Ninety-three companies based in Tampa-St. The Pete metro area is among the most successful businesses in the United States.
The companies were included in the 2019 Inc. 5000, a list of the nation’s fastest growing companies, compiled annually by Inc., a publication that focuses on small businesses and startups.
The list is based on the percentage of revenue growth from 2015 to 2018.
The Tampa-St. Pete’s company on the 2019 list is The Welfont companies in Tampa, which provides representation, marketing, underwriting, asset management, advisory and financial services for commercial real estate properties. Welfont, led by CEO Shawn Marcell, ranked No. 31 on the Inc. 5,000, with three-year revenue growth of 6871% and 2018 revenue of $ 20.4 million.
This is the second time on the Inc. 5000 for Welfont, founded in 2014. The company ranked # 16 last year and was profiled by Inc. because it was the fastest growing real estate company on the 2018 list.
Equity & Help, a Clearwater-based business services company, debuted at Inc. 5000 No.128, with 2018 revenue of $ 3.2 million and three-year growth of 2,729 %.
The company was founded by Ivan Anzulovich, CEO, and connects real estate investors with the resources to buy investment properties. It gives access to capital to those who are not eligible for traditional bank loans.
Cybersecurity training company KnowBe4 came in at No. 161 on the list, with 2018 revenue of $ 72.3 million and three-year growth of 2,370%.
KnowBe4 is the first true local unicorn – a designation for a tech startup valued at $ 1 billion or more – after securing a $ 300 million investment in a funding round led by private equity giant KKR in June. Founder and CEO Stu Sjouwerman told the St. Pete Catalyst in June that he expects KnowBe4 to double in size by 2023.
This is the fourth consecutive year that KnowBe4 has been on the list.
The top 10 local businesses in the Inc. 5000 ranking of 2019 are:
ComplianceQuest, # 163, provides a cloud-based electronic quality management system built on the Salesforce platform. The Tampa-based company reported 2018 revenue of $ 2.5 million and three-year growth of 2,357%.
Tamimi Pharmacy, # 167, a Tampa pharmacy specializing in oncology, hemophilia, and dermatology. With sales of $ 15.5 million in 2018, the company experienced three-year growth of 2,314%.
Efficient Home Services of Florida, No. 179, a Tampa-based energy company that provides a range of services designed to increase energy efficiency for home and real estate owners in Florida. 2018 revenue was $ 9.9 million, with three-year growth of 2,155%.
Meleeo, No. 291. The Odessa company supports the importance of the performance of clinical documentation and case management for health systems and hospitals. It has grown by 1,519% in three years and in 2018 achieved sales of $ 6.1 million.
Professional Hair Labs, # 372, is a Zephyrhills company that manufactures and sells cosmetic bonding adhesives. 2018 revenue of $ 6.4 million, with growth of 1,231% over three years.
Pitisci & Associates, No. 411, recruits professionals for contracts and permanent placements in positions in the information technology sector. With 2018 revenue of $ 8.8 million, the Tampa-based company has grown 1,111% in three years.
Boomerang Transportation, No. 423, is a Tampa-based company providing freight transportation services to the public and private sectors and specializing in full truck freight. It grew by 1,086% in three years and achieved sales of $ 6.9 million in 2018.
The highest-ranked St. Petersburg company was The Hoth, ranking 971st on the list. The advertising and marketing company performs search engine optimization for agencies, affiliates, and SEO consultants. It achieved revenue of $ 18.7 million in 2018 and grew 437% over three years.
There are a total of 385 Florida companies on the list.
See the full 2019 Inc. 5000 list here.