27 Aug Lambert, Edwards & Associates Named to Inc. 5000 for Fifth Consecutive Year
LE&A Posts Three-Year Sales Growth of 37%, 21% Annually since 1998
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Aug. 27, 2013 – Lambert, Edwards & Associates (LE&A), a leading Michigan-based public relations and investor relations firm, today announced it has been ranked #4,298 by Inc. magazine for its seventh annual Inc. 5000 list. LE&A was named to the list of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies after a growth rate of 37 percent over the past three years. This is the company’s fifth straight year on the list.
The Inc. 5000, an extension of Inc. magazine’s annual Inc. 500 list, is the most comprehensive look at the most dynamic segment of the economy – America’s independent-minded entrepreneurs. LE&A joins LivingSocial, Edible Arrangements, CDW and Lifelock, among other prominent brands featured on this year’s list.
“Receiving this honor for the fifth year in a row puts us in rare company and is indicative of LE&A’s mission to provide our clients not just great PR and investor relations, but ultimately to impact their bottom line,” said Jeff Lambert, president and CEO of Lambert, Edwards & Associates. “Only 55 companies in Michigan have achieved this feat of being on the list for five straight years, and with this being the company’s 15th anniversary, we have much to celebrate.”
In a stagnant economic environment, median growth rate of 2013 Inc. 500|5000 companies is an impressive 142 percent. The companies on this year’s list report having created over 520,000 jobs in the past three years, and aggregate revenue among the honorees reached $241 billion.
“Not all the companies in the Inc. 500 | 5000 are in glamorous industries, but in their fields they are as famous as household name companies simply by virtue of being great at what they do. They are the hidden champions of job growth and innovation, the real muscle of the American economy,” says Inc. Editor Eric Schurenberg.
The 2013 Inc. 500|5000 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth when comparing 2009 to 2012. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2009. They had to be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent—not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies—as of December 31, 2012. The minimum revenue required for 2009 is $100,000; the minimum for 2012 is $2 million.
Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found at www.inc.com/5000.
Founded in 1979 and acquired in 2005 by Mansueto Ventures, Inc. is the only major brand dedicated exclusively to owners and managers of growing private companies, with the aim to deliver real solutions for today’s innovative company builders. Total monthly audience reach for the brand has grown significantly from 2,000,000 in 2010 to over 6,000,000 today. For more information, visit www.inc.com.
About Lambert, Edwards & Associates
Named the 2010 PRWeek Small Agency of the Year, LE&A (www.lambert-edwards.com) is a top-10 Midwest-based PR firm and a top-20 investor relations firm nationally with clients based in 20 states and five countries. As Michigan’s only statewide PR firm – with offices in Grand Rapids, Lansing and Detroit – LE&A serves middle-market companies and national brands in five practice areas: Automotive, Consumer, Financial Communications, Health Care and Public Affairs. LE&A has posted 14 years of growth, been named an Edward Lowe “Michigan 50 Companies to Watch” and earned four Silver Anvil awards – the PR profession’s highest honor. Follow us on Twitter @LambertEdwards.
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