SecureUSA, Inc. Named 242nd Fastest Growing Private Company in America by Inc. Magazine

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SecureUSA is one of only eight security companies to make list.

Inc. Magazine, the premier publication for small and medium-sized businesses, today released its 23rd annual Inc. 500 ranking of the fastest-growing private companies in the country. SecureUSA was ranked #242 on the list, with four/five year average annual sales growth of 153%. They were one of only eight companies to make the list from the Security Industry.

A spokesperson for Inc. 500 said “SecureUSA, like the other companies that made this list have thrived despite continued stagnation in the economy. The total year-over-year sales growth of the 500 companies on the list, was an average of 265%. Inc. 500 companies posted aggregate 2003 revenue of $12.6 billion, and 82% of them were profitable. And while the United States shed 410,000 jobs in 2003, Inc. 500 companies provided employment for more than 70,000 people. SecureUSA increased their own staff by 68% during the year.

Further demonstrating the resilience of this year’s Inc. 500 crop is the fact that 102 of this year’s honorees, including SecureUSA, started in 1999—meaning that they weathered the start-up costs of the overcapitalized boom and thrived during the impending bust that was one of the toughest periods for young companies in recent memory.

“The best thing you can say about this year’s crop of Inc. 500 entrepreneurs is that they didn’t buy into the hype,” said Inc. editor-in-chief John Koten. “When people were practically giving away funding in the late 1990s, these companies didn’t overextend, and when everyone hit the panic button a few years later, they stayed calm and seized opportunity.”

The Inc. 500 ranks privately held companies according to averaged year-over-year sales growth over the past four years. With approximately 75% of all new job creation in the U.S. coming from small businesses, the Inc. 500 is a prescient indicator of the companies and industries that are driving the economy forward. Eighty-five companies (17%) on this year’s Inc. 500 say they plan to go public at some point. Over the years, the Inc. 500 has identified the next generation of world-class companies, with Microsoft, Stonyfield Farms, Timberland, Oracle, The Princeton Review, Morningstar, E* Trade, Intuit, and Domino’s Pizza all appearing on the list before they became industry powerhouses.

Atlanta, SecureUSA’s home city with 14 companies represented, ranked #5 on the list of metropolitan cities and for the second year in a row, Washington, D.C., was the top metropolitan area with 29 companies, although it suffered a drop-off from last year, when it had 41. Boston was second, with 19 companies, followed by New York City (17), Miami (15).

California was the state with the most Inc. 500 companies (67). Florida was second, with 39 firms on the list, followed by Virginia (31), Texas (28), and New York (25). Like last year, Utah had the highest number of Inc. 500 companies per capita in the U.S with 6.8 per million residents—a distant second was Virginia with 3.9 per million residents.

This year’s Inc. 500 is the first to reflect the tremendous start-up costs prevalent in the late 1990s economic boom.—21% reported needing more than $300,000 to get going, compared with only 14% last year. 7% of CEOs reported using formal venture capital to start their company, compared with 2% last year. Of the 62% who depended entirely on private equity to fund their startup, only 36% had start-up capital of less than $20,000, compared with 48% last year.

To be eligible for this year's Inc. 500, companies had to be independent and privately held through their fiscal year 2003, have had at least $200,000 in net sales in the base year of 1999 for Inc. 500 alumni and 2000 for new applicants, and $2 million in net sales for 2003. In addition, their 2003 sales had to exceed 2002 sales. Companies are ranked on averaged year-over-year sales growth. Inc. verifies all information using tax forms and audited financial statements from certified public accountants and by conducting interviews with company officials.

Inc., the only business magazine dedicated exclusively to owners and managers of fast-growing private companies, delivers real solutions for today's innovative company builders. It provides hands-on tools and market-tested strategies for managing people, finances, sales, marketing and technology. Inc. is the premier publication that focuses on small to medium-size businesses, which are responsible for more than half the nation's gross domestic product and 75% of its new jobs. And Inc. looks beyond work to address the entrepreneurial lifestyle. Inc., a Gruner + Jahr USA publication, inspires and informs, with cutting-edge coverage that reflects our readers' energy, brashness, and imagination.

About SecureUSA, Inc.

SecureUSA is a complete turnkey integrator of counter terrorist solutions for the prevention of vehicular intrusion into “at risk” private and government facilities. They offer risk assessment, design and engineering consulting services, unbiased equipment selection, installation services followed by ongoing service and maintenance contracts to ensure continuous trouble free operation of a client’s perimeter security system.
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Gabriel Meacham