The Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) Detroit Chapter is Pleased to Announce That Eleven of its Member Companies Have Made the 2016 Inc. 5000.

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The Detroit chapter of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) announced today that once again, the organization has made its mark on the Inc. 5000.

News Summary: The Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) Detroit chapter is pleased to announce that twelve of its member companies have made the 2016 Inc. 5000. Their ranking reinforces the organization’s value proposition which is to enrich members’ lives by providing benefits drawn from three dynamic areas: peer-to-peer learning, once-in-a-lifetime experiences and connections to experts.

Inc. 5000 Features Entrepreneurs’ Organization Detroit Member Companies
Detroit, MI- The Detroit chapter of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) announced today that once again, the organization has made its mark on the Inc. 5000.

This coveted list represents the superheroes of the U.S. economy. Their ranking reflects their abilities to capitalize on strategy, service and innovation. Eleven of the companies listed on Inc.’s annual ranking of the fastest-growing private companies in America are Metro Detroit-based.

The key common denominator driving these organizations’ success is their Entrepreneurs’ Organization membership. A group of young entrepreneurs founded EO in 1987 with a goal of enabling business owners to learn from each other to ultimately grow their business success and enrich their personal lives. Today, this professional powerhouse is a peer-to-peer network of more than 12,000 influential business owners with 160 chapters worldwide. EO members employ 2.8 million people collectively and generate US$4.7 million in median sales per year.

The Entrepreneurs’ Organization Detroit chapter was founded in 1994 and has been driving the entrepreneurial spirit of Southeast Michigan ever since. There are currently over 100 EO Detroit member companies which employ nearly 5,000 employees and generate $1.9 million in median sales annually. Member organizations represent the full gamut of industries including Accounting, Advertising/Publication, Architecture/Design, Automotive, Computer/Consulting, Computer/Hardware, Computer/Services, Computer/Software, Consulting Services, Contracting Services, Distribution, Education/Training, Employment, Financial Services, Fire/Water Restoration Services, Food/Beverage, Health/Medical Services, Human Resources/Personnel, Insurance Services, Landscape/Florists, Legal Services, Management Services, Manufacturing, Marketing/PR, Media Services, Multimedia/Internet/Online Services, Office Equipment, Printing/Graphics, Professional Speaking, Real Estate, Retail, Sports/Fitness Services, Travel/Transportation and Wholesale.

Making his mark on the Inc. 5000 for the first time, EO member, Wes Mathews, founded High Level Marketing of West Bloomfield, MI in 2009 with a handful of employees. Having experienced year-over-year revenue growth annually since inception, this leading web design and SEO company doubled its office space in May to accommodate a roster of more than 35 employees and 1,200 clients nationwide. Mathews attributes much of his success to his EO membership having recently stated, “EO has been a platform that has allowed me to meet some exceptional business leaders in Southeast MI and also globally.  EO's vision aligns with my mine and has been a solid platform during my entrepreneurial journey.”

The old adage, “You’re a product of your environment, surround yourself with the best,” definitely applies to all EO Detroit members. Another example is Vladimir Gendelman who joined EO Detroit four years ago and touts the organization for having a, “a revolutionary impact on my (his) business.” In 2003, Gendelman founded Company Folders, Inc. of Keego Harbor, MI aiming to empower customers with the ability to create unique marketing materials that reflect their brands. Now ranked on the Inc. 5000 prestigious list, Gendelman touts EO Detroit for arming him with the leadership skills necessary to take his organization to the next level. In a recent interview, Gendelman stated, “I learned how to be a better leader and in turn that propelled my company’s growth placing us on Inc. 5000 list for the last two years.”

Founded in 1997, Diversified Industrial Staffing of Troy, MI is another great example having been named to the prestigious Inc. 5000 list six times in previous years. President and Founder Todd Palmer credits EO forums as being vital to his company’s success. When asked how he was able to attain repeated rankings, Palmer stated, "My involvement with EO Detroit was crucial to allowing our firm to make the Inc. 5000 six times in seven years.  By learning from my peers, I have strategically taken our firm in a bold direction that caused the rapid growth we have enjoyed."

A veritable formula of fortune, one of the critical success factors from which EO Detroit members benefit is their participation in EO forums which fosters peer-to-peer sharing between members in a trusted and confidential environment. Forum enables members to extract entrepreneurial expertise from proven, powerful players they would not have the opportunity to obtain otherwise. Unlike most entrepreneurial mentorship programs, EO forums extend beyond business by enabling entrepreneurs to navigate the intersections between business, personal life and community engagement which enables members to attain fulfillment in all of their endeavors.

Another way EO Detroit provides value to its members is by partnering with reputable organizations that are aligned with its mission to engage leading entrepreneurs to learn and grow. Partners receive exclusive access to EO’s champion network of cutting-edge entrepreneurs in exchange for monetary support and in-kind contributions for the chapter’s events. For example, members have the opportunity to network and discuss current challenges at power lunches hosted by EO Detroit. They also have access to exclusive seminars such as In the Board Room with FatHead Chairman Pat McGinnis who is the former President of Quicken Loans and business partner of Dan Gilbert. 

About EO Detroit:

The Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) is a global, peer-to-peer network of more than 12,000+ influential business owners with 160 chapters in 50 countries. Founded in 1987, EO is the catalyst that enables determined entrepreneurs to learn and grow, leading to greater success in business and beyond. If you are the founder, co-founder, owner or controlling shareholder of a Southeast Michigan-based company that grosses more than US$1 million annually and need a network of champions to help you overcome challenges in order to charge ahead, visit to apply for EO Detroit membership today.

Source: Adam Walsh
Writer: Liz Scavnicky

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