These are Tampa Bay’s fastest-growing companies, Inc. magazine says

More than 100 local companies made this year’s Inc. 5000 list of America’s fastest-growing firms.
College Hunks Hauling Junk placed at least nine franchisees on this year's Inc. magazine Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing companies in America.
College Hunks Hauling Junk placed at least nine franchisees on this year's Inc. magazine Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing companies in America. [ Courtesy of College H.U.N.K.S. Hauling Junk and Moving ]
Published Aug. 17, 2022

A frozen food distributor in St. Petersburg. A Sarasota urn maker. A Winter Haven company that creates mugs that look like baseball bats.

These three companies — Semper Foods, Bogati Urn Co. and Dugout Mugs — are among the Tampa Bay businesses that made this year’s Inc. 5000 list, which tracks thousands of the fastest-growing companies in America.

At least 106 local firms were included on this year’s list from entrepreneurial magazine Inc., which came out Tuesday. For private, independent businesses large and small, from growing companies to franchisees, making the Inc. 5000 is a feather in the cap akin to a major corporation making the Fortune 500.

“Our ranking as one of the fastest-growing companies in America is great news for the Gale team, and for anyone who has a loved one in a nursing home or senior care facility,” Tony Braswell, founder and president of Tampa health care employment services company Gale Healthcare Solutions (No. 904), said in a statement. “We launched Gale to help solve the national nursing shortage. Through technology and people, we’re on a mission to ensure no one goes without care.”

Tony Braswell is the founder and president of Tampa's Gale Healthcare Solutions, which made Inc. magazine's 2022 Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing companies in America.
Tony Braswell is the founder and president of Tampa's Gale Healthcare Solutions, which made Inc. magazine's 2022 Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing companies in America. [ Ashlee Hamon Photography ]

Inc. tabulates the list using businesses’ percentage growth in revenue from 2018 to 2021, with companies required to have reported at least $100,000 in revenue in 2018 and $2 million in 2021. The top company on the list, New Jersey blockchain services firm BlockFi, reported growth during that span of 245,616%; the 5,000th company, Greensboro, N.C.’s Worldwide Insurance Network, grew 80%.

The highest-ranked Tampa Bay company on the list is Clearwater software development firm Kitrum, which grew 6,799% over the last three years, according to Inc. Others in the top 500 include Tampa real estate broker services firm Ideal Agent (No. 73), Venice cryptocurrency ATM company Byte Federal (No. 90), Tampa IT software firm Soma Global (No. 141), Tampa medical equipment manufacturer PainTEQ (No. 149), St. Petersburg insurer Neptune Flood Inc. (No. 205), car dealer software developer Snapcell (No. 366), Tampa cybersecurity and military services firm Iron EagleX (No. 370), Tampa commercial real estate developer Onicx Group (No. 441) and Clearwater health and fitness company FASTer Way to Fat Loss (No. 445).

Two Florida companies made Inc’s top 10: Orlando low-sugar snack food company HighKey (No. 5) and Boca Raton furniture retailer HomeThreads (No. 8).

For local companies, finishing anywhere on the list is a sign of how their growth compares to that of competitors around the country.

“Our team works tirelessly on behalf of our clients and our success and continued growth in this highly competitive and demanding field is a testament to that hard work,” Adam Petrilli, founder and CEO of Sarasota reputation management company Web Presence (which does business as NetReputation), said in a statement.

Tampa moving company College Hunks Hauling Junk placed at least nine franchisees on the list, including those based in Plant City and Sarasota. Other notable Tampa Bay companies that have made the list in years past include Clearwater cybersecurity firm KnowBe4, St. Petersburg personal finance publication the Penny Hoarder and Oldsmar IT company Vology, which was recently acquired by New York tech services provider ATSG.

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“This growth is a testament to the trust our clients have in our ability to deliver great candidates, fast,” John Fortino, co-founder of Tampa hiring search firm Velocity Resource Group (No. 3,296), said in a statement. “We plan to continue this growth and remain the competitive talent advantage for our clients.”

Here’s a list of all the companies in the Tampa Bay, Sarasota and Lakeland metro areas that made this year’s Inc. 5000:

50. Kitrum, Clearwater

73. Ideal Agent, Tampa

90. Byte Federal, Venice

141. Soma Global, Tampa

149. PainTEQ, Tampa

205. Neptune Flood Inc., St. Petersburg

366. Snapcell, Tampa

370. Iron EagleX, Tampa

441. Onicx Group, Tampa

445. FASTer Way to Fat Loss, Clearwater

533., Tampa

554. Innowise, St. Petersburg

627. Qure4u, Bradenton

633. Zoplenti, Tampa

719. Proforma Global Sourcing, Tampa

794. Aligned Dental Partners, Lakewood Ranch

867. Encompass Pet Group, Palmetto

931. Gale Healthcare Solutions, Tampa

1,017. National Flood Experts, Tampa

1,056. Kliken, Tampa

1,185. Professional Lift Solutions, Sarasota

1,259. Dugout Mugs, Winter Haven

1,427. NAN - Nationwide Appraisal Network, Oldsmar

1,436. WB Capital, Belleair

1,445. ComplianceQuest, Lutz

1,524. Real Time Technologies, Tampa

1,528. LoanFlight Lending, Tampa

1,530. Katz Capital, Tampa

1,536. CU Engage, Tampa

1,590. Semper Foods, St. Petersburg

1,599. Black Book Research, Tampa

1,612. WWC Global, Tampa

1,666. Skyway Capital Markets, Tampa

1,719. Marygrove Roll Screens, Bradenton

1,747. Galvanized Media, Palm Beach

1,838. Source 1 Solutions, Clearwater

1,929. Quality in Propane, Tampa

1,931. Sunrise Irrigation, Palm Harbor

1,951. Black Diamond Coatings, Brooksville

1,957. Meleeo, Odessa

2,059. BigScoots, Tampa

2,131. Blackstone Medical Services, Tampa

2,134. Boomerang Transportation, Tampa

2,295. Elite Source, Tampa

2,317. PropLogix, Sarasota

2,415. Ensurem II, Largo

2,422. Idea Nest, Tampa

2,429. Tropical Gardens Lawn and Landscape, Sarasota

2,455. Medicare Solutions and Legacy Planningg, Tampa

2,538. DirectMail2.0, Clearwater

2,756. Cole Transportation, Trinity

2,796. AgAmerica Lending, Lakeland

2,835. Infinity Industrial Controls, Clearwater

2,892. College Hunks Hauling Junk & Moving Sarasota, Sarasota

2,938. Berlin Patten Ebling, Sarasota

3,000. Vantagepoint AI, Wesley Chapel

3,036. Web Presence, Sarasota

3,090. Excite Medical, Tampa

3,096. CyberLancers, Bradenton

3,128. Fyzical Therapy & Balance Centers, Sarasota

3,275, MAS Global Consulting, Tampa

3,296. Velocity Resource Group, Tampa

3,334. AGM Marketing 2.0, Largo

3,346. Pop Sells, Sarasota

3,358. Retail Cloud Technologies, Clearwater

3,363. Summit Exercises and Training, St. Petersburg

3,395. Next Net Media, St. Petersburg

3,472. Terrapin Ridge Farms, Clearwater

3,486. Spectrio, Tampa

3,532. AspirEDU, Holmes Beach

3,569. A-Lign, Tampa

3,576. Legendary Marketer, St. Petersburg

3,630. DAS Health, Tampa

3,679. Sequentur, Clearwater

3,684. Pure Air Control Services, Clearwater

3,697. Phillips Repair Service, Tarpon Springs

3,741. A2 Global Electronics & Solutions, St. Petersburg

3,755. Ops Tech Alliance, Clearwater

3,849. Doctor’s Vendor Network, Clearwater

3,856. Credit Suite, Tampa

3,867. Florida Chemical Supply, Tampa

3,902. Local One FM, Sarasota

4,064. MGT of America Consulting, Tampa

4,097. Vuram, Tampa

4,098. Broadstaff, Tampa

4,175. Universal Manufacturing and Design, Palm Harbor

4,176. Data Activation Center, Clearwater

4,346. MileMark Media, Tamppa

4,366. Trent Lott Holdings, Plant City

4,507. Coast to Coast Pools, Sarasota

4,721. Lightspeed Voice, North Venice

4,759. Boos Development Group, Clearwater

4,761. Encoda, Tampa

4,777. Liquid Bottles, Bradenton

4,793. Advanced Medical Integration, Clearwater

4,803. Elite Property Research, Bradenton

4,810. Signature Athletics, Tampa

4,830. Bogati Urn Company, Sarasota

4,936. SRI Tech Solutions, Tampa

4,938. Search Wizards, Sarasota

4,960. Ardent Eagle Solutions, Tampa