VANCOUVER, B.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO), in partnership with American Express OPEN, the small business division of American Express, today released the fourth ranking of the 50 Fastest Growing Women-Owned/led companies in North America. The Top 50 generated a combined $4.1 billion in 2010 revenues (mean of $82.7 million) and collectively employed 24,650 in 2010 (projected average for 2011 is 557 employees).
BrightStar, a home healthcare and medical staffing company based in Illinois, rose from the number two spot last year to top the list in 2011. Shelly Sun, president and chief executive officer, who plans to take her business public, saw her nine-year-old company revenue quadruple in two years from $24,413,433 in 2008 to $99,142,249 in 2010. Shelly attributes BrightStar’s use of social media as a significant factor in her company’s rapid revenue growth.
Sierra Nevada Corporation, a Nevada-based electronic systems provider, is new to the list and comes in second both in growth and longevity (the business was founded in 1963). The company has nearly doubled revenues ($690,000,000 in 2008 to $1,201,000,000 in 2010) and employment (1,183 in 2008, 2,067 in 2010 and 2,170 projected for 2011).
Rose International, Inc., a contingent workforce services and IT solutions company based in Missouri, is the third fastest-growing company and also a newcomer to the annual ranking. Himanshu Bhatia, owner and chief executive officer, has seen her business employment skyrocket (1,500 in 2008, 5,000 in 2010 and 6,500 projected for 2011) in addition to the company’s rapid revenue growth ($117,000,000 in 2008 to $230,000,000 in 2010).
“The Top 50 list includes a group of trailblazing women entrepreneurs that represent a variety of industries ranging from staffing to electronic systems providers, language services to security,” said Marsha Firestone, Ph. D., president and founder of the WPO. “We are pleased to partner with American Express OPEN to honor these powerful women and recognize their triumphs.”
In order to help the Top 50 continue to seize even more business opportunities, each of the honored business owners will be offered a Business Platinum Card1 from American Express OPEN. The card will include 100,000 Membership Rewards® points, which may be used on capital investments including: the funding of employee recognition programs, business travel or the purchase of office equipment and supplies.
“Based on American Express OPEN’s ‘State of Women-Owned Businesses’ report, there are an estimated 8.1 million women-owned businesses in the United States, generating nearly $1.3 trillion in revenues and employing nearly 7.7 million people,” said Nancy Hood, Vice President at American Express OPEN. “We at OPEN are honored to support this elite group of women who diversify the full spectrum of industries and have become leaders within the women business community.”
All eligible companies were ranked according to a sales growth formula that combines percentage and absolute growth. From this list, the 50 Fastest were selected. To be qualified for the ranking, businesses are required to be privately held, woman-owned/led companies in the U.S. or Canada and have reached revenue of at least $500,000 by the first week of 2006 and $2 million in 2010.
More about the 2011 Top 50:
- Founded the Business: 90%
- Current CEO is actively involved in the day-to-day operations: 100%
- Average years in business: 16
- Average age: 47
- Average Number of Projected 2011 Employees: 557
All 50 companies will be honored at a special event hosted by American Express OPEN at the 2011 WPO Annual Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada on April 28, 2011. The awards reception will take place from 6:30PM to 9:30PM at the Fairmont Vancouver Hotel.
Top 50 Fastest-Growing Women-Owned/Led Companies Include:
|1||Shelly Sun||BrightStar||IL||Healthcare staffing|
|2||Eren Ozmen||Sierra Nevada Corporation||NV||Prime systems integrator|
|3||Himanshu Bhatia||Rose International, Inc.||MO||Contingent Workforce Services|
|4||Carolyn Doerle||Doerle Food Services, LLC||LA||Wholesale foodservice distribution|
|5||Theresa Daytner||Daytner Construction Group||MD||General Contracting Management|
|6||Rebecca Minkoff||Rebecca Minkoff LLC||NY||Fashion Brand|
|7||Ranjini Poddar||Artech Information Systems LLC||NJ||IT Consulting|
|8||Elizabeth Elting||TransPerfect||NY||Language services provider|
|9||Amy Walden||Walden Security||TN||Contract security service|
|10||Heidi Ganahl||Camp Bow Wow||CO||Dog Day/Night care|
|11||Carol Koffinke||Beacon Associates, Inc.||MD||Management consulting|
|12||Rachna Agarwal||Expedien, Inc.||TX||Business Intelligence|
|13||Cynthia Kaye||Logical Choice Technologies||GA||Education and security technologies|
|14||Jennifer Schoenhofer||Axis Teknologies||GA||Wireless infrastructure engineering|
|15||Amy Gonzales, Kelly Caldwell||AK Environmental, LLC||NJ||Project Management Consulting|
|16||Gloria Rajkumar||SIMAC Canada Inc.||ON||Coordinate Independent Medical Assessments|
|17||Pamela O'Rourke||ICON Information Consultants, LP||TX||Human Capital solutions|
|18||Rumia Burbank||Vendor Managed Solutions, Inc.||MI||Integrated Materials Management|
|19||Jill Becker||Cambridge NanoTech||MA||Atomic Layer Deposition|
|20||Carole Borden||C.B. Transportation, Inc||PA||Distribution solutions|
|21||Kiran Gill||PARS Environmental, Inc.||NJ||Environmental consulting firm|
|22||Vicki Raport, Dr. Linda Whitaker||Quantum Retail Technology, Inc.||MN||Optimization platform and solutions|
|23||Sue Butler, Tracy Till||Butler/Till||NY||Media agency|
|24||Elaine Osgood||Atlas Travel International||MA||Travel agency|
|25||June Ressler||Cenergy International Services, LLC||TX||Oil and gas industry staffing|
|26||Anjali "Ann" Ramakumaran||Ampcus Inc.||VA||Consulting services|
|27||Laurie DeJong||LDJ Productions||NY||Event Management Company|
|28||Paige Lentz||Monarch Site Services||CO||Environmental construction|
|29||Lisa Bair||The Hobart Group||NJ||Healthcare communication services|
|30||Claudine S. George||ICONMA LLC||MI||Staffing|
|31||Roz Alford, Nancy Williams||ASAP Solutions Group, LLC||GA||IT Consulting|
|32||Kathleen Benson, Susan Lynd||Office Remedies, Inc.||VA||Full-service survey research firm|
|33||Anita Emoff||Boost Technologies||OH||Employee performance tracking|
|34||Joan Bialek||Bialek Environments||MD||Modular interior construction|
|35||Dr. Lydia Bock||Geodetics, Inc.||CA||Civilian and military products|
|36||Cassandra Sanford||KellyMitchell Group, Inc.||MO||Technology staffing|
|37||Sonu Ratra||Akraya, Inc.||CA||IT & Marketing staffing|
|38||Cynthia Pasky||Strategic Staffing Solutions||MI||IT development center|
|39||Gail Whittenberger||Tyndale Company, Inc.||PA||Flame resistant clothing|
|40||Wendi Goldsmith||Bioengineering Group||MA||Ecological engineering|
|41||Bonnie Laiderman||Veterans Home Care, LLC||MO||Veterans home care|
|42||Lisa Weber||Timeless Decor||NY||Custom framing|
|43||Danielle Waske||DNT Environmental Services, Inc.||GA||Environmental Firm|
|44||Rebecca Cenni||Atrium Staffing LLC||NY||Staffing|
|45||Tanya C. Matthews||TMG Construction Corporation||VA||Government general contractor|
|46||Vickie L. Wessel||Spirit Electronics, Inc.||AZ||Superior supply-chain solutions|
|47||Francine Farkas Sears||Fabrique, Ltd||CT||Technology Case Manufacturer|
|48||Elise Mitchell||Mitchell Communications Group, Inc.||AR||Strategic communications|
|49||Jennifer Smith||Innovative Office Solutions||MN||B to B provider of office supplies|
|50||Beatrice P. Key||Key & Associates, P.C.||MD||Certified public accounting firm|
About the Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO)
The WPO is the premier peer advisory organization connecting women who own multi-million dollar companies. In monthly meetings across four continents (North America, South America, Europe, and Africa) chapters of 20 women presidents – from diverse industries– invest time and energy in themselves and their businesses to drive their corporations to the next level. Local WPO chapters are coordinated by a professional facilitator and meet monthly to share business expertise and experience in a confidential setting. For more information, call 212-688-4114 or visit www.womenpresidentsorg.com.
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1 Based on approvals