Philadelphia 100® Announces 2013 Winners; Celebrates 25th Anniversary

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PA Governor’s Cup and Founder’s Cup Award Winners Also Recognized

This evening, the Wharton Small Business Development Center, the Entrepreneurs’ Forum of Greater Philadelphia (EFGP), and the Philadelphia Business Journal announced the winners of the 2013 Philadelphia 100, those privately-held companies within the 10-county Philadelphia region with the highest percentage revenue growth over the past three consecutive years. Winning CEOs, their spouses, and colleagues were recognized at tonight’s Gala Awards Ceremony at the Annenberg Center in Philadelphia, PA where the Philadelphia 100 also celebrated its 25th anniversary.

“We are proud to be associated with such an important and worthwhile event for the past 25 years—the ‘Philly 100’, as it’s commonly known, is all about celebrating entrepreneurship, and the CEOs who have grown these companies,” stated Therese Flaherty, Director of the Wharton Small Business Development Center, and co-sponsor of The Philadelphia 100. Flaherty added, “Philadelphia 100 winners continue to be a source of innovation and opportunity for the region.” A hallmark of success for entrepreneurs, many former Philadelphia 100 winners have become large prominent employers in the Philadelphia region and beyond, including Urban Outfitters, Integrity Staffing Solutions, and Liquid Hub.

To mark this important 25-year milestone, two new awards were announced at tonight’s Gala Awards Ceremony. First, the Pennsylvania Governor’s Award went to John Pomp Studios, a furniture and lighting design company, recognized as southeastern PA’s Philly 100 fastest growing manufacturing company. Also new this year, the Founders Cup Award was given to Insight Pharmaceuticals, the Philadelphia 100 winner with the highest 3-year, dollar-figure increase in revenues—providing special recognition for larger enterprises with typically smaller percentage increases. Finally, six companies were inducted into the Philadelphia 100 Hall of Fame, marking their fifth appearance on the list. New Philly 100 “hall of famers” are: Anexinet, Beyond.com, CETRA Language Solutions, Compliance Implementation Services (CIS), Futura Mobility LLC, and Scientific Search.

“We are very honored to join this select group of local businesses who demonstrated sustained growth over a period of five years or more, especially given the recent hiccups in the global economy,” stated Jiri Stejskal, President & CEO of CETRA, Inc., upon receiving their Philadelphia 100 Hall of Fame distinction. Among those new to the list for 2013 was Gibraltar IT, although this IT solutions company is the result of the merger of two previous 3-time winners, NetData IT and Gibraltar Technologies. "This year has been an incredibly dynamic year with the successful integration of two companies--an opportunity that emerged, in part, because of joint recognition at previous Philadelphia 100 events," stated Bruce Rosen, COO, Gibraltar IT. He added, "We are thrilled to be recognized again this year among such an impressive group of entrepreneurial companies."

The 2013 Philadelphia 100 features companies from a variety of industries including technology, healthcare, staffing, and real estate. The top ten winners are:

1. Prepay Nation
2. Winola Lake Health IT
3. Streamline Solutions, LLC
4. Parts Life, Inc.
5. 1SEO.com
6. The FlexPro Group
7. WizeHive
8. Web Eye Care, Inc.
9. Greenphire, Inc.
10. Harbor Partners, LLC

About Philadelphia 100    
The Philadelphia 100 has been the hallmark of entrepreneurial achievement in the Philadelphia region since it was founded in 1998. Run jointly by the Wharton Small Business Development Center, The Entrepreneurs’ Forum of Greater Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Business Journal, it identifies and honors the 100 fastest growing companies in the Philadelphia region. This meritorious distinction is based on verifiable revenue growth as reported on federal tax forms or audited financial statements. For more information, visit http://www.Philadelphia100.com.

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