Two of the six local companies on this year's Inc. 5000 fast-growth rankings are making their debuts among the top private companies in the United States.
The Virtual Savvy and 7th Level Communications LLC ranked No. 676 and No. 1,232, respectively, to lead the local companies on the list published by Inc. magazine. The companies are ranked by three-year revenue growth, though sales were not disclosed in the report.
“Brains, bravery and optimism propelled these businesses to our annual fast-growth list, even amid the pandemic,” Inc. officials said in the report.
Of the local companies on the list, Little Sunshine’s Enterprises Inc. has the most appearances on the Inc. 5000, with six. Its highest rank was No. 1,434 in 2018.
Below are the local companies that ranked on the annual Inc. 5000 list; all are based in Springfield.
The Virtual Savvy, No. 676
Description: Training business for aspiring virtual assistants
Three-year revenue growth: 719%
Last year's rank: NA
7th Level Communications LLC, No. 1,232
Description: Sales training company
Three-year revenue growth: 391%
Last year's rank: NA
OMG Commerce, No. 1,651
Description: E-commerce and digital marketing firm
Three-year revenue growth: 278%
Last year's rank: 1,679
Environmental Works Inc., No. 3,476
Description: Environmental consultant and contractor
Three-year revenue growth: 99%
Last year's rank: 2,934
The Payroll Co., No. 4,208
Description: Provider of payroll, taxes and benefits management
Three-year revenue growth: 70%
Last year's rank: 4,483
Little Sunshine’s Enterprises Inc., No. 4,266
Description: Operator of early childhood education centers
Three-year revenue growth: 68%
Last year's rank: 2,690
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