Baltimore-based Groove Hits the Inc. 5,000 List for a Second Year

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The Groove team and the unique culture we have built is the heart of our success. Being named to this elite list for a second year proves that we are on the right track.

Groove, a Baltimore-based creative marketing, web design and development agency, was ranked for a second year on Inc. Magazine’s Inc. 5000 list, an exclusive ranking of the nation's fastest-growing private companies. The 33rd annual Inc. 500|5000 list represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy—America’s independent entrepreneurs. Companies such as Yelp, Pandora, Timberland, Dell, Domino’s Pizza, LinkedIn, Zillow, and many other well-known names gained early exposure as members of the Inc. 500|5000.

“The Groove team and the unique culture we have built is the heart of our success,” said Ethan Giffin, Groove CEO. “Being named to this elite list for a second year proves that we are on the right track.”

Groove ranked #2928 on 2014 Inc. 5000, the most competitive crop in the list’s history. This recognition comes on the heels of being named the first HubSpot Platinum partner in Baltimore (and only one of 16 globally) and being honored as a Baltimore Business Journal “Best Places to Work” finalist.

"What surprises me, even though I know it’s coming, is the sheer variety of the paths our entrepreneurs take to success, thematically reflecting how our economy has evolved,” says Inc. President and Editor-In-Chief Eric Schurenberg. “This year there are far more social media and far fewer computer hardware businesses than there were, say, six years ago. But what doesn’t change is the fearsome creativity unleashed by American entrepreneurship.”

The 2014 Inc. 5000 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth when comparing 2010 to 2013. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2010. They had to be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent--not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies--as of December 31, 2013. (Since then, a number of companies on the list have gone public or been acquired.) The minimum revenue required for 2010 is $100,000; the minimum for 2013 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

About Groove
Founded in 2007, Groove is one of the nation’s premier creative marketing, web design and development agencies. Headquartered in Baltimore, MD, Groove delivers digital solutions to small and mid-sized businesses, ranging from eCommerce, web design, inbound marketing, and branding. The growing company has been recognized nationally on the 2013 and 2014 Inc. Magazine “Inc. 5000” list, as an Agency Post “Agency 100,” and as a “Best Young Company to Work for” by turnstone. Groove has forged partnerships with some of the world’s leading software programs like Magento, HubSpot, Shopify, and The agency is the only Magento Gold Solutions Partner in the tri-state area and only HubSpot Platinum Partner in Baltimore (one of 16 globally!). To learn more about Groove, visit

About Inc. and the Inc. 5000
Founded in 1979 and acquired in 2005 by Mansueto Ventures, Inc. is the only major brand dedicated exclusively to owners and managers of growing private companies, with the aim to deliver real solutions for today's innovative company builders. Total monthly audience reach for the brand has grown significantly from 2,000,000 in 2010 to over 6,000,000 today. For more information, visit

The Inc. 500|5000 is a list of the fastest-growing private companies in the nation. Started in 1982, this prestigious list of the nation's most successful private companies has become the hallmark of entrepreneurial success. The Inc. 5000 Conference & Awards Ceremony is an annual event that celebrates their remarkable achievements. The event also offers informative workshops, celebrated keynote speakers, and evening functions.

For more information on Inc. and the Inc. 5000 Conference, visit

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