A leading developer of technology solutions for the homebuilding industry, Builder Homesite, Ranks No. 419 on the 2005 Inc. 500 With Three-Year Sales Growth of 334%
NEW YORK, N.Y., November 10, 2005 – Inc. magazine recently released its 24th annual Inc. 500 ranking of the fastest-growing private companies in the country. Builder Homesite, a consortium of 35 of the nation’s largest homebuilders, ranks No. 419 on the list, with three-year sales growth of 334%. The Inc. 500 can be found in the November issue, which appeared on newsstands November 1.
Builder Homesite, Inc.was founded with a mission to bring homebuilding industry leaders together to develop world class technology solutions. Builder Homesite’s flagship product is NewHomeSource.com, a consumer website offering the Internet’s most comprehensive information and selection of new homes.
The success of Builder Homesite demonstrated that the combined expertise and experience of a consortium of industry leaders will create better solutions. So in 2003, Builder Homesite founded New Home Technologies, a subsidiary consortium of new homebuilders and product suppliers, to create Envision, an integrated and standardized online new home design options management portal.
The companies that made this list represent the vanguard of American industry, posting an average three-year sales growth of 769%. Inc. 500 companies posted aggregate 2004 revenue of $15.9 billion, and 84% of them were profitable. Most importantly, Inc. 500 companies were engines of job growth, having created more than 95,000 jobs since the companies were founded.
The Inc. 500 list generated 25,180 new jobs in the past year alone, a stunning 35% year-over-year increase. Compare this with the total number of employees among Fortune 500 companies, which declined in 2001, 2002, and 2003 before experiencing a 1.3% uptick of 306,045 jobs in 2004.
“When you look at the amazing job growth among Inc. 500 companies and contrast it with the stagnation in the Fortune 500, it underscores the changing nature of our economy,” said Jim Melloan, project manager for the Inc. 500. “With unprecedented global competition, companies have to be able to turn on a dime and discover innovative new ways of doing business. Increasingly, it’s the smaller, agile companies like those on the Inc. 500 that are best equipped to meet these challenges.”
The Inc. 500 ranks privately held companies according to year-over-year sales growth from 2001 to 2004. With approximately 75% of all new job creation in the U.S. coming from entrepreneurial businesses, the Inc. 500 opens a window onto the companies and industries that are driving the economy forward. Over the years, the Inc. 500 has identified the next generation of world-class companies, with Microsoft, Stonyfield Farms, Timberland, Oracle, The Princeton Review, Morningstar, Jamba Juice, Gateway, E*Trade, Intuit, and Domino’s Pizza all appearing on the list before they became industry powerhouses.
California is the state with the most Inc. 500 companies-77, up from 67 last year. Virginia is second, with 34 companies on the list, followed by Florida (33), Texas (32), and Massachusetts (26). Virginia has the highest number of Inc. 500 companies per capita, with 4.5 per million residents, followed by Massachusetts (4) and Utah (3.7).
For the third year in a row, Washington, D.C., is the top metropolitan area on the Inc. 500, with 42 companies, an increase of 13 over last year. Combined with nearby Baltimore (9), it’s clear that the federal government’s high level of spending is fostering substantial economic growth in the region. Los Angeles is the second-ranked metro area, with 32 companies, followed by Boston (27), New York City (25), and San Francisco (21).
The majority of the top 50 fastest-growing Inc. 500 companies remain in coastal regions, as do most of the 50 highest-revenue operations.
Inc. 500 CEOs Weigh In
Once again, Inc. polled its Inc. 500 CEOs for insights on their characteristics, attitudes, businesses, and outlook for the future. Among the most interesting findings:
- Inc. 500 CEOs are bootstrappers: Fifty-four percent raised less than $50,000 before starting their businesses, with 82% turning to private equity. Only 9% used venture capital.
- Inc. 500 CEOs are globally oriented: Fifty-five percent favor international outsourcing. Seventeen percent are already doing it. Forty-six percent of Inc. 500 companies have customers outside the U.S.
- Inc. 500 CEOs are richer than ever: Eighty-nine percent have a net worth over $1 million and 46% are worth over $5 million. In 2000, only 47% of Inc. 500 CEOs were worth more than $1 million and 15% were worth over $5 million.
- Inc. 500 CEOs work hard for the money: Fifty-nine percent work between 40 and 60 hours a week. Thirty-seven percent work more than 60 hours a week. Only 4% log fewer than 40 hours.
- Inc. 500 CEOs plan to keep growing: Inc. 500 CEOs plan to hire more than 17,000 people in the next year.
To be eligible for this year’s Inc. 500, companies had to be U.S.-based, independent and privately held through their fiscal year 2004, and have had at least $500,000 in net sales in the base year of 2001. In addition, their 2004 sales had to exceed 2003 sales. Companies are ranked on cumulative three-year sales growth from 2001 to 2004. Inc. verifies all information using tax forms and audited financial statements from certified public accountants and by conducting interviews with company officials.
Inc. 500 Online
This year, Inc.com is offering readers an expanded series of online features to supplement the print edition of the Inc. 500. The website will feature:
- Interactive maps allowing for quick insight into regional and industry trends
- A complete, sortable list of this year’s winners
- Slide shows of Inc. 500 CEOs past and present
About Builder Homesite, Inc.
Builder Homesite, Inc. and its subsidiary, New Home Technologies, were both founded with the same mission – to bring homebuilding industry leaders together to develop world class technology solutions. Builder Homesite is a consortium of 35 of the nation’s largest homebuilders and its flagship product is NewHomeSource.com, a consumer website offering the Internet’s most comprehensive information and selection of new homes. In 2003, Builder Homesite founded New Home Technologies, a subsidiary consortium of new homebuilders and product manufacturers to create Envision – an integrated and standardized online new home design options management solution. Today Builder Homesite is continuing to extend its Internet technology expertise into new industries. For more information, go to www.builderhomesite.com.
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