America’s 5,000 Fastest-Growing Private Companies Revealed

5,000 Fast-Growth Companies to Quell Your Recession Fears – List Reports Aggregate Revenue of $185 Billion

VerticalResponse Ranks No. 1,188 on the 2008 Inc. 5,000 With Three-Year Sales Growth of 317.1%

NEW YORK, Aug 20, 2008 Inc. today ranked VerticalResponse No. 1,188 on its annual ranking of the 5,000 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.

“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.”

VerticalResponse is a leading provider of self-service email marketing, surveys and direct mail; combined with Salesforce.com integration, it is an ideal marketing solution for small businesses. In the past year, VerticalResponse has grown its product significantly. It introduced a powerful survey tool which allows customers to receive inbound communications for the first time, allowing outgoing campaigns to be more effective; and has recently introduced a full set of upgrades and themed layouts to make using its suite of tools even easier for small businesses.

“Continued growth isn’t easy, especially in this economy. It’s been through incredibly hard work that we’ve been able to deliver a superior product to an ever-increasing number of businesses, so I’m particularly proud of this year’s achievement,” says Janine Popick, CEO of VerticalResponse. “We’ve got more than 45,000 customers of every size and type, and the fact that our development team keeps our product cutting edge is just the beginning. From there, we also host webinars, write an award-winning blog, and are active on Facebook and our own community - the VR Lounge, and work to ensure that our customers experience the most growth. We grow when they grow.”

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 Regions for Fastest-Growing Companies

The New York metro area tops the Inc. 5000 list with the most companies of any city with 355. Washington, D.C. comes in a close second with 300 companies on the list; Los Angeles comes in third with 244 companies, and Atlanta (194 companies) and Chicago (189 companies) round out the top five. Interestingly, only 62 companies on the Inc. 5000 are not based in metropolitan areas.

Grand Rapids, Mich. leads the list with the highest median revenue of any metro area ($26.2 million, 16 companies), followed by San Antonio, Texas ($21.3 million, 25 companies), Baton Rouge, La. ($18.8 million, 14 companies), Houston ($17.1 million, 97 companies), and Kansas City, Mo.-Kan. ($16.5 million, 39 companies).

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).

The largest business category is IT Services, with 579 Inc. 5000 companies. Business Services (532 companies), Construction (459), Manufacturing (405), and Advertising & Marketing (361) complete the top five industries ranked on the 2008 Inc. 5000.

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)

Methodology

The 2008 Inc. 5000 list measures revenue growth from 2004 through 2007. To qualify, companies must be U.S.-based and privately held, for profit, 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 with “IncBizNet, Business Network for Private Companies”, at www.incbiznet.com.

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About VerticalResponse

VerticalResponse, Inc. is a leading provider of self-service email marketing, survey and direct mail services empowering small businesses and non profit organizations to create, manage and analyze their own direct marketing campaigns. VerticalResponse’s flagship product, which allows customers to deliver sophisticated yet easily deployed email campaigns, is the most intuitive and affordable Web-based direct marketing solution available. VerticalResponse is headquartered in San Francisco, California. For additional information, please visit www.verticalresponse.com.

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