Thirty-four south Louisiana companies made the annual Inc. 5000 list of America’s fastest-growing companies, including a Lafayette software company that topped the state's list at No. 50.
360ia, which sells and develops automated marketing software for small businesses, finished in the top tier after reporting 5,826% growth between 2016 and 2019.
Frankie Russo, founder and chief executive officer of 360ia, said it was exciting to make the list. His company, which employs 75 people in Lafayette and India, saw revenue jump from $300,000 in 2016 to about $15 million in 2019.
“This is an important milestone; we’ve never gotten anything like this,” Russo said. “You work so hard as an entrepreneur, and you want to serve the company.”
Making the Inc. 5000 list is a familiar feat for Russo. He founded Potenza Inc., an advertising agency that made the list six years in a row. 360ia, which spun off of that business, was on the list last year.
360ia is used by auto dealerships, TV stations and cable companies to track buyers of big-ticket items, such as cars, homes and furniture. By searching 200 different commercial databases, 360ia clients are able to identify and reach out to those buyers.
“It allows for an everyday dealership to have the same technology that Carvana and Tesla have,” Russo said. “It also allows people to buy a vehicle without entering a dealership.”
Adeline Clothing Boutique, another Lafayette company, was ranked at 166 after reporting 2,360% growth since 2016. The company sells women’s clothing online, with most items priced between $19 and $60.
Sunpro Solar, of Mandeville, was ranked at 372. The solar panel installation firm had growth of 1,235% over a three-year period.
Learning Sciences was the highest ranking Baton Rouge company, coming in at 535. The web-based learning firm had 862% growth. Following closely behind at 572 was T.I. Contracting/Trucking Innovation, a Chalmette transportation company. It had 820% growth.
Other south Louisiana businesses and their industry making the list were: Citi Approved Enterprise, Harvey, construction, at 596; Pinnacle Security & Investigation, security, New Orleans, 777; Suite Management Franchising, Metairie, health, 928; Buisson Creative Strategies, Metairie, advertising and marketing, 1,032; Emergent Method, Baton Rouge, business products and services, 1,099; Abadie-Williams, Metairie, engineering, 1,280; Pelican Waste & Debris, Houma, environmental services, 1,281; Confetti Momma, Lafayette, consumer products and services, 1,518; ThreeSixtyEight, Baton Rouge, advertising and marketing, 1,574; Walk-On’s Enterprises, Baton Rouge, food and beverages, 1,925; Octagon Media, Baton Rouge, advertising and marketing, 2,550; Flexicrew Technical Services, Metairie, human resources, 2,645; Quality Engineering & Surveying, Port Vincent, engineering, 2,703; Susco Solutions, Metairie, software, 2,801; Ampirical Solutions, Mandeville, engineering, 3,031; General Informatics, Baton Rouge, information technology management, 3,063; In-Telecom, Slidell, information technology management, 3,073; Platinum Healthcare Staffing of Louisiana, Lafayette, health, 3,154; JOB Consulting, Covington, education, 3,162; Facilities Maintenance Management, Denham Springs, construction, 3,257; Spears Consulting Group, New Orleans, advertising and marketing, 3,299; BBQGuys Manufacturing, Baton Rouge, 3,504; Anytime Flooring, Baton Rouge, construction, 3,533; Transformyx, Baton Rouge, information technology management, 3,768; Velocity Agency, New Orleans, advertising and marketing, 4,630; Ryan Gootee General Contractors, Metairie, construction, 4,841; ShoppersChoice.Com dba BBQGuys, Baton Rouge, retail, 4,894; and Mesh LLC, Baton Rouge, advertising and marketing, 4,941; and Bottom Line Equipment, Lafayette, construction, 4,991.
Six other companies from around the state made the list: LA New Product Development Team, Shreveport, engineering, 1,181; Hoss Industrial, Sulphur, environmental services, 2,566; Pipeline Project Services, West Monroe, energy, 3,082; Southern Designs, Vidalia, manufacturing, 4,209; NetTech, Monroe, information technology management, 4,526; and VitalSleep, Shreveport, health, 4,732.
Companies submit data to make the Inc. 5000 list. In order to qualify, the business must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2016. Businesses must be based in the U.S., privately held, for-profit and independent entities, not subsidiaries or divisions of other firms, as of Dec. 31, 2019.