By Nick Johnson
Published Aug. 23, 2012
Eight South Carolina companies made Inc. magazine’s list of the nation’s 500 fastest-growing businesses with three of those coming from the Lowcountry.
Each year, Inc. releases an analysis of 5,000 top-growing small businesses in the country and focuses on the top 500. Forty-one companies from the Palmetto State made the top 5,000. Companies are ranked according to percentage revenue growth when comparing 2008 to 2011.
The top company in South Carolina is Wireless Communications based in Greenville, which has had a three-year growth of 6,581%.
Boomtown, a Charleston-based real estate software company, was the leader in the Lowcountry with a 3,085% increase.
The co-founder of Levelwing, a digital marketing company based in the Charleston area, said he is used to seeing his company’s name on the Inc. list. Levelwing came in at No. 719.
“This is the third consecutive year that we have made Inc. magazine’s list of fastest-growing companies in America, and although we put more focus on client satisfaction and accolades such as S.C.’s Best Places to Work, Inc. is a great reminder that we moving in the right direction,” said Steve Parker Jr., co-founder and managing partner.
Parker said the Charleston region should capitalize on awards like Inc.’s list to prove “there is tremendous growth in the business community to attract other like businesses.”
South Carolina’s fastest-growing businesses
The following companies made the Inc. 5,000 list, including the first eight, which made the top 500. Click on the company’s name to see a breakdown of their annual growth. The company’s national rank is in the left column.
In the Top 500
No. 25 Wireless Communications, Greenville
No. 96 BoomTown, Charleston
No. 118 O-matic Software, Charleston
No. 184 Williams Strength, West Columbia
No. 225 Suzanne Evans Coaching, Murrells Inlet
No. 227 Resource Financial, Columbia
No. 338 BiblioLabs, Charleston
No. 359 Dovetail Insurance, Columbia
In the Top 5,000
No. 527 Charleston Heating and Air, North Charleston
No. 666 OTO Development/Palmetto Hospitality Funds, Spartanburg
No. 719 Levelwing, Charleston
No. 781 Ikon Financial Group, Isle of Palms
No. 994 HillSouth, Florence
No. 998 Southern Tide, Greenville
No. 1,118 ISHPI, Mount Pleasant
No. 1,170 Crescent Moon Holdings, Myrtle Beach
No. 1,568 Total Beverage Solution, Mount Pleasant
No. 1,960 Avantech, Columbia
No. 2,049 Human Technologies, Greenville
No. 2,269 Unitrends, Columbia
No. 2,310 Cargo, Greenville
No. 2,405 Advantage Media Group, Charleston
No. 2,845 Mercom, Pawley’s Island
No. 2,866 Rhythmlink International, Columbia
No. 3,036 Customer Effective Solutions, Greenville
No. 3,039 UEC Electronics, Hanahan
No. 3,043 eGroup, Mount Pleasant
No. 3,178 Fortis Riders, Greenville
No. 3,363 Regional Finance, Greenville
No. 3,505 M33 Integrated Solutions, Greenville
No. 3,826 Website Pipeline, Greenville
No. 3,842 Electric Guard Dog, Columbia
No. 3,854 Insurance Applications Group, Greenville
No. 3,864 Ogletree Deakins, Greenville
No. 3,952 JH Global Services, Simpsonville
No. 4,366 Nelson Mullins, Columbia
No. 4,374 Call Experts, Charleston
No. 4,575 Synter Resource Group, North Charleston
No. 4,587 Southeastern Equipment & Supply, West Columbia
No. 4,673 Urban Nirvana, Charleston
No. 4,784 Exopack, Spartanburg
Source: Inc. magazine