NEW YORK, Aug. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Inc. magazine ranked The Portaro Group No. 1700 on its fourth annual Inc. 5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation's fastest-growing private companies. The list represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy—America's independent-minded entrepreneurs. Music website Pandora, convenience store chain 7-Eleven, Brooklyn Brewery, and Radio Flyer, maker of the iconic children's red wagon, are among the prominent brands featured on this year's list.
"The leaders of the companies on this year's Inc. 5000 have figured out how to grow their businesses during the longest recession since the Great Depression," said Inc. president Bob LaPointe. "The 2010 Inc. 5000 showcases a particularly hardy group of entrepreneurs."
The 2010 Inc. 5000, unveiled on Inc.com, serves as a unique illustration of the profound changes taking place in the U.S. economy. The Government Services sector showed the biggest gain in terms of the number of companies on the list, up 33 percent from last year to 335 companies. Government Services was also the second-fastest-growing sector in terms of median revenue growth, posting a 202 percent gain over the 2006-2009 measuring period. More than half of these companies are based in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. The fastest-growing sector by median revenue growth was Real Estate, now just a tiny group of 38 young, small companies, which showed 231 percent median growth over the period. (There were 121 Real Estate firms on the inaugural Inc. 5000 in 2007.) Business Products & Services is the top industry by number of companies on the list (640) and total revenue ($80.7 billion), while Health is the biggest by total employment (287,726 jobs).
For close to a decade, AT&T has chosen to sell their Business Solutions through an outsourced sales channel called the Solution Partner Channel. The Portaro Group has been awarded The Solutions Provider Champion recognition year after year during their 10 year span with AT&T.
AT&T Business Solutions recognizes the highest-performing solution providers that achieve specific revenue standards, maintain training competencies and demonstrate specific levels of expertise in providing customers with high-quality solutions and service. Solution Provider Champions combine their own value-added management and services with the power of the company's network, offer portfolios, network management, customer care and billing to provide customers with high-quality, dependable products and services.
"The AT&T Business Solution Provider Champions have proven to excel in a complex and fast paced competitive marketplace, bringing first class customer solutions and service to the table. They bring a unique flavor and experience to our extended sales force showing our customers how to leverage technology to drive more productivity and cost savings from their communications investment," said Kevin Leonard, vice president of the company's Alternate Channel program.
The Portaro Group offers the full range of AT&T's award-winning services to businesses, including mobility, Virtual Private Networks (VPNs), hosting, security, voice and data services.
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