Statistics about the Inc. 500 class of 2000, gleaned from their Web sites and from their Inc. 500 applications, reveal much about growth trends in the economy -- both current and future.

Percentage of CEOs who started their company with an exit strategy:  32%

Percentage of those CEOs whose plan was to*
Go public  42%
Sell out to another company  39%
Bring in an outside majority investor  7%
Pass on the company to the next generation  7%
Use other strategies  4%

*Does not add up to 100% because of rounding.

Percentage of all CEOs that, in the foreseeable future, plan to
Acquire other companies  68%
Sell the company  43%
Go public  43%
Participate in a roll-up  21%

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