This is how it all begins: Culling from its massive database, Dun & Bradstreet provides Entrepreneur with an initial list of fast-growing companies. Entrepreneur mails each company a form, which the entrepreneurs must complete and submit along with current financial statements. We then measure the company's sales growth from the date of inception, listing the businesses in growth order.
In order for a business to be considered, it must meet the following criteria:
- Founder is actively involved in daily operations and controls at least 51 percent of the business.
- Business was founded no earlier than 1997.
- Annual sales exceeded $1 million in 1999.
- Company meets the SBA's definition of a small business, based on the number of employees and sales figures. These numbers vary according to industry.
To be considered for our Hot 100 list in 2000, your company must be registered with D&B with current information on file. To register, call D&B at (800) 333-0505.
Dun & Bradstreet research by Iris Geisler & Steve Hess; Entrepreneur research by Lee Houston and Bowen Park