Inc. 500|5000 List Includes Jacobs Agency for 4th Consecutive Year; Agency Honored for Impressive 55% Growth Rate over Three Years

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Jacobs Agency earns spot on Inc. 500/5000 list for fourth year in a row. The Chicago-based marketing communications firm services high profile companies such as Microsoft, Saputo Cheese and Comcast.

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“We are excited to have made the Inc. 500|5000 list again this year,” said Tom Jacobs, President. “In an economy that remains tough, and given the current job market, we are proud to be contributing to our society in a measurable way."

Inc. magazine names Jacobs Agency to the Inc. 500|5000 list, an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list represents a comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy – America’s independent entrepreneurs.

Jacobs Agency, the award-winning marketing communications firm now celebrating 15 years in business, joins Spirit Airlines, Vizio, Honest Tea and Dunkin Donuts, among other prominent brands on this year’s list. Jacobs Agency has earned its place on the list by supporting many nationally recognized companies such as Microsoft, Saputo Cheese and Comcast.

“We are excited to have made the Inc. 500|5000 list again this year,” said Tom Jacobs, President. “In an economy that remains tough, and given the current job market, we are proud to be contributing to our society in a measurable way. Additionally, this recognition provides great exposure for the work we do in collaboration with our clients.”

In a stagnant economic environment, median growth rates for 2012 Inc. 500|5000 companies remain an impressive 97%. The companies on this year’s list report having created 400,000 jobs in the past three years, and aggregate revenue among the honorees reached $299 billion.

“Now more than ever, we depend on Inc. 500|5000 companies to spur innovation, provide jobs and drive the economy forward. Growth companies, not large corporations, are where the action is,” says Inc. magazine Editor, Eric Schurenberg.

Complete results for the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region and other criteria, can be found at http://www.inc.com/5000.

Methodology

The 2012 Inc. 500|5000 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth when comparing 2008 to 2011. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2008. They had to be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent—not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies—as of December 31, 2011. (Since then, a number of companies on the list have gone public or been acquired.) The minimum revenue required for 2008 is $100,000; the minimum for 2011 is $2 million. As always, Inc. reserves the right to decline applicants for subjective reasons. Companies on the Inc. 500 are featured in Inc.’s September issue. They represent the top tier of the Inc. 5000, which can be found at http://www.inc.com/500.

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 710,106, Inc. provides hands-on tools and market-tested strategies for managing people, finances, sales, marketing, and technology. Visit us online at http://www.inc.com.

About Jacobs Agency

Chicago based Jacobs Agency helps clients untangle their business problems. While their industries vary, the reason clients come to us is the same: they need sharp thinking, superior creative and the ability to reach targets on multiple levels. Today’s communications landscape has complexities that can immobilize even the brightest marketers. We are undaunted. Why? With Through the LinesSM engagement, our proprietary philosophy and marketing model, we understand and can expertly navigate the landscape’s intricacies. How? We start with an Objectives-Based Approach. From Targeted Awareness to Audience Engagement, from Lead Generation & Prospect Nurturing to Sales Enablement and Brand Refinement, we keep a client’s objectives as our guide and we produce breakthrough results. Have a complex business issue that needs straightening out? Call us at 312.664.5000 or visit http://www.jacobsagency.com.
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