A total of 39 Connecticut companies are among the 5,000 fastest-growing private companies in America, according to the 2018 ranking published by Inc. magazine. Leading the way are Southbury-based Current Staffing Solutions (#133), InGenius Prep (#657), a New Haven business, ONE SOURCE Companies of Wallingford (#824) and Votto Vines Importing (#911) headquartered in Hamden. Stamford Technology Solutions (#919) was the only other Connecticut-based company to earn a spot in the top 1000.
Collectively, the companies on this year’s list, according to Inc., amassed $206.2 billion in revenue in 2017, up 158 percent from $79.8 billion in 2014. Last year's list included 34 Connecticut companies.
No company on the 2018 Inc. 5000 list has grown by less than 50 percent over the past three years. To make the even more exclusive Inc. 500 list this year – as one Connecticut business did - a company had to grow by more than 1,000 percent.
Only about 12 percent of American companies achieve one-year revenue growth of 25 percent or more, according to Inc., yet those are the companies that are responsible for half of all jobs created.
Companies on the 2018 Inc. 500 were ranked according to percentage revenue growth from 2014 to 2017. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2014. They must be U.S.-based, privately held, for-profit, and independent--not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies--as of December 31, 2017.
Bill Evans is President of Current Staffing Solutions, an industry leader offering a full variety of staffing options. The company was founded in 2012. The company website notes that “as a Disability Owned Business, you will find we are not your typical recruiting agency.” Evans was diagnosed with Early Onset Parkinson's Disease. The company’s 3-year growth, according to Inc.: 2,987 percent.
The goal of InGenius Prep is to “get you in the school of your dreams, and we have a spotless track record.” The company’s website indicates that the company is led by “Admissions Experts - Former Deans of Admissions and Grads of Top Universities - who will bring your dream schools into reach.”
Among the 39 Connecticut companies, the largest employee growth was at Inspira Marketing, a Norwalk-based “experiential marketing agency that specializes in forging connections between brands and consumers,” which added 631 jobs. The top revenue generator among the companies based in the Nutmeg state was Carla’s Pasta, with $116.5 million in revenue in 2017.
A total of 24 Connecticut companies earned a slot in the first 3,000: Current Staffing Solutions (133), InGenius Prep (657), ONE SOURCE Companies (824), Votto Vines Importing (911), Stamford Technology Solutions (919), Julia Balfour (1129), Inspira Marketing (1180), MediaCrossing (1189), The Pi Group (1196), GEM Advertising (1258), Port One (1562), Port One (1562), Laurel Road (1801), Alliance All Trades (1919), The Lockwood Group (2042), Health Products For You (2043), Leap the Pond (2333), northeast Private Clint group (2598), The Junkluggers (2743), NEOS (2863), Buyers Edge (2841), Avanta Systems USA, (2897), Charles IT (2934) and i2e Consulting (2975).
The other companies from Connecticut among the top 5,000 are: IMPACT Branding & Design (3127), Metropolitan Interacrtive (3194), Framework Solutions (3216), heartsmart.com (3258), Choice Merchant Solutions (3343), Bizzmark (3693), CME Associates (3745), Kyber Security (3832), Torque Technologies (4451), Carla'sPasta (4567), Frsh Green Light (4596), FCP Euro (4750), Fosina Marketing Group (4840), SCIO Health Analytics (4908), Strategic Sales (4959), and Mediassociates (4979).
(Note: a previous version of this story inadvertently indicated 59, rather than 39, Connecticut companies, although the list of companies correctly included 39.)