for businesses. 

Here are Telovations' stats from the Inc. list:
3-year growth:1,391%
2009 Revenue:$4.4 million
2006 Revenue:$295,740

The other Tampa Bay firms to make the Inc. 500 list are Tampa's Freedom Health at No. 225 and at No. 369, the Largo advertising and marketing firm The Media Crew.

Congratulations to these firms for impressive growth in these most challenging times.

(Jane Mason photo above by James Borchuck of the St. Petersburg Times.)

-- Robert Trigaux, Times Business Columnist

[Last modified: Wednesday, August 25, 2010 6:30am]


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