Inc. Magazine Unveils 28th Annual List of America's Fastest-Growing Private Companies--the Inc. 500

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Payscape Advisors Ranks No. 161 on the 2009 Inc. 500 with three-year sales growth of 1,161.8%

Inc. magazine today ranked Payscape Advisors NO. 161 on its 28th annual Inc. 500, an exclusive ranking of the nation's fastest-growing private companies. The list represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy--America's independent-minded entrepreneurs. Companies such as Microsoft, Zappos, Intuit, GoDaddy, Under Armour, Jamba Juice, American Apparel, Oracle, and hundreds of other powerhouses gained early exposure as members of the Inc. 500.

"If you want to know which companies are going to change the world, look at the Inc. 500," said Inc. editor Jane Berentson. "These are the most dynamic, fast-growth companies in the nation, the ones finding innovative solutions to problems, creating smart systems, and inventing products we soon discover we can't live without. The Inc. 500 list is Inc. magazine's tribute to American business ingenuity and ambition."

Payscape Advisors is a rapidly-growing merchant services provider based out of Atlanta, Georgia. Since being founded five years ago by Payscape's three principals, the company has grown to a sales force of over 80 Account Managers in Atlanta and across the southeast and east coast. Payscape Advisors' primary focus is to supply clients with a comprehensive collection of financial products to assist any type of business owner or merchant with their individual payment processing needs.

The 2009 Inc. 500, unveiled in the September issue of Inc. magazine (available on newsstands August 17 to November 15) and on Inc.com, reported aggregate revenue of $18.4 billion--up significantly from last year's $13.7 billion--and a median three-year growth rate of 880.5 percent. The companies on this year's list are also responsible for creating more than 55,000 jobs since their founding, making the Inc. 500 perhaps the best example of the impact private, fast-growing companies can have on the overall U.S. economy. The largest company on the list, flat-panel-TV maker Vizio, broke the $2 billion revenue mark. Complete results of the Inc. 500, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found on Inc.com.

Despite the ongoing recession, the 2009 Inc. 500 offers a glimpse of the future of the U.S. economy. In the health sector, which saw aggregate revenue of $1.1 billion and a 917 percent median growth rate, businesses are moving forward on cancer and stem-cell research, clinical trials, and medication management. More than 25 percent of companies in the energy sector ($2.5 billion aggregate revenue; 942 percent median growth rate) focus on solar and other alternative sources. Fewer than a third of retailers ($356 million aggregate revenue; 914 percent median growth rate) have even a single brick-and-mortar store. And the number of companies providing technical services to the various branches of the federal government continues to rise.

The Top 10 Inc. 500 Companies

Rank    Company    Location    Industry    Year Founded    Three-Year Revenue Growth    2008 Revenue
No. 1    Northern Capital Insurance    Miami    Insurance    2003
    19,812.2%    $95 million
No. 2    National Retirement Partners    San Juan Capistrano, California    Financial Services    2003    13,416.4%    $47.4 million
No. 3    Harley Stanfield    Washington, D.C.    Real Estate    2003    13,350.3%    $38.4 million
No. 4    Perfect Fitness    Mill Valley, California    Consumer Products & Services    2002    12,749.3%    $63.5 million
No. 5    IntegraClick    Sarasota, Florida    Advertising & Marketing    2002    12,654.4%    $96.4 million
No. 6    Kiva Systems    Woburn, Massachusetts    Logistics & Transportation    2003    10,399%    $21.4 million
No. 7    Freedom Health    Tampa    Insurance    2004    10,035.3%    $182.8 million
No. 8    One Technologies    Dallas    Advertising & Marketing    2000    9,946.4%    $50.7 million
No. 9    MediaTrust    New York City    Advertising & Marketing    2004    9,481.1%    $38.3 million
No. 10    Criterion Systems    Vienna, Virginia    Government Services    2005    8,433.7%    $20.3 million

The Hottest Regions for Fast-Growing Companies

Once again, California tops the Inc. 500 with the most companies of any state, 84, up six from last year. The Golden State is followed by Texas (45), Virginia (35), New York (35), and Florida (27).

The Washington, D.C., metropolitan area boasts 42 Inc. 500 companies, making it the top metro area for the seventh consecutive year (up three from last year). New York City and Los Angeles are close seconds with 36 each (up five and 10 from last year, respectively), followed by Chicago with 23 (down four from last year) and San Francisco with 20.

The Top 10 Inc. 500 Companies Ranked by Total Revenue

Overall Rank    Company    Location    Industry    2008 Revenue
No. 134    Vizio    Irvine, California    Consumer Products & Services    $2 billion
No. 192    Realty ONE Group    Las Vegas    Real Estate    $1.1 billion
No. 18    MonaVie    South Jordan, Utah    Food & Beverage    $854.9 million
No. 198    Stream Energy    Dallas    Energy    $825.6 million
No. 341    U.S. Energy Services    Plymouth, Minnesota    Energy    $439 million
No. 266    Carahsoft Technology    Reston, Virginia    Government Services    $347.5 million
No. 210    FriendFinder Networks    Boca Raton, Florida    Media    $331 million
No. 235    Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy    Swartz Creek, Michigan    Health    $270.7 million
No. 441    UniTek USA    Blue Bell, Pennsylvania    Telecommunications    $265.6 million
No. 50    Bridgepoint Education    San Diego    Education    $218.3 million

Methodology

The 2009 Inc. 500 measures revenue growth from 2005 through 2008. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by the first week of 2005, and therefore able to show four full calendar years of sales. Additionally, they had to be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent--not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies--as of December 31, 2008. (Since then, a number of companies on the list have gone public or been acquired.) The minimum revenue required for 2005 is $200,000; the minimum for 2008 is $2 million.

About Inc. Magazine

Founded in 1979 and acquired in 2005 by Mansueto Ventures LLC, Inc. (http://www.inc.com) is the only major business magazine dedicated exclusively to owners and managers of growing private companies that delivers real solutions for today's innovative company builders. With a total paid circulation of 712,961, Inc. provides hands-on tools and market-tested strategies for managing people, finances, sales, marketing, and technology. Visit us online at Inc.com.

About the Inc. 500|5000 Conference

Each year, Inc. and Inc.com celebrate the remarkable achievements of today's entrepreneurial superstars--the privately held small businesses that drive our economy. The Inc. 500|5000 Conference & Awards Ceremony brings together members of the Inc. 5000 community, both a new class of Inc. 5000 honorees and the list's alumni, for three days of powerful networking, inspired learning, and momentous celebration. Please join us September 23-25, 2009, at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland. For more information about the 2009 Inc. 500|5000 Conference & Awards Ceremony, and to register, visit http://www.Inc5000event.com. Stay connected with Inc. Events by following @IncEvents on Twitter.

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Sara Lovell
Payscape Advisors
404.350.6565 x119
http://www.payscapeadvisors.com

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