Small Bond Agency Outranks Big Boys on Inc. 5000

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JW Surety Bonds, a small family owned surety bond agency has outranked some of the largest insurance companies on Inc. magazines 2008 list of "Top Insurance Companies".

Our second annual Inc. 5000 continues the most ambitious project in business journalism

Inc. Magazine ranked JW Surety Bonds 13 in the Top Insurance Companies in the country. The list is the most comprehensive in America, including thousands of independent-minded entrepreneurs.

The family owned surety bond agency outranked some of the largest insurance brokerages and carriers in the country by displaying rapid growth of 263.3% within the past 4 years.

"Our rapid growth can be attributed to our online success. JW Bond is smaller and more agile than the big boys. We are able to implement new ideas and adapt to changing markets quicker." asserted Vice President Michael Weisbrot.

He went on to say, "The Internet is a great tool for the small businessman. It levels the playing field and allows anyone with a superior product or service to compete and even beat out much larger competitors."

JW Surety Bonds offers surety bonds nationwide. The agency was establish in March of 2003, which makes 2008 the first year the agency was eligible for the list.

"Our second annual Inc. 5000 continues the most ambitious project in business journalism," said Inc. 5000 Project Manager Jim Melloan. "The Inc. 5000 gives an unrivalled portrait of young, underreported companies across all industries doing fascinating things with cutting-edge business models, as well as older companies that are still showing impressive growth."

The 5000 companies that made the list reported aggregate revenue of $185 billion and median three-year growth of 147 percent. Most important, the 2008 Inc. 5000 companies were engines of job growth, having created more than 826,033 jobs since those companies were founded. Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and a list of the fastest-growing companies that can be sorted by industry and region can be found at http://www.inc5000.com.

Hottest Regions for Fastest-Growing Companies
The New York metro area tops the Inc. 5000 list with the most companies of any city with 355. Washington, D.C. comes in a close second with 300 companies on the list; Los Angeles comes in third with 244 companies, and Atlanta (194 companies) and Chicago (189 companies) round out the top five. Interestingly, only 62 companies on the Inc. 5000 are not based in metropolitan areas.

Grand Rapids, Mich. leads the list with the highest median revenue of any metro area ($26.2 million, 16 companies), followed by San Antonio, Texas ($21.3 million, 25 companies), Baton Rouge, La. ($18.8 million, 14 companies), Houston ($17.1 million, 97 companies), and Kansas City, Mo.-Kan. ($16.5 million, 39 companies).

Hottest Industries for Fastest-Growing Businesses
The most notable median growth categories among the Inc. 5000 fastest-growing businesses are in the Energy category (which grew by 298%), followed by Government Services (which grew by 220%), Security (200% growth), IT Services and Software (both grew by 187%), and Consulting (which grew by 182% on average).

The largest business category is IT Services, with 579 Inc. 5000 companies. Business Services (532 companies), Construction (459), Manufacturing (405), and Advertising & Marketing (361) complete the top five industries ranked on the 2008 Inc. 5000.

Industries reporting the highest median revenue are Travel ($38.8 million), Financial Services ($16.3 million), Logistics ($15.4 million) Government Services ($14.2 million), and Energy ($14.2 million).

Methodology
The 2008 Inc. 5000 list measures revenue growth from 2004 through 2007. To qualify, companies must be U.S.-based and privately held, for profit, independent - not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies - as of December 31, 2007, and have had at least $200,000 in revenue in 2004, and $2 million in 2007.

Companies can apply for next year's Inc. 5000 by registering with "IncBizNet, Business Network for Private Companies", at http://www.incbiznet.com.

About Inc.com Inc.com, the daily resource for entrepreneurs, delivers how-to guides, advice, tools, breaking news, and rich multi-media to help business owners and CEOs start, run, and grow their businesses. Inc.com offers dynamic marketing solutions to help advertisers effectively reach Inc.com's audience of business leaders. Visit http://www.inc.com.

About Inc. 500|Inc. 5000 Conference Each year, Inc. magazine and Inc.com celebrate the remarkable achievements of today's entrepreneurial superstars -- the privately held small businesses that drive our economy. The Inc. 500|Inc. 5000 Conference brings together members of the Inc. 5000 community--both a new class of Inc. 5000 honorees and the list's alumni--for three days of powerful networking, inspired learning, and momentous celebration. For the first time ever, this powerful networking event is open to all. Please join us September 18-20, 2008 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in Washington, D.C. For more information or to register, visit http://www.Inc500Conference.com or call us at 877-211-0489.

MEDIA CONTACT: Michael Weisbrot, Phone: 215-766-1990, Email: mike @ jwsuretybonds.com

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