Inc.com ranked Madison, WI based Freedom Personal Development company number 4,633 on its annual ranking of the 5000 fastest-growing private companies in the country.
The list is the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy – America’s independent-minded entrepreneurs. Taken as a whole, these companies represent the backbone of the U.S. economy and list reports aggregate revenue of $185 billion.
“Our second annual Inc. 5000 continues the most ambitious project in business journalism,” said Inc. 5000 Project Manager Jim Melloan. “The Inc. 5000 gives an unrivalled portrait of young, underreported companies across all industries doing fascinating things with cutting-edge business models, as well as older companies that are still showing impressive growth.”
Freedom Personal Development (www.deliverfreedom.com) was started in Madison by Eric Plantenberg and Roger Seip in 1996. The company organizes and offers live workshops and home study courses in the areas of memory training, speed reading, goal setting, time management, attitude management and sales skills for CEOs, entrepreneurs and sales professionals in 23 cities nation wide.
Growth is an important part of the Freedom Personal Development culture. In fact, recently, when asked how the organization would approach the recent downturn in the economy, co-founder Roger Seip replied, “As a company, we’ve decided not to participate.”
In all aspects of the business, whether it’s adding trainers in new cities or expanding the variety of course offerings, growth is a number one priority, for the company, for the team members and for their clients.
The 5000 companies that made the list reported aggregate revenue of $185 billion and median three-year growth of 147 percent. Most important, the 2008 Inc. 5000 companies were engines of job growth, having created more than 826,033 jobs since those companies were founded. Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and a list of the fastest-growing companies that can be sorted by industry and region can be found at www.inc5000.com
Hottest Industries for Fastest-Growing Businesses
The most notable median growth categories among the Inc. 5000 fastest-growing businesses are in the Energy category (which grew by 298%), followed by Government Services (which grew by 220%), Security (200% growth), IT Services and Software (both grew by 187%), and Consulting (which grew by 182% on average).
Industries reporting the highest median revenue are Travel ($38.8 million), Financial Services ($16.3 million), Logistics ($15.4 million) Government Services ($14.2 million), and Energy ($14.2 million).
The 2008 Inc. 5000 list measures revenue growth from 2004 through 2007. To qualify, companies must be U.S.-based and privately held, independent – not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies – as of December 31, 2007, and have had at least $200,000 in revenue in 2004, and $2 million in 2007.
Companies can apply for next year’s Inc. 5000 by registering at www.incbiznet.com
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