It's Getting Hot in Here

About the Listing

Making the Cut
This is how it all begins. Culling from its massive database, D&B provides Entrepreneur with an initial list of fast-growing companies. Entrepreneur mails each firm on the list a form that 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.

For a business to be considered for this year's Hot 100 list, it must meet all the following criteria:

  • The founder is actively involved in daily operations and has a controlling interest in the business.
  • The business was founded no earlier than 1998.
  • Annual sales for 2002 exceeded $1 million.

To be considered for our Hot 100 list next year, your firm must be registered with D&B and have current information on file. .

D&B's research was conducted by the D&B Analytical Services Group; Entrepreneur's research was conducted by Maggie Iskander.

About D&B
It provides the information, tools and expertise to help you make confident decisions. D&B Small Business Solutions (SBS) offers a suite of online products designated to help small-business owners better manage their businesses. SBS tools use D&B information to help you find profitable new customers, manage vendors more efficiently, run instant online credit checks, monitor your own business credit and access valuable industry information. For more information about D&B SBS, visit

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This article was originally published in the June 2003 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: It's Getting Hot in Here.

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