This year’s edition of Inc. Magazine’s list of 5000 is out. A total of six Asheville companies have landed on the lauded list, of which three—FLS Energy, Aeroflow Inc. and The Cheat Sheet—are clients of Kaplan CFO Solutions.
The list recognizes the 5000 fastest growing private companies over the last three years. No small feat, considering there are about 6 million private businesses nationwide. As Eric Schurenberg, Editor-in-Chief of Inc. puts it: “No one makes the Inc. 5000 without building something great--usually from scratch.”
For FLS Energy, being named to the prestigious list is starting to become old hat. This year marks the sixth consecutive time they were named. Kaplan CFO has been with FLS all six years. The solar energy powerhouse grew 685 percent over the last three years, good enough to place them #572. More impressive, FLS was ranked #17 among energy companies, the top-performing and most competitive sector in this year’s list. The company is also the tenth fastest-growing private company in the state.
The Cheat Sheet, a digital media company, is a newcomer to the Inc. 5000, although it is well acquainted with meteoric success. Founded in 2009, the on-line news and information company now attracts more than 13 million unique visitors each month. From 2012 to 2015, the company grew revenue by 270 percent, placing it #1419 on the Inc. 5000 list. That performance put The Cheat Sheet at #20 on Inc.’s list of fastest-growing media companies.
Aeroflow Inc. is also no stranger to the list, having earned the honor last year. This year, the company came in at #3100 on 110-percent growth over the last three years. Launched in 2001, Aeroflow is a supplier of medical equipment, including home oxygen, diagnostic sleep testing, CPAP equipment and supplies, nebulizers, mobility equipment, breast pumps and catheters. They have been a Kaplan CFO client for the last four years.
“We take a lot of pride in the work we do for all our clients,” said Kaplan CFO Managing Partner, Ken Kaplan. “When they are recognized like this, it not only says a lot about the work we do together, it speaks volumes about the strength of the business environment here in Asheville.”