FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Michael J. Hatch
410-740-9200 ext. 2440
a2z, Inc. Ranks Among the Fastest Growing Private Companies
On the 2007 Inc. 5000 List
Columbia, MD, August 23, 2007 – Inc. Magazine today ranked a2z, Inc. No. 1,870 nationwide on its first-ever Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in the country with three-year sales growth of 194.8%. a2z was also ranked No. 20 in the Baltimore metro region. The Inc. 5000, an extension of Inc. magazine’s annual Inc. 500 list, catches many businesses that are too big to grow at the pace required to make the Inc. 500, as well as a host of smaller firms. Taken as a whole, these companies represent the backbone of the U.S. economy.
“The Inc. 5000 provides the most comprehensive look ever at the most important part of the economy – the entrepreneurial part,” said Inc. 5000 Project Manager Jim Melloan. “The expansion of the list has allowed us to tell the stories of larger companies, older companies, and a wealth of companies in industries like Manufacturing and Construction that are underreported in the business media.
a2z is a leading provider of web-based software solutions and services for managing and marketing trade shows, expositions and conferences. Its platform enables customers manage all aspects of an event from a single database including booth sales with real-time floor plans, event websites, abstract/speaker management and a personal itinerary builder. This allows event managers to significantly reduce costs and increase productivity, sales, sponsorships and profitability.
"It is an honor to have our success and hard work recognized by Inc. Magazine," commented a2z, Inc.'s president Rajiv Jain after hearing of the award. "This will be both a reward and an incentive for our team - a reward for all they have invested, and an incentive to continue to strive for excellence in service and quality."
The 2007 Inc. 5000, as revealed online at www.inc.com, reported median revenue of $9.4 million and median three-year growth of 140 percent. Complete information on this year’s Inc. 5000, can be found at www.inc.com/inc5000. The 2007 Inc. 5000 list measures revenue growth from 2003 through 2006. To qualify, companies had to be U.S.-based and privately held, independent – not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies – as of December 31, 2006, and have had at least $200,000 in revenue in 2003, and $2 million in 2006.
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