Hottest Midwest Company Awardees Announced by Lead411

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Lead411 recognizes the fastest growing technology companies in Midwest.

In order to recognize the hottest technology companies in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Ohio, and Wisconsin, Lead411 ( is proud to announce the release of the 'Hottest Companies in Midwest" awards for 2011.

On a daily basis, the Lead411 research team scours through at least 600 press releases and business articles including venture capital financings, company launches, office openings, new customer press releases, etc. This information has given insight to which are the fastest growing technology companies in U.S. Their "Hot List" awards have been created to recognize these fast growing companies. This particular list originally started with over 1559 companies and it has been narrowed down to the top 60.

"We are very proud of these awards. We have been tracking fast-moving companies for our customers for the past 10 years," said Tom Blue, CEO of Lead411, "and we felt it was important to recognize these growing brands publicly."

How the List Was Chosen
First, all companies must be in either the Software, Wireless, Hardware, Internet, or Media industry, a privately held organization, and be within Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Ohio, or Wisconsin. From there, each company must meet one or more of the following requirements;

100% increase in revenues over the past 2 years with revenues over $2M
OR $2M+ in funding in the past 2 years.

List of Company Names:
8thBridge Inc, ABILITY Network, ACTIV Financial Systems, Inc., Aircell Business Aviation Services LLC,, Angie's List, Arroweye Solutions, Benefit Express, LLC, BlueLock, Bluemile Inc., Celergo, Centro, ChaCha Search, Inc, Cleversafe, Inc, Compliance11, Inc, eBureau, E-merging Technologies Group, Inc., ExactTarget,, Firm58, Fitness Plus Equipment Services, Inc, gloStream, Inc., GrubHub, Handmark Inc, HarQen, Iasta, Ifbyphone Inc, Integrated Medical Partners, INXPO, Inc., Liquid Web, Manifest Digital, Mu Sigma, Netarx, LLC, Networked Insights Inc, Newser LLC,, nGenX Corporation, One Call Now, Open Kernel Labs,, Palisade Systems, Inc., People to My Site, Plex Systems Inc, ReadOz, Scale Computing, Shoutlet, Inc, SilkRoad technology, Inc, SingleHop, Inc, Sittercity, SparkBase, SpringCM, StudyBlue, The Fiberutilities Group, The Higher Gear Group Inc, The Nerdery, TOA Technologies, Univa UD, Inc., Vigilant Technologies, Vontoo Inc, Zencoder Inc,

List and Details:
The entire list including more details about the award and winners can be found at

About Lead411
Lead411 provides information, news, and research about U.S. companies and their executives. Founded in 2001, its goal has been to focus on quality corporate data that is valid and useful rather than producing as many company records as possible. In addition, Lead411 tracks company news in order to alert its customers about venture financing, new hires, hiring plans, etc. Customers include Gartner, Administaff and ADP.


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