Meers Advertising Named to Inc. 500/5000 List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies for 2nd Consecutive Year

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Growth rate of 569% raises Meers’ ranking to No. 638 from No. 1436 in 2011

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Our continuing growth at Meers is all about our people and our culture.

Meers Advertising, a national digital marketing and advertising agency based in Kansas City, MO, today announces it has been named one of the fastest growing private companies in America by Inc. magazine for the second consecutive year.

With a 3-year growth rate of 569 percent, Meers’ overall national ranking rose to No. 638 on the 2012 list, up from No. 1436 in 2011. Within the advertising and marketing sector, Meers now ranks No. 71.

“Our continuing growth at Meers is all about our people and our culture," said Sam Meers, president and CEO. "Our people are always looking forward, striving for ‘better’ – better thinking, better strategies, better creativity, better results and relationships with clients. They're committed to making advertising better. Our growth is the evidence of their commitment."

The Inc. 500/5000 annual list of America’s fastest-growing private companies represents the most comprehensive look at one of the most critical segments of the American economy – independent entrepreneurs. Meers joins Yelp, Unified Payments, Chobani, Giftcards.com, and KIND, among other prominent brands on this year’s list.

Despite a stagnant economic environment, the median growth rate of Inc. 500|5000 companies on the 2012 list is 97 percent. Those on this year’s list report having created over 400,000 jobs during the past three years. The aggregate revenue among this year’s corporate 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. Editor Eric Schurenberg.

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.

Complete results of 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.

ABOUT MEERS ADVERTISING
Founded in 1993, Meers is a national full-service digital marketing and advertising agency headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri. The agency works to advance clients’ businesses by helping them solve marketing challenges through relevant, engaging and compelling communications. Meers works with Armed Forces Bank, Missouri Gas Energy, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, several Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans, and others. For the second consecutive year, Meers was named as the fastest growing Kansas City private company in 2012 by Inc. Magazine’s “Inc. 5000.” In July 2012, Meers was recognized as “Kansas City’s Top Company” by KC Business Magazine. Meers is a member of the 4As. For more information about Meers Advertising, please visit http://www.meers.com.

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