Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

13 Local Firms Make Inc.'s List

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

13 Local Firms Make Inc.'s List

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TOP ONE IS NO. 4: National magazine includes 5,000 with fastest growth

A specialty finance firm based in Sarasota was fourth on Inc. magazine's annual list of private companies nationwide with the fastest revenue growth.

In all, 13 businesses from Sarasota and Manatee counties made the list, which ranks companies based on their self-reported revenue growth from 2008 to 2011. Five-thousand companies are included in the magazine's ranking.

The list includes nine from Sarasota, two from Bradenton and two from Lakewood Ranch.

Integrity Funding, in fourth place on the list, reported revenue growth of 12,443 percent, from $117,581 in 2008 to $14.7 million last year. Inc. described Integrity, which employs 22, as a "specialty finance company that participates in the structure, acquisition and sale of financial instruments in the aviation, life and annuity asset classes."

Other local companies on the list:

At No. 417, Star2Star Communication is a Sarasota firm that buys off-the-shelf phone equipment, configures it with proprietary circuitry and then programs the equipment to help businesses make economic choices about how calls are routed.

Star2Star, which employs about 90 near the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport, reported three-year revenue growth of 888 percent, from $1.8 million to $18.2 million.

At No. 466, Ninety Five 5, a Bradenton company with 29 employees, provides consulting, live and virtual training, coaching and online tools to enhance customers' sales results.

It reported three-year revenue growth of 822 percent, from $1.5 million to $13.7 million.

At No. 662, It Works! Global is a Bradenton direct sales company that markets beauty, wellness and weight loss products.

The company, with 45 employees, reported three-year revenue growth of 543 percent, from $7.1 million to $45.9 million

No. 825, Gulf Coast Pet Supplies, is a Sarasota company that sells supplies, food, supplements, tools and treats for pets.

The company, with three employees, reported three-year revenue growth of 412 percent, from $670,070 to $3.4 million.

No. 883 is Murray Kennedy Enterprises, a Sarasota company that installs, repairs and services electrical equipment under the Mister Sparky brand. …

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