On April 8, 2016, in Baltimore, Maryland, the Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO), in partnership with American Express, released the ninth annual ranking of the 50 Fastest-Growing Women-Owned/Led Companies. Nancy Stango, CEO of FFW East Coast and founder of Blink Reaction, was recognized as number 26 on the list.
“This year’s 50 Fastest list represents our most diverse ranking ever, with an immense geographic reach covering 20 states and one international winner in Turkey, as well as industries ranging from energy efficiency services to cybersecurity and engineering,” said Marsha Firestone, Ph. D., president and founder of the WPO. “We are once again so very pleased to partner with American Express in paying tribute to these influential women and recognizing the vital role that women-owned/led companies have in boosting the economy and enhancing overall job growth.”
“According to our recent State of Women-Owned Businesses report, the number of women-owned firms grew at a rate of five times faster than the national average since the recession,” said Susan Sobbott, president, Global Commercial Payments, American Express. “We are thrilled to showcase the successes of these fifty honorees in order to inspire other women to build high-growth businesses.”
Each of the honored business owners were offered a congratulatory prize from American Express.
Applicants do not have to be WPO members. All eligible companies were ranked according to a sales growth formula that combines percentage and absolute growth. From this list, the 50 Fastest were selected. To be qualified for the ranking, businesses are required to be privately held, woman-owned/led companies and have reached revenue of at least $500,000 by the first week of 2011 and $2 million in 2015.
More about the 2016 50 Fastest:
- Average Age: 49
- CEOs that founded the business: 92%
- Listed companies that do business globally: 44%
- Provide health insurance: 92%
- Plan to continue to grow their company: 90%
- State hiring the best talent as their biggest business challenge: 44%
All 50 companies were honored at a special event hosted by American Express at the 2016 WPO Annual Conference in Baltimore, Maryland on Friday, April 8, 2016.
Click here to read the full press release, and see the complete list of winners.